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First COVID-19 death in Florence County

FLORENCE, Wis. — Florence County has its first death from COVID-19 complications, health officials announced Monday.

No further information on the death was released “to protect the privacy of the individual and family,” the Florence County Health Department stated in its news release.

“Our condolences go out to the family during this time of grieving,” said Annette Seibold, health officer and director for Florence County Health Department.

The department posted on Facebook today it has had 69 confirmed COVID-19 positives — up 13 from what was listed Friday — with 32 active cases, 36 recovered and now the one death, along with 814 negative tests. After testing about 20% of its population, Florence County has a 7.8% positivity rate, according to the health department.

The FCHD also advised Monday of a COVID-19 exposure at Leff’s Sports Bar & Grill at 5050 Keyes Lake Drive in Florence from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 13. Those who were at the restaurant during that period may be at higher risk and should monitor themselves for COVID-19 symptoms and contact their medical provider if they become symptomatic, the health department recommended. Symptoms typically will appear within two to 14 days of the exposure. The establishment has been cooperative and following public health guidelines, according to the FCHD.

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