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2nd person dies in virus outbreak at Sheboygan nursing home

Masked National Guard unit members walk near a tent next to Sunny Ridge nursing home on Sunday, in Sheboygan,. A second person has died in a outbreak of the coronavirus there.  (Gary C. Klein/The Sheboygan Press via AP)

Masked National Guard unit members walk near a tent next to Sunny Ridge nursing home on Sunday, in Sheboygan,. A second person has died in a outbreak of the coronavirus there. (Gary C. Klein/The Sheboygan Press via AP)

A second person has died in a coronavirus outbreak at a nursing home in Sheboygan, county health officials said Sunday.

The death at Sunny Ridge Nursing and Rehabilitation Center was announced as the Wisconsin National Guard arrived to begin testing all staff and more than 90 residents. The Sheboygan Press reports 10 people had tested positive after a resident at the center became the first in the county to die from COVID-19. At least 30 staff members have had to enter quarantine.

Colinda Nappa, Sunny Ridge’s administrator, said Saturday that several people who tested positive were no longer running fevers, and “most of them are responding to treatment.”

Wisconsin health officials reported Sunday the number of people in the state testing positive for COVID-19 has grown to 2,267, up 155 from the day before. The number of deaths officially attributed to the coronavirus in Wisconsin grew Sunday to 68 deaths, an increase of 12 from the previous day.

The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death.

The Wisconsin National Guard dispatched a team Sunday to the senior living facility in Sheboygan to set up a mobile testing site and collect COVID-19 specimens. About 30 soldiers and airmen arrived as part of the approximately 350 troops mobilized in March after Gov. Tony Evers declared a public health emergency.

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