Cluster of COVID-19 cases tied to graduation parties, Washington Ozaukee Public Health Department says

Posted at 3:52 PM, Aug 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-05 23:15:09-04

A cluster of new positive COVID-19 cases in young adults in Ozaukee and Washington Counties is believed to be tied to recent graduation parties, according to a news release from the Washington Ozaukee Public Health Department.

The health department's contact tracing team believes the cluster "is tied to recent attendance at large gatherings, including several graduation parties," the news release says.

Health officials describe one instance in which an individual attended three separate social gatherings while they were symptomatic, all before testing positive.

"As community members spend more time outside of the home and with others, the risk for COVID-19 spread increases. In order to slow the spread of COVID-19, the health department urges the community’s support and cooperation with contact tracing," the news release says.

According to the health department, COVID-19 symptoms usually appear between 2-14 days after exposure and do not always present with a fever. Other common symptoms include: chills, fatigue, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, cough, muscle or body aches, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, stay home and contact your medical provider to get tested.

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