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WEDG director died due to COVID-19

WASHINGTON - The Washington County medical examiner confirmed David Collins, former Washington economic development group executive director, died due to COVID-19.

Dr. Paul Towner said he did a post-mortem nasel swab and confirmed Collins died due to COVID-19.

Washington Police Chief Jim Lester said the responding officer used proper personal protective equipment and did not have to self-isolate.

Police found Collins dead in his Washington home after being requested to check on him just before noon on July 22.

Collins spent his last month traveling with friends and family, according to a press release from the Washington Chamber of Commerce.

Although he spent less than two years in Washington County, Collins was remembered by colleagues for his strong work ethic and gentle demeanor.