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Hamilton County reports 5 COVID-19 deaths in one day, 231 additional cases

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The Hamilton County Health Department reported five additional COVID-19 deaths on Friday, marking 11 deaths since Monday and raising the county's death toll to 134.

According to data shared on the Health Department's website, three of the five residents were in the 71-80 age range, and the other two were 81 or older. Among them were three men and two women.

The Health Department has not released info on any potential comorbidities these residents may have had.

As we have seen throughout this pandemic, senior members of our community have been dealt an especially heavy blow by the virus - but young individuals are not immune. Health officials say the virus has claimed the lives of three residents under the age of 20. The Health Department reported on Wednesday that a girl between the ages of 11 and 20 had died of the virus.

COUNTY COVID-19 CASES RISING

Health officials also reported an additional 231 cases on Friday, raising Hamilton County's total to 16,169 since mid-March.

These new cases continue a disturbing upward trend in cases in the county. Just yesterday, the Health Department reported 328 new cases, the highest single-day increase to date.

The county's active case count has now reached a record-breaking 2,208, an increase of nearly a thousand since the beginning of the month, according to the Health Department's data.

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This is a developing story and will be updated.

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