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3rd death from coronavirus reported in Milwaukee County, 400+ cases statewide

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MILWAUKEE -- A third death from coronavirus was reported in Milwaukee County by Commissioner of Health Jeanette Kowalik in a news conference Monday, March 23.

An African-American male in his 50s passed away on March 20 from complications of COVID-19, according to Kowalik.

The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner said in a tweet:

The total positive cases of coronavirus rose to 416 on Monday, March 23, with 7,050 testing negative, officials with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services said -- compared to 381 on Sunday. There have been five deaths in the state. Milwaukee County's tracking map on Monday showed 202 confirmed cases, compared to 183 listed on Sunday.

Number of Positive Results by County

Wisconsin County Total Cases as of 3/23/2020 Total Deaths as of 3/23/2020
Bayfield 1 0
Brown* 3 0
Calumet 1 0
Chippewa 1 0
Columbia* 5 0
Dane* 61 0
Dodge 2 0
Douglas 2 0
Dunn 1 0
Eau Claire 4 0
Fond du Lac* 16 1
Green 1 0
Jefferson 2 0
Kenosha* 12 0
La Crosse 5 0
Marathon 1 0
Milwaukee* 204 3
Outagamie 2 0
Ozaukee 14 1
Pierce 3 0
Racine 5 0
Rock 3 0
Sauk 3 0
Sheboygan 6 0
St. Croix 3 0
Walworth* 3 0
Washington 15 0
Waukesha* 31 0
Winnebago 5 0
Wood 1 0
Total 416 5

The Milwaukee County medical examiner on Saturday, March 21 confirmed the second Milwaukee County death as a 69-year-old man who had been hospitalized since March 14. The man, identified by the medical examiner as Lenard Wells, was from out-of-state, but had strong ties to Milwaukee. FOX6 News learned Wells worked as a Milwaukee police lieutenant for many years, but retired before moving out of state. He died at Froedtert Hospital.

Lenard Wells

Lenard Wells

The previous three deaths included a 66-year-old Milwaukee County man (Lawrence Riley)a man in his 90s from Ozaukee County (Robert Blackbird), and a man in his 50s from Fond du Lac County.

Lawrence Riley

Robert Blackbird

DHS officials shared the following message regarding the pandemic on its website:

    • Stay home if you can and especially if you are sick.
    • Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly.
    • Practice social distancing. Please keep six feet between people and avoid direct physical contact.
  • Our updated restrictions on mass gatherings of ten or more people to are necessary to avoid the spread of COVID-19. And they are vital for keeping our health care workers safe.
  • While most of the cases of COVID-19 have been among people older than 50, younger people and particularly those who are 18 to 30 years old aren’t immune to COVID-19. Anyone can contract COVID-19, and it’s as important for young and healthy people practice social distancing.
  • We all need to work together to flatten the curve and protect the capacity of the health care system to serve those who will suffer with the most severe disease from COVID-19.
  • If you have questions or immediate needs related to COVID-19, you can:
    • Text COVID19 to 211-211,
    • Visit 211Wisconsin.org, or
    • Call 211.
      Call volumes are high, please be patient and try to use the text or online options first.
  • If you are experiencing signs and symptoms of COVID-19, please call your health care provider.
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