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5 more deaths due to COVID-19 in Milwaukee County bring total to 16; 34 statewide

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MILWAUKEE COUNTY -- The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office on Wednesday, April 1 reported five additional deaths due to complications of COVID-19. There have been a total of 34 deaths statewide as of Wednesday (16 in Milwaukee County). This, as officials with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services reported the largest one-day increase in the number of positive cases -- the statewide total 1,626, an increase of 200 cases from Tuesday. The positive case count has increased tenfold in less than two weeks.

The medical examiner identified the victims Wednesday afternoon as a 49-year old man from Milwaukee, a 73-year-old man from Oak Creek, an 89-year-old man from South Milwaukee and a 78-year-old woman from Milwaukee.

A fifth death was confirmed Wednesday evening, a 73-year-old man, bringing the total number to 16 deaths in Milwaukee County due to COVID-19.

Dr. John Raymond

Dr. John Raymond

"COVID-19 is very different than the cold or the flu," said Dr. John Raymond, Medical College of Wisconsin president and CEO. "The virus appears to be much more easily spread, and it's much more dangerous."

New Wednesday afternoon, DHS officials began reporting the number of hospitalizations -- 398 (26%) as of 4 p.m.

"Really, all that we can do is try to maintain social distancing from each other," said Dr. Raymond.

While experts say older adults and those with underlying health conditions are most at risk of developing complications, doctors say people of all ages, including children, can be infected.

Dr. Smriti Khare

Dr. Smriti Khare

"What we know about kids is that they do get the disease," said Dr. Smriti Khare, Children's Wisconsin president of primary care. "It seems to be milder, which also means they that they can carry the disease with fairly minimal symptoms."

Despite requests, as of Wednesday, state health officials were not releasing the number of people who recovered from COVID-19 in the state.

COVID-19 related deaths in Wisconsin

  • Man in his 50s in Fond Du Lac County: Death confirmed by Gov. Evers on March 19
  • 91-year-old Robert Blackbird at Village Pointe Commons in Grafton in Ozaukee County: Death confirmed by Gov. Evers on March 19

Robert Blackbird

  • 66-year-old Lawrence Riley in Milwaukee County: Death reported by Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office (MCMEO) on March 20

Lawrence Riley

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

Lenard Wells

  • 54-year-old Roderick Crape 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
  • 60-year-old Ralph Davis in Milwaukee County (MPS employee): Death reported by MCMEO on March 25
  • 57-year-old Sheila Staten in West Allis/Milwaukee County: Death reported by MCMEO on March 26
  • 79-year-old Callie Roundtree in Milwaukee/Milwaukee County: Death reported by MCMEO on March 26
  • 65-year-old Carolyn Johnson in Milwaukee/Milwaukee County: Death reported by MCMEO on March 26
  • 69-year-old Tommie Lee Loving in Milwaukee/Milwaukee County (at VA Hospital): Death reported by MCMEO on March 26
  • Patient/age unknown in Iron County: Death reported on March 26
  • 82-year-old Gail Kutz at Village Pointe Commons in Ozaukee County: Death reported by Washington Ozaukee Public Health Department on March 27
Gail Kutz

Gail Kutz

  • 87-year-old Kenneth Going at Village Pointe Commons in Ozaukee County: Death reported by Washington Ozaukee Public Health Department on March 27
Kenneth Going

Kenneth Going

  • Patient/age unknown in Sauk County: Death reported by Department of Health Services on March 27
  • 55-year-old Nola Boyd in Milwaukee/Milwaukee County: Death reported by MCMEO on March 27
  • Patient/age unknown in Waupaca County: Death reported by Waupaca County health officials on March 28
  • 71-year-old Robert Jackson in Milwaukee/Milwaukee County: Death reported by MCMEO on March 29
  • Patient in 50s in Washington County (Waukesha County employee): Death reported by Washington County health officials on March 29
  • Man/age unknown in Fond du Lac County: Death reported by Fond du Lac County health officials on March 30
  • Patient/age unknown in Ozaukee County: Death reported by Washington Ozaukee health officials on March 30
  • Patient/age unknown in Ozaukee County: Death reported by Washington Ozaukee health officials on March 30
  • Patient/age unknown in Dane County: Death reported by Dane County health officials on March 30
  • 72-year-old man in Milwaukee in Milwaukee County: Death reported by MCMEO on March 31
  • 85-year-old woman from Pewaukee who died in Milwaukee County (counted among deaths in Waukesha County): Death reported by MCMEO on March 31
  • Patient/age unknown in Rock County: Death reported by health officials on March 31
  • 49-year-old man in Milwaukee/Milwaukee County: Death reported by MCMEO on April 1
  • 73-year-old woman in Oak Creek/Milwaukee County: Death reported by MCMEO on April 1
  • 89-year-old man in South Milwaukee/Milwaukee County: Death reported by MCMEO on April 1
  • 78-year-old woman in Milwaukee/Milwaukee County: Death reported by MCMEO on April 1
  • Patient/age unknown in Sauk County: Death reported by health officials on April 1
  • Patient/age unknown in Sheboygan County (Resident of Sunny Ridge Nursing and Rehabilitation Center): Death reported by health officials on April 1
  • Patient/age unknown in Dane County: Death reported by DHS officials on April 1
  • 73-year-old man in Milwaukee County: Death reported by MCMEO on April 1
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