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Dr. Jose Lopez and the Orange County Health Department today announced the first two Orange County deaths from COVID-19.
 
No personal information is being release about the patient or the case for confidentiality reasons.
 
Persons in close contact with a confirmed case are being contacted by the Orange County Health Department.

“Families today are suffering the ultimate loss due to COVID-19, and this sadly underscores how severe the virus can be – especially for some high-risk Hoosiers,” said Lopez. “The state is taking unprecedented actions to slow the spread of COVID-19, and every Hoosier should follow the precautionary measures.”

The Health Department issued this statement:

”It cannot be stressed enough – if you are ill, stay home. If you need to seek medical care, call ahead so that your healthcare provider can take steps to protect others from exposure to COVID-19. We all have a role to play to protect Hoosiers from this illness, and the time to act is now.”

The OCHD said tests are being done in Orange County and patient care is being administered.

The health care providers in the county are working very diligently to manage COVID-19 here.

Coronaviruses are most commonly spread from an infected person to others through:

respiratory droplets released into the air by coughing and sneezing; close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands; touching an object or surface with the virus on it and then touching your mouth, nose or eyes before washing your hands; rarely, fecal contamination.

The symptoms vary from person to person. Older individuals and those with underlying medical conditions are at higher risk for severe illness, however, this virus has attacked all ages.

The best ways to protect yourself are to wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, avoid touching your face with unwashed hands, avoid close contact with people who are sick, stay home when you’re sick, cover your cough or sneeze and clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

“We send condolences to the family and friends of those who have passed. This is a stark reminder of the severity of this disease. We as a community must listen to the guidance of the experts and practice all the ways to not spread this disease including social distancing. We all must protect those who are most vulnerable,” the health department shared.