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Attendee from Stevens Point BLM protest tests positive for COVID-19Submitted: 06/09/2020
Attendee from Stevens Point BLM protest tests positive for COVID-19
Maya Reese
Maya Reese
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PORTAGE COUNTY - Portage County Division of Public Health urges anyone who attended the Black Lives Matter rally in Stevens Point to get tested.


This comes after one demonstrator tested positive for COVID-19 Tuesday.

The Black Lives Matter protest drew at least 1,000 people Sunday. Health officials say all of them may have been exposed.

Portage County's Director of Health, Ray Przbelski, told Channel 12 he did not immediately know how many people had contact with the patient or where they were from.

The Wisconsin Guard will hold a free drive-thru testing event Wednesday from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. at the Health Department in Stevens Point.


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Students and parents have been patiently waiting to hear from local school districts on what classes will look like in the fall.

Last night, the Three Lakes School District flipped the script, they instead took questions from community members to hear their concerns.

Educating is a stressful job, now imagine trying to plan a school year around a global pandemic, and combine that with answering questions from nearly 130 parents in one night. That's a day in Teri Maney's shoes.

"It was truly a listening session...this was laying the groundwork so people have an idea of what we're planning and thinking about at the district," Maney said. 

 Those plans primarily aim to have students back in the classroom full time.

 "That would be our goal to return on site five days a week," she added. 

But with COVID-19 showing no signs of letting up in the U.S. backup plans will be in place for any changes.

"Our next level would be a blended approach," Maney added, "We're keeping our primary focus on elementary students being on site and that might mean for our junior high and high school, a little shift of scheduling."

Three Lakes would then approach any positive cases in the district through guidelines from Oneida and Vilas county health officials.

"We also have a plan for if we would have a positive identification in a grade level, or a teacher, or if there's a teacher. We would not want to shut down the entire district," Maney explained. 

But if things don't go as planned, Three Lakes will be fully prepared for online classes.

"The last level, level four, that would be fully remote instruction."

The school board will vote on Monday night at 6:30 whether or not they will continue with the district's plan. 


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