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In EC County, new virus cases swell over weekend; not distancing at gatherings a likely culprit, official says

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In EC County, new virus cases swell over weekend; not distancing at gatherings a likely culprit, official says

A member of the Wisconsin National Guard administers a swab test on May 11 at the Prevea Health Clinic in Eau Claire. With 28 new cases found over the weekend and another 10 on Monday, Eau Claire County is seeing its biggest spike yet in COVID-19 cases.

On Friday, the county had identified 180 cases. As of Monday afternoon, cases had surged to 218, according to county data.

“This weekend illustrates what we’ve been trying to avoid,” said Lieske Giese, director of the Eau Claire City-County Health Department, at a Monday press conference. “…We are really challenged with cases increasing in this community in a rapid way, and we don’t think it’s going to stop unless we really work on keeping our circles small.”

Giese attributed most of the new cases of the virus to county residents failing to stay six feet apart, and not wearing cloth face coverings when keeping their distance is impossible.

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“A lot of the cases we’ve been seeing in the last couple weeks could have been avoided by keeping that distance, especially in those small gatherings,” Giese said.

Of the county’s 218 cases, 69 people have active cases and 149 have recovered, Giese said. One county resident has died of the virus, a person over 65 with underlying health conditions.

Eau Claire County’s western Wisconsin metro cousin to the south, La Crosse County, saw a similar scenario weeks earlier. Cases there began to balloon rapidly in early June.It’s unclear if the case jumps in Eau Claire County will follow the other county’s lead. By June 17, La Crosse County had 173 cases of the virus; as of Monday, it had […]

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