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Mayor of Superior, Wisconsin: 'DO NOT GO SHOPPING TODAY'

The mayor says people with confirmed COVID-19 cases went to multiple businesses.

The mayor of Superior, Wisconsin told residents to avoid going shopping Monday after learning that people in Douglas County with confirmed cases of COVID-19 "visited a number of local businesses, including grocery stores." 

The announcement was made on Facebook by Mayor Jim Paine, who noted that Douglas County has four confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus, the latest three all associated with the first person diagnosed with the disease in the county. 

"DO NOT GO SHOPPING TODAY," Paine wrote. "You almost certainly have supplies necessary to last several days in your home and we have to limit grocery store and pharmacy crowds as much as possible. Please only go shopping to purchase necessary supplies and use curbside pick up where possible."

Specific businesses are not mentioned by the mayor, nor is it clear if the involved businesses are still open or going through extensive cleaning. 

Superior, separated from Duluth by the Saint Louis and Superior bays, will fall under a "stay at home" order that Gov. Tony Evers will put into effect for all of Wisconsin beginning Tuesday. 

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Details of the stay at home order aren't completely clear, but it will close all non-essential businesses. It won't, however, limit people from going outside, although they should definitely practice social distancing. 

"So please, take a walk. Go for a run. Visit the Point. Do so alone or with your immediate family and don’t interact with others but you might as well get some fresh air and enjoy what you can of our City," said Paine. 

All four COVID-19 patients in Douglas County are in isolation and doing well, Paine noted. 

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