BELVIDERE — Boone and Ogle counties each reported Wednesday their first deaths due to complications from COVID-19.

The Boone County Health Department said a woman in her 80s died and released a one-sentence statement from the family saying: "She was a brave soul who will be missed greatly by her family and friends."

The Boone County Health Department previously announced the woman had tested positive for COVID-19. The number of confirmed cases in Boone County is now seven.

"I am deeply troubled by the news that we've lost one of our own — the first COVID-19-related death in Boone County," said Public Health Administrator Amanda Mehl. "Boone County is with this patient's family and loved ones in mourning her loss and honoring her memory."

Ogle County health department officials said the person who died there also was in their 80s.

Officials said additional details about the individual will not be released to protect the privacy of the family. Close contacts to the victim are being monitored by the Ogle County Health Department.

Meanwhile, two more positive cases of the novel coronavirus disease have been identified in Ogle County. Both individuals are in their 40s. The total number of COVID-19 cases in the county now stands at 15.

Both health department officials said the deaths underscore the importance of adhering to recommended steps to limit the spread of the deadly virus.

Those tips include:

• Stay calm: You are not alone in this; your community is here to support you. Talk to your friends and family and let them know if you are having concerns.

• Stay apart: Keep at least 6 feet away from others, including while shopping. Avoid lines by taking advantage of pickup and delivery services for groceries and other goods.

• Stay put: Stay home, and only go out when necessary, such as buying groceries and picking up medicine.

For general questions about COVID-19, call the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) hotline at 1-800-889-3931 or email