Erie County sees first COVID-19 death; 169 infections reported so far in Ohio

This marks the second coronavirus-related death in the state

Erie County sees first COVID-19 death; 169 infections reported so far in Ohio
Erie County sees first COVID-19 death; 169 infections reported so far in Ohio (Source: The Luna Family)

SANDUSKY, Ohio (WOIO) - A man who contracted the first known case of the coronavirus in Erie County, Nicholas Luna, died Friday in the ICU at a Norwalk hospital.

“He’s not suffering, that’s important" says his wife, Starlett Luna. "He went peacefully. And that means a lot.”

The 85-year-old man, Nicholas Luna, had gone to the hospital with flu-like symptoms and went back a day later when the symptoms worsened. Doctors found an infection on his lung, he was tested for coronavirus and the test came back positive Thursday. He passed away Friday on a ventilator.

The Erie County Board of Health is working to determine who he got coronavirus

“At this time we do not know if this is a community-acquired case or if there’s a travel history,” says Ashley Franks, an epidemiologist with the County. “We’re still working to find that out.”

His wife was surprised as well.

“I was shocked because he doesn’t go very many places and I try to do we go I do most of the driving but he seemed like an unlikely candidate.”

Luna becomes the second reported coronavirus-related death in the state.

Mark Wagoner, Sr., of Toledo, lost his battle to the coronavirus on Wednesday.

As it stands, 169 cases have been reported across 28 Ohio counties.

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