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Chippewa County sees decline in COVID-19 testing

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CHIPPEWA COUNTY (WQOW) - Chippewa County has taken a dip in positive COVID-19 cases, but also testing.

According to the Chippewa County Public Health Department, there were 305 positive tests out of the 685 tests completed last week. Previously, the county had 421 positive cases over 904 tests.

Out of the current 588 active cases in Chippewa County, nearly a third are children. Chippewa County public health director Angela Weideman said last week the county saw an increase in positive cases within the Cornnell School District, but positive cases in the Chippewa Falls Area Unified School Sistrict are starting to decline, along with testing.

"In the Chippewa Falls School District we have seen a decrease in testing of children, and a decrease in case numbers, and that is a pattern that we are seeing community wide right now, is a decrease in number of people getting tested and a decrease in number of cases," Weideman said. 

Despite testing being low, Weideman said the county is on track to likely surpass 2020's entire case load in positive children 0-18, but in half the time.

Currently, Weideman said that so far this month there has been 114 documented cases of COVID-19 in ages 5 to 18, compared to 126 cases in October 2020.

19 cases of COVID-19 have been documented this month in the 4 and under age group, as opposed to 29 in October 2020.

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