On March 31, Barron County Public Health was alerted of several confirmed cases of the COVID-19 variant, B.1.1.7. This strain of COVID-19 has been shown to spread more quickly and is associated with a higher rate of death.

“The number of daily cases coming in has slowed down, which is great, but it is also creating a false sense of security in the community, said Health Officer Laura Sauve. “Please know that the risk to our community is still very real. The new variants are causing large outbreaks in schools in Minnesota which is leading to the closing of multiple schools and halt of youth sports. With many traveling for spring breaks, we anticipate a rise in our local numbers as well. We want keep Barron County moving in the right direction and ask that everyone continue to do their part in preventing the spread.”

Public Health wants to remind everyone that it is still important to continue taking steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Please continue to wear your masks, wash your hands and avoid gatherings. If you feel sick, stay home and get tested and if you test positive or are exposed it is very important to follow your isolation and quarantine guidelines.

If you have questions about COVID-19, please dial 2-1-1. You can also text COVID-19 to 211-211. For the latest information, follow Barron County Public Health on Facebook or visit the Wisconsin Department of Health Services website.