Drive-through COVID-19 testing

Burnett County Public Health is confirming an additional Burnett County resident has died of complications from coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

"To date, we have had a total of 23 Burnett County residents die as a result of complications from coronavirus disease," the health department said. "Please help us in expressing our deepest sympathies to the family. Our thoughts are with them."

Burnett County Public Health continues to post updated numbers to the Burnett County Public Health Facebook page Monday through Friday. Further county level data is at

Everyone can do their part to help stop the spread of COVID-19 by committing to the following, the health department said:

> Avoid social gatherings with anyone other than people who live in your home (no playdates, dinner parties, sleepovers, large family dinners, individual visitors). Avoid large gatherings.

> Practice physical distancing from others, staying six (6) feet apart. Follow the statewide face covering order. Information on the order can be found here:

> Wash your hands with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are unavailable, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

> Cover your mouth and nose when you cough/sneeze.

> Avoid touching your face.

> If you get sick, call your hospital/doctor before going in.

"Now more than ever, we need for our community to follow the recommendations listed above," the health department said. "Protect what is important to you. We all play a vital role in helping to keep our loved ones, our community and ourselves safe. For further details on how to make safer choices, please visit:"

Free testing

A free drive-through COVID-19 testing will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 19, at 24720 35/70 north of the Southwinds Plaza, Siren.

Preregistration is required at

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