One individual died yesterday in a Fond du Lac County hospital of COVID-19, according to the county's health department, and three more have been diagnosed with the novel coronavirus.

   Kim Mueller, Fond du Lac County public health nurse, made these announcements via a Facebook Live video announcement Monday morning.

  "Although this person is not a Fond du Lac County resident, he became a member of this community, and part of Fond du Lac when he became ill and was treated by our nurses and physicians who were dedicated to his care and hopeful for his survival," Mueller said, expressing condolences to the unnamed man's family.

   His passing marks the second death in Fond du Lac County to COVID-19.

   Meanwhile, three more cases were identified in the county, bringing the total number of cases in the county to 22.

   "Of those 22 cases, four are currently active and 16 have recovered," Mueller said.

   Those numbers will continue to be updated as they shift on the county's website, www.fdl.wi.gov. Updates are released weekdays at 2 p.m. 

   Mueller also urged county residents to take measures such as social distancing seriously.

   "I can't stress enough how important it is to follow the state's safer-at-home order," she said. "Our community's health depends on everyone taking the necessary precautions to decrease the spread of COVID-19. I know all our lives have been disrupted and our freedom to go about our daily activities has changed. If you are not taking these necessary steps seriously, then you are jeopardizing the health of your family, friends and your neighbors.

   "Please remember if you must go out for essential activities or practice social distancing. This is the key to stopping the spread of this terrible virus."