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Chippewa Valley sees weekend spike in COVID-19 cases

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Chippewa Valley (WQOW) - Monday, Eau Claire County health officials reported 17 new COVID-19 cases since Friday. The county now has 105 active cases.

Chippewa County health officials reported 35 active cases Monday, 8 new cases since July 10. Meanwhile, Dunn County has at least 20 active cases, up three since Friday.

Chippewa County Public Health Director Angela Weideman said, during a press conference Monday, that they are seeing an increase in COVID cases and close contacts in workplace settings, especially in break rooms and communal spaces.

"If you do want to take breaks or lunches with co-workers, please remember to wear a mask in break rooms," said Weideman. "If you are eating lunch together, please make sure you have a least six feet between you and others in the break room."

Weideman said that when you come into close contact with a co-worker, you are exposing them to all of the people you've come into contact with.

In Eau Claire County, Health Director Lieske Giese said the department will now provide updates on COVID-19 data in the county jail. To date, there have been 33 tests done in the jail, with six positive cases now recovered.

Giese also said Eau Claire County's 7-day positivity rate is now at 5%. Last week, the 14-day rate was 14.5%.