Late-Night Water Street Patrons May Have Been Exposed to COVID-19 [UPDATE]

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UPDATED TUESDAY, JUNE 30: The Eau Claire City-County Health Department has announced additional times during which customers may have been exposed to COVID-19 at two Water Street taverns:

  • Brothers (324 Water St.) from 9pm to midnight on both Tuesday, June 23, and Wednesday, June 24.
  • The Pickle (341 Water St.) from midnight to 2:30am on both Tuesday, June 23, and Wednesday, June 24.

For an ongoing list of potential public exposures, visit covid19eauclaire.org.


UPDATED FRIDAY, JULY 26: The Eau Claire City-County Health Department now says customers may have been exposed to the coronavirus last week at an additional Water Street tavern. Potential COVID-19 exposure occurred at Brothers (324 Water St.) between 11:30pm Thursday, June 18, and 2am Friday, June 19. In addition, patrons at The Pickle (341 Water St.) between 10-11:30pm Thursday, June 18, may also have been exposed. Potential viral exposures at The Pickle on June 19 and 20 were previously reported (see below).


Patrons at two Water Street taverns may have been exposed to COVID-19 last weekend, the Eau Claire City-County Health Department announced this morning.

Potential exposure occurred at The Pickle (341 Water St.) from 10:30pm to midnight on Friday, June 19, and again from 11:30pm on Saturday, June 20, to 1:30am Sunday, June 21, and at She-nannigans (415 Water St.) from midnight to 2:30am on Saturday, June 20, and from 1:30-2:30am on Sunday, June 21. The establishments are cooperating with the investigation, the health department said in a media release.

“Anyone who was at these establishments on the given days and times AND are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should contact their provider to get tested,” the health department said. “Both establishments are cooperating with the public health investigations.”

According to the health department, “COVID-19 symptoms include cough, fever, sore throat, headache, body or muscle aches, chills, fatigue, vomiting, or new loss of taste or smell.”

The announcement of potential exposures was the second in two days by the health department. On Wednesday, officials said customers at Olive Garden and Wagner’s Lanes may have been exposed to the virus earlier this month. (See details on that announcement here.) The health department says it will “alert the public when there has been potential exposure of close contacts who are within 6 feet for 15 minutes of a confirmed case and the potentially exposed individuals are not able to be identified/contacted.”

Here’s the full media release:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Eau Claire County Reports Potential Exposures to COVID-19

Eau Claire WI, June 25, 2020, 8:46 AM – The Eau Claire City-County Health Department is alerting the public of potential COVID-19 exposure at two Eau Claire County establishments. Anyone who was at these establishments on the given days and times AND are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should contact their provider to get tested. Both establishments are cooperating with the public health investigations.

Times and places of potential exposure include:

  • The Pickle on June 19 from 10:30 PM – 12:00 AM and June 20 from 11:30 PM -1:30 AM
  • She-nannigans on June 20 from 12:00 AM – 2:30 AM and June 21 from 1:30 AM – 2:30 AM

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.

*COVID-19 symptoms include cough, fever, sore throat, headache, body or muscle aches, chills, fatigue, vomiting, or new loss of taste or smell.

The Health Department will continue to alert the public when there has been potential exposure of close contacts who are within 6ft for 15 minutes of a confirmed case and the potentially exposed individuals are not able to be identified/contacted.

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.

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 healthcare provider if you have any questions about your health.

 

Please know that the health and safety of all community members remains our highest priority.

 You can stay up to date with the latest information on the Health Department website covid19eauclaire.org, Facebook (@eauclairehealthdept), or Twitter @echealthdept. If you have questions, email us at echealth@co.eau-claire.wi.us, or call the COVID-19 phone line at (715) 831-7425.