Health Department Reports Second Clark County Death from COVID-19

A second Clark County resident has died from complications caused by the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), according to the Clark County Health Department. The resident was hospitalized.

“The loss of another Clark County resident to COVID-19 is extremely sad. I would like to extend my deepest condolences to this individual’s family and friends,” said Brittany Mews, Clark County Health Officer.

To date, Clark County has 19 total COVID-19 cases. Out of these total cases, 7 are symptom free and released from isolation, 2 are currently in the hospital, and 2 have passed away. Eleven of Clark County’s last 19 positive COVID-19 cases had been in close contact with one another.

The definition of a close contact, as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is being within approximately 6 feet of a COVID-19 case for a prolonged period of time while not wearing recommended PPE. Close contact can occur while caring for, living with, visiting, or sharing a health care waiting area or room with a COVID-19 case, or having direct contact with infectious secretions of a COVID-19 case (e.g., being coughed on) while not wearing recommended PPE. This means that close contacts can live in different households or towns, further stressing the importance of following physical distancing guidelines.

Case counts in Clark County will be updated on the Health Department’s Facebook page and on the Clark County website. To see mapped cases by county, please visit the DHS’ COVID-19: County Data page https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/cases-map.htm. Please note that the DHS website is typically a day or two behind when reporting county numbers. County information provided by your local health department is typically timelier.