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COVID contact tracing shows case exposures linked to Superior bars

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SUPERIOR, WI-- Several bars and restaurants in Superior have voluntarily closed. That's because a handful of people who recently visited them have tested positive for COVID-19.

Douglas County health officials said they were able to contact trace multiple cases of COVID-19 in Superior over the past week.

Many business owners have been taking the names and numbers of customers in order to make contact tracing easier for local health officials.

That includes Charlie Brown's Bar in Superior's Billings Park.

The owners said they closed their doors for the next week after a few customers let them know they had been exposed to a COVID-19 positive person.

The owners said they chose to temporarily close as a precautionary measure.

Health officials describe a "close contact" as a person who has spent 15-minutes or more at less than 6-feet apart from a positive patient.

If you have been named as a "close contact" health officials will call, ask you about recent locations you have been, if you're feeling any symptoms, what you do for work, and name some people who you could have potentially exposed.

Douglas County Health Officer, Kathy Ronchi said, "If you have COVID and you have the disease, we have an electronic reporting system so then we put in your contacts so then we're able to see if this person becomes positive here we know that they are linked to you."

If you are considered someone who has been potentially exposed to the virus, Ronchi said officials will also offer education on isolation and quarantine, depending on your symptoms.

The health officer said this week alone Douglas County health officials have had to call more than 137-people who were considered "close contacts."

She did not share the exact number of locations linked to recent cases.

There are currently 30-cases of COVID-19 in Douglas County.

Ronchi said if you have tested positive your information will be kept private.

If you feel you may have been exposed you can learn more here.

Jessie Slater

Evening Anchor and Reporter

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