WATERTOWN — The Watertown Department of Public Health has confirmed the first death associated with COVID-19.

Watertown Health Officer Carol Quest reported that the individual was in his or her 70s and receiving health care at a local hospital.

“It is with great sadness that we confirm a Watertown resident passed away due to COVID-19,” Quest said. “We are saddened by the loss of one of our community members and we extend sympathies to their loved ones.

“This is a public health event that is changing every day and we need to take it very seriously,” Quest added.

“Everyone must take precautions to protect themselves and those at higher risk, especially the elderly and people with serious underlying health conditions.”

Watertown Mayor Emily McFarland expressed her sentiments,. as well.

“My prayers for peace are with our community members and their family and friends that grieving such a tremendous loss,” McFarland said. “There are no words to adequately relay our sympathies and I will continue to pray for strength for the family and friends of our community member we’ve lost.”

It is believed that the decedent resided in the Jefferson County portion of the City of Watertown, as Jefferson County’s figures Tuesday totaled 737 positive cases of the virus, with six deaths. Negative cases total 14,357.

Dodge County recorded 977 cases of COVID-19 with five deaths, and 17,563 negative cases Tuesday.

Across the state, 66,830 positive cases of coronavirus have been logged, 634 more than on Monday, with 13 more deaths for a total of 1,052. A total of 1,075,397 tests have come back negative.

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