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A woman who was related to the cluster of COVID-19 cases in Skagit County that was reported last Saturday has become the first Skagit County resident to die of the coronavirus disease, according to Skagit County Public Health. The individual was a female in her 80s. 

Members of the cluster have identified it as part of the Skagit Valley Chorale who had been together for a rehearsal.

“We are very sad to have to report this first death,” said Skagit County Health Officer Dr. Howard Leibrand. “My thoughts are with her family and friends as they grieve this loss.”

The individual was a patient at Skagit Valley Hospital.

Public Health identifies and notifies all close contacts of COVID-19 cases. All close contacts are given instructions for taking quarantine precautions. Close contacts may include family members, friends, co-workers, emergency responders and others. These people will be closely monitored for symptoms to avoid further spread of this virus.

It is everyone's responsibility to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Everyone should follow Health Officer guidance to stay home except for essential trips, and postpone or cancel all non-household gatherings.

Meanwhile, 45 Skagit County residents have tested positive for COVID-19 and five have been hospitalized since the coronavirus hit the county.