Five of the six positive cases reported in Barron County have sufficiently recovered from COVID-19, have no symptoms and have been released from isolation. Barron County Public Health reports no new cases as of Friday morning, April 17.

The state and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has guidelines on when a person who tests positive for COVID-19 can be released from isolation. In order to be released three things must happened:

1.) It must be at least 7 days since the symptoms started,

2.) They must be free of fever without using fever reducing medications for three days (72 hours), and

3.) Symptoms of acute illness, such as cough or fatigue, must be improving.

All five released individuals met these requirements.

Testing for COVID-19 is still limited. It is very important that anyone with symptoms of illness to stay home and stay away from others.

“The state is working hard to increase testing abilities but until then, we ask everyone to say home as soon they start to feel ill,” said Laura Sauve, Health Officer for Barron County. “Stay away from other members in your home as much as possible and avoid common areas.”

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 the community.

The good news of the recovered cases comes the day after Gov. Tony Evers announced the public health order for Safer at Home would be extended beyond the initial end date of Friday, April 24. The Safer at Home order—with some new, allowed commercial activities—is extended to Tuesday, May 26. Local county health departments are effectively in charge of overseeing and enforcing the state's orders.

“We know people have questions about this, said Sauve. “We are working on getting more clarification about what this will mean for our communities. We will share as we learn more.”

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