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Chippewa County sees its first death from COVID-19


It’s been about eight months since the COVID-19 pandemic began in Wisconsin, and the virus has now claimed the first life of a resident in Chippewa County. The news came Oct. 12, from the Chippewa County Department of Public Health.

“We are very saddened by the death of our community member,” said Angela Weideman, health officer/director. “Our hearts go out to all the loved ones affected by this death and to all those suffering from this virus.”

If someone thinks they have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, or have symptoms of illness, which may include fever, coughing, shortness of breath, body aches and sore throat, make sure to distance from others, particularly vulnerable populations. This includes people 60 years of age and older; people with serious chronic health conditions, such as diabetes, lung disease and heart disease; or those who are immunocompromised.

“As we navigate through this hard and trying time,” said Weideman, “Chippewa County continues to work diligently with local, state and national partners, to coordinate our response to COVID-19.”

Steps that can slow the spread of the virus include the following: • Cover coughs and sneezes with an elbow, or sleeve, or a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash hands afterward.

• Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom or before eating. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol.

• Avoid touching the face – especially eyes, nose and mouth – with unwashed hands.

• Stay home if experiencing cold or flu-like symptoms, for 10 days after the illness onset, or three days after the fever resolves without fever reducing medicine, and avoid close contact with people who are sick.

• Wear a cloth face covering when out in public.