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Hamilton Co. sees first COVID-19 death

WEBSTER CITY — The first COVID-19 death in Hamilton County has been reported to the public health department.

Shelby Kroona, Hamilton County Public Health administrator, said her department learned of the death Sunday morning. She declined to give any information as to age of the individual or whether it was a male or female, citing HIPAA regulations.

“We send our sympathies to the individual’s family,” Kroona told the Daily Freeman-Journal.

Kroona urged Hamilton County residents to continue to practice social distancing, wear a mask when in public, avoid large gatherings and to wash their hands frequently.

“We need to really, really practice those good public health measures,” she said. “We need to be cautious because the virus is still present in this community.”

As of Sunday, there were 182 positive COVID-19 cases in Hamilton County with 124 individuals who have recovered. A total of 1,860 people have been tested for coronavirus in Hamilton County.

Statewide, 296,355 have been tested for COVID-19, with a total of 28,489 testing positive. Of those cases, 17,620 have recovered from the virus. Seven-hundred five Iowans have died from the coronavirus.

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