Coronavirus in Brown County: 39% of cases come from meat packing facilities

Posted at 12:44 PM, May 06, 2020

BROWN COUNTY (NBC 26) -- Health officials reported 39% of coronavirus cases come from the meat packing industry. However, officials wanted to stress that the main issue for Brown County is community spread.

Officials with the Brown County Health Department released new information on the coronavirus outbreak in the county Wednesday during an online news conference.

Brown County is reporting 95 new cases of coronavirus. Health officials were pleased to report about 250 people are now out of isolation. "Out of isolation" means people who had coronavirus are no longer considered a threat of spreading the virus.

The county now has 1,635 cases of coronavirus, an increase in 95 from Tuesday. The Oneida Nation has 14 cases.

42 people have been hospitalized due to the virus. The number of deaths remains at 11.

382 people were tested Wednesday at the Resch Center. A total of 1,879 people have been tested at that center.

This comes on the same day a second testing site was opened at the Casa Alba center. Officials are hoping they can do at least 400 tests a day at both Resch and Casa Alba. The National Guard has been deployed at both testing sites. The Guard sent teams made up of 20 to 30 citizen soldiers and airmen who gather samples and send them to state labs for testing.

The test takes 3 minutes and is used with what is described as a non-invasive test swab, an easier swab than the original test.