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Burnett County Public Health has announced the county has it's first confirmed case of COVID-19. The individual went to Minnesota for medical services and Burnett County officials were not notified until they had died, according to Burnett County health officials.

The individual died on May 12 and the county was notified May 13. It was reported they died from a secondary bacterial infection.

Everyone can do their part to stop the spread of COVID-19. Please remember:

  • Stay home. Avoid social gatherings with anyone other than people who live in your home.
  • People should not be traveling except to go to the grocery store, the doctor, to pick up necessary items or go to and from work. If you go out, practice physical distancing from others, staying 6 feet apart.
  • Wash your hands with warm soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Cover your mouth when you cough/sneeze.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • If you get sick, call your hospital/doctor before going in.

"Burnett County Public Health and the Burnett County COVID-19 Response Team are ready to handle positive cases of COVID-19," a press release stated. "We will continue to work with Wisconsin Department of Health Services, the Centers for Disease Control, and our local partners to make sure our community remains safe and healthy."