Monroe County still in Covid-19 high-risk category

Submitted by the Monroe County Health Department

Monroe County continues to be rated in the high-risk level of community transmission for Covid-19, according to the CDC Covid-19 Data Tracker.

During the week of Sept. 29 to Oct. 5, Monroe County had 165 new Covid-19 cases and four new hospital admissions. 

The CDC and Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) recommend that all individuals age 2 and older in areas of substantial or high transmission, regardless of vaccination status, continue to wear a mask when in indoor public spaces and at indoor gatherings. The CDC and Wisconsin DHS also recommend universal indoor masking for all K-12 teachers, staff, students, and visitors to schools, regardless of vaccination status. 

You can do your part to protect yourself and your loved ones from COVID-19 by following these simple steps: 

• Get vaccinated, if you are able. Covid-19 vaccines are a safe and effective tool to help reduce the severity of illness and risk of hospitalization and death. The Monroe County Health Department is offering free Covid-19 vaccines at its office at 315 W. Oak St., Sparta. Visit https://vaccinate.wi.gov to schedule an appointment online, or call us at (608) 269-8666. Appointments are available on Wednesdays and Fridays 8 a.m. to 4:30 pm. 

• Wear a mask when in public indoor spaces and crowded outdoor gatherings. 

• Maintain at least a 6-foot distance from others. 

• Wash your hands frequently. 

• Stay home if you feel sick. 

• Get tested if you are experiencing any symptoms of Covid-19 or have been in close contact with someone with Covid-19. To find out where you can get tested locally, go to https://healthymonroecowi.org/covid-19/

Layered levels of protection continue to be recommended to help slow the rate of transmission. 

For additional local-level Covid-19 data, visit www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/local.htm or covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#county-view.

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