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Burnett County Public Health confirmed this week the number of positive cases of the coronavirus has passed 100. On Wednesday, the department reported 167 positive cases among Burnett County residents.

The department released a statement Wednesday afternoon warning of another potential exposure site at Swedburg-Taylor Funeral Home in Webster on Sept. 11 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Sept. 12 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

And a second potential exposure is the 10th Hole in Danbury for all of last weekend from Friday Sept. 18 through Sunday Sept. 20 for all business hours. 

100 cases is another milestone that didn’t seem possible when the pandemic started.

The first case in Burnett County was reported in May and since then the number has been slowly rising. Throughout the summer there was no big rise in cases. Then August came, summer was ending and people started moving again.

The number of cases in mid-August was 30 and by mid-September it had tripled to over 90 cases.

The Wisconsin Department of Health (DHS) has reported a big spike in cases among people in the 18-24 age group. There is a link between that spike and college students getting back on campus, but all of Wisconsin is seeing a rise in cases.

The state saw a new record-setting day on Sept. 13 with 1,582 more cases. Wisconsin DHS still classifies Burnett County as high activity level county and the Northwest Region, which includes Ashland, Barron, Bayfield, Burnett, Chippewa, Douglas, Dunn, Eau Claire, Pepin, Pierce, Polk, Rusk, Sawyer, St. Croix and Washburn counties, is classified as high for COVID-19 activity level.

Each of the seven regions that make up Wisconsin are at high activity level. All but one of the states 72 counties has high level of COVID activity, Price County is the only county falling into the medium activity level.

Across the state there have been over 100,000 positive cases. Wisconsin DHS has reported that over 85,000 of those cases have recovered leaving a little over 14,000 cases (14% of the total number of cases) are still active. Approximately 1% have died from COVID-19.