POUGHKEEPSIE, NY — The Dutchess County Department of Behavioral & Community Health confirmed a second death of a Dutchess County resident related to the new coronavirus. The county confirmed a 71-year-old male died Wednesday at St. Luke’s Hospital in Newburgh in Orange County.
The man was admitted to the hospital for cardiac arrest and respiratory distress, and was swabbed for COVID-19, which was confirmed positive.
He had not been known to the county health department until his hospitalization. Further specific information cannot be provided for privacy reasons, county officials said.
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Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro said, for the second time in less than a week, the county lost a resident to the pandemic.
"We hold his loved ones and friends in our hearts during this difficult time," he said. "Though we have planned for COVID-19's impact on our community, nothing can prepare us for the human toll it has already taken, and likely will continue to take."
Molinaro said the loss of life to this disease underscores the importance for every resident to take precautions to stop its spread, and it also accentuates the brave and critical work of our healthcare professionals, working day and night to protect Dutchess County.
Dutchess County currently has 190 positive cases of the new coronavirus, up 37 from Wednesday, according to numbers provided by the state.
The numbers are expected to increase as testing expanded locally earlier this week, Dutchess County officials said.
Health experts said staying home is critical to stopping the spread of COVID-19 and flattening the curve so as not to overwhelm the local health-care system and ensure everyone can get the care they need.
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