Pierce County Health Department director A.J. Snyder says the surge in COVID-19 cases will continue to climb in rural parts of the state and hopes people will take measures such as hand washing and social distancing seriously. The Pierce County Health Department hired six people recently to work as contact tracers. Many of Pierce County’s cases were detected at UW-River Falls. Florence, Forest, Grant, Iron, La Crosse, Marinette, Oconto, and Outagamie counties are seeing very high rates of COVID-19. Wisconsin is setting new records in confirmed cases of COVID-19.