NEW RICHMOND, Wisconsin (WEAU) — St. Croix County Public Health extends their health advisory until Feb. 8, 2022.
According to a release from the St. Croix County Public Information Officer, the total number of St. Croix County residents who tested positive for COVID-19 in November 2021 was 2,753, which was the highest number of cases recorded in a month for St. Croix County to so far in the pandemic.
25 residents of St. Croix County have died as a result of COVID-19 since the spate of cases in September 2021. At the time of their death, one person was between the ages of 40-49, three people were between the ages of 50-59, eleven persons aged 60-69, three persons aged 70-79, five persons aged 80-89 and two persons aged 90-99.
According to this advisory, Public Health recommends that everyone age five and older in St. Croix County wear a face mask if the following applies:
•The person is not fully vaccinated or
•The person is fully vaccinated and is:
– in indoor public settings when the level of community transfer in St. Croix County is at a “substantial” or “high” level. The current St. Croix County transmission level is updated weekly and can be found on the St. Croix County COVID-19 dashboard.
-At local companies and workshops.
-In healthcare institutions.
-In K-12 schools (students, staff and visitors).
-In a place where masks are required by local, tribal or territorial laws, rules and regulations.
-If they are residents or employees of a correctional or detention facility, prison or homeless shelter.
This advice follows the CDC’s public health guidelines. Public Health strongly recommends that all residents aged five and older be vaccinated against COVID-19. Anyone who has medical concerns about the vaccine should talk to a doctor.
According to the Department, St. Croix County had an average of 90 new COVID-19 cases per day as of December 3, 2021. This percentage has nearly doubled compared to the average of 48 cases per day on October 6, 2021, when the mask recommendation was last extended. In Wisconsin, in October 2021, there were 2,255.1 cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 population among individuals who were not fully vaccinated.
The rate for fully vaccinated individuals was much lower at 456.4 cases per 100,000 population. In addition, unvaccinated individuals are more likely to be hospitalized and die from COVID-19 compared to those who have been fully vaccinated.
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