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La Crosse County reports first COVID-19 death

Kaitlyn Riley

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The La Crosse County Health Department announced Friday a county resident passed away from complications of COVID-19.

The resident was a male in his 70’s who had been hospitalized.

“Our team would like to express our deepest condolences to family, friends, and those impacted by this loss of life,” the health department said in a statement.

The health department urged members of the community to stay home if they had any symptoms of COVID-19, wear a cloth mask when outside the home, wash hands frequently with soap and water, and practice physical distancing of 6 feet or more when around people who are not members of the same household. Staff recommended following the Coulee Region Compass as a guideline.

The health department said it would not release any additional information at this time to protect the family’s privacy.

Kaitlyn Riley’s passion for communications started on her family’s dairy farm in Gays Mills, Wis. Wanting to share agriculture’s story, she studied strategic communications and broadcast journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In college, she held officer positions with the Association of Women in Agriculture and Badger Dairy Club while volunteering as a news reporter for the college radio station. She also founded the university’s first agricultural radio talk show, AgChat. In her professional career, Kaitlyn has worked in radio, print and television news doing everything from covering local events to interviewing presidential candidates, and putting back on her barn boots to chat with farmers in the field. Today, Kaitlyn can be seen covering local stories that matter to you in the La Crosse area.

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