UPDATE: Eau Claire County adds another potential COVID-19 exposure date to Water Street bar

Two Eau Claire establishments exposed to COVID-19
Published: Jun. 25, 2020 at 9:43 AM CDT
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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) - The Eau Claire City- County Health Department has added another date of possible COVID-19 exposure date to a popular Water Street bar.

The heath department added that The Pickle may have had exposure on June 18 from 10 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. As well as the original dates of June 19 from 10:30 p.m. to 12 a.m. and June 20 from 11:20 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.

Brothers is also being listed under potential exposure for June 18 from 11:30 p.m. to 2 a.m.

If you visited the listed bars at those times and are experiencing symptoms, you are asked to contact your health care provider.

To read about potential exposures, click here.

The Eau Claire City-County Health Department is alerting the community about a potential COVID-19 exposure at two Eau Claire County establishments.

Times and places of potential exposure include “The Pickle” on June 19 from 10:30 PM – 12:00 AM and June 20 from 11:30 PM -1:30 AM and “She-nannigans” on June 20 from 12:00 AM – 2:30 AM and June 21 from 1:30 AM – 2:30 AM.

“Every time we have a potential exposure at a place we know is usually crowded is concerning,” says Audrey Boerner of the Eau Claire City-County Health Department. “If we are not able to keep space in our public settings then we could have more exposure and that is something we will watch closely. We have seen it in other communities like La Crosse.”

La Crosse County recently saw a surge in COVID-19 cases in young people after reports of exposures at several bars and restaurants. Boerner says the age of people exposed to COVID-19 at places like The Pickle and She-nannigans is another concern for health officials as about half of the cases in Eau Claire County are in people in the 20 to 40 age range.

“It is certainly a population that is getting this disease and likes to socially gather in close proximity with other people,” Boerner says.

The health department is encouraging those who do choose to go out in public at places like bars and restaurants to keep social distance, wash hands frequently and stay home if you feel sick.

“While this virus is in the community we need to do our part to keep our friends and family safe,” Boerner says.

If you have visited these establishments during these times and are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, the county suggests to get tested for COVID-19.

The health department plans to continue notifying the public of potential COVID-19 exposures when there has been a lack of social distancing and every potentially exposed individual cannot be identified.

Earlier this week, the health department reported a potential COVID-19 exposure at Olive Garden and Wagner’s Lanes.

WEAU reached out to both The Pickle and She-nannigans for comment but did not hear back. The health department says both locations are complying with a public health investigation and necessary cleaning protocol.

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