Ninth case of COVID-19 in Oneida County
Star Journal Report
A person in his or her 60s has been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus infection in Oneida County. This is the ninth person – and second in two days – to have a confirmed case of the disease.
According to the Oneida County Health Department, the individual has no known contact with anyone who has previously tested positive, has no history of travel outside the community. Currently self-isolating, the person has visited businesses in the area while potentially contagious, including Shopko Optical in Rhinelander May 14 and the Edge Bar and Grill in Hazelhurst May 15. County health officials are working to determine how the person may have become infected and are contacting others with whom they may have had close contact.
“With the increased movement of people at this time, OCHD will begin to share more information about the public places
people who have tested positive for COVID-19 have been during their time of communicability if the time spent there
could have resulted in significant exposure for others,” the health department stated in a press release. “This will hopefully allow the public to better know their potential risk of coming in contact with someone who has tested positive.”
Linda Conlon, Oneida County Health Department Director and Health Officer asks community members to continue to protect themselves and those around them.
“Now is not the time to become complacent. We must continue to have resolve and think of our friends and neighbors as we help keep our community strong and healthy,” Conlon added.
In addition, people should continue to:
• Frequently and thoroughly wash hands with soap and water
• Cover coughs and sneezes
• Avoid touching your face
• Stay home when sick
• Practice physical/social distancing
• Avoid large gatherings and crowds
• Utilize cloth face coverings when physical/social distancing is difficult to do
Anyone experience symptoms of COVID-19 or has been in contact with someone who has tested positive should contact their medical provider to be tested.