Dodge County Public Health Weekly COVID-19 Update

(Dodge County) Dodge County saw a decline in the percentage of positive tests last week, according to the latest weekly update from the Dodge Count Health Department. From August 16th through the 23rd, county health officials say 8.64-percent of all tests administered were positive. That is a decrease from the previous week were the percentage of positive tests was above 12-percent. However, the daily percentage of positive tests has been on an upward trajectory since August 15th and is currently at 5.32-percent. County health officials say the goal is a percentage lower than five along with a downward trajectory of positive tests.

Of the 91 people who tested positive last week, 57 reported attending a large gathering, party or meeting with people from outside their home. Health officials have attributed the recent rise in positive tests to large gatherings. Since the pandemic began, 7.2-percent of all cases in the county needed to be hospitalized while seven of those cases were put on ventilators to assist with breathing.

The Dodge County Safe Restart Plan currently remains in Phase Two while the cases indicator – which is a metric that tracks the trajectory of positive COVID-19 cases as a percentage of total tests – is still “red.” The benchmark was downgraded last week following a two-week upward trajectory of the rolling average of positive tests. Health officials say if the county remains in “red” for 14 consecutive days they may look at moving back to Phase One recommendations.




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