The Bayfield County Health Department is reporting that a high school student in Bayfield is the first positive test of the COVID-19 coronavirus in Bayfield County.

In a press release from the Bayfield County Health Department, it is reported that "the individual recently traveled where community spread of COVID-19 is occurring, and developed symptoms shortly afterwards."

Self-quarantine procedures have been reviewed with this individual. Bayfield County Health Department and area health care providers are partnering together to keep track of this outbreak.

Officials from the county health department say they are in daily contact with this individual to monitor their symptoms and ensure they are receiving support to be able to isolate at home. They also say they are working with local, state, and federal partners to deal quickly and effectively when people have symptoms of COVID-19 or have been around people have been infected with the coronavirus.

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The health department wants everyone know that people should follow simple steps to avoid getting sick, including:

  • Frequent and thorough handwashing with soap and water
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Stay home when sick
  • Practice social distancing
  • Avoid large public gatherings and crowds