Public Health Officials Announce First Death From COVID-19 In Dickinson County

Mon 6-15-2020

(Spirit Lake)-- Dickinson County Public Health this (Monday) afternoon announced the county's first death related to coronavirus, or COVID-19. 

In a press release, the agency says the individual was a male over 80 years old. Other details weren't released. 

The death comes as the number of COVID-19 cases in Dickinson county continues to mount. As of late this (Monday) afternoon the total number of confirmed cases of the virus in Dickinson county was at 151. Health officials say 44 of those cases have recovered, up two from Sunday. 

Public health officials say it's a reminder for residents to follow all precautions to avoid getting sick and passing the virus onto others. Those include frequent hand washing, avoiding close contact with others, wearing a face mask or shield when around others like at the grocery store or work, cover coughs and sneezes, clean and disinfect surfaces regularly, and closely monitor your health for symptoms of COVID-19, including fever, cough and shortness of breath. They say if you develop those symptoms you should call your health care provider and follow their recommendations.

On a related note, officials with the Iowa Great Lakes Area and Spirit Lake Chambers of Commerce today (Monday) announced an online informational meeting will be held this Wednesday involving officials with Dickinson County Public Health and lakes area business owners. More information regarding the meeting can obtained by contacting Lakes Regional Healthcare.