Portage County Health & Human Services says community spread is still prominent
By City Times staff
STEVENS POINT – Portage County Health and Human Services-Division of Public Health (PCHHS-DPH) says that community spread of COVID-19 is still prominent in the county.
“Portage County Health and Human Services-Division of Public Health (PCHHS-DPH) confirmed on June 11th that Portage County has community spread of COVID-19,” a PCHHS-DPH stated. “On July 7, 2020, Portage County confirmed its 200th case of COVID-19 and evidence of community spread continues to be prominent across the county and statewide. The virus continues to be spread from those with symptoms and those that are asymptomatic, meaning people are not experiencing symptoms of fever, cough, and shortness of breath. While vulnerable populations including the elderly and immunocompromised are at an increased risk for serious and life-threatening complications, anyone can become infected with the virus and become seriously ill.”
“The safety of our community is the responsibility of all of Portage County residents. PCHHS-DPH cannot reduce the spread of COVID-19 alone and are asking residents to continue to do their part by taking precautions such as limiting travel, physical distancing of six feet from those not in your household, and wearing a face covering in public. PCHHS-DPH is responsible for updating the community on recommendations to decrease the spread of COVID-19, providing testing resources to the community, and providing an update on cases in our community while still protecting individual’s personal health information. The community’s response to the PCHHS-DPH’s guidance is one of the keys to slowing the virus spread and improving the wellbeing of our community.”
As of July 8 at 2 p.m., Portage County has 40 active cases and 164 recovered cases.
According to the department, the largest number of confirmed positive cases in Portage County are those between the ages of 20-29, or 37 percent of cases, as of July 7
If you have general COVID-19 questions, call 2-1-1 or text your zip code to 898211, Monday-Friday, from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.