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MADISON, Wis. (WKBT)  — Two Wisconsin residents — a Fond du Lac County man in his 50s and an Ozaukee County man in his 90s have become the first deaths in the state attributed to the coronavirus.

Gov. Tony Evers confirmed the deaths in a news release Thursday, in which he also said, “Our hearts go out to all the loved ones affected by these deaths, and to all those suffering from this virus.”

“We are committed to fighting the spread of COVID-19 in Wisconsin, and I want to recognize the hard work and bravery of our nurses, doctors, state health officials and all those on the front lines in the effort to save lives,” said the governor.

“Together, we will get through this historic health challenge,” said Evers, who declared a state of emergency March 12 as the number of COVID-19 cases multiplied.

The declaration authorized the state Department of Health Services to use all available resources to respond to and contain the coronavirus outbreak

“We are very saddened by the death of these individuals and my heart goes out to the family, community, health providers and public health officials,” said DHS Secretary-designee Andrea Palm. “We are working nonstop with medical staff across the state to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and help protect the health and safety of Wisconsinites.”