FOND DU LAC, Wis. -- Fond du Lac-based Mercury Marine has confirmed to TMJ4 one of its employees has died of COVID-19.
"We extend our support, condolences, thoughts and prayers to the employee’s family and friends at this time. The company has communicated the news to our workforce around the world. In deference to the family, we will not identify the employee nor have any further to say at this time," a statement from the company says.
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Thursday evening, Gov. Tony Evers identified the man in his 50s from Fond du Lac County as one of the first two coronavirus-related deaths in the state.
A third victim, a 66-year-old Milwaukee man, died Friday morning , according to the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner.
"Our hearts go out to all the loved ones affected by these deaths, and to all those suffering from this virus," said Gov. Evers. "We are committed to fighting the spread of COVID-19 in Wisconsin, and I want to recognize the hard work and bravery of our nurses, doctors, state health officials, and all those on the front lines in the effort to save lives. Together we will get through this historic health challenge."
Working with the Centers for Disease Control and Wisconsin public health officials, Gov. Evers declared a state of emergency on March 12, 2020. This action allowed DHS to use all available resources to respond to and contain the outbreak.
"We are very saddened by the death of these individuals, and my heart goes out to the family, community, health providers, and public health officials," said DHS Secretary-designee Andrea Palm. "We are working nonstop with medical staff across the state to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and help protect the health and safety of Wisconsinites."
Testing for COVID-19 is being done in Wisconsin through both the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene at the UW-Madison and the City of Milwaukee Health Department. Testing is also taking place at private labs throughout the state.
Right now, Wisconsin is prioritizing testing for COVID-19 because of a shortage of ingredients needed to run the tests.
DHS is working with our local and tribal health officers, health care providers, and other partners to adjust the response to COVID-19 as needed.
People should follow simple steps to avoid getting sick, including:
- Frequent and thorough handwashing.
- Covering coughs and sneezes.
- Staying home when able.
- Avoiding gatherings of 10 or more people
- Practicing social distancing.