A spike in local cases of COVID-19 has Kewaunee County officials reminding the public to continue to actively practice social distancing, hand washing, staying home when sick, limiting large social gatherings, and masking in order to stop the spread of COVID-19.

As of Monday (Sept. 14), the state Department of Health Services was reporting 79 new positive tests in Kewaunee County since Sept. 1, for a total of 267 or a 42% increase over those two weeks.

“We are noticing a spike across the board in all age ranges, and we need everyone to continue to take COVID-19 as well as precautionary measures seriously in order to stop the spread, especially as we approach influenza season,” said Cindy Kinnard, RN, director of Kewaunee County Public Health Department.

Kinnard’s message coincides with a new campaign from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services called “You Stop The Spread.” Officials are asking the public to take to social media using #YouStopTheSpread and post a picture of themselves wearing a mask, washing hands, social distancing as well as share why they are doing their part: “I’m protecting my dad or grandma, supporting essential workers, or helping local businesses stay strong.”