Bayfield County is reporting the first reported death in the Bay Area related to COVID-19. Authorities say that the individual had no known contact with a COVID-19 carrier and had not recently traveled outside of Bayfield County.

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A press release posted on Facebook mentions that the patient was 78 years old and had been hospitalized for 3 weeks before passing away. Bayfield County Health Officer Sara Wartman wants the public to know that the coronavirus is likely being spread throughout the community from people who are unaware they are infected. She also urges people to follow the Governor's 'Stay At Home Order,' and to practice social distancing.

In Wisconsin as of April 17th there were 4,045 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Of those infected there have been 206 fatalities counting the most recent reported death in Bayfield County.

Governor Tony Evers has extended the 'Stay At Home' order for the state until May 26th. Some restrictions are being eased, including the opening of private and public golf courses.

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