Polk County Public Health reported on May 19 that a Polk county resident had died due to COVID-19. This was the first coronavirus related death reported in the county since the pandemic arrived in Wisconsin in March and comes just as retail businesses and restaurants in the area are beginning to reopen.
This individual was believed to have had a workplace exposure to the virus through employment in Minnesota, according to Polk County Public Health. The individual was initially tested on April 16 and passed away on May 18 at a Twin Cities hospital. The individual was reported to have had multiple underlying health conditions that made them vulnerable to the virus.
As of May 21 Wisconsin has had 12,543 cases of COVID-19 with 453 deaths statewide, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Polk County has had seven confirmed cases, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.