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Florence County reports first, second COVID-19 cases

FLORENCE, Wis. — Health officials this weekend confirmed the first and second COVID-19 cases in Florence County.

Both individuals are in isolation and no further information is being released to protect their privacy, said Annette Seibold, Florence County Health Department’s health officer and director. The new case confirmed Sunday is considered unrelated to the one announced Saturday.

Officials are investigating how they may have become infected, and will be contacting individuals who may have had close contact with these individuals, Seibold said.

“We are working with our local, state and federal partners to deal quickly and effectively when people have symptoms of COVID-19 or have been around people who have been infected with the coronavirus to make sure our community remains safe and healthy,” she said.

Seibold asked community members to continue to follow Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers’ Safer At Home order.

“Staying at home and physical distancing during essential services are currently our strongest tools against flattening the curve and protecting our communities,” she said.

People should continue to follow steps to prevent illness and avoid exposure to this virus including:

— Practice social and physical distancing;

— Frequent and thorough hand washing with soap and water;

— Cover coughs and sneezes;

— Avoid touching your face;

— Stay home when sick.

For the latest information, go to the CDC’s website, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services website or the Florence County Health Department’s Facebook or website at http://www.florencecountywi.com/.

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