Ripon, Green Lake COVID-19 update (April 17): Cases rising in Fond du Lac, Green Lake Counties

COVID-19 cases are on the rise in Fond du Lac County, while Green Lake County’s caseload is also rising but not as quickly.

As of Friday, Fond du Lac County had 12,147 total confirmed coronavirus cases with 103 active COVID-19 cases, according to the Fond du Lac County Health department.

The number of total confirmed cases is up 61 from a week earlier, while active cases have increased by 16.

Fond du Lac County also reported 105 COVID-19 deaths as of Friday, an increase of zero from the previous week.

Additionally, there were three people hospitalized with coronavirus as of Friday, an decrease of three from the previous week, according to the health department.

While the Fond du Lac County Health Department is encouraged by Wisconsin receiving shipments of the vaccine and beginning distribution, Health Officer Kim Mueller says the actions people take will remain important to mitigating the virus’ spread.

“It’s important that we don’t let our guards down yet,” Fond du Lac County Health Officer Kim Mueller said in a press release. “We are moving in the right direction, however, we are not at that point where we can lighten up on the strategies that we know work to reduce the spread of this virus.”

In addition, the Green Lake County Health Department says wearing a facemask remains critical in stopping the spread of COVID-19.

“Universal use of cloth face coverings or masks helps block the release of virus-laden respiratory droplets into the air and any droplets not stopped completely by the mask will not be able to travel as far,” Green Lake County Health Educator Julia McCarroll said. “This concept is called ‘source control’ and primarily benefits those around the person wearing a mask.”

Meanwhile, Ripon had 734 total confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of April 1, according to the Ripon Community COVID-19 Task Force.

The website (www.riponcovid19.org/local-covid-19-cases) does not have a list of active cases, but it does list the number of new positive cases each day.

In neighboring Green Lake County, there were 1,555 total positive cases — with 12 active COVID-19 cases as of Friday, according to the state Department of Health Services.

Total cases are up by five, while active cases are up by three.

The Fond du Lac County Health Department strongly recommends community members practice the following public health recommendations:

Wear a face mask that covers your mouth and nose when out in public, unless unable to wear one for medical reasons.

Practice physical distancing by staying 6 feet apart from others who don’t live with you.

Wash hands often with soap and water. Use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.

Stay home when sick.

Avoid crowds and poorly ventilated indoor spaces.

Get vaccinated as soon as it is available to you.

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