On May third and fourth, the Wisconsin National Guard offered free COVID-19 testing. Any Wisconsin resident feeling sick was encouraged to come and be tested.
The testing was held in Turtle Lake and done using a drive-thru method. A total of 230 people were tested from 11 different counties in Wisconsin. One hundred and thirteen on May 3 and 117 on May 4. Anyone tested was given instructions to stay home and isolate away from others until they received their results. They were also advised to stay home until their symptom passed even if the test came back negative.
One hundred and twenty two of the people tested were from Barron County. All 122 people tested from Barron County were negative. Of the 232 total people tested, one tested positive. The positive case lives in St. Croix County.
“Even though Barron County did not receive any positive cases from this testing site, it is important to remember that we need to stay the course, says Laura Sauve, Health Officer for Barron County. “The things we are doing are what help to keep our numbers so low. We need to continue to stay home and away from others as much as possible. Keep washing our hands and trying not to touch our faces. We can work together to keep our numbers low and our community healthy and safe.”
Barron County Public Health closely monitors the COVID-19 situation. Public Health is immediately notified of any positive case in the County. Staff work with individuals who test positive to identify any close contacts. Public health will reach out to anyone who has been in close contact with someone who tests positive. If you have been in close contact with a person who tests positive, you will be contacted by Public Health.
If you have questions about COVID-19, call 2-1-1 or text COVID-19 to 211-211. For up-to-date information, please follow Barron County Public Health’s Facebook page or check the DHS website for updates.