(Dodge County) The Dodge County region continues to see a high average of weekly positive COVID-19 tests. That is according to the latest update from the Dodge County Health Department which says from November 23rd through the 29th, 616 people out of the 1,315 tested were confirmed to have coronavirus; a rate of nearly 47-percent. The previous week the number 45-percent.
County health officials say due to a steady increase in infections, contact tracing has been delayed slightly. They encourage those with a positive result to notify close contacts while waiting for Public Health to call. Over the previous two weeks, Dodge County has experienced 18 COVID related deaths.
The daily percentage of positive tests is over 20-percent and has been a point of “concern” for health officials since October. They say that figure needs to be below five-percent with a downward trajectory of cases before the county can advance out of Phase One of its three-phase Safe Restart Plan, which recommends guidelines for businesses, social gatherings and community events. Dodge County is doing well with testing capacity and personal protective equipment but hospital space, the number of cases reported and the ability to contact trace are all in the red.