JEFFERSON — Jefferson County has recorded its fifth death due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Gail Scott, director of the Jefferson County Health Department, confirmed the death, which took place in late July.
“We always wait for the medical examiner and the state Department of Health Services epidemiologist to certify the person died from COVID-19,” said Scott. “It is our goal to try to prevent another loss of life from COVID.
“The health department team is working very hard to facilitate testing and provide disease management and contact tracing,” she continued.
“Our heartfelt support goes out to the person’s family and friends. The community needs to continue to work together to prevent further tragedies by masking up and practicing social distancing and hygiene practices.”
As of Sunday, Jefferson County has logged 556 positive cases of coronavirus and five deaths. There have been 12,457 negative test results.
Statewide, there have been 54,924 positive cases of the virus and 904,666 negative cases.
The state death toll has hit 948.