Monroe, Greene County Announce First COVID-19 Deaths

(BLOOMINGTON) – On Sunday morning the State Department of Health reported the first death in Monroe County of COVID-19.

Greene County’s first COVID-19 death was reported Friday morning.

According to a news release from the Monroe County Health Department, the local patient, who was older than 70, died at Indiana University Health Bloomington Hospital on Saturday. No other information will be released due to privacy laws.

“It is with a heavy heart that we report the death of a resident due to COVID-19,” County Health Administrator Penny Caudill said in the release. “It is a solemn reminder of how serious this virus is and why we must remain diligent in our efforts to slow the spread.”

In Monroe County there are 83 people known to have tested positive for the virus.

In a news release, the Greene County Department of Health said the individual that died was an adult female who was over the age of 60. She died at Greene County General Hospital on Thursday.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the Greene County resident who lost their life as a result of COVID-19,” the release stated. “It is imperative the community continues to abide by the CDC guidelines in order to protect our most vulnerable residents as our Health Officer, Dr. Peter Powers, works with Greene County General Hospital to maximize their efforts against this novel coronavirus.”

As of Sunday morning, there were 508 Hoosiers diagnosed with COVID-19 in the state. Across the state, 7,928 Hoosiers have tested positive. A total of 343 Hoosiers have died as of Sunday.