(Dodge County) One of the benchmarks of the Dodge County Safe Restart Plan has been downgraded. On Monday, county health officials moved the cases indicator – which is a metric that tracks the trajectory of positive COVID-19 cases as a percentage of total tests – from “proceed with caution” to “of concern,” essentially yellow to red. The reason for the change was the upward trajectory of the rolling average of positive tests for the last two weeks.
Dodge County Public Health Officer Abby Sauer says they saw three straight days of a positive percentage greater than five and a weekly average above ten. Tuesday’s percentage of positive tests was at 5.16-percent while the weekly average from August 9th through the 15th was just over 12-percent; the previous week it was at eight-percent.
Sauer says of the 112 positive tests last week 34 people reported attending a large gathering, party or meeting with people from outside their home. She says large gatherings is driving the upward trajectory of positive tests since the beginning of August. Those gatherings include weddings, golf outings, bridal or baby showers as well as establishments that hosted music events.
The three-phase Safe Restart Plan offers guidelines during the pandemic using benchmark criteria to determine recommendations for business, government and the public as it relates to social gatherings, face mask usage, physical distancing and seating in restaurants, among other things. Currently, Dodge County is in Phase Two. This indicates the county is in excellent shape when it comes to PPE, testing and hospital capacity. Contact tracing has a lesser status of “proceed with caution.” More information is available at the Dodge County website: www.co.dodge.wi.gov or https://www.co.dodge.wi.gov/home/showdocument?id=39880