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Harford County confirms first COVID-19 death

HARFORD COUNTY, MD—Health officials on Friday confirmed Harford County’s first official COVID-19-related death.

“I am saddened to announce that Harford County has lost our first resident to a confirmed case of COVID-19, according to a report by the Maryland Department of Health Laboratories Administration,” said Harford County Executive Barry Glassman. “The victim was a 27-year-old male with underlying medical conditions and a history of travel to New York. He passed away on April 13 and was diagnosed post-mortem by the medical examiner.”

“Our hearts go out to his family at this terrible time,” Glassman continued. “Earlier this week, the Maryland Department of Health began reporting ‘probable deaths’ pending confirmation by a laboratory test. As of this morning, the state is reporting a total of 6 ‘probable deaths’ and a total of 176 confirmed cases of COVID-19 among Harford residents. This compares to 111 cases at this time last week.”

The state health department has begun pulling COVID-19 reports from additional sources, including the medical examiner, and on Sunday the governor ordered cases to be reported by zip code.

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The Harford County Health Department’s website has a map of these reports that is updated daily, which is accessible online at https://www.harfordcountymd.gov/2823/COVID-19-Resources.

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