By Shereen Siewert

Roc’s Place in Wausau has reopened after someone at the bar tested positive for coronavirus, the bar owner and heath officials announced Friday.

The Marathon County Health Department received notification of a patient who tested positive for COVID-19 who was present at Roc’s Place, 810 S. Third Ave., Wausau, during time of being infectious.

The Marathon County Health Department and Roc’s Place Owner Tim Nawrocki released their joint statement as there were patrons at the establishment who may have had close contact to the individual and have been unable to be identified.

Patrons who were at Roc’s Place may have been exposed to COVID-19 between
Monday, July 13 from 6 PM-2 AM
Tuesday, July 14 from 6 PM-2 AM
Wednesday, July 15 from 7 PM-2 AM
Thursday, July 16 from 7 PM-2 AM

The Marathon County Health Department is encouraging everyone who was present on these dates to monitor for symptoms for 14 days from their last visit to Roc’s Place.

Common COVID-19 symptoms include: fever or chills, cough, and shortness of breath. In the event that symptoms do develop, please contact your health care provider for testing.

“The community’s health and safety is our number one priority and are working closely with Roc’s Place,” said Joan Theurer, Marathon County Health Officer.

“We have been proactive and closed Roc’s Place as soon as we became aware of this concern,” said Tim Nawrocki, Roc’s Place owner. “We have cooperated with the Health Department and completed a thorough cleaning and disinfection of Roc’s Place according to guidance provided. We will continue to keep this proactive approach because the health and safety of our employees and customers are of utmost importance to the Roc’s family.”

The cleaning and disinfection of the business took place on July 18 and 19 and Roc’s Place reopened on Thursday, July 23, this week.
To ensure the privacy of the individual, the Marathon County Health Department will not provide further information regarding the identity of the individual who tested positive for COVID-19.

The Marathon County Health Department is encouraging everyone to watch your distance, wear a face covering when in public and unable to social distance, wash your hands, avoid large gatherings, and stay home if you feel sick.

This situation continues to evolve rapidly. For the latest information, visit the CDC’s coronavirus website, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services website, or the Marathon County Health Department webpage or follow the department on Facebook.