As referenced in the alert release, Sheboygan tops the New York Times' coronavirus outbreak tracker of metro areas where new cases are rising the fastest.
The alert is not an authoritative order or ordinance, but rather an ask by public officials to take the necessary steps to stop the spread of COVID-19.
Courtesy of Sheboygan County Division of Public Health:
Sheboygan County is currently experiencing a “Very High” activity level. In just a short three months we have seen significant changes in our local numbers. Here is what we are seeing locally:
On June 23:
- 190 total confirmed cases
- Burden rate of 43.7 cases per 100,000 residents
- Decrease in new case trajectory of -82% from the previous 2 weeks
- Public Health was able to reach 100% of confirmed cases within the target 24 hour window after receiving lab results.
- Total hospitalizations between March and June: 14
On September 29:
- 1,799 total confirmed cases
- Burden rate of 454.1 cases per 100,000 residents
- Increase in new case trajectory of +51% from the previous 2 week
- Public Health was only able to reach approximately 43% of confirmed cases within the target 24 hour window after receiving lab results.
- Total hospitalizations between July and September: 73
Take Action Now - Stop the Spread
- Physically distance at least 6 feet from people with whom you do not live.
- Wear a cloth face mask, unless unable to wear one for medical reasons.
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Indoors, do not gather with people outside of your household.
- Outdoors, limit gatherings to 10 people or fewer, physically distance and wear face coverings.
- Self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days after return from travel.
- If symptomatic, get a test and stay home while awaiting results.
- Cooperate with public health officials if you have tested positive or are a close contact.
During this very high rate of transmission of COVID-19, health officials encourage the following strategies:
- Businesses and community organizations use W EDC Guidelines. When possible encourage remote work opportunities to support physical distancing.
- Retail, Hospitality, Restaurants/Bars: To the extent possible, limit person to person contact and encourage curbside pick-up/delivery options. Require masking/face coverings.
- Community and Large Gatherings: Do not hold indoor gatherings. Limit outdoor gatherings to 10 people or fewer; physically distance and wear face coverings.
- Concerts, Festivals, Sporting Events: Do not hold these events at this time.