Cortland County announced Tuesday its first confirmed death attributed to COVID-19, a man in his 60s, according to a news release from the county.
The man, who died Monday, had been hospitalized for treatment and had underlying medical conditions, according to the county. No further details on the man are being released.
“We extend our heartfelt sympathies to this gentleman’s family and friends,” said Lisa Perfetti, interim county public health director. “This serves as a very unfortunate reminder to the community about the need for each of us to do our part to protect our most vulnerable neighbors. We continue to stress the importance of avoiding gatherings, wearing masks, social distancing, and staying home when ill.”
Legislature Chairman Paul Heider urged residents to continue following coronavirus guidelines: Wearing a mask; maintain social distancing; wash one’s hands and stay home if you are sick.
“Today we lost a friend and neighbor, my heartfelt condolences go out to this gentleman’s family,” Heider said. “This death is unfortunate, let it serve to strengthen our resolve to fight this virus by adhering to best practices and starving the virus of any more potential victims.”