COVID-19 cases continue to fluctuate in Fond du Lac and Green Lake County, along with the cities of Ripon and Green Lake.
As of Friday, Fond du Lac County had 11,651 total confirmed coronavirus cases with 245 active COVID-19 cases, according to data from the county health department.
The number of total confirmed cases is up 105 from a week earlier, while active cases have decreased by two.
Fond du Lac County also reported 85 COVID-19 deaths as of Friday, an increase of two from the previous week.
Additionally, there were four people hospitalized with coronavirus as of Friday, an increase of one 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.
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 704 total confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of Jan. 31, according to the Ripon Community COVID-19 Task Force, which has not updated data since.
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 1,515 total positive cases — with 10 active COVID-19 cases as of Thursday, according to the state Department of Health Services,
The number of total positive cases in Green Lake County are up by eight from a week earlier and active cases are down by six.
To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, public health officials recommend everyone:
- Clean your hands often, either with soap and water for 20 seconds or a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Put distance between yourself and other people (at least 6 feet).
- Cover your mouth and nose with a mask when around others.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces daily.
- CDC recommends that people wear masks in public settings and when around people outside of their household, especially when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
- Masks may help prevent people who have COVID-19 from spreading the virus to others.