Crawford County Public Health Recommends Loosening Restrictions and Moving to Stage 2
Crawford County Public Health reports fifty-seven COVID-19 cases in the last 14 days, this is half the amount of cases reported in the prior 2-week period. The positivity rate is also decreased from 11.3% two weeks ago to 6.4% currently. “At the beginning of November, we were at a 22% positivity rate, we are seeing a steady decrease of cases over the last six weeks, which is great.” says Cindy Riniker, Health Officer.
With over half of our 8 metrics being green, we feel comfortable easing restrictions due to less evidence of high rates of community spread. While we are all happy to be less restrictive it is still being advised with caution. Virus activity comes ad goes in waves, while we are on the downward trend now, this does not mean the trend will not increase again in the future.
Crawford County’s Stage 2 includes the following recommendations:
Limit the amount of people in close contact at public gatherings to 50% of the total occupancy.
Limit indoor gatherings to 50 people or less.
Limit outdoor gatherings to 100 people or less.
Be cautious when attending non-essential gatherings
We continue to work with businesses and schools to continually monitor their populations and limit spread within facilities.
All residents, organizations and facilities of Crawford County must continue to be diligent to help our schools and businesses keep their doors open. Continue to wear face coverings when in public, keep six-foot distant from others, wash your hands, stay home when you are sick, get tested if showing COVID-19 symptoms and limit non-essential gatherings of large groups of people. Our hope is by continuing these practices we can keep our numbers low.
For more details about the Crawford County-Moving Forward Plan and the metrics used to determine reopening go to crawfordcountywi.org/health .