(Beaver Dam) State Representative Mark Born is confident that voluntary compliance with CDC recommendations will be enough to weather coronavirus. In the past week, northwest Dodge County has seen 50* new cases of coronavirus, including 16 in Beaver Dam. We asked Born if Republicans support a regional approach, should the recent numbers of infections in Dodge County be enough to consider a regional lockdown. The Beaver Dam Republican says between the township and the city the numbers are manageable.
“You’re talking about 15 or 20 cases in 23-to-25-thousand people,” he says, “its still a very small number. No, this probably isn’t a crisis level that means we have to lock down and we can manage it still with contact tracing. I mean contact tracing for 20 or 25 people is not that a generally difficult thing to do, that’s not a huge group of people.”
Born says for him to consider a statewide lockdown, there would have to be another threat to the statewide hospital system, which triggered the governor’s order to begin with.
“I have a lot of faith in our local health folks to address issues before they really get to the point where they’re giving us a problem on the metrics,” he says, “but if we get a big outbreak in the fall or something that is just not something that can be handled at a local level, then I would look at those metrics that are putting pressures on our hospital system and that would be the time again to do something and I hope that we can work with the governor to have emergency rules in place so that it doesn’t have to be a declaration of emergency, or some big political drama, but lets make some adjustments so we don’t have to overrun our hospitals.”
*Beaver Dam first started to register on the state health department’s mapping data on Sunday, May 10. At that time, the Wisconsin National Guard was testing hundreds of employees at a Beaver Dam food processing facility and the city had eleven cases announced for the first time. It was not announced how many workers contracted the virus and state health officials track infections by where a person lives and not where they work.