DICKINSON COUNTY, Mich. (WJMN) – According to the Dickinson-Iron Health Department Facebook page, they have confirmed the death of the Dickinson County patient with COVID-19.
With respect to the family, the health department will not be releasing any other information.
To read the initial story, when the health department announced their was a case in Dickinson County, click here.
Dickinson County Healthcare System released the follow statement on Friday afternoon, following the initial announcement.
Dickinson County Healthcare System (DCH) is reporting that the patient who returned a presumptive positive test result for COVID-19 has died as a result of complications from the virus. DCH is able to share that the patient had pre-existing medical issues that were compromised by COVID-19. The staff of DCH shares its deepest sympathies to the family and friends of the patient.
In fulfillment of their duty as representatives of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and to assure the highest possible level of health for the people of the communities it serves, the Dickinson-Iron Health Department is responsible for and will be the sole entity confirming COVID-19 related deaths in Dickinson County.
Every precautionary protocol was followed by DCH while caring for this patient. DCH is fully equipped to handle any new COVID-19 cases as they present themselves. We continue to reassure our community that it is safe to come to DCH for your and your family’s healthcare needs. We are here for you.
Remaining transparent and keeping stakeholders informed is paramount, but being respectful of families rights and obeying HIPPA guidelines, makes full disclosure impossible.