Dunn County confirms first COVID-19 death | WisCommunity

Dunn County confirms first COVID-19 death

September 30, 2020 - 12:43pm
Health Officer KT Gallagher
Health Officer KT Gallagher

The Dunn County Health Department has confirmed the first death in the county from COVID-19. In a press release this afternoon Health Department Officer KT Gallagher announced that the fatality was an elderly person and that no further information would be released out of respect for the deceased and their loved ones. Gallagher stated that  “Our hearts go out to the family and friends for their loss. This death and our current high rate of COVID-19infections emphasize the need for us all to do our part to prevent spreading COVID-19 germs”.

Currently, a total of 612 people in Dunn County have been diagnosed with COVID-19, with 202
current active cases. Dunn County is considered to have a “very high” case activity and increasing
trend in cases averaging over 50 cases a day per 100,000 people.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) launched a data dashboard on in June showing
county-level COVID-19 activity and regional hospital capacity. The dashboard was updated today to
increase the upper limit to “very high,” meaning 350 cases in two weeks, or 25 cases per day, per
100,000 people. Visit https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/disease.htm for more information.

Gallagher emphasized the need to continue to limit the spread of the virus through mask wearing, hand washing, maintaining a 6-foot distance from others, staying home if ill, and limiting contact with other people. 

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