EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) – The Eau Claire City- County and Chippewa County Health departments held a COVID-19 update on Monday afternoon. A recap is available below.
EAU CLAIRE COUNTY COVID-19 NUMBERS FOR JUNE 29th:
218 positive cases (increase of 10 from Sunday and 38 since Friday)
8,216 negative test results (increase of 580)
This weekend illustrates what they were trying to avoid, a large increase of cases (38) in three days. A lot of the cases could have been avoided by social distancing.
CHIPPEWA COUNTY COVID-19 NUMBERS FOR JUNE 29th:
85 positive cases
4,486 negative test results
They health departments ask people to consider the risks of COVID-19 when planning their 4th of July activities. Keep a record of who attended to help potential contact tracing. Where masks if you cannot socially distance yourself.
The CDC updated the people who are considered at high risk. No specific age is now listed as being at the higher risk, instead it shows as age increases, as do the risks to catch it. There are more conditions as well that are now considered higher risk.
The local situation can change quickly. Physical distancing helps slow the spread of the disease.
Where are the new cases coming from?
-The initial investigation shows it is primarily from people in close contact that are not following physical distancing or wearing face coverings. Also people with mild symptoms who are choosing to be out (and not tested) are spreading the disease.
Are there concerns they will need to change the local health order?
They review the data once a week and the disease measurements will look worse. The local health order helps slow spread, but is not a perfect solution to prevent disease.
Do they expect the numbers to continue to rise?
-It takes time for a health order to affect the disease, as it also takes time for the disease to spread, but they expect the count to rise. They want it to be slow. There is no “Stay at Home” order, so there will be spread of the disease in the community.
Is there a sense that people are getting too relaxed about the disease?
-They are hearing about it from both sides of the spectrum with perception to the disease. The Chippewa Valley has many strong partners working together to do the right things and it will take all of us working together to slow the spread.
Is there a need for more testing capacity in the area?
-The testing rate has been fairly flat in the area. Working on strategies to increase the number of tests being taken. They want to make sure that the capacity is being utilized fully including for outbreak response and those who are most vulnerable.
Are there people with symptoms that are not getting tested?
-Anybody with any level of symptoms should be tested. This is to make sure those who are positive are known so they can prevent them from spreading the disease.
Are they working with the LE Phillips Library?
-Yes, they have been working with them as they start in-person appointments.
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