First COVID-19 Death confirmed in Calhoun County

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Posted at 9:22 PM, Apr 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-03 21:22:23-04

CALHOUN COUNTY, Mich. — Early Friday evening, The Calhoun County Public Health Department (CCPHD) announced the county's first death due to COVID-19. The individual was an adult resident at Advantage Living Center (Battle Creek) with underlying medical conditions.

“On behalf of Calhoun County we extend our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of this individual,” said Eric Pessell, Health Officer for Calhoun County Public Health Department. “We are saddened by this death and realize it is difficult news for our community as we face the reality of the COVID-19 outbreak. The importance of staying vigilant in our disease prevention actions is stronger than ever. Not everyone who has the coronavirus will be visibly sick. Following public health guidelines is essential. Please continue to limit travel outside the home only when absolutely necessary, and diligently wash your hands.”

This morning, there are 31 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Calhoun County. Currently there are 9 laboratory confirmed COVID-19 cases at Advantage Living of which five are residents and four are staff members.

The CCPHD continues working with Advantage Living leadership and staff to control the facility spread of COVID-19. Advantage Living family members, guardians, or residents who have questions are advised to call the Michigan Long-term Care Ombudsman and Advocates for Nursing Home Residents free and confidential number at 866-485-9393. They are available to discuss any questions family members or guardians may have.