JEFFERSON — Jefferson County has recorded its fifth death due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Gail Scott, director of the Jefferson County Health Department, confirmed the death, which took place in late July.
“We always wait for the medical examiner and the state Department of Health Services epidemiologist to certify the person died from COVID-19,” said Scott. “It is our goal to try to prevent another loss of life from COVID.
“The health department team is working very hard to facilitate testing and provide disease management and contact tracing,” she continued. “Our heartfelt support goes out to the person’s family and friends.
“The community needs to continue to work together to prevent further tragedies by masking up and practicing social distancing and hygiene practices.”
The daily count of confirmed coronavirus cases in Wisconsin dipped on Sunday as the state added one more death.
The state Department of Health Services reported 922 newly confirmed cases, raising the number of confirmed infections in Wisconsin to 54,924 since the pandemic began. The daily count was down from Saturday, when 1,062 confirmed cases were reported.
Wisconsin reported an additional death on Sunday, raising the state’s death toll to 948.
The seven-day average of new cases on Sunday was 871, down slightly from the previous day.
Jefferson County has logged 556 positive cases of coronavirus and five deaths. There have been 12,457 negative test results.
People ages 20-29 continue to account for the largest percentage of people in Wisconsin confirmed to have the virus, at 25 percent.
For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia.