(Juneau) With COVID numbers trending in a positive direction, Dodge County Public Health is loosening restrictions recommended under its Safe Restart Plan. The county has been under Phase One of the three phase plan since July. Citing a decrease in positive cases, Public Health Officer Abby Sauer announced Friday that the county is now in Phase Two. Sauer says over the last few weeks, data shows that there has been a downward trajectory in the percentage of positives case, and the numbers per day of positive cases, along with decreasing hospitalizations.
Phase Two recommendations include limiting capacity in non-essential businesses, bars, restaurants and organizations to 50-percent, compared to 25-percent under Phase One.
Private indoor social gatherings should be limited to 50 people or less with physical distancing, compared to ten people. Events held outdoors should allow for all people to maintain six feet of physical distance from others.
Sauer cautions that COVID is still present in Dodge County and she urges the community to continue preventive measures. That includes limiting your bubble to lower the risk of transmission and getting tested if you need it. She also says high risk populations, like people age 65 and older and those who are medically vulnerable, should continue to limit travel and remain at home as much as possible.
Preventative measures should also continue like staying at home when you are sick or feeling off; staying six feet from people you do not live with; wearing a face covering when you cannot maintain distance; covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your elbow; and washing your hands and using hand sanitizer often.