CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WKRN) — A Hamilton County resident has died after being diagnosed with COVID-19, according to the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department.
The department made the announcement on its Facebook page Wednesday evening and wrote the Hamilton County resident was “over 65 years old with underlying illness and died in a local hospital.”
“It is with a heavy heart that we announce this COVID-19 death,” Health Department Administrator Becky Barnes said in a statement.
She added, “we extend our condolences to the family; however, this reminds us to continue our prevention efforts and to fight this disease with firm resolve.”
The Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department reported 11 new cases of the novel coronavirus Wednesday, bringing the total of confirmed cases in the county to 26.
The Tennessee Department of Health announced during its Wednesday afternoon update that a third person had died in the state as a result of COVID-19, but would not specify the county where the person lived. A short time later, the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department provided details about its death.
Two other people have died of coronavirus in the state. Pete Meenen, a 73-year-old Davidson County resident and longtime employee of the Brentwood YMCA, passed away Friday, while Ron Golden, a 56-year-old Goodlettsville marine who was recently diagnosed with cancer, died Saturday.
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(This reflects what the TDH is reporting each day at 2 p.m. CST for every county other than Davidson. Information for Davidson comes from the Metro Public Health Department.)
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