An apartment complex in River Falls, Wis., has been hit with an outbreak of coronavirus.
The Pierce County Public Health Department announced Monday that three people — in different households — have tested positive for the disease. In addition, 11 other members of those households are showing symptoms.
The cases were reported this weekend.
“Each household is cooperating with Public Health and has agreed to stay home until we can determine they are no longer infections,” said health officer A.Z. Snyder, in a statement.
The Pierce County health department has notified other people who have been in contact with the coronavirus victims, but has not released the name or location of the apartment complex.
Health officials are asking residents of the complex to monitor themselves for symptoms, and call their health care providers if they get sick.
“The health concerns and impacts from this virus are real,” said River Falls Mayor Dan Toland, in a statement. “COVID-19 is in our community and we need to continue to be vigilant and socially responsible in order to limit the potential spread throughout our community and into the most vulnerable of our populations.”
In three Wisconsin counties nearest the Twin Cities metro area, the spread appears to have been slower than other areas of Wisconsin.
St. Croix County has a rate of 50 cases per 100,000 population, compared to the Wisconsin average rate of 217. Pierce County has 48 cases per 100,000, and Polk County has a rate of 14.
In the three counties, no deaths have been attributed to coronavirus as of May 17, according to the state Health Department.
To check the spread of coronavirus in Wisconsin, go to: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/county.htm