Reporting 73 new confirmed positive cases on Wednesday, July 29, Barron County Public Health renewed its urging to residents to follow "Safer at Home" measures and help stop the spread of the coronavirus.

“Unfortunately, Barron County is joining the rest of the nation with a surge of COVID 19 cases” said Laura Sauve, Barron County health officer. “We need everyone’s help to stop the spread of this illness in our communities.”

Barron County has seen over 150 new cases of COVID 19 cases in the last 14 days, putting the County in the high-risk category. Currently six people are in the hospital with several in intensive care. Residents must take immediate action to stop the increase in cases.

“We are seeing cases throughout the county with many cases in the Cumberland and Rice Lake areas,” said Sauve. “We are investigating an outbreak at a food processing facility, but this is not the only cause for the increase. Our communities are very connected. Many people live in one community and work or shop in another community. No place is risk free.”

Barron County Public Health recommended the following steps:

• Avoid all gatherings. If there are gatherings, limit it to 10 people or fewer indoors and 25 people or fewer outdoors.

• Wear a mask at all times in public and anywhere that physical distancing of six feet is not possible.

• Stop all unnecessary travel.

• Limit your contacts to those who live in your home, work from home if possible, stop unnecessary trips to stores, stop eating in restaurants and going to bars (order takeout instead), and choose places with strict social distancing and are following Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation recommendations.

• People with underlying conditions and older residents should consider having friends for family do their shopping and limit face-to-face interactions with others.

• Wash your hands often.

• Cover your cough.

• Get tested at any sign of illness. Signs of COVID-19 include fever, cough, shortness of breath, loss of taste or smell, body aches, chills, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Some people may not exhibit symptoms and still have the disease.

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