At least 13 cases of COVID-19 have been linked to a hockey tournament held in Ashland June 27-28 and a skills clinic on June 30, with numbers expected to grow as test results are confirmed, public health officials said Thursday, July 9.

Cases include both children and adults in a tri-county area, according to a news release from Ashland, Bayfield and Iron counties, the Bad River and Red Cliff Bands of Lake Superior Chippewa and Memorial Medical Center.

Ripple effects continue to spread across the community. They include the temporary closure of multiple businesses, suspended operations at others, a high volume of test requests at local medical providers and an enormous amount of time spent by county public health departments to contact trace the outbreak, according to the release.

The information was shared to remind local residents about the effect one event can have on the community.

“The cornerstone of an effective COVID-19 response relies on the willingness of residents to comply with public health recommendations,” the release stated.

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Best practices to limit the spread of COVID-19 include the following:

  • Limit unnecessary contact with people outside of your household.

  • Wear a mask at all times when in contact with people outside your household.

  • Maintain at least six feet of distance in any public setting.

  • Do not attend or host large group gatherings.

  • Frequently wash your hands.