A town official in Morrill has died from complications associated with COVID-19.

First Selectman Tom Flacke died early Sunday, Nov. 1, after being admitted to the hospital last week with flu-like symptoms.

The Morrill Town Office had previously closed for two weeks starting Oct. 15 after an employee tested positive for the virus. According to Town Clerk Melinda "Mindy" Rowlands, the person infected was hospitalized for a time, but later recovered.

Everyone at the Town Office initially tested negative after exposure to COVID-19, Rowlands said, and they all quarantined for the full two weeks in case symptoms later developed.

Flacke was Morrill's first selectman for over 10 years. According to the town website, he was also road commissioner, tax assessor and General Assistance officer.

A town Facebook post read, "It is with great sadness that we write this to inform the town that our first selectman, Tom Flacke, has passed away….

"We are all heartbroken over the loss of this wonderful man and are grieving for his family, friends, and for ourselves. Tom's years of service to this community was a gift from which the town has greatly benefited. He will be missed."