Iron County reported its first COVID-19 death Thursday.
The person that died was also the northern Wisconsin county's first confirmed case of COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the new coronavirus, Iron County Public Health said in a news release Thursday.
The person's age, gender and method in which they contracted the virus were not provided. A phone call and email from the News Tribune to the county health department were not immediately returned Thursday night.
“We are saddened by this death and our hearts go out to the family, friends, and community,” Katie Hampston, the county's director of public health, said in the news release. “We strongly encourage our residents to stay safer at home unless activities are essential. That is the best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health and safety of our community.”
According to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Iron County did not have any other confirmed cases. Nearby Vilas County has one confirmed case.
Douglas County has four confirmed cases as of Thursday and Bayfield County has two, according to DHS.
As of Thursday, Wisconsin reported 707 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and eight deaths.
Gogebic County, across the border in Michigan, also reported its first death Thursday.
This story originally listed the incorrect number of COVID-19 cases in Bayfield County. It was updated at 9:40 p.m. March 26. Bayfield County has two cases of COVID-19. The News Tribune regrets the error. Additional information on the Gogebic County death was also added.
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