Latest COVID-19 death brings county total to 30; increases seen across all age groups

A man with underlying health conditions in the 60-69 age range has become Livingston County’s latest death attributed to COVID-19. His death brings the county’s total number of COVID-19 deaths to 30.

The Livingston County Health Department is reporting a total of 1,361 probable and confirmed cases; of those, 1,129 people tested positive, and 30 died.

This latest death came as increases in COVID-19 cases (confirmed and probable) increased across all age groups in Livingston County.

Livingston County’s COVID-19 numbers, for the most part, rank better than the state’s, except in three areas: probable cases in ages 0-9 (692 cases per million in Livingston County / 498 cases per million in the state); probable cases in ages 10-19 (1,402 cases per million in Livingston County / 1,001 cases per million in the state); and confirmed cases in ages 10-19 (8,662 cases per million in Livingston County / 8,184 cases per million in the state).

The increases in younger age groups come as Howell High School and its Freshman Campus closed for a day to accomplish contact tracing after a student tested positive for COVID-19. More county students have tested positive — one at the Charyl Stockwell Academy in Hartland, two at Brighton High School, one at Maltby Middle School in Brighton — and a probable case was reported at Hutchings Elementary School in Howell.

According to the LCDH, symptoms of COVID-19 may appear 2-14 days after exposure and can include: cough; shortness of breath or difficulty breathing; fever; chills; muscle pain; sore throat; a new loss of taste or smell. Other less-common symptoms have been reported, including gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea, vomiting or diarrhea.

If you are experiencing respiratory illness or other concerning symptoms, the LCDH recommends contacting your healthcare provider.

If you experience emergency warning signs for COVID-19, the LCHD advises you get medication attention immediately. Emergency warning signs include difficulty breathing; persistent pain or pressure in the chest; new confusion or inability to arouse; bluish lips or face.

For more information, check out the Livingston County Health Department’s COVID-19 information by clicking here.

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Journalist Maria Stuart lives in Howell. She worked at The Livingston County Press/Livingston County Daily Press & Argus as a reporter, editor and managing editor from 1990-2009. These days, she runs The Livingston Post, and is often spotted holding court at Uptown Coffeehouse.

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