(Beaver Dam) The Dodge County Public Health Officer updated local officials and businesses leaders on the COVID-19 pandemic Wednesday. Abby Sauer says the county has seen a drastic increase in the number of coronavirus deaths over the last month. Through September 5th, the county only had five reported deaths but since then that number has jumped to 19. Sauer says increasing deaths is a statewide issue as more people are testing positive. She notes that nine of the 19 deaths have come from long term care facilities where large outbreaks were reported.
Sauer says a factor in the recent uptick in cases can been attributed to “family clusters” where one family member tests positive which leads to other relatives testing positive. She says most positive tests have come from large gatherings where people are not physically distancing and following health protocols.
So far, Dodge County has only had free community testing sites available every month but Sauer says that will be changing soon. She says starting next week, on Monday’s and Wednesday’s, there will be weekly community testing in Dodge County. The testing will initially be held at the Highway Shop in Mayville but the county health department is currently working with Marshfield Medical Center – Beaver Dam to set up a location in Beaver Dam. Sauer says there are still a few details and legalities to hammer out but notes that starting at a county building helps them start weekly testing sooner.