The Vilas County Public Health Department has confirmed the sixth case of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Vilas County.

According to Tammi Boers, deputy health officer, the individual is currently in isolation. 

Health officials said they are investigating how the person may have become infected and will notify the close contacts of the positive individual.

Earlier in the week, a COVID-19 case was confirmed on the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians Reservation in western Vilas County.

In addition, Oneida County has confirmed seven cases of COVID-19 and Forest County has confirmed 11 cases. As of May 21, there have been 13,885 positive cases in Wisconsin and 487 deaths. There also have been 163,238 negative test results.

To slow the spread of COVID-19 in the community, the health department makes the following recommendations:

• Avoid close contact with others, staying at least 6 feet away from other people when possible.

• If physical distancing is not possible, consider wearing a face mask.

• Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

• Consider avoiding mass gatherings (more than 10 people).

• Wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

• Avoid touching your face, eyes and mouth when in public.

• If you become sick, stay home.

• Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.

• Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects daily (for example, tables, countertops, light switches, doorknobs and cabinet handles).

“If you develop symptoms of COVID-19, which includes a cough, fever, shortness of breath or other respiratory symptoms, stay home and contact your health-care provider for instructions,” said Boers. “Please do not call 911. This should be reserved for those needing critical emergency attention.”

For the latest information, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at cdc.gov, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services website at dhs.wisconsin.gov, or the Vilas County Public Health Department’s website at health.vilascountywi.gov.