Portage County Face Covering Advisory
For the Gazette
PORTAGE COUNTY – Portage County is extending its face covering advisory for another 60 days, as the trends for cases, hospitalizations, and deaths show no signs of change. The county has very high case activity with 324 current (active) cases—an increase of 92 cases over the weekend and an average increase of 27 cases per day. As has happened from the start of the pandemic, cases will drive the numbers for hospitalizations and deaths.
The county recently passed the 50 percent fully vaccinated mark and currently 50.7 percent of the population is fully vaccinated. This is an important number to follow, as the majority of cases, hospitalizations, and deaths in the county are occurring among the unvaccinated members of our community. This is true of other areas of the state and the US as well.
County residents who were previously infected with COVID-19 are also encouraged to speak with their doctor about receiving at least one dose of a mRNA vaccine in order to achieve hybrid immunity, which according to recent studies has been shown in some cases to provide previously infected individuals with a stronger immune response than those who are fully vaccinated and have never had COVID-19. So-called ‘natural infection’ remains a high-risk path with a long list of negative outcomes including “Long-COVID” (AKA post-COVID conditions), which is associated with longer-term symptoms that, for many, have lingered for longer than four weeks after infection. You can find more information on that, here.
Residents are encouraged to get vaccinated and if you are experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19 please get tested at one of the following locations:Aspirus:
Login to MyAspirus and complete the COVID-19 Symptom Checker. If your responses match the criteria established for testing, you will be prompted to schedule an appointment at an Aspirus testing site of your choice. You do not need to be an existing Aspirus patient to create a MyAspirus account.
COVID-19 Call Center Hotline: 1-844-568-0701 or 705-843-1454 (M-F: 7 a.m. – 7 p.m., weekend: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.)
Call Nurse Line: 844-342-6276
Portage County Health and Human Services:
Located at 1516 Church Street
Tuesdays from 1-5 p.m. and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. -noon
Schedule by calling 715-346-1978 and registering at register.covidconnect.wi.gov
UWSP Community testing:
Located at Science Building, Room C124, 2001 Fourth Ave. Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 8 a.m. -4 p.m., Tuesdays and
Wednesdays 8 a.m. -6 p.m. Schedule an appointment: http://covidappt.uwsp.edu/point
Located at 10 Park Ridge Dr. and 3301 Church St.
For more community testing locations, visit: www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/community testing.