A Prince George's County, Maryland, man in his 60s is the first to die in the state from the novel coronavirus, the governor said Wednesday night.
The man suffered from an underlying health condition, Gov. Larry Hogan said in a news release.
“It is with profound sadness that I announce the first death in Maryland as a result of the coronavirus pandemic," Hogan said. "I ask all Marylanders to join me in praying for his family and loved ones during this difficult time. As we pray for his loved ones, I ask that we continue to pray for each other, for our state, and for our nation as we face this crisis together. We must use every possible resource at every level of government to save lives and keep people safe.”
The county fire and EMS department has nine members who had contact with the man, the department said Thursday. Those nine people are now in self-quarantine for 14 days. Health officials have been monitoring them.
As of Wednesday night, there were 20 cases of coronavirus in Prince George's County. More than 200 people have COVID-19 in D.C., Maryland and Virginia.
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