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Marathon County to require county employees to wear masks

Face coverings are recommended by the CDC to slow the spread of COVID-19
Face coverings are recommended by the CDC to slow the spread of COVID-19(WEAU)
Published: Jul. 9, 2020 at 10:47 AM CDT
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WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAW) - As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise in Marathon County, it is revising its COVID-19 workplace policy, going into effect Monday.

“COVID is a virus that can impact anybody. There’s no vaccine for it. What we know that works- is masks and social distancing. Those are the tools that we have... those are the tools that we need to deploy- in order to prevent the spread of this,” Marathon County Health Department’s public information officer, Judy Burrows said.
Burrows added that “staff will be required to wear face coverings in county-owned indoor public areas (such as public hallways and public restrooms) and when they are unable to maintain social distancing.”

As of Wednesday, Marathon County has had 233 positive cases, 133 of whom have recovered, one who has died, and 22 who were ever hospitalized for the disease. Another 7,781 people have tested negative for the disease. 99 people have a confirmed case active currently, 42.5% of the county’s cases in total, 57.3% have recovered.
Marathon and Clark counties are partnering in a drive-through/walk-up testing event in Abbotsford Thursday, July 9 from 12 p.m. - 8 p.m. and July 10 from 7 a.m. - 4 p.m. The event is happening in the Dollar General parking lot at 1011 E. Spruce Street.

To be tested, you must have at least one symptom of COVID-19 and be over the age of 5. If you have questions, you are asked to call (715)261-1900.

Wood County’s health director told NewsChannel 7, they are not planning on making any new requirements for staff or the county at this time.

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