By Shereen Siewert

The Marathon County Health Department is advising groups holding mass gatherings of 250 people or more to cancel or postpone their events.

Joan Theurer, Marathon County Health Department community health improvement program director, said the recommendation follows a similar recommendation by state officials.

School closures are not included in the recommendation.

Gatherings of less than 250 people should also be canceled or postponed if attendees could include older adults, people with underlying health conditions or other vulnerable groups.

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