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Price County residents protest COVID-19 ordinance

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Price County COVID protest

Price Co., Wis. (WAOW) -- Dozens of residents met outside the Price Co. Courthouse Tuesday morning to protest an ordinance.

However, county leaders say there was confusion over what the ordinance entailed.

Protesters said they were concerned the ordinance would give the county more authority during times like a pandemic.

“The ordinance they are trying to pass doesn’t allow for any recourse for the businesses,” said Joe France. “It starts with a county nurse trying to make a decision, and we have to trust she won’t be bias in that decision, and then it goes to county board.”

However, Price Co. Administrator Nicholas Trimner says the local health officer has authority during a pandemic to do things like forbid public gatherings. Trimner says the board was meeting Tuesday morning to try and make it to the health officer would have to confirm any action first with the board.

"So it takes the power from one individual and puts it back to the people," says Trimner.

Other protesters say they felt not everyone was allowed to have a voice at the meeting.

“I feel like we are betrayed a little bit because we cannot speak,” said Jaime Adomaitis.

But, Trimner says that wasn't the case and everyone who wanted was able to talk.

Price county has two confirmed cases of COVID-19.

The board did agree to table the discussion, and they say they will review it again in six months.

Victoria Saha

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