(Juneau) The Dodge County Health Department is encouraging residents to be patient and to continue adhering to social distancing guidelines as COVID-19 vaccines are distributed. In their weekly update, health officials say some healthcare organizations in Dodge County have received or will shortly receive vaccines. They add that CDC’s prevention guidelines dictate the limited number of vaccines be used on frontline healthcare workers, followed by essential workers and others with direct contact with COVID-19 positive individuals as well as people older than 75. Local health officials say with availability for the general public possibly months away, they continue to ask people to follow public health guidelines that limit the spread of the virus.
The weekly rate of positive tests in Dodge County, between December 28th and January 3rd, was 30-percent; which 186 people out of 620 tested. The previous week the rate was nearly 35-percent. Health officials say the goal is percentage lower than five with a downward trajectory of a cases. Improving weekly test rates would allow Dodge County to move out of phase-one of its three-phase Safe Restart Plan, which recommends guidelines for businesses, social gatherings and community events. The number of cases and hospital space remain in the red while contact tracing is in the yellow. The only metrics of the plan in the green are testing personal protective equipment.
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