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First COVID-19 related death in Ashland County

First COVID-19 related death in Ashland County Photo: WDIO/MGN

Updated: August 04, 2020 04:04 PM

On Tuesday, Ashland County reports their first COVID-19 related death.  According to a Facebook post from Elizabeth Szot, Health Officer with the Ashland County Public Health, they confirmed the death of an Ashland County resident.

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The County is not releasing any more details about the individual at this time.

"It is with great sadness that we announce that one of Ashland County's community members has passed away from complications associated with COVID-19," Szot said in the release. Szot extended sympathies to family and friends.

"We continue to face extraordinary circumstances and continue to urge everyone that this virus is real, it is deadly, and we must continue to follow safer practices including the use of face coverings and social distancing," Szot added.

Health officials remind residents that COVID-19 is in the community and is likely to spread by individuals who do not even know they have it. They ask residents to follow social distance protocols and follow Emergency Order #1 requiring the use of face coverings. 

As of Tuesday, the Wisconsin Department of Health says Ashland County has had 20 confirmed cases of COVID-19. The total number of confirmed positive cases across the state is 56,056.

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