Portage County Health cautions on community spread
By City Times staff
STEVENS POINT – The Portage County Division of Public Health is cautioning the public on community spread of COVID-19.
“Confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 continue to increase at a rapid rate across Wisconsin. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Wisconsin, along with many other states, has widespread community transmission of COVID-19,” the department said in a release.
“There are not enough resources to do widespread testing for COVID-19, so there are likely unidentified positive cases in Wisconsin communities.”
The term community spread, or community transmission, means that the source of infection is unknown. It occurs when a person’s illness cannot be traced back to a specific individual or through travel, indicating that the infected person was likely infected within their own community.
Governor Evers’ Safer at Home order states that only essential businesses can remain open. Essential errands should only be completed once per week by one person in the household.
“As the number of confirmed cases continues to increase, it is extremely important that we continue to observe the Safer at Home Order,” says Gary Garske, health officer, Portage County Division of Public Health. “Keep practicing social distancing and avoiding non-essential travel. Essential travel is defined as traveling for work, medical appointments, groceries, and pharmacy needs. With the weather getting nicer it is important to avoid activities where people can congregate even outdoors, as this is not maintaining safe social distancing and helps the COVID-19 virus spread within our community. Please stay at home as much as possible and let’s help protect one another and the community.”
For more information, visit https://www.co.portage.wi.us/home.