Over 100 people drove through the Burnett County Highway Shop parking lot to get tested for COVID-19. 

Across the state there have been over 10,000 confirmed cases of the virus and over 400 deaths.

County Administrator Nate Ehalt gave a report on the mobile testing that was done May 5 at the Highway Shop in Siren at the public safety committee meeting. 131 people were tested that day and 93 of those were Burnett County residents, 36 were from Western Wisconsin and two lived in Minnesota.

This was the standard COVID-19 test and was not a test for antibodies.

Anna Treague of Burnett County Public Health explained that the 93 residents that got tested will be part of the county’s data. The other 38 tests will be contributed to the county they live in.

At press time the county had jumped up to 216 negative cases and 34 cases were still being monitored, according to Burnett County Public Health.

Supervisor Gary Lundberg asked Ehalt about the two from Minnesota.

“Those two live in Minnesota, but work in Burnett County,” Ehlat said. “There were a handful of folks that did not meet the criteria and were turned away.”

The criteria stated anyone over the age of five “with current symptoms of fever, cough, loss of taste/smell, shortness of breath, sore throat, fatigue, body aches, diarrhea, vomiting or nausea, chills, shaking with chills, or muscle aches.” They also needed to work or live in Wisconsin.

Ehalt also commended the COVID-19 Response Team for their work during the pandemic. The team is made up of staff members from the Sheriff’s Office, Health and Human Services and Public Health.

“This is an interesting process we are going through with information changing by the hour,” Ehalt said. “It’s a long, tricky situation for all of us.”

The team used to meet five days a week in the morning and now they are meeting twice a week to stay updated on the virus.

If testing reveals there is an outbreak in Burnett County, Ehalt told the committee the National Guard would mobilize and be in the area in 48 hours.

Supervisor Gene Olson asked about how often the courthouse was disinfected.

Ehalt said common areas like tables and push bars for doors are wiped down and sanitized several times throughout the day.