PLATTEVILLE (WKOW) — Lower than two weeks after college students arrived on campus on the College of Wisconsin Platteville, the Grant County Well being Division introduced Tuesday two-thirds of recent confirmed COVID-19 cases within the county have been amongst folks between the ages of 18 and 27.
The most recent numbers solely added to the conflicting emotions Royal Palmer stated he was feeling on the Driftless Market retailer downtown.
“It is actually troublesome to be excited but in addition be scared on the similar time as a result of there’s this inflow of people that at the moment are co-existing amongst one another,” Palmer stated.
On one hand, Palmer stated he was excited to have college students again on the town as that might give the enterprise a lift throughout an especially difficult yr. On the opposite, Palmer stated he frightened about the opportunity of an contaminated pupil coming into the shop and spreading the virus to both an worker or one other buyer.
“The issue is it creates a lot different enterprise like downtown bars and downtown golf equipment that now we’re exposing ourselves to that publicity,” Palmer stated.
Grant County Well being Director Jeff Kindrai stated he couldn’t share how most of the county’s caseload over the previous two weeks consisted of UW-Platteville college students, citing privateness legal guidelines. The dashboard for the college reported 31 new instances amongst college students over Labor Day weekend, bringing the full pupil case rely to 36.
UW-Platteville spokesman Paul Erickson stated as of Tuesday the college was not planning any new directives in response to the outcomes.
UW System spokesman Mark Pitsch stated the college system is following the case developments intently on all of its campuses. On Monday, UW-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Clean directed undergraduate college students to restrict their in-person interactions to “essential activities” amid a sharp increase in cases.
“President (Tommy) Thompson is in fixed contact with college officers and monitoring situations on every campus via day by day conferences within the Operations Middle he established,” Pitsch wrote. “We’ll proceed to seek the advice of with native well being officers and different medical consultants to find out the way to greatest reply to any adjustments within the well being of our campus communities.”
Pitsch added a system-wide dashboard was set to go stay Wednesday.
On the Driftless Market, there was a plethora of indicators each inside and outside the enterprise noting masks have been required. Palmer pointed to a field of disposable masks on the entrance counter and stated the shop will give them away to anybody who wants them. He added folks have stuffed a donation jar permitting the shop to maintain shopping for extra masks as wanted.
“It is actually not an possibility so far as we’re involved,” Palmer stated. “We give them away simply so everybody’s protected.”
Palmer stated the enterprise already has a plan in place to shut the shop for no less than one week ought to somebody on the enterprise check optimistic for COVID-19. He added this was an particularly essential time for the enterprise because it was on the point of reopen its upstairs eating and retail space.
Like so many different companies in faculty cities throughout the U.S., the market now depends on its neighborhood to remain open and secure. What’s distinctive is that Palmer, his husband, sister, and brother-in-law purchased the shop as a three way partnership in February. Palmer famous it was fairly the time to enter enterprise.
“If we are able to survive this, we should always be capable to survive something,” he stated.