1st northern Michigan COVID-19 death announced at Munson in Cadillac

Mar 27, 2020

Credit Interlochen Public Radio

A Missaukee County man in his late 70s died this afternoon from COVID-19. 

The man was hospitalized at Munson Healthcare Cadillac Hospital on Tuesday for shortness of breath, according to District Health Department #10. He was tested for COVID-19 and results came back positive two days later.

“We wish to express our heartfelt sympathies to the family who lost their loved one,” Kevin Hughes, the department's health officer, said in a release. “COVID-19 continues to pose a serious threat to our community members and we must all continue to follow all executive orders to help bring this deadly virus to a halt.”


Munson Healthcare reported the patient died at the hospital.

“This is a heartbreaking day for this family and our community,” Tonya Smith, president and CEO of Cadillac Hospital, said in a statement. “The reality of this illness has now reached into northern Michigan and taken a patient at our hospital. Our thoughts and prayers are with this patient’s loved ones and friends.”

As of Friday afternoon, there were 34 positive COVID-19 cases in northern Michigan.