WAUSAU – Kids who attended and participated in basketball games Sept. 18 at Tenth Street Park, 935 Jackson St., are being asked to monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 after a participant tested positive.
“Many local youth” were present for about six hours and many participated in basketball games, the Marathon County Health Department said Saturday night in a news release. Prevention measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 were not used, the health department said.
“This type of gathering — including many people, over a long period of time, not using prevention measures — is contributing to the dramatic increases in cases being seen in our area,” said Judy Burrows, public information officer for the health department. “This is the kind of activity that contributes to community spread.”
Anyone who exhibits symptoms of COVID-19 should get tested. Those symptoms include fever, cough, loss of taste or smell, shortness of breath, sore throat, fatigue, body aches, diarrhea, vomiting or nausea, chills and muscle aches.
On Saturday, Marathon County surpassed its daily record number of cases and reported 78 new cases.
As of Friday afternoon, there were 1,234 positive cases of COVID-19 reported in Marathon County. Of those cases, 367 were considered “active” and 853 were listed as “recovered.” There have been 14 deaths in the county due to complications of COVID-19.
On Monday, the health department said the surge in recent cases has overwhelmed the county’s contact tracers and they are unable to reach out to people who have become infected with COVID-19 to learn where they have been recently and who they were with in a timely fashion.
“We are doing our best to keep up, but cases are coming in faster than we can respond,” Burrows said.
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