UPDATE: Chippewa County Department of Public Health holds COVID-19 update

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CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (WEAU)-- The Chippewa County Department of Public Health held a COVID-19 news conference Wednesday morning.

WEDNESDAY UPDATE/RECAP:

Chippewa County has 17 confirmed cases of COVID-19 (an increase of one since Tuesday). 1 person is hospitalized. The cases range from 6 individuals under the age of 40, and 11 over the age of 40.

There have been about 500 tests given at the five locations in the Chippewa County.

For this religious week, "Safer at Home" is still required and no large gathers are allowed. Best suggestion is to stay at home and limit interactions to immediate family in your household.

A community survey is available on their website that well help find what is needed in the area related to COVID-19 for Chippewa County.

A big thank you to the clerks and poll workers who spent so much time making yesterday's election as safe as possible.

Heidi Eliopoulos (Superintendent of the Chippewa Falls Area Unified School District):

Food service will continue for youth. 20,000 meals have been served. 350 bags of weekend food available for school aged children with no income requirement.

The school district is now transitioning into their long term virtual learning phase. Chromebooks and Ipads have been distributed to students.

The vast majority of youth are obeying the "Safer at Home " order, but teens and youth are the largest group that is struggling to obey. They are asking parents to enforce the social distancing for teens and youth.

Matt Kelm, (Chief of the Chippewa Falls Police Department):

Has received mostly positive feed back from businesses and residents regarding the "Safer at home" order. Would be prepared to make arrests if people are breaking order if needed after investigation.

Masks are being worn by law enforcement and EMS to protect people they are serving. If you call for EMS/law enforcement try to wear a mask if possible.

Question:
What is going well in the county?
Community partners coming together to help in the response and ready for the recovery.

There are no cases of COVID-19 in local law enforcement or EMS

Cases are slowing and social distancing is likely helping that, but it is too soon to say if that is a permanent change. Social distancing needs to continue.

Dispatch centers have the address of those who have tested positive to alert law enforcement or EMS if responding to a call. They do not have names.