The Eau Claire City-County Health Department is reporting the potential for exposure to the COVID-19 virus at two Eau Claire County businesses and asks that people who may have been exposed receive tests if they are experiencing symptoms. It is possible that some people were exposed at these businesses and were not able to be contact-traced.

Times and places of potential exposure include Olive Garden dine-in service on June 4, 9, 10 & 11 from 4-9 PM and Wagner’s Lanes inside bar on June 16 & 17, from 10-5 PM. If you visited either establishment during these times and are experiencing symptoms, please call your health care provider to get tested for COVID-19 out of an abundance of caution. 

“The health and safety of our guests and team members is our highest priority,” said Nick Hewitt, General Manager of the Olive Garden in Eau Claire. “We have thoroughly sanitized the entire restaurant using CDCapproved disinfectant. Additionally, we continue to follow a number of daily processes to create a safe environment for our guests and team members, and the Health Department has assured us we are taking the right steps.”

“Wagner's Lanes takes this situation very seriously, as the safety and well-being of both our employees and our customers are of the utmost importance to us. We can assure you that we are going above and beyond the guidelines and recommendations of the Health Department, taking extra precautions in as many areas as possible,” said Rob Ingram, General Manager.

Everyone can help prevent the spread of illness in our community with a few simple, but effective actions:

• Stay home if you have a cough, fever, sore throat, or other symptoms of illness

• Practice good personal hygiene: o Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place, eating, or drinking.

  o Cough and sneeze into a tissue or your elbow, then wash your hands. COVID-19 symptoms include cough, fever, sore throat, headache, body or muscle aches, chills, fatigue, vomiting, or new loss of taste or smell.

  o Use hand sanitizer if you do not have soap and water readily available. o Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

• While in public, keep six feet between you and people who don’t live in your home. Avoid gathering with people not in your household. Wear a cloth face covering when physical distance is hard to maintain.

• Call your health care provider if you have any questions about your health. 

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Steve is a web designer and recently retired from running the hosting and development company Cruiskeen Consulting LLC. Cruiskeen Consulting LLC is the parent company of Wis.Community, and publication of this site continues after his retirement.

Steve is a member of LION Publishers and the Local Media Association, is active in Health Dunn Right, and is vice-president of the League of Women Voters of the greater Chippewa Valley

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