Portage County reaches 1,000 COVID cases
On Sept. 16, Portage County Health and Human Services-Division of Public Health recorded its 1000th positive COVID-19 case.
As of Wednesday, Sept. 16, Portage County has 1,004 total positive cases; with 205 – 20 percent – active COVID-19 cases, 796 – 79 percent – recovered cases, and three – less than 1 percent – fatalities.
The largest number of confirmed positive cases in Portage County continues to involve individuals between the ages of 20-29, or 30 percent of cases.
Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) has released data that identifies Portage County as having a high case rate and a high COVID-19 activity level.
As of Aug. 24, the 500th case was reported and within 24 days the amount of cases in Portage County has doubled to 1,000 cases.
“The rate of cases that are being reported provides strong evidence of community spread,” says Gary Garske, health officer and division of public health manager.
In response to the increased rate of COVID-19 cases being reported in Wisconsin, DHS has launched a tool to help residents make decisions about the safety of their desired activity or gathering, help residents identify ways to reduce COVID-19 exposure risk, and provide ideas for activities to do instead.
For more information, visit www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/decision.htm.