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Leslie Roades, left, and David Schmitz drink beer at the Saint Arnold Brewing Company Friday in Houston, Texas.

Downtown Eau Claire bars Brothers and The Pickle are the site of new potential COVID-19 exposure at certain times on June 23 and June 24, the Eau Claire City-County Health Department said Monday.

Anyone who attended Brothers, 324 Water St., on June 23 and June 24 from 9 p.m. to 12 p.m., or The Pickle, 341 Water St., on June 23 and June 24 from 12 p.m. to 2:30 a.m., should get tested if they’re also experiencing symptoms of the coronavirus, the Health Department said on its website.

Common symptoms of COVID-19 include a fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat and a new loss of taste or smell.

It's not the first alert of possible coronavirus exposure for either Brothers or The Pickle; the Health Department said last week there may have been exposure to the virus at Brothers on June 18, and at The Pickle on June 18, 19 and 20.

For a full list of Eau Claire County businesses that have been alerted for possible COVID-19 exposure, visit the county's website at