A third Barron County resident has died due to complications of COVID-19, according to Barron County Public Health on Monday, July 27.

All three deaths in Barron County have been residents in their 70s who had underlying health conditions, according to BCPH.

As of Tuesday, July 28, 54 current cases were isolating at home, six were hospitalized and 70 cases had recovered. Including the deaths, the total case count was 133.

For the week between July 21 and Tuesday, July 28, 53 new cases have been confirmed in Barron County residents. With 568 negative tests during that time, the percent positive of cases was at 8.5 percent for the week and 2.6 percent overall.

Last week, Department of Health Services Secretary-designee Andrea Palm noted some counties were experiencing a backlog of one to three days in reporting negative cases because priority was given to positive cases. It was not clear if a backlog was affecting Barron County. Palm said that weekly percent-positive trends, rather than daily trends, represented a more accurate trend view.

With increasing virus activity levels reported across the state, Gov. Tony Evers was asked last week if a statewide mask mandate would be implemented for when people were in public. Evers said it was under consideration but how, when or even if a mandate would be created was unclear as of Thursday, July 23.

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