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Bayfield County Health Department confirms 2nd COVID-19 case, community spread

BAYFIELD COUNTY, WI-- A second case of COVID-19 has been confirmed in Bayfield County.

The Bayfield County Health Department confirmed that in a press release Thursday.

The Health Department has also confirmed this is the first case of community spread of COVID-19 in the county.

The individual that tested positive didn't have any history of travel or contact who already tested positive, the county said.

There was no immediate word from state health officials as to the age or location of the individual.

“This report provides even more reason to take Governor Evers’ ‘Safer at Home’ order seriously,” said Sara Wartman, Public Health Officer for Bayfield County. “We fully expect to see additional cases of the virus in the county but hope that our outreach and guidance is helping to convince county residents to stay home to disrupt the spread of the virus. This is crucial to reducing the spread and flattening the curve.”

This is now the sixth confirmed case in northwestern Wisconsin, and the second in Bayfield County. Douglas County has four confirmed cases.

Wisconsin has seen over 600 confirmed COVID-19 cases with eight deaths.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

Austin Haskins

Meteorologist/Web Producer

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