The Dunn County Health Department is reminding residents of the dangers of COVID-19 as the county is currently in a “very high” case activity and increasing trend in cases averaging more than 50 per day per 100,000 people in the past two weeks.
As of Friday afternoon, 663 people in Dunn County had been diagnosed with COVID-19 with 196 of those cases currently active. Symptoms have ranged from life threatening to nothing noticeable (asymptomatic) in those residents who have tested positive. Dunn County Director/Health Officer KT Gallagher said in a press release 45% of the county’s population has one risk factor and 27% of the population have two or more risk factors that increase their risk for severe symptoms.
Because the virus is so new and science is catching up, treatment options for the coronavirus are limited. One important area of ongoing research is around treatments and vaccines that are proven safe and effective with some anti-viral medications and supportive treatments are showing promise but are still in initial stages. But those treatments cannot be currently relied upon to prevent widespread severe illness.
Public health systems are overwhelmed locally and regionally due to the large volume of daily new COVID-19 cases in Dunn County residents and the DCHD must prioritize interviews with the positive case over the aggressive identification of close contacts and contact investigations.
The DCHD will still contact trace exposures in homes, schools, long term care facilities, child cares and other environments with a high risk for spread. In other work and social environments the positive case is required to notify all of their contacts and share that they should monitor for symptoms and stay home in quarantine for 14 days.
Preventing spread continues to be essential and as a result, non-pharmaceutical prevention of germ spread or viral transmission is very important. The DCHC is recommending the following measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19:
- Dunn County residents are advised to avoid public gatherings in their place of work, play or worship. Groups larger than 10 in an indoor setting and 25 in an outdoor setting create an increased risk of spreading germs. Gatherings are not able to be contact traced by the DCHD. All gatherings should practice social distancing (staying six feet apart), follow all public health recommendations, wear a cloth face covering, practice good hand hygiene and good respiratory hygiene health while creating a contact list of names and phone numbers of those who attend a public event.
- Dunn County residents are advised to limit non-essential travel, staying and working at home when available and using curbside or delivery while monitoring COVID-19 symptoms for 14 days after traveling.
- Dunn County residents are strongly advised to avoid high-risk social interactions in places such as indoor bars and dance halls, not to host or attend house parties, not send children to sleepovers, play high contact sports or attend in-person music performances with singing or brass/wind instruments.