The county is one of eight in Wisconsin that is critically high

OCONTO, WI (September 23, 2021)-COVID-19 cases in Oconto County continue to rise quickly.  On 9/22/2021, Oconto County moved into the critically high case activity level for the first time since December 2020.  The Wisconsin Department of Health Services bases case activity level on a combination of the case rate and the change in cases for a 14 day period. 

“This data shows that Oconto County, when it comes to COVID-19, is moving in the wrong direction. As recently as 2 months ago, in late July 2021, Oconto County was at a moderate case activity level,” stated Debra Konitzer, Oconto County Health Officer. 

The data released yesterday covers a 14 day period from 9/8/2021-9/22/2021 and in that time frame, there were 433 new cases in the county, a 60% increase from the previous 14 days.  Over 1/3 (35%) of the new cases were in those age 0-19.  

As of 9/23/2021, more Oconto County residents have been hospitalized in September than in July and August combined (19 vs. 17).     

Multiple prevention steps are needed in order to stop the spread of COVID-19.  These include:

  • Vaccination
  • Wearing a mask while in public
  • Staying home from work, school and other activities when sick and on quarantine
  • Testing
  • Washing your hands often
  • Covering your coughs and sneezes
  • Physical distancing

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.  According to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, data from August 2021 shows that when comparing a group of 100,000 fully vaccinated people to 100,000 people that are not fully vaccinated, there are 4 times as many cases, 9 times as many hospitalizations and 11 times as many deaths in the not fully vaccinated group.  

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