Calumet issues new COVID warning

Calumet County officials issued a new warning on Thursday afternoon, Sept. 17 saying there is “significant uncontrolled spread of COVID-19 in Calumet County and the Fox Valley area.”

The Calumet County Health Department issued a statement which said the spread is “due to a lack of community participation in physical distancing, mask-wearing, and disregard for quarantine and isolation recommendations.”

The statement added, “The uncontrolled spread is threatening the ability to keep a healthy workforce and for schools to remain open for in-person education. We all need to do our part to reduce the spread of the virus throughout our communities.

“We have an additional 24 cases in our jurisdiction today. Although our jurisdiction’s current hospitalization remains at one, our region’s overall numbers are starting to stress local hospitals.

“Our local Public Health resources are significantly strained with the sharp rise in cases and the multiple numbers of contacts for each positive case. There are quite a few people that we continue to monitor closely who are recovering at home with serious symptoms. Even though the majority of people have experienced mild cases, there are local people getting very sick and it is increasing.

“Currently, Calumet County is number 11 in the state for an increase in COVID activity and the burden of cases. There are 72 counties in Wisconsin. We need everyone’s help now.”

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