(Dodge County) Nearly half of the coronavirus tests administered in Dodge County last week were positive. That is according to the latest weekly update from the Dodge County Health Department which says from November 9th through the 15th, 924 out of the 2,030 people tested were confirmed to have COVID-19; a rate of 45-percent. The previous week the number was at 47-percent.
County health officials still say they are getting behind on their contact tracing due to steady increases in cases. Officials recommend online resources for people who have been in contact with or who have received positive tests that give instructions on isolation timelines and avoiding household exposure. After reporting 35 deaths through November 1st, Dodge County has experienced 18 coronavirus related deaths since then.
The daily percentage of positive tests is just under 18-percent. County health officials say that figure needs to be below five-percent with a downward trajectory of cases before then can advance out of Phase One of their 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 and “of concern” to local health officials.
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