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Public Health Director: Kewaunee County has been lucky with COVID-19

Luck was the only explanation Kewaunee County Public Health Nurse Cindy Kinnard had for being one of the final 14 counties to be affected by COVID-19 until it reported its first confirmed case on Sunday. A patient in their 80s was hospitalized over the weekend with the virus and those in close contact with the person are being advised to self-quarantine for 14 days.  Without a testing site in Kewaunee County, patients have been sent to either Sturgeon Bay or Green Bay to find out if they have the virus or not.  Of the 62 people tested for COVID-19 from Kewaunee County, over 80 percent of them have come back with results. Kinnard says that is likely because many of their potential cases were placed at the top of the four-tier priority spectrum.

Kinnard says Kewaunee County Emergency Services Director Tracy Nollenberg has been looking into possible isolation centers if COVID-19 starts to cause havoc in the area, but there are no such plan as of now.  She adds that people should continue to practice social distancing and proper hygiene to help fend off the virus.

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