MARATHON COUNTY - In a press release, the Marathon County Public Health Department confirms that a fourth person tested positive for COVID-19.
The individual has not been in contact with any of the first three reported cases. This person is currently isolated and has a history of travel to areas where there is community spread of COVID19.
Judy Burrows, public information officer from the Marathon County Health Department, said community spread means people have been infected with the virus in an area, including some who are not sure how or where they became infected.
"It occurs when a person's disease cannot be traced to specific individual. We have community spread in our area," said Burrows. "We recommend all residents follow the Governor's Executive Order #12 and stay safe at
home and limit travel to essential travel only."
Essential travel includes leaving your home to:
purchase essential supplies,
seeking health care,
purchase medical supplies or prescriptions,
travel to an essential work place,
or travel to care for a child, dependents or elderly person.
Burrows says essential supplies include groceries, gas, and other items needed to maintain a safe home.
"You can prevent yourself from getting COVID19 by following our guidelines," said Burrows. "We need
every person to help control the spread of COVID19."