LCHD: COVID-19 cases down since April, disease activity level ‘medium’
For the Tomahawk Leader
LINCOLN COUNTY – The number of COVID-19 cases reported in Lincoln County decreased from late April to early June, and the county saw its disease activity level drop from “high” to “medium” in that timeframe, the Lincoln County Health Department (LCHD) said on Tuesday, June 2.
According to a release from LCHD, from April 26 to June 1, the county saw 10 new COVID-19-associated hospitalizations, bringing the total to 135. 5.1% of tests came back positive, resulting in 30 new cases. Four COVID-19-associated deaths were reported, bringing the county’s total to 65.
As of June 1, 11,845 Lincoln County residents (42.9%) had received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose.
“In Lincoln County, there are many places to be vaccinated,” LCHD stated, including via www.vaccinefinder.org and LCHD’s drive-thru COVID-19 vaccine clinics at the Merrill Festival Grounds throughout June, and LCHD’s walk-in clinics. LCHD noted that worksites, schools, and various organizations and events also offer vaccination opportunities. For more information, call LCHD at 715-536-0307.
LCHD offered tips to limit the spread of COVID-19 at summer events and gatherings, including staying home when sick, prioritizing attending outdoor activities over indoor activities, wearing a mask, socially distancing, limiting physical contact, arriving at events early or at off-peak times to avoid crowds, avoiding using restrooms or concessions at high traffic times (such as halftime), limiting contact with touched surfaces or shared items, and handwashing before eating or after touching a common surface.
For more recommendations, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website at www.bit.ly/3kY6gpP and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) website at www.bit.ly/3pCzUEf.
LCHD noted that on May 13, the CDC and the DHS issued updated guidance that said fully vaccinated people can resume indoor and outdoor activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing.
“Individuals who are unvaccinated should continue to wear face masks in addition to staying at least six feet apart, especially when indoors around people who don’t live in your household,” LCHD stated.
For more information on face mask use during indoor and outdoor activities, view the CDC’s guidance at www.bit.ly/3y3KA2T.