First COVID-19 deaths linked to Ipswich and Topsfield

An elderly woman in Topsfield and a 67-year-old Ipswich man have died from COVID-19.

The Ipswich resident, Edward Paquin, was already battling an existing condition, his obituary said.

The Topsfield death was announced yesterday by town administrator Kevin Harutunian, board of health agent Wendy Hansbury, and emergency management director Jen Collins-Brown.

They said they were “deeply saddened to announce the death of the first resident of Topsfield as a result of contracting COVID-19.”

The woman’s name has not been released.

Paquin was most recently a resident of the Essex Park Rehabilition Center in Beverly for the last year or so.

He was a member of the First Church in Ipswich and “a proud life member” of AMVETS Post #201 in Ipswich.

The Topsfield woman was a resident of town. She “was transported to Beverly Hospital by Topsfield Fire Department paramedics where she unfortunately passed away,” town officials said.

Weekly figures released by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health said 23 COVID-19 cases have been recorded to date in Ipswich and 16 in Topsfield. Many of those people have already recovered.



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