Virus cases rising in rural areas

The Manitowoc County Health Department continues to observe an increase in COVID-19 cases in rural parts of the county.

In the past week, 64 percent of new COVID-19 cases have been outside of the Manitowoc and Two Rivers zip codes with sharp increases in Kiel, Reedsville, and Cleveland. This is in contrast to July which only saw 24 percent of cases in rural areas and August which only saw 46 percent of cases in rural areas.

“This increase in rural areas is likely due to gatherings and events that continue to take place in many rural communities, as well as less frequent wearing of face coverings than in the city of Manitowoc and Two Rivers,” said Mary Halada, Manitowoc County health officer. “Just because you are outdoors in a rural community does not mean that you are safe from COVID-19 at mass gatherings, especially when face coverings are not being worn.”

(Please see the September 17 issue of the Tri-County News for more on this story.)

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