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Resident at Columbia retirement community is confirmed of dying from the coronavirus

The day after the Howard County Health Department announced the county’s first deaths from the coronavirus, a retirement community in Columbia said one of the victims was a resident.

Two Howard County men, ages 75 and 90, have died from the coronavirus, the county health department announced Sunday.

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Vantage House did not say whether its resident was the 75-year-old or 90-year-old victim. The resident died in a hospital, not at Vantage House, according to a statement from Meriann Ritacco, executive director at the retirement community. A request for comment was not immediately returned Monday night.

“We extend our heartfelt condolences to the family. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends during this most difficult time,” Ritacco said in a statement.

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“The health and safety of our residents and employees is our top priority; therefore, at the onset of this health crisis, we enhanced our internal processes and protocols to better protect our community,” Ritacco added.

There are 17 confirmed COVID-19 deaths in Maryland as of Monday night.

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