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Substantial Spread

Posted 8/2/2021 by krauter-egge@co.wood.wi.us



CONTACT: Susan Kunferman, Wood County Health Department Director/Health Officer

(715) 421-8911

COVID-19 Substantial Community Spread and Masks

Wisconsin Rapids, WI – Over the last few weeks COVID-19 cases have continued to rise throughout the state of Wisconsin, including in Wood County. Per the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) COVID Data Tracker,  Wood County has moved into experiencing substantial community spread. In an effort to reduce community spread, both the CDC and Wisconsin Department of Health Services recommend that everyone, regardless of vaccination status, wear a mask in public indoor settings. 

CDC recommends fully vaccinated people who have a known exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 be tested 3-5 days after exposure, and wear a mask in public indoor settings for 14 days or until they receive a negative test result.

It is now as important as ever to get tested when experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. Testing is available through local healthcare providers and the Wood County Health Department. A complete list of testing options can be found here.

COVID-19 in kids can range from mild to severe illness. Over 400 pediatric deaths have been reported since the beginning of the pandemic; COVID-19 is now a top 10 cause of death for adolescents in the United States.

Wearing a mask and getting vaccinated are the two best preventative measures to slow the spread of COVID-19, including the Delta variant. These measures, along with staying home when sick, keeping distance from others, avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated spaces, and washing your hands will help prevent the spread of this illness. 

Unvaccinated persons account for the majority of new COVID-19 infections, hospitalizations, and deaths. As of July 22, 2021, among those fully vaccinated in Wisconsin, 0.1% have become infected with COVD-19. Most people who experience infection after being fully vaccinated report mild or no symptoms. Because no vaccine is 100% effective, some breakthrough infections are expected.

The more people who are vaccinated, the better chance we have at stopping the spread of this virus, and preventing new variants from emerging. Vaccination is the best way to protect you, your family, and your community. Go to vaccines.gov to find a COVID-19 vaccine near you.