Door County COVID-19 activity now rated ‘high’ by CDC; face masks recommended indoors – Green Bay Press Gazette

Face masks are back in play for people in Door County, which once again has been rated at a “high” level of COVID-19 activity by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Previously, the method the CDC used to determine activity level in a county was based around the number of positive tests for the pandemic-causing virus over a given time. Recently the CDC changed its method to emphasize not just the new cases — the number of positive tests per 100,000 people in the county — but also the number of hospitalizations of people who contracted COVID-19 and the percentage of hospital beds occupied by those with the virus. The CDC updates local activity levels each Friday.

According to the CDC, Door County saw 202.4 cases per 100,000 in the week from June 2 to 8, with 10.6 new COVID-19 hospital admissions and 3.8% of its hospital beds occupied by COVID-19 patients in the week of June 1 to 7. Those metrics resulted in the county receiving a high activity rating as of June 10, after having a low rating the week before.

With the high rating, the CDC recommends that people should wear a mask indoors in public and on public transportation; stay up to date on their COVID-19 vaccines; and get tested for the virus if showing symptoms. Those at high risk for severe illness, such as the elderly and people with compromised immune systems or preexisting conditions, should consider additional precautions.

Door County is one of 11 of Wisconsin’s 72 counties to have a high activity rating as of June 10. Brown County also rejoined the high list in the most recent ratings.

Contact Christopher Clough at 920-741-7952, 920-562-8900 or cclough@doorcountyadvocate.com.

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