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First confirmed case of COVID-19 in Eau Claire County

UnityPoint Health - Trinity is issuing new visitor restrictions during continued widespread seasonal influenza activity and the global outbreak of COVID-19.  (MGN Image)
UnityPoint Health - Trinity is issuing new visitor restrictions during continued widespread seasonal influenza activity and the global outbreak of COVID-19. (MGN Image)(KWQC)
Published: Mar. 19, 2020 at 9:47 AM CDT
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The Eau Claire City-County Health Department got test results back this morning confirming the first case of COVID-19 in the county.

"We do know that this individual recently traveled to an area outside of Wisconsin and likely had exposure in another state. The individual is home, and isolated, and is well."

The health department says that the individual self-quarantined immediately after returning from inter-state travel and they are extremely glad that they did.

“Those people that have traveled to places where there is community spread, those people that are concerned about a potential exposure, self-quarantine for well people, the reason we do that in this case and every other case, is that we have fewer people to follow up with if an individual does become ill.”

There is nothing new that the health department is asking the public to do in response to this information.

“We continue to tell the community like we have been all along that they should stay home if they are sick, they should wash their hands, and they should limit their contact with other individuals as much as possible.”

Giese asks those who feel alarmed to reach out and talk to someone.

“The general public, I understand, this is hard, this is an unprecented time for our community and the world and we get that that’s difficult. As a mom and as a nurse I understand that. We want people to know that really the best thing they can do is the best thing they can do is take care of themselves and take care of each other, look out for your neighbors and look out for your friends and talk to them, we can still do that.”

The health department will now investigate the case and have conversations with anybody who might have come in contact with the individual who tested positive, and work to make sure the public is healthy and safe.


The Eau Claire City-County Health Department has confirmed the first case of COVID-19 in Eau Claire County.

The health department says this person traveled outside of Wisconsin and likely had exposure in another state. They are also working to identify anyone that person may have come in contact with and are working to quarantine those individuals for the next 14 days.

The person who tested positive has also been self-quarantined since the travel, according to the health department.

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