Dodge County Public Health Weekly COVID-19 Update

(Dodge County) Dodge County continues to see a weekly increase in the percentage of positive tests, according to the latest update from the Dodge County Health Department. From August 31st through September 6th, county health officials say 14.4-percent of all tests administered were positive. That is up just over two-and-a-half-percent from the previous week were the percentage of positive tests was just under 12-percent.

The daily percentage of positive tests continues to climb upward since August 15th and is currently at 6.2-percent. County health officials say the goal is a percentage lower than five along with a downward trajectory of positive tests.

Of the 121 people who tested positive last week, 36 reported attending a large gathering, party or meeting with people from outside their home. Seven people were admitted to the hospital while four others were put on ventilators to assist with breathing.

Dodge County health officials continue to list the county in phase two of its three phase Safe Restart Plan. One of the metrics of the plan, case status, is still in the red since being downgraded from yellow more than three weeks ago. Health officials say if the county remains in “red” for 14 consecutive days they may look at moving back to Phase One recommendations. Other metrics of the Safe Restart Plan including testing, hospitals and PPE are in the green while contact tracing is in yellow. Dodge County Public Health will be adding four staff members to boost contact tracing efforts.