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COVID-19 spread at wedding prompts Public Health Order in Bayfield County

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WASHBURN, WI -- Bayfield County Health Department, and Red Cliff Tribe are actively investigating an outbreak following a large gathering held in Bayfield County.

A recent wedding at the Harbor View Event Center has a number of positive COVID-19 cases according to the Red Cliff Health Center. Four people who attended the event have tested positive.

Bayfield County Health Department is asking anyone who attended the wedding to get tested and quarantine until their results come back.

Sara Wartman, Health Officer for Bayfield County stated, “Anyone who attended this event
should isolate for the remaining quarantine period until September 11th. Furthermore, they
should not participate in any gatherings or get-togethers over the upcoming holiday weekend
and they should self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19. Additionally, we ask that any
students that attended the event work with their school to do virtual learning for the next
week as an extra precaution now that schools are back in session.”

"Keeping schools open and preventing transmission of COVID-19 in our communities is a high priority. We ask all residents to support our schools by having their students virtually attend school if they were at this event, if they were in contact with persons known to have COVID-19, or if students are feeling ill with COVID-19 like symptoms.”

A Public Health Order was put in place Friday, September 4 for Bayfield County upon the recent COVID-19 outbreaks.

The order states that violation of or failure to comply with the Order is
punishable by fine per Bayfield County Ordinance 2020-07, of not less than $200 and not more than
$500 for each violation.

Additionally, gatherings of more than 100 people are banned, such as meetings, concerts, and sporting events with exceptions of schools, hospitals, hotels, and polling places.

The order runs through December 4.

Because of the spread, the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa issued a Stay at Home order for people living on the reservation.

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