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BARRON COUNTY -- On April 28, Barron County Public Health was alerted that cases of the COVID-19 variant, B.1.351 (South African variant) were confirmed in the county.

Scientists are working to learn more about these variants to better understand how easily they are spread and the effectiveness of the currently authorized vaccines against them.

“Even though our daily numbers have stayed fairly low, it’s important for everyone to remember there is still a risk,” said Health Officer Laura Sauve. “These variants are causing major issues and shutdowns in our neighboring states. It’s still important to wear our masks, wash our hands and do whatever we can to avoid the spread of this disease. The most important thing everyone can do right now is get their vaccine.”

Free Pfizer vaccine is available to anyone age 16 and older, who lives, works, or studies in Wisconsin. The vaccine is available at the UWEC-Barron County gymnasium in Rice Lake. It is open Tuesday’s through Saturday’s from 11am-7pm. Walk-ins are welcome. For more information call 1-844-684-1064 or visit

Public Health wants to remind everyone that it is still important to continue taking steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our communities. Please continue to wear your masks, wash your hands and avoid gatherings. If you feel sick stay home and get tested and if you test positive or are exposed it is very important to follow your isolation and quarantine guidelines.

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.

Last Update: Apr 28, 2021 3:02 pm CDT

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