Lucas County health officials discuss report of ‘presumptive’ coronavirus-related death

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MAUMEE, Ohio (WJW) — Health officials from the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department hosted a press conference on Thursday in response to reports of a “presumptive” coronavirus-related death in the community.

Dr. Amy Acton, who is the director of the Ohio Health Department, told reporters earlier in the day that they are currently investigating the presumptive case. Local officials reiterated the same information.

“We don’t know if this individual had COVID-19 or not. Until we have a confirmed case, we cannot say that,” said Commissioner Eric Zgodzinski.

He said the county has one confirmed case of coronavirus right now. Their current condition is unknown.

While ODH officials have not confirmed the identity of the person who died, Lucas County Republican Party Chair Mark Wagoner shared that his father had passed away from the virus on Facebook.

“Our Dad was diagnosed with presumptive COVID-19, although the final test results have not yet arrived. We have been working closely with the Lucas County Health Department and other entities over the last week to ensure that proper notice to those who may have been impacted was being provided. Our Dad would’ve wanted us to be looking out for others even as he was fighting for his life,” said the younger Wagoner in a Facebook post.

If confirmed, the death of Mark Wagoner, Sr., 76, would be the state’s first related to the coronavirus.

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