Health Department confirms 15 COVID-19 positive cases
As of Tuesday, July 7, the Lincoln County Health Department has confirmed 15 COVID-19 positive cases in the county; up from 10 confirmed positive cases as reported on Tuesday, June 30.
In addition, the department is reporting 2,170 residents have been tested, 2,146 of which have tested negative and nine still pending. Seven cases remain in isolation, while eight have been released from isolation. To date, zero deaths have been reported as a result of COVID-19.
Shelley Hersil, Lincoln County Health Department Director/Health Officer reminds community members to continue to practice physical distancing. “We are starting to see an increase in the number of individuals exposed to people who have COVID-19”, states Hersil. “These exposures are occurring with more families and friends getting together for celebrations as well as socializing in public places.” Besides physical distancing, we want to remind you of the following. Everyone should stay home as much as possible, use good hand hygiene, implement enhanced cleaning practices, and utilize cloth face coverings when in the public. It’s important to take extra precaution with older adults and those at higher risk for complications of COVID-19. If you choose to gather and not follow guidance, understand that you should avoid contact with high risk individuals to protect them from getting COVID-19. People with COVID-19 have a range of symptoms, from little to no symptoms to people being severely sick and dying. Symptoms may include: fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, headache, fatigue, body or muscle aches, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of smell and loss of taste.
It’s important to remember that COVID-19 can be spread to others even if a person does not have symptoms. LCHD encourages anyone with symptoms or exposure to someone with COVID -19 to go in for testing. You can find testing information on the Lincoln County Health Department’s website https://co.lincoln.wi.us/covid19.
The Lincoln County Health Department will no longer be issuing press releases for new COVID-19 cases in Lincoln County. The number of those with COVID-19 will be provided daily on the department’s website: https://co.lincoln.wi.us/covid19 and Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/LincolnCountyPublicHealth.