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Second COVID-Related Death Reported In Washington County

The Washington County Health Department announced on Sunday, October 25, that the second COVID-related death has been reported in the county.

“Our department has been notified by the Illinois Department of Public Health that a male in his 70s has been identified as a COVID-19-Related death through the Illinois Vital Records System,” Administrator Elizabeth Lehde said in a release.

The first death was reported by state officials in August. A family member had told the News that he had a previous condition (progressive supranuclear palsy) for years before he was diagnosed with COVID-19.

More Information From The Health Department

COVID-19 is listed as a cause of death by a licensed health professional on the official death certificate if it meets any of the following definitions:

  • A death within 30 days of symptom onset or diagnosis, unless there is another fully explanatory alternative cause of death unrelated of COVID such as accident.
  • A patient had a clinical history consistent with COVID-19 and did not completely recover to baseline health after the COVID-19 diagnosis.
  • Autopsy findings consistent with COVID-19.
  • If COVID-19 is mentioned on the death certificate under any of the following circumstances: Immediate Cause of Death, Underlying Cause of Death, or Significant Condition Contributing to Death.

Washington County Health Department does not have play a role in determinations of any death. 

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