The Wisconsin National Guard will be returning to the area to provide free COVID-19 testing from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, July 10 at the Iron River Community Center, 8275 E. Mill St. People do not need to have symptoms to get tested. All are welcome.

Bayfield County Health Officer Sara Wartman sent out information about the event July 2, the same day the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Douglas County jumped to 37.

After holding steady for nearly three weeks, 17 new cases of the virus were reported in Douglas County in a single week. Common factors contributing to the spread of the virus include visitors from other areas of the country with high transmission rates and people who visited multiple public places while symptomatic, according to Douglas County Public Health Officer Kathy Ronchi.

At least eight bars in the city of Superior have been identified as places people have visited while symptomatic over the last two weeks, Ronchi reported. A health alert was issued for President’s Bar because several people who tested positive for COVID-19 had been to that establishment.

“If you have spent time there in the last two weeks, self-monitor for symptoms,” Ronchi said. “If they develop, seek testing and self-quarantine until you have a result.”

COVID-19 symptoms include fever greater than 100.4, chills, new onset cough, sinus pain or headache, body aches, nausea and gastrointestinal symptoms.

Ronchi also recommended the following:

  • People who spent more than 15 minutes within 6 feet of someone outside of their household unit while in a Superior bar or restaurant should be monitoring for COVID-19 symptoms.

  • People who are experiencing symptoms should get a COVID-19 test and self-quarantine until they receive results

  • Stay home if they are not feeling well.

  • If people choose to visit any public place, follow the COVID-19 prevention guidance each business has in place, maintain physical distance and disinfect their hands when leaving.

  • Minimize close physical contact with those outside of their household.

  • Minimize travel, especially to areas considered “viral hotspots” within and beyond the state borders.

  • Wear a fabric face covering if they are unable to maintain social distancing practices.

  • Comply with local public health COVID-19 isolation and quarantine orders.

4 new cases in Northwestern Wisconsin Friday

Douglas and Taylor counties reported new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, July 3, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.

Each county reported two new cases. The increase brings Douglas County to 39 cases of COVID-19 and Taylor County to 16 cases.

Statewide, the state passed 30,000 positive cases of the coronavirus Friday, with a total of 30,317, an increase of 579 cases from the day before.

Three additional people died from COVID-19, leaving the total number of deaths in the state at 796.

The number of negative tests in the state was 573,553, an increase of 9,607 from the day before.

Here's a breakdown of the situation in the 10-county region:

Ashland County

  • Active cases: 1
  • Deaths: 0
  • Total cases reported since pandemic began: 3
  • Total negative tests: 828

Bayfield County

  • Active cases: 0
  • Deaths: 1
  • Total cases reported since pandemic began: 3
  • Total negative tests: 1,110

Burnett County

  • Active cases: 2
  • Deaths: 1
  • Total cases reported since pandemic began: 3
  • Total negative tests: 914

Burnett County last reported a positive case of COVID-19 on Saturday, June 27.

Douglas County

  • Active cases: 16
  • Deaths: 0
  • Total cases reported since pandemic began: 39
  • Total negative tests: 2,409

Iron County

  • Active cases: 5
  • Deaths: 1
  • Total cases reported since pandemic began: 7
  • Total negative tests: 385

Iron County last reported a positive case of COVID-19 on Wednesday, July 1.

Price County

  • Active cases: 0
  • Deaths: 0
  • Total cases reported since pandemic began: 2
  • Total negative tests: 964

Rusk County

  • Active cases: 2
  • Deaths: 0
  • Total cases reported since pandemic began: 11
  • Total negative tests: 794

Sawyer County

  • Active cases: 3
  • Deaths: 0
  • Total cases reported since pandemic began: 12
  • Total negative tests: 1,849

Sawyer County last reported new cases on June 26.

Taylor County

  • Active cases: 12
  • Deaths: 0
  • Total cases reported since pandemic began: 16
  • Total negative tests: 1,042

Washburn County

  • Active cases: 1
  • Deaths: 0
  • Total cases reported since pandemic began: 4
  • Total negative tests: 1,167

Washburn County last reported a positive case of COVID-19 on June 19.

Of the people statewide who have tested positive for the new coronavirus, 12% — or 3,555 people — have been hospitalized because of the virus as of Friday. DHS reported that officials don't know the hospitalization history of 9,017 people, or 30%.

Friday's report also showed that 79% of those with confirmed cases have recovered from the illness.

Wisconsin's daily testing capacity was 19,014 on Friday. An increase in the number of tests being done is one reason for the increase in the number of positive cases. The percentage of positive tests over the last several days was:

  • 5.9% on Saturday, June 27
  • 7.1% on Sunday, June 28
  • 5.3% on Monday, June 29
  • 4.7% on Tuesday, June 30
  • 4.3% on Wednesday, July 1
  • 4.2% on Thursday, July 2
  • 5.7% on Friday, July 3

All of Wisconsin's 72 counties have confirmed cases of the illness.

Visit the Douglas County COVID-19 dashboard or Wisconsin Department of Health Services COVID-19 page for updates.

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