First fatality from coronavirus reported in Josephine Co.

JOSEPHINE CO., Ore. — Josephine County Public Health has confirmed the first fatality from coronavirus in the county today.

The victim died yesterday and he was 81 years old.

He was admitted into Three Rivers Medical Center, but was eventually transferred to Rogue Regional Medical Center.

The victim and his family had self-isolated due to being symptomatic.

Josephine County Public Health believes the victim got the virus through community spread.

Josephine County Public Health says he was tested for coronavirus on March 24th, the results came back positive on the 27th.

The county says all known contacts have been notified and the victim’s family is getting better.


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NBC5 News reporter Mariah Mills is a Medford native. She graduated from the University of Oregon with a Bachelor's Degree in journalism. She also minored in sociology. In school, she covered Oregon athletics for the student-run television station, Duck TV. When she's not reporting, she’s reading, hiking and rooting for her favorite teams, the Seattle Seahawks and the Oregon Ducks.
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