(Juneau) The Dodge County Health Department is encouraging residents to wear masks in all indoor public settings. The recommendation comes after the CDC updated their masking guidance urging people in areas of substantial and high transmission to wear face coverings, even if they are vaccinated. Last Thursday, Dodge County moved to the substantial level of community spread. County Health Officer Abby Sauer says substantial level is when the seven-day total is between 50 and 99 COVID cases per 100-thousand population. She says although this threshold may seem low compared to the Fall of 2020, the key focus of public health is prevention. Dodge County’s seven-day total for the week of July 26th was 92 cases per 100-thousand. For the week of July 19th, there were 44 cases per 100-thousand and the week prior, it was 22 per 100-thousand. Sauer says they are seeing significant increase in new confirmed and probable cases. She says their goal is to curve this trajectory by encouraging the community to follow public health mitigation measures. Dodge County health officials also urge residents to get their vaccine shot as soon as possible. They note that a person who is vaccinated is less likely to become severely ill and infect others.