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Bayfield County asks visitors to stay home

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The Bayfield County Health Department is asking visitors and seasonal residents to stay home, as health care infrastructure in the northern Wisconsin county is "very limited."

A travel advisory recommends that people who have second or seasonal homes refrain from returning to the area at this time. The county asks people who have already arrived in the county – no matter where they've traveling from – to voluntarily self-isolate for 14 days.

There are exceptions, like a person who is commuting to another area for essential work and has low-exposure risk. Cases can also be determined on an individual level, according to Sara Wartman, director and health officer for the Bayfield County Health Department.

People with questions about isolation or who need supplies during the self-isolation can call the county's health department at 715-373-6109.

The county's public health office declared a public health emergency in Bayfield on Thursday because of the coronavirus pandemic. The declaration allowed its county government to issue the travel advisory.

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The county also has one of Wisconsin's largest populations of older adults, a group at the highest risk of COVID-19.

"It is our priority to keep our older residents healthy and safe," the release reads.

Additional travel restrictions may be enacted moving forward.

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