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Medical examiner: Milwaukee County man dies from COVID-19; 12 deaths in Wisconsin

Milwaukee County Medical Examiner

MILWAUKEE — Three Milwaukee County women and one man died as a result of the novel coronavirus, the Milwaukee County medical examiner reported Thursday, March 26, with a total of 11 deaths statewide; eight of them in Milwaukee County.

The medical examiner reported the death of a 79-year-old Milwaukee woman on Thursday afternoon. The woman died at the hospital from complications of COVID-19. She had been hospitalized since Monday, March 16.

The medical examiner said 79-year-old Callie Roundtree had a medical history that included diabetes mellitus, congestive heart failure, and stroke.

Later Thursday afternoon, the medical examiner reported the death of 65-year-old Carolyn Johnson who had been hospitalized since Saturday, March 21 and died at the hospital.

The medical examiner reported the death of 69-year-old Tommie Lee Loving Thursday as well. He had been hospitalized since Wednesday, March 25.

On Wednesday night, the medical examiner reported the death of a 57-year-old West Allis woman, identified as Sheila Staten, who died at the hospital Wednesday from complications of COVID-19. According to the medical examiner’s reports, Staten was admitted to Froedtert Hospital a week before her death with a fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. Complications arose during her stay, including kidney failure. Staten had pre-existing medical conditions, the medical examiner said.

Governor Tony Evers reminded residents to take the COVID-19 pandemic seriously, and follow the guidelines outlined in his “Safer at Home” order.

“Issuing a Safer at Home order isn’t something I thought we’d have to do,” said Governor Evers. “We need to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and flatten the curve to ensure our doctors, nurses and health care workers have the opportunity to do their important work.”

Other coronavirus-related deaths in Wisconsin (in chronological order based on when they were reported) 

  • Man in his 50s in Fond Du Lac County: Death confirmed by Gov. Evers on March 19
  • Robert Blackbird, 91, resident of Village Pointe Commons in Grafton/Ozaukee County: Death confirmed by Gov. Evers on March 19

Robert Blackbird

  • Lawrence Riley, 66 in Milwaukee County: Death reported by the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office (MCMEO) on March 20

Lawrence Riley

  • Lenard Wells, 69 in Milwaukee County (retired MPD lieutenant): Death reported by MCMEO on March 21
Lenard Wells

Lenard Wells

  • Roderick Crape, 54 in Milwaukee County: Death reported by MCMEO on March 23
Roderick Crape

Roderick Crape

  • Woman in her 70s in Dane County: Death reported by health officials on March 25
  • Man in his 60s in Milwaukee County (Milwaukee Public Schools employee): Death reported by MCMEO on March 25

Resources to keep you informed about COVID-19

CLICK HERE to view the Milwaukee County COVID-19 dashboard.

CLICK HERE to view the latest COVID-19 totals (updated daily at 2 p.m.) from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.

  • If you have questions or immediate needs related to COVID-19, you can:
    • Text COVID19 to 211-211
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Helpful phone numbers

  • Milwaukee Health Department: 414-286-3521
  • If you’ve lost a job and need help with unemployment: 414-435-7069

About COVID-19 (from the CDC)

Symptoms: Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases. These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure (based on the incubation period of MERS-CoV viruses).

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
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