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UPDATE: Chippewa County Health Department holds COVID-19 update

The Chippewa County Health Department is scheduled to give a COVID-19 update.
The Chippewa County Health Department is scheduled to give a COVID-19 update.(MGN)
Published: Jul. 8, 2020 at 9:23 AM CDT
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CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (WEAU) - The Chippewa County Health Department held a COVID-19 update on Thursday, a recap is available.

Chippewa Falls statistics (as of Wednesday):

5,239 negative test results

121 positive results (increase of 32 since last Wednesday)

40 active cases

81 released/recovered

0 hospitalizations

53 cases over the age of 40, 69 cases under 40

0 deaths

642 tests last week (increase of 156)

They have raised the risk level from moderate to high. The recommendations for gatherings is 15 or less indoor, and 50 or less outdoor.

41% of the the overall cases have come in the last week. This is not just due to more testing, as the positive rate is increasing. 50 cases in the past 14-days in the county.

Questions:

Where do they stand with hospital capacity?

-They are in good shape when it comes to ventilators and ICU beds. This is all looked at regionally. They have the ability to get help from other hospitals in their region if they get full.

Do they have enough contract tracing staff?

-They are in the “green” right now but approaching “yellow”. At about max capacity before they have to move to the next phase of contact tracers.

How do they explain more cases yet the death rate is lower compared to other countries that had the cases and death rate closer to each other?

-They are lucky the haven’t had more people hospitalized. It depends who gets the disease and are they more vulnerable, and how they protect those vulnerable populations. Different countries have different strategies to fight the disease.

Would they say 99% of the cases are harmless?

-They don’t believe that any case is “harmless”. Asymptomatic cases can spread it to those who are vulnerable.

Can they indicate where the cases are in the county?

-They do put out public notices and information can be found online. They did put out a public notice for Cornell for potential exposure to a positive individual.

Are they concerned if the schools can open in the fall?

-Meet every week and have plans in place based on risk levels. Felt more certain 4-weeks ago than now with the increase in cases.

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