Dodge County Public Health COVID Hospitalization Metric Downgraded

(Juneau) The ability of hospitals in Dodge County to treat all patients requiring hospitalization without resorting to crisis standards is no longer on solid ground. Dodge County Public Health says that metric has taken a step backward as coronavirus cases in the county rise. The hospital care metric had been in the green, which is considered “excellent,” but that reverted to yellow status on Friday, which means “proceed with caution.” Local public health officials on Friday also downgraded the county back to Phase One of its Safe Restart Plan. Recommendations under the plan include limiting capacity in non-essential businesses, bars, restaurants and organizations to 25-percent while private, indoor social gatherings should be limited to ten people or less while maintaining physical distancing and wearing a mask. The increasing number of cases in Dodge County has been a concern of public health officials for over one month, when the cases metric first moved into the red status, which means “of concern.” The ability of the county to conduct adequate contract tracing has been in the yellow while the status of personal protective equipment for healthcare personnel and testing capacity remains in the green.