UPDATE: Eau Claire City-County Health Department discusses COVID-19

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- The Eau Claire City-County Health Department will be holding daily conferences to update the public on the status of COVID-19 in the state.

WEDNESDAY UPDATE/RECAP:
Eau Claire County has 21 confirmed cases of COVID-19 (no change from Monday and Tuesday)
Of the 1047 tests, 875 have been negative

They want to thank poll workers who made it safe as possible for yesterday's election. It went well. Election results will start being released Monday after 4pm.

Reminder that "Safer at Home" remains and for the Easter Holiday or religious services large groups are not allowed and that groups should be kept to the household. Drive-up services must be limited to fewer than 10 people on site.

Capt. Dan Bresina addresses the status of the Eau Claire County Jail:

They have procedures in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and have temporally reduced the jail population from 281 to 143 inmates since March 1st.

They are following guidelines from the CDC and what is recommended from hospitals, nursing homes and the health departments.

They are balancing the arrest and probation making sure that they are still actively keeping the community safe.

They screen incoming prisoners and isolate them for 14-days.

Conduct more video court dates and are doing additional cleaning. They have suspended on-site visitation and added one more video visit per week.

The jail staff is self-monitoring. Procedures are in place in inmate does have COVID-19. As of now there are no cases at the jail.

They are restricting group activities.

Bookings are down weekly from 92 to 10. These are temporary measures.

Questions:
Will Wisconsin extend "Safer at home" to May as Minnesota has?
State is looking carefully at the cases and there is no indication yet that it will be extended. The next two weeks will be very important.

How have they reduced the jail population?
Huber population reduced it by 38, also cash bonds and those there for child support.

Is there a fear of a spike of cases after yesterday's in-person election?
They worked hard to minimize exposure and the disease is not community spread in Eau Claire. More fear in places that it is community spread and that may cause a spike. They will have statewide data over time on the effect of the election.

The Eau Claire CIty-County Health Department has a call center that people can call with COVID-19 questions.

The call center is staffed Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The center can be reached at 715-831-7425.

Information can also be found at coronavirus.echealthdepartment.org.

We will also be airing the updates daily (when held) on 13.2 which can be viewed on Spectrum Channel 193.