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3 more confirmed COVID-19 cases in Douglas Co., all associated with 1st patient

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DOUGLAS COUNTY, WI -- Douglas County is now reporting three more confirmed cases of COVID-19, all associated with the first person who was confirmed to have the illness Friday, according to Superior Mayor Jim Paine.

In a Facebook post, Paine said all four are in isolation and "doing well." Paine did not share what part of the county the patients are from.

People confirmed to have COVID-19 have visited a number of local businesses, including grocery stores. Public Health is identifying people that have been in contact with those known to have the virus and contacting them, according to Paine

"All citizens should to remain home and around as few people as possible, limiting all trips to essential activities," Paine wrote. "Tomorrow [Tuesday], the Governor will issue a “stay at home” order that will close non-essential businesses. While we don’t yet fully know the scope of the order, we will work closely with the State of Wisconsin and Douglas County to enforce it as quickly as possible."

"DO NOT GO SHOPPING TODAY," Paine continued. "You almost certainly have supplies necessary to last several days in your home and we have to limit grocery store and pharmacy crowds as much as possible. Please only go shopping to purchase necessary supplies and use curbside pick up where possible. Restaurants are likely to remain open for pick up and delivery so I strongly encourage you to support those businesses."

Paine said he does not know the impact of Evers' order on Wisconsin's April 7 presidential primary election, but he encourage residents to request an absentee ballot by mail.

Paine said he ancticipates closely the City Clerk’s office for in person voting Tuesday.

"Lastly, neither the Governor nor I are limiting you from going outside," Paine wrote. "So please, take a walk. Go for a run. Visit the Point. Do so alone or with your immediate family but you might as well get some fresh air and enjoy what you can of our City."

Briggs LeSavage

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