Exposures and Public Health Investigations

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This page is a resource for the public to understand the risk for COVID-19 at places within Chippewa County.


Exposure Definition: When someone who may have been sick with the virus was in contact with people for more than 15 minutes at a distance of less than 6 ft., and those contacts can't be identified/followed up with. Exposures are an indication of risk, not of widespread illness.

Why a public notification for potential exposures?
When an individual visits a location where they have been in close contact for a prolonged period (15+ minutes) with others, and public health is unable to identify the contacts, public notification of the following may be necessary:

  • the location(s) where the COVID-19 positive individual visited
  • the date and time when the COVID-19 positive individual was there
  • the number of unconnected confirmed cases that visited the same location while contagious

 Additional factors that are considered are:

  • if the business is able to provide the Health Department with a list of people that were close contacts at the location (i.e. a salon may have a record of appointments).

Please note that an establishment appearing on this list does not necessarily mean they did something wrong, nor does appearing on the list always mean that the establishment should be closed. Establishments have been contacted before their listing and guidance is provided about reducing future risk to staff and customers.

Anyone who was at the listed establishments on the given days and times AND are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should contact their healthcare provider to get tested. COVID-19 Symptoms include cough, fever, sore throat, headache, body or muscle aches, chills, fatigue, vomiting, or new loss of taste or smell.

Establishments with Potential Exposure:

  • Big Swede's Tavern (Holcombe, WI): July 10
  • Cornell Street Dance, Fireworks, and Parade (Cornell, WI): July 3 
  • SandBar and Grill (Chippewa Falls, WI): June 12-20

Public Health Investigations

This listing of public health investigations will be updated by 4 pm on Wednesdays. It is based on information provided by WI DHS on facility-wide public health investigations. Public health investigations indicate confirmed disease, and the potential for ongoing risk. 


Public Health Investigation definition: One or more cases of COVID-19 in a given area or among a specific group of people.

  • A single confirmed case in the following setting initiates a facility-wide public health investigation:
    • Long-term care facilities include skilled nursing facilities (nursing homes) and assisted living facilities (community-based residential facilities and residential care apartment complexes).
  • Two or more confirmed cases in the following settings initiate a facility-wide public health investigation:
    • Group housing facilities include correctional facilities, homeless shelters, dormitories, and group homes.
    • Health care facilities include hospitals, clinics, dialysis centers, hospice, and in-home care.
    • Workplace (non-health care) settings include manufacturing and production facilities, distribution facilities, offices, and other indoor workplaces.
    • Other settings include adult or child day care centers, restaurants, event spaces, and religious settings.

A case investigation and contact tracing is conducted with all people reported with COVID-19, regardless of setting.

Setting    Active (as of 7/29/2020)                Total           
 Long-Term Care Facility  0  0
 Workplace (non-health care)  1  1 
 Group Housing Facility  0  1
 Health Care Facility   0  0 
 Other Setting   3  3 
 Total  4  5