Dodge County Reverts Back To Phase One Of Safe Restart Plan

(Juneau) As coronavirus numbers continue to grow, Dodge County Public Health announced Friday that they are reverting back to Phase One of their Safe Restart Plan.

Public Health Officer Abby Sauer says Phase One recommendations include limiting capacity in non-essential businesses, bars, restaurants and organizations to 25-percent. If community members choose to get together, private indoor social gatherings should be limited to ten people or less while maintaining physical distancing and wearing a mask. Events held outdoors should allow for all people to maintain six feet of physical distance from others.

Sauer suggests limiting your bubble, saying the more people you socialize with, the greater the chance you will be exposed or will expose others. She also encourages minimizing trips out of the house, planning ahead so you can get all the things you need at once and using online ordering or curbside pickup for lower-risk options. Whenever possible, take advantage of virtual opportunities, which includes working at home and attending events, services, or performances online.

It is also important to stay home when you are sick, cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your elbow and wash your hands and use hand sanitizer often. Sauer also recommends getting tested if you need to, either through your medical provider or at community test sites.

For the daily case count to decrease, she says the community needs to be vigilant and take responsibility for themselves by following the recommendations. She says compliance would keep local healthcare systems from being overwhelmed and keep schools open.

Moving back to Phase One does not directly affect Dodge County schools, which have been actively collaborating with the local public health department and will continue to follow their individual plans with county guidance.

Dodge County had 26 more cases announced Friday for a running total of 1538 with nine deaths on record. The county had 121 negative tests returned. Public health officials in Dodge County are actively monitoring 256 people.

The community is encouraged to visit the Dodge County website for latest guidance and resources: www.co.dodge.wi.gov. For general questions, the public may call the Dodge County Public Health COVID-19 Hotline: 920-386-4304.