COVID-19 Case Clearance: Another group of confirmed COVID-19 cases has been cleared by the county Health Department it was announced Thursday evening.

With 67 confirmed COVID-19 cases to date, the county Health Department is able to announce another eight of those cases are now cleared of coronavirus and recovered.

The second announcement of recoveries was welcomed by county leaders, including County Executive Steve McLaughlin and County Public Health Director Mary Fran Wachunas. On Thursday, the county had the sad task of announcing the county’s first death from COVID-19, with a 68-year-old Sand Lake man passing away.

“We are certainly happy to see another eight residents have recovered from COVID-19. This good news comes after some sad news, with the first death of a resident to this serious disease today,” said McLaughlin.

“We are asking residents to continue to exercise caution, stay at home and maintain social distancing as we navigate our way through this new reality,” added McLaughlin.

The eight recoveries announced on Thursday follow six recoveries announced earlier in the week, bringing the total of cases cleared for recovery at 14.

To be cleared from COVID-19, a patient with a confirmed case must be sympton-free for at least seven days since onset of illness, have no elevated body temperature for 72 hours, and have not taken medicine to reduce fever for 72 hours.

There are 16 confirmed cases now in the hospital. The county Health Department currently has 360 unconfirmed cases in quarantine.

The county confirmed caseload increased to 67 on Thursday with the announcement of seven new confirmed cases.