August 5, 2021-Oconto County Public Health is issuing a health alert in response to quickly rising COVID-19 cases in the county. 

According to CDC’s Data Tracker, Oconto County is experiencing a high level of community transmission of COVID-19.  A high level of community transmission means that in the past 7 days, the county had more than 100 new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people and that more than 10% of COVID-19 tests were positive.  The rise in cases happened extremely quickly, as Oconto County was at low transmission on 7/23/2021 and moved to the high level on 7/30/2021. Wisconsin Department of Health Services data shows that the trend of quickly rising cases continues.  

In order to stop the spread of COVID-19, multiple prevention steps are needed, specifically vaccination, masking and testing.

COVID-19 vaccination protects against severe illness, hospitalization and death.  COVID-19 vaccination is safe and effective, however, it’s important to note that no vaccine is 100% effective.  The Delta variant is very contagious, and new data suggests that fully vaccinated people can get the Delta variant and spread it to others.

Due to the very contagious nature of the Delta variant, CDC encourages everyone in areas with substantial or high community transmission to wear a mask while in indoor public settings.  Wearing a mask that covers your nose and mouth can help to stop the transmission of the respiratory droplets that spread COVID-19.  CDC also recommends universal indoor masking for all teachers, staff, students, and visitors to schools, regardless of vaccination status.

Those who are fully vaccinated are now recommended to test 3-5 days after being exposed to someone with COVID-19, as well as wearing a mask indoors in public settings or until they receive a negative test.

In addition to COVID-19 vaccination, masking and testing, we are all encouraged to continue physical distancing, frequent hand washing, and staying home when sick.   

To find a vaccine near you, visit vaccines.gov or call 211.  To find a testing location, visit https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/community-testing.htm