The Kewaunee County Public Health Department is issuing an advisory encouraging individuals who are at high-risk of contracting COVID-19 to continue to wear a face covering when in a public setting or when they are unable to social distance from individuals outside of their household to reduce their risk of exposure to the virus.
This advisory follows the expiration of the State mask mandate on March 31, 2021.
Individuals who may be the most vulnerable to COVID-19 include those diagnosed with asthma, cancer, chronic kidney disease, cerebrovascular disease, COPD, cystic fibrosis, diabetes, down syndrome, heart conditions, hypertension, liver disease, neurologic conditions, obesity, pulmonary fibrosis, pregnancy, sickle cell disease, smoking, thalassemia, and weakened immune system from blood or bone marrow transplant, immune deficiencies, HIV, use of corticosteroids, or use of other immune weakening medicines, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
As of March 26, 2021, Kewaunee County has seen 2,557 positive cases with 11 active as well as 2,512 recovered individuals and 34 deaths.
“We have made significant progress in reducing the number of positive COVID-19 cases in Kewaunee County, and if we continue to mask on our own, continue to hand wash and sanitize frequently, continue to social distance and stay home when sick, we can keep our active case numbers low or even bring that number down to zero getting us back to a sense of normality,” said Cindy Kinnard, RN, Kewaunee County Public Health Department Director. “To be clear, Kewaunee County is not mandating that the public masks, we are simply recommending continued use of face coverings.”
Meanwhile, the Kewaunee County Public Health Department is continuing to vaccinate eligible individuals and has administered 4,274 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine as of March 26, 2021.
If you are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine and would like to be placed on the Kewaunee County Public Health Department’s waiting list, please call (920) 388-7160 or submit a request on the County website, www.kewauneeco.org through the Public Health page and click Contact Us.