Four Confirmed Cases Of COVID-19 In Barron County
While Barron County saw its first cofirmed case of COVID-19 Sunday, April 1, three more confirmed cases have since been identified.
On Tuesday, April 3 Barron County Public Health Specialist Sarah Turner released the information that the newly positive cases had been in close contact with the first individual who had tested positive on April 1. All four individuals are isolating at home.
The initial person who tested positive lives and works in Barron County.
“Right now, there are four confirmed cases. While we are not sure how the first individual got sick, all the other cases have been in close contact with someone who tested positive. All four people have been able to remain home and care for themselves,” said Laura Sauve, Health Officer for Barron County.
There have been 303 negative tests in Barron County. The State is working hard to increase the ability to test. Each day more testing becomes available. Information on testing for Barron County is available on the on the States’ website: https:// www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/county.htm
“We knew COVID-19 was coming and have been working hard to prepare for it. Please help us by staying home as much as you can. You have the ability to make a difference for our community.”
“There is no need for the public to panic,” Sauve added. “We have been preparing for COVID-19 in Barron County and are taking the necessary steps to limit further spread.”
It is important that everyone works together to stop the spread of COVID-19. Please remember:
• No one should be meeting or gathering with anyone other than the people who live in their home. (including playdates and sleepovers, parties, large family dinners, and individual visitors)
• People should not be traveling except to go to the grocery store, the doctor, to pick up necessary items or go to and from work.
• It is important to wash your hands for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
• Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze.
• Avoid touching your face.
• If you get sick, please call before going in to the clinic or hospital.
“Barron County Public Health is ready to handle positive cases of COVID-19. We will continue to work with Wisconsin Department of Health Services, the Centers for Disease Control, and our local partners to make sure our community remains safe and healthy,” said Sauve.
The number of people getting sick with COVID-19 continues to grow across the state and country. Social distancing is the only way to slow the spread. This means staying home as much as possible. If you must go out keep at least 6 feet apart from others and wash your hands often.
Barron County Public Health continues to work with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, local healthcare providers and Barron County Emergency Management to limit the spread of COVID-19 in our communities.
For more information on COVID-19 call 211 or visit:
• WI DHS COVID-19: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/disease/covid-19.htm
• CDC COVID-19: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index. html
You can also follow Barron County Public Health or Wisconsin Department of Health Services on Facebook.