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Contagious People Confirmed At Merrill Supermarket; Sokaogon Chippewa Reports First Case

Two people known to be contagious with COVID-19 were at a Merrill supermarket over the last two weeks.

They were at Dave’s County Market in Merrill on Aug. 21, 22, 25, and 26, and the Lincoln County Health Department says they may have spread the virus.

Staff and customers who feel they may have been exposed are encouraged to stay home for two weeks from the exposure date.

“Lincoln County has a relatively low COVID-19 disease incidence rate at this time. We encourage people to continue to wear face coverings and take other preventative steps like physical distancing, proper hand hygiene and frequent cleaning and disinfection. These actions reduce the spread of illness and keep our businesses and schools open,” states Shelley Hersil, Lincoln County Health Department Director.

Meanwhile, the Sokaogon Chippewa Community has announced its first COVID-19 case, although the person does not live in Mole Lake.

“Please do not panic,” the tribe urged in a press release. “A positive case in the area has been anticipated as inevitable.”

The tribe has generally been more aggressive than surrounding communities in preventing virus spread.

Elsewhere, Oneida County has now confirmed 216 virus cases, up three from last week.

Vilas County’s 115 cases are a jump of 16 from last week.

Langlade, Lincoln, and Forest counties each have between 80 and 90 cases.

Forest County’s number rose 16 from last week.

Price County is at 36 cases.

Gogebic County now tallies 134 COVID-19 cases.

In total, seven people in the region have died of the virus, four of them in Forest County.

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.
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