By shereen Siewert

Heath officials say an employee at a Wausau strip club has tested positive for COVID-19.

According to the Marathon County Health Department, the employee worked at Showtime Gentleman’s Club, 1709 Merrill Ave., while infectious. Health officials say patrons at Showtime could have had close contact with the infected employee. Some patrons haven’t been identified.

Patrons who were at Showtime Gentleman’s Club may have been exposed to COVID-19 between:

Saturday July 25, 6 p.m. to Sunday July 26, 2:30 a.m.

Monday July 27, 3 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Thursday, July 30, 7 p.m. to Friday July 31, 12:30 a.m.

Friday July 31, 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.

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 Showtime Gentleman’s Club. 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 the General Manager of Showtime Gentleman’s Club,” said Joan Theurer, Marathon County Health Officer.

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.