March 12, 2020 / 5:27 PM / 4 months ago

First coronavirus death in U.S. state of Georgia was 67-year-old man: governor

(Reuters) - The first patient to die from the new coronavirus in the U.S. state of Georgia was a 67-year-old man with underlying medical conditions, Governor Brian Kemp said on Thursday.

The patient tested positive for COVID-19 on March 7 and was hospitalized at WellStar Kennestone Hospital in Marietta, Georgia, the governor said in a statement.

“I know the medical professionals on site did everything that they could, and I greatly appreciate their efforts. As our state continues to address this pandemic, I urge Georgians to remain calm and support their neighbors and communities,” the governor said.

Reporting by Gabriella Borter; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama

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