Barron County Public Health is reporting two additional COVID-19 related deaths. Both individuals were in their 90s with underlying health conditions. This brings the total number of deaths in Barron County to nine.
“We send our deepest condolences to the families, friends and communities of these individuals, said Health Officer Laura Sauve. “We continue to take this virus seriously and we ask that the community does so too.”
Cases in Barron County are quickly rising. The number of active cases has more than doubled in the past two weeks. In the past seven days, an average of 40 new cases have come in each day.
“It is important that community members take action to slow the spread. We need everyone to do their part to protect those most vulnerable and keep our schools, businesses and community open, Sauve continued.”
Public Health is urging all community members to help to slow the spread of COVID-19. Stay home if you are experiencing any symptoms and call your doctor to be tested. Stay home while waiting for the results of your COVID-19 test. Keep children home from school with any signs of illness. Wear a mask when in public and wash your hands often. Avoid any unnecessary travel and do not gather with those who do not live in your home. Businesses are strongly encouraged to follow guidance from the Wisconsin Economic Development Cooperation (WEDC).
Testing for COVID-19 is available at all local clinics. If you get sick, stay home and call your doctor before going in. Symptoms of COVID-19 are:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
If you have questions about COVID-19, please dial 2-1-1. You can also text COVID-19 to 211-211. For the latest information, follow Barron County Public Health on Facebook or visit the Wisconsin Department of Health Services website.