MILWAUKEE – A COVID-19 outbreak of the variant first identified in the U.K. (B.1.1.7) has now been tied to a childcare center in Dane County where 21 children and staffers tested positive, followed by 16 of their relatives and "dozens" of people in the community since.
"We have been in close contact with them, they had been doing everything right," Janel Heinrich, Director of Public Health Madison & Dane County said, adding that the center remains open right now. "They have strong protocols in place, continue to do so and we hope to not see much further spread."
Without identifying the childcare center in question, Public Health Madison & Dane County Monday confirmed in a statement that, "most of the children associated with the outbreak had very mild symptoms."
"We have not been aware that there's been anyone hospitalized or having more than a mild-to-moderate case of Covid so far," Heinrich said. "We were made aware of an outbreak or an individual diagnosed at this facility for about two weeks now and have been in close contact with the facility and all the folks who've tested positive since then."
You can watch the entire interview with Heinrich above.
As for Monday's press release, you can read it in its entirety here.