Burnett County Health recently announced the first case of COVID-19.

“Initial notification was provided to the Minnesota Department of Health on May 9, 2020, as the individual sought medical services in Minnesota,” a press release stated. “Burnett County was not informed of the positive test until late in the day on May 13, 2020.”

The individual died on May 12 and because they were a resident of Burnett County the positive case is the first for Burnett County. The department stated the individual tested positive for the virus and the cause of death was “secondary bacterial infection.”

Since then there have not been any additional confirmed cases in Burnett County. This includes the mobile testing done earlier in May by the National Guard.

This news came at the same time that Wisconsin’s Supreme Court overruled and ended the safer at home order.

The Burnett County COVID-19 Response team said, “The order is gone, the virus is not.”

They released a number of guidelines they are encouraging businesses and individuals to take since the order ended.

Employer Guidelines

All employers are encouraged to use federal, state and local regulations and guidance, informed by industry best practice and the Wisconsin Economic Development Cooperation to develop and implement appropriate policies regarding:

  • Physical Distancing and protective equipment
  • Temperature Checks and symptom screening
  • Sanitation
  • Use and disinfection of common and high-traffic areas

Individual Guidance:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, especially after touching frequently used items or surfaces
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Sneeze or cough into a tissue or the inside of your elbow
  • Disinfect frequently used items and surfaces as much as possible
  • Strongly consider using cloth face coverings while in public
  • Practice physical distancing of six (6) feet or more between yourself and others
  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Contact and follow the advice of your medical provider.

“Be smart and continue to follow the guidance of maintain physical distance, avoid large gatherings and groups, and stay home if you are sick,” the Burnett County COVID-19 Response Team said. “We are committed to working alongside you to keep our community and our loved ones safe. We know we can do this together.”