JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - Adams County Tax Collector Rose Patterson died after contracting COVID-19.
Adams County Coroner James Lee said she passed Monday morning at Merit Health hospital in Natchez.
“I’m heart broken. I knew Rose personally. My heart goes out to her family and I want them to know they have my prayers,” Lee said.
Lee said Patterson’s office closed temporarily a few weeks ago because several employees, including Patterson had tested positive for COVID-19.
“Many offices in our county have had to close. They are back open now, but a few weeks ago the Chancery Clerk’s office and Sheriff’s Department also closed temporarily due to COVID,” Lee added.
Lee said he’s had more COVID deaths in the past few months, mentioning November having 11 COVID deaths and December having 12 COVID deaths.
“It’s not just old people dying from this disease. It’s people in their 30′s, 40′s, 50 and 60′s. I agree with the CDC. In some cases it’s families infecting families,” Lee said.
“Everybody needs to adhere to CDC guidelines,” Lee added.
Coroner Lee concluded saying, “She was a wonderful person. She will be missed in the community.”