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Health Alert Issued After COVID-19 Exposure at Forest County Potawatomi Powwow

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The Forest County Potawatomi Community Health has issued a health alert due to COVID-19.

FCP Community Health said some people that have tested positive for the virus attended the Meno Keno Ma Ge Wen Pow Wow in Carter. It took place August 6-8.  

Due to the increase in cases, Forest County Potawatomi is canceling the General Council quarterly meeting and community center soft opening Saturday.

During an online address this week, FCP Chairman Ned Daniels Jr. said it was a difficult decision.

“Things aren’t great right now. We’re seeing significant increases in COVID cases around here, in our area and because of that we’re taking extra precautions,” said Daniels.

If you were at the Pow Wow, health officials are asking you to monitor for symptoms.

If you are not vaccinated, you’re asked to quarantine for 14 days.

If you are vaccinated, you should get tested 3 to 5 days after exposure, even if you don’t have symptoms.

Forest County Health Department Director Jacee Shepard also spoke during the Chairman’s weekly briefing.

She said COVID-19 spread throughout the entire county is substantial.

“It means that anytime that you go out into the community or into large settings, you do have the risk of being exposed to COVID-19 as we know it is here in our community,” said Shepard.

Forest County Health has recorded nine new cases of COVID-19 in the last week.

Two people are currently hospitalized because of it.

Everyone is encouraged to get vaccinated if they’re eligible and wear a mask indoors in public.

If you have questions, you can call the COVID hotline, 715-478-4318.

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