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10/16/2020 9:44:00 AM
Increase in COVID cases causing concern throughout county

The bad news is that since October 1 the COVID-19 reported cases in Iowa County has risen to 44.
That also translates into 236 reported cases since March. Those figures are as of Tuesday afternoon.
The good news is Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers is attempting to do something about the rise in cases throughout the state which has ranked Wisconsin third in the nation as a COVID hot spot.
The order will limit public gatherings and place businesses at no more than 25% occupancy. Churches and schools are those exempted from the gathering order.
According to a news release issued by the Governor the order applies to indoor public spaces including stores, restaurants and other businesses.
The executive order comes in the midst of a major coronavirus spike throughout the state. On Tuesday, state and county health officials confirmed 1,743 new coronavirus cases and 14 new deaths since Monday.
Public health officials said the new statewide emergency order "sets a minimum bar of what must be followed but allows locales to be stricter."
COVID-19 has also affected area schools, especially the co-curriculars. With sports teams working out and competing while wearing masks along with wellness checks and social distancing the norm, the precautions still have not kept schedules intact.
Last Friday football teams at Dodgeville and Iowa-Grant had their games cancelled. Dodge-ville was to play Darlington and COVID-19 cases at both schools forced cancellation. The cancellations have also affected the cross country, volleyball and boys soccer teams who were also forced to cancel. Dodgeville's game with Prairie du Chien has also been cancelled as both schools have moved to virtual instruction due to the pandemic.
Iowa-Grant was to have played Hillsboro but the Tigers were shut down with COVID-19. The Panthers have had some cases at I-G but have chosen to shut down various pods rather then cancel in-person education. The cross country and volleyball teams are still competing and the football team is scheduled to play Highland this week for their Homecoming game.
Pecatonica's  Blanchardville school has moved to virtual due to a staff member contracting covid but the elementary in Hollandale has remained open.
It was reported Barneveld had some staff exposure but has not moved to virtual.
Mineral Point is in hybrid learning. The Pointers were scheduled to play Darlington this Friday but that game will not be played. The Pointers are currently looking for another opponent.

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