Hubbard County’s first COVID-19 death was confirmed by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) on Tuesday, Sept. 22.

The patient was between the ages of 74-79 years. The death was one of 10 deaths newly reported in Minnesota on Tuesday, half of which occurred in a private residence and half in a long-term care facility/assisted living.

"Our condolences go out to the family and friends of the resident,” said CHI St. Joseph's Health Community Health Director Marlee Morrison. “We’ve all watched the reports of COVID-19 related deaths throughout the state, but this death reminds of how important it is to take precautions to protect our community.”

As of Tuesday, MDH reported that Hubbard County has 85 positive cases of the coronavirus.

"We do want to assure the community that CHI St. Joseph’s Health continues to closely monitor all developments with COVID-19," said Sonja Day, communication/marketing director for CHI St. Joseph's Health.

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CHI St. Joseph’s Health Community Health is the public health agent for Hubbard County, and has been working in collaboration with local, regional, and state partners in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Hubbard County has seen an increase in confirmed COVID-19 cases in the last week” Morrison continued, “and community spread of COVID-19 is present. With schools and businesses open, it is important for residents to remain vigilant. Stay close to home as much as possible. Wear a mask when out in public and wash your hands frequently. Avoid large gatherings, or any gathering where 6 feet of social distance cannot be maintained. Stay home when you are sick, or if you think you have been exposed to COVID-19. Contact your healthcare provider for guidance.”