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Dane County reports its first COVID-19 coronavirus death

Dane County reports its first COVID-19 coronavirus death

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Dane County public health officials say a woman in her 70s is the county’s first death from the COVID-19 coronavirus.

“We are saddened by the loss of one of our community members, and we extend our sympathies to their loved ones,” Janel Heinrich, director of Public Health Madison and Dane County, said in a statement Wednesday. “COVID-19 can cause serious health complications and death, especially among older adults and people with chronic health conditions. That’s why it’s important that we all work together to prevent the spread of illness.”

Officials declined to provide a city of residence for the woman or say if she had traveled lately or had any underlying health conditions.

As of Wednesday, 88 people in Dane County and 585 people statewide have tested positive for COVID-19. Six people in Wisconsin have died as of Wednesday from the illness. Positive tests are up by 16 in Dane County from Tuesday and 128 statewide.

“We strongly encourage community members to stay home unless activities are essential. In doing so, you’re not only helping protect yourself, but also our family, friends, neighbors and fellow community members,” Heinrich said.

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