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UPDATE: 13 COVID-19 cases linked to Ashland tournament

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UPDATE: Ashland's mayor is urging caution for residents of the city. The call comes after officials announced 13 new COVID-19 cases linked to a hockey tournament last month.

ASHLAND, WI. -- City of Ashland Mayor Deb Lewis said they were not made aware of the hockey tournament that took place at the Bay Area Civic Center and that it's been a wake-up call to the community of just how quickly this virus can spread.

The hockey tournament was hosted at the Bay Area Civic Center in late June and it is unclear who hosted the hockey tournament or how large it was.

However, the Ashland Youth Hockey Association posted on their Facebook page saying they were not involved.

The confirmed cases are in both children and adults. Officials anticipate the number of cases to rise.

If that happens, Mayor Lewis said that could stretch hospital capacity too thin to treat both COVID and non-COVID patients.

She said that means adhering to CDC guidelines as it relates to curbing the virus' spread is critical.

"And just this one incident has really stretched our medical community pretty thin here. We are a small regional hospital and we could become overwhelmed very quickly if we start having a lot of cases here," said Lewis.

Lewis added while she didn't get notified of the hockey tournament, she believes other larger events are being planned and held without her being told.

She said she isn't in support of larger gatherings, but if you are planning one to consult the health department first to make sure proper safety guidelines are in place.

Lewis tells us that one Ashland business did have to close its doors based on potential staff exposure to COVID-19 because of this event.

BAYFIELD CO., WI-- The fourth case of COVID-19 has been confirmed in Bayfield County Monday.

"As our area returns to normal activities, this new positive case reaffirms the presence of COVID-19 in our community and evidence that community spread in our area is still occurring," said Sara Wartman, Health Officer for Bayfield County.

It was reported that the patient had become ill on July 1 after attending a hockey tournament on June 27 and 28 in Ashland Wisconsin.

The Bayfield County Health Department said the case was most likely contracted at the event and anyone who attended should be tested for COVID-19.

"If you attended this event and are experiencing symptoms, we encourage you to get tested at a local clinic as soon as possible," Wartman stated.

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