UPDATE: Chippewa County Health Department holds COVID-19 briefing

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Published: Aug. 12, 2020 at 9:22 AM CDT|Updated: Aug. 12, 2020 at 10:42 AM CDT
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CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (WEAU) - The Chippewa County Health Department held their weekly COVID-19 briefing on Wednesday. A recap is available below.

Chippewa County COVID-19 Statistics:

8,423 negative test results

244 positive test results (increase of 29 since last Wednesday)

28 active cases

216 released from isolation

0 deaths

541 total tests last week, a decrease of 31 from the previous week.

The risk level for the county is still high. Gatherings are recommended to be under 15 indoors, under 50 outdoors, with social distancing.

The Wisconsin farm support program has re-opened applications from August 10th to August 24th.

The following questions are what are usually asked during contact tracing:

-What amount of time did you spend with individuals and where?

-How close was the contact?

-What kind of contact?

-Was there protection in place during contact?

When public health can’t determine all contacts, public notices may be necessary. Just because a business is part of notice that doesn’t mean they didn’t have safeguards in place.

School Update:

Schools are preparing and most have a general plan in place that they have shared. Cornell and Stanley-Boyd open up next week. The district is still waiting on certain guidance from the state.


What was the positivity rate for the last week?

The rate was 4.5%, same as the the previous week and an increase from the 3.4% two weeks ago.

How quickly are results coming back?

For those tests sent to local sites, around 24-hours, for those sent out, around 48-hours.

Why was there a notice sent out from the car show in Bloomer?

Individual attended and mingled with people who could have been in contact with him.

Concern that the testing numbers are dropping?

Looking in to getting more asymptomatic testing. 500 is at the lower end of what they are aiming for. If you are around somebody who has been sick, you should be tested.

Why are Cornell and Stanley-Boyd starting early?

Granted an early start waiver that gives them a cushion for instruction hours if school is to be stopped.

How worried are they about school returning and kids being safe?

-Confident in the partnership they have with the public health department and schools. The disease adds a layer of anxiety and they are doing what they can to minimize risk. Need to keep kids distanced and be responsive if somebody has symptoms. If people are sick, they need to stay home.

Is there enough teachers for the district, including substitute teachers?

-It would be possible if there was a large enough outbreak a school would need to close due to staffing. Working to make it easier for recently retired teachers to be available to be substitutes.

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