IONIA, Mich. — Ionia County is reporting its first death due to the coronavirus.
The patient was a male in his 70s who "was hospitalized at the time of death," according to the Ionia County Health Department this afternoon.
His age and underlying health conditions were "likely contributing factors."
There are eight cases of coronavirus in Ionia County.
“We send our sincere condolences to the grieving family members and friends at this time,” said Ken Bowen, health officer, Ionia County.
“This is an unfortunate reminder of why people must practice social distancing. Not everyone who has COVID-19 will be sick.
"Distance yourself from others, as if everyone has it. Be diligent with hand washing. Do not touch your face with unwashed hands.”