Schuyler County Reports First Deaths From COVID-19

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BINGHAMTON, NY (WSKG) — Schuyler County has announced the first deaths of residents who had previously tested positive for COVID-19.

“We mourn the loss of two of our citizens whose lives were cut short by this horrific disease. The family is in our thoughts and prayers.” said County Administrator Tim O’Hearn.

The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

County health officials announced in a press release the two—a woman in her 70s and a man in his 80s—were from the same household.

“While many people who are infected with COVID-19 have mild illness, this disease can be devastating for others,” said Schuyler County Public Health Director Deborah Minor.

Minor warned cases are sharply on the rise in the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes, and urged residents to “protect each other and our community” by wearing a mask around anyone outside of your household, and limiting the people with who you interact.