A Wisconsin teenager died of complications from Covid-19, officials said Monday, in another tragic first for the pandemic-ravaged state.
Isai Morocho was an 11th grader at East High School and his death marks a “huge loss” to Madison Metropolitan School District, a school spokesperson said.
“All of MMSD are heartbroken to learn of the death of an East High School student due to causes related to Covid-19,” the district said in a statement Monday.
“Our community has lost a wonderful youngster, and when a school family experiences tragedy, especially the loss of a young life, it affects us all deeply. In the days to come, MMSD will focus on providing our students, families and staff with the support needed to help them cope with this enormous loss. ”
Morocho’s death had yet to be recorded in official Dane County or state accounts as of Monday afternoon.
But when it does, he will be “the first Dane County teenager to die of Covid, as well as the first Wisconsin teenager” to pass from the virus, according to Christy Vogt, health education coordinator for Public Health Madison & County of Dane.
Madison Metropolitan School District campuses have been closed since March and all of this fall’s teaching has been delivered online.
Other than Morocho, no other student, teacher or district staff member has died from Covid-19, according to the district.
Wisconsin is one of many states struggling to contain the spread of the virus this fall. More than 13.9% of state residents tested for the virus returned positive in the past seven days, according to the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.
Only 18 states and Puerto Rico have worse and slipping positivity rates.