Columbia County Experiences First COVID-19 Death

(Madison) Columbia County has experienced its first death from COVID-19. Columbia County Health Officer Susan Lorenz says they are “very saddened by the death of this individual and our sympathy goes out to the friends and family of this individual.” She says local health officials are “working nonstop with community partners across the county and state to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and help protect the health and safety of our citizens.”

News of the death in Columbia County comes as the Wisconsin Department of Health reports Monday that the state has experienced nine more deaths since Sunday bringing the total to 77, not counting the Columbia County fatality. There was an increase of 173 positive cases from Sunday with 2,440 now confirmed. Of those cases, 668 people required hospitalization, which is 27-percent. To date 26,574 Wisconsinites have been tested and were found not to have coronavirus.

Dodge County has had 15 positive cases, up one from the weekend, while the number of negative results in that time has increased from 354 to 382. There are 22 cases in Columbia County. Fond du Lac County is unchanged from Sunday with 43 positive tests and two deaths. Washington County is still at 57 with three deaths. Jefferson County remains at 14. There are no cases officially being reported in Green Lake County but 67 people there have been tested and found to not have the virus.