First COVID-19 Death Reported in Gallia County

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GALLIPOLIS, OH (WOUB) — The Gallia County Health Department is reporting the county’s first death related to COVID-19.

The department confirmed the news on its Facebook page Tuesday in a statement.

According to the statement, the case investigation has been completed and all individuals who may have had contact with the person or symptomatic individuals have been notified and given instructions on isolation and quarantine.

“Out of respect to the family we urge you not to speculate on the identity of this individual and allow the family to grieve. This is a devastating situation and our thoughts and prayers go out to all those impacted by this tragic passing,” the Facebook statement said. “We assure all of you that a thorough case investigation has been conducted and all relevant parties have been contacted.”

The Ohio Department of Health confirmed 6 deaths related to COVID-19 on Monday at 2 p.m.

The DOH makes the following recommendations to protect yourself from illness:

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; dry hands with a clean towel or air dry hands.
  • Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water are unavailable.
  • Cover your mouth with a tissue or sleeve when sneezing or coughing. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.

Ohio’s coronavirus call center is open to answer questions from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. The hotline number is 1-833-4-ASK-ODH or 1-833-427-5634. More information is available at