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DC Health Announces First COVID-19 Related Death

Friday, March 20, 2020

(Washington, DC) – The DC Department of Health announces the first death in the District due to coronavirus (COVID-19). The patient, a 59-year-old male, was admitted to a local hospital last week, presenting with symptoms of fever and cough as well as other underlying medical conditions. He later tested positive and was included among the District’s reporting data.

“It is with great sadness that we announce a tragic death and, on behalf of our residents, I share our love and condolences with the patient’s family and friends,” said Mayor Muriel Bowser. “As a community, we must continue to support one another during these uncertain times. Everyone must do their part so that we can blunt the spread and protect our families, friends, and neighbors.”

At 3 pm today, March 20, the Mayor will hold a press briefing. It will be streamed live at For more information on the District’s response and recovery, visit