A second COVID-19 death in Douglas County was reported by the Minnesota Department of Health on Wednesday, Aug. 12.

The victim was in the same age range, 50 to 59, as the first death, which was reported on Aug. 8.

Ann Steen, administrator for Horizon Public Health said the agency is prohibited by law from identifying individuals out of respect for the family’s privacy and is only able to provide limited information about specific deaths.

After the first death, Steen issued a statement saying that any death from COVID-19 in the community is one too many.

“We all need to be doing what we can to prevent the spread of this disease to our friends, families and loved ones," she said. "Wear a mask in public, practice social distancing, wash your hands often and cover your coughs and sneezes, stay home if you’re ill, and if you develop symptoms of COVID-19, get tested.”

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Douglas County has had 144 cumulative cases of COVID-19 as of Aug. 12, according to the MDH's daily report. The county has 15 active COVID-19 cases, according to Horizon Public Health.

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