A Jackson County resident has died after contracting the COVID-19 virus, becoming the state’s first reported death. It is also Jackson County’s second confirmed case of the virus.

In a memo posted on Facebook Wednesday, Jackson County Commission Chairman Tim Guffey made the announcement, saying the person was a part-time county employee.

“The employee worked in a department in the Jackson County Courthouse that did not require regular contact with public,” said Guffey.

Guffey said, from the date the part-time employee last worked, the expected incubation period has now expired.

“All county employees who worked in the same department have been notified and none of them have reported any symptoms associated with the COVID-19 virus,” he said.

Guffey said the work area where the employee worked is being fully sanitized and will be checked thorough before any employees are all allowed to return to work when the courthouse opens again, not earlier than April 6.

Guffey said the county commission and county employees offer the family its heartfelt sympathy in the passing of their loved one.

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