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Bayfield County investigates COVID-19 outbreak after large event in Washburn

52 more people diagnosed with COVID-19 in the Northland as of Friday.

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Bayfield County public health officials are investigating a COVID-19 outbreak following a wedding held Saturday, Aug. 29, at the Harbor View Event Center in Washburn.

The Red Cliff Community Health Center has identified at least four people who attended the event and have tested positive for COVID-19, according to a news release from the Bayfield County Health Department.

“Anyone who attended this event should isolate for the remaining quarantine period until Sept. 11," Bayfield County Health Officer Sara Wartman said.

The county also asks that any student who attended the event work with their school to do virtual learning for the next week.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services reported that three more people have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in Bayfield County on Friday, bringing the total to five so far this week.


Two more people tested positive in Ashland County and six more people tested positive in Douglas County.

Statewide, Wisconsin reported 1,498 more cases on Friday and that another 11,702 people have been tested. Seven more Wisconsin residents have died.

Also on Friday, the Minnesota Department of Health reported that 41 more people have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the northeastern part of the state.

More than half of those people reside in St. Louis County, where 28 cases were recorded. St. Louis County had not updated its COVID-19 dashboard at the time this story was published. The most cases the county has recorded in a single day was 31 on Aug. 9.

Since Sunday, 97 residents in St. Louis County have tested positive for COVID-19, putting the daily average of new cases at about 16.

Four more people in Itasca County have been diagnosed with COVID-19. Three more people in Aitkin and Lake counties each have tested positive.

Carlton County recorded two more cases on Friday and Koochiching County recorded one.

The new cases were among 856 reported statewide. Another 18,693 diagnostics tests have been completed as of Friday.


Ten more Minnesota residents have died from COVID-19, bringing the state's death toll to 1,847.

This story was updated at 2:02 p.m. Sept. 4 with additional information from Bayfield County Health Department and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. It was originally posted at 11:32 a.m. Sept. 4.

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