Coronavirus is 6th leading cause of death in Montgomery County, Public Health says

Public Health - Dayton Montgomery County hosted free pop-up coronavirus testing at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds on Monday, July 20, 2020. STAFF PHOTO / JIM NOELKER

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Public Health - Dayton Montgomery County hosted free pop-up coronavirus testing at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds on Monday, July 20, 2020. STAFF PHOTO / JIM NOELKER

Coronavirus is the sixth leading cause of death in Montgomery County so far this year, according to preliminary data shared by Public Health - Dayton & Montgomery County.

“That’s just going to continue if we don’t alter our behavior” Health Commissioner Jeff Cooper said. “This is a very real pandemic. We have to take actions collectively as a society to protect each other.”

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Typically, the leading causes of death include heart disease, cancer, accidents, stroke, chronic lower respiratory diseases, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, kidney disease and influenza/pneumonia, he said.

As of Monday, there have been 225 deaths attributed to coronavirus in Montgomery County, according to the Ohio Department of Health. It is the seventh highest number of total deaths in the state.

Compared to other counties in the Miami Valley, Montgomery County is leading the region in COVID-19 deaths. Butler County is reporting 144 deaths, Warren County 75 deaths, Miami County 65 deaths, Clark County 64 deaths, Greene County 63 deaths and Preble County 21 deaths, according to the state health department.

The entire state has recorded 6,020 total deaths during the pandemic.

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Most deaths in Montgomery County are people 60 and older. Ages 80 and older account for 99 deaths, with 58 in people ages 70-79 and 37 in ages 60-69, according to ODH data.

However, most cases reported in the county are those ages 30 and under. Ages 20-29 make up the largest group with 3,808 cases out of 19,636 total cases reported in Montgomery County.

With the holidays approaching, local and state leaders have repeated pleas that people celebrate with household members and avoid large gatherings of family and friends.

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Cooper noted during a press conference Tuesday that following previous holidays, Montgomery County has seen an increase in coronavirus cases about two weeks later.

“The reality is, if we don’t change our behaviors and we continue to gather like we traditionally do we will see a significant increase in cases within Montgomery County following the Thanksgiving holiday,” he said.

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