Governor Larry Hogan has reported that the first person from Baltimore County and second person in Maryland has died as a result of the coronavirus. The person was described as a Baltimore County resident in his 60s who suffered from underlying medical conditions. Hogan released this statement.
“A second Marylander has lost his life as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. On behalf of our entire state, we send our heartfelt condolences to his family and to all those who loved him,” Hogan said.
“As the number of positive cases in Maryland continues to dramatically rise, we need everyone to take this seriously. This is a public health crisis like nothing we have ever faced before—we are all in this together, and we will get through this together.”
Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski, Jr., also released a statement about the passing of the first Baltimore County resident to COVID-19.
“My prayers are with all those who lost a loved one tonight. This sad passing is a stark reminder of the seriousness of the crisis we face, and it breaks my heart to know that this will not be the last life we lose to this pandemic,” Olszewski said.
“That is why, even as we grieve, we also each need to do our part to reduce the spread and flatten the curve. Stay home. Practice social distancing. Those failing to do their part only add to the toll this crisis will take. We can save lives, but only if we take this seriously and continue to work together.”
According Maryland.gov, there have been 149 cases of COVID-19 and 13 cases in Baltimore County. A Prince George’s County man, also in his 60s, was the first death in Maryland.