Public health announces first COVID-19 related death in Lassen County

The Lassen County Public Health Department received notice that a person in their seventies who had tested positive for COVID-19 passed away, according to a Friday evening, Oct. 9 statement.

“Lassen County Public Health takes confidentiality very seriously and at this time we are not releasing any further information about the individual. Lassen County has a small population and it is our priority to maintain privacy and adhere to the Healthcare Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA),” continued the statement.

The department extends its deepest condolences to their loved ones.

“It continues to be critical that individuals and organizations take action to slow the spread of the virus by following all applicable guidance and recommendations from the Public Health Department, and carefully reviewing new recommendations and direction as it is issued,” the statement read.

“I’m very sad to announce that we’ve lost one of our community members to this illness. This news hits us hard,” stated Helen May, Lead Nurse at Lassen County Public Health. “This COVID-19 pandemic is a historic public health challenge. Our top priority continues to be protecting the health of our community.”

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