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Community Spread Now Present In Oneida County As Two New Cases Announced

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A person in their 60s and another in their 80s in Oneida County have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the Oneida County Health Department announced Sunday.

That brings the number of positive cases in the county to three.

“It is reasonable to believe that there is now community spread of the virus in Oneida County,” the health department said in a statement.

The two new individuals with COVID-19 are unrelated to each other and unrelated to the first person in Oneida County with the virus, a person in their 20s whose diagnosis was announced Friday.

The Oneida County Health Department said it was working to figure out how the new people may have become infected.  Both are in isolation.

Oneida County Health Department Director urged people to stay home to slow the spread of the virus.

“Because COVID-19 transmission is now widespread throughout Wisconsin, even people who have not traveled outside of their community should minimize their contact with others by staying home when possible, practicing social distancing, and being alert for symptoms of COVID-19,” she said in a statement.

As of Saturday afternoon, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services had reported 989 cases of COVID-19 in the state, including 13 deaths.

Ben worked as the Special Topics Correspondent at WXPR from September 2019 until November 2021. He now contributes occasionally to WXPR. During his full-time employment, his main focus was reporting on environment and natural resources issues in northern Wisconsin and Michigan's Upper Peninsula as part of The Stream, a weekly series.