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Spike in Brown Co. coronavirus cases linked to Easter gatherings

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Posted at 1:02 PM, Apr 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-24 19:03:16-04

BROWN CO. (NBC 26) - The Brown County Health department said a spike in positive cases started around the Easter holiday. No specifics were given as to what types of gatherings that day, caused it.

"We have seen some communities were gathering together on that holiday," said Claire Paprocki with the county health department.

There are now 517 cases in Brown County; Oneida Nation still reporting six.

County health officials have linked an increase of cases to meat processing facilities. As of Thursday afternoon, 189 cases have been linked to JBS; 55 have been linked to American Foods Group; and 23 have been linked to Salm Partners. The linked cases include employees and the people those employees have had contact with outside of work.

Paprocki said the health department has toured American Foods Group and JBS, and said at this time they are not talking about closing any of the plants.

The county said we will continue to see higher case numbers due to aggressive testing measures. It's part of a strategy to help curb the spread, Paprocki said. She continues to urge people to social distance.

There are currently 35 people out of isolation.