Man who served on Huron County Board of Health for 20 years is county's first COVID-19-related death

Posted at 1:28 PM, Mar 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-30 13:28:04-04

HURON COUNTY, Ohio — Health officials in Huron County have confirmed a man in his 70s became the county’s first COVID-19-related death, according to a release.

Huron County Board of Health said the man, identified as Bill Knapp, who served on the board for 20 years and was currently serving as the board's president.

Knapp, who was in his late 70s and had underlying health conditions, died on Sunday due to complications with the novel coronavirus.

"I am saddened to say that I knew this individual personally and this loss touches all of Huron County Public Health greatly. This individual, Bill Knapp, served on the Huron County Board of Health for 20 years and was a committed and dedicated member of our community as well as a part of the Huron County Public Health family. He was currently serving as the President of the Huron County Board of Health. He was only well respected by everyone who knew him, and we thank him for his service over the past 20 years. We would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Bill," said Huron County Public Health Commissioner, Tim Hollinger, in a statement.

As of Sunday, the Ohio Health Department reported there are now 1,653 confirmed cases in the state, with 29 deaths.

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