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September 29, 2020

8/21/2020 10:54:00 AM
Iowa County COVID-19 cases exceed 100, hits 101 Tuesday

On Friday July 30, Governor Tony Evers declared a Public Health Emergency and issued an Emergency Order requiring individuals to wear face coverings when indoors and not in a private residence.
The order took place August 1 and since then, confirmed COVID-19 cases in Iowa County started to sky rocket. Through Tuesday there have been 39 cases since the order took effect sending the total to 101.
Data from the Iowa County Health Department show 82 of the cases since the department started reporting have recovered. Additionally, there have been 4324 negative cases. Fortunately there have been no deaths but throughout the state, 1052 have been recorded.
Recently, those in the age grouping 18-25 have been the most affected. Since the state Supreme Court overturned a stay and home order in March, cases have shown a steady incline.
The Health Department has contact with all lab confirmed cases and reaches out to those who may have had close contact to each confirmed case. The Health Department assists in actively monitoring their health while they are under quarantine.
The Health Department constantly reminds everyone that staying home is a good safety measure as each time a person ventures out they can connect with someone with COVID-19. Frequent hand washing and sanitizing is a must the department says. Social distancing (6 feet between people) is important and large groups should be avoided. Also, surfaces should be sanitized as often as possible.
And, wear a mask.
The Health Department sent guidelines to all Iowa County businesses last week with a few reminders.
-Face coverings play an important role in preventing the spread of COVID-19
-Every individual in Wisconsin age five and older shall wear a face covering when indoors or in an enclosed space. Exceptions are while eating or drinking or for health reasons.
Businesses are asked to post a sign clearly stating masks are required. The business is asked to refuse service to anyone violating the order. If the violation continues the person should be asked to leave and upon refusal law enforcement should be notified.
Iowa County Sheriff Steve Michek feels masking is important.
"Please embrace the idea of wearing a face mask as part of protecting your community," Michek says.

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