Dunn County Health Department issues new mask advisory | WisCommunity

Dunn County Health Department issues new mask advisory

February 25, 2021 - 1:25pm
Dunn County Health Administrator KT Gallagher
Dunn County Health Administrator KT Gallagher

The Dunn County Health Department has issued a new mask advisory for the county. This is not really a change in recommendations so much as it is a reminder that despite the fact that the cases in the state and county have decreased, we are still in a pandemic and will need to remain vigilant until we reach herd immunity through vaccinations.

The Dunn County Health Department (DCHD) strongly advises mask wearing by everyone anytime they are outside of their home and around other people, particularly when social distancing is difficult. Masks should be worn properly and consistently to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

While there is progress being made in vaccinating, only about five percent of Dunn County residents are fully vaccinated; very far from the 75-85 percent of people needed to have “herd immunity” preventing community transmission. With new and more contagious strains of the virus circulating, we must continue to follow the guidance of health care experts.

The DCHD recommends that people wear masks properly anytime they are outside of their home and around other people. The data 1 show that it works to reduce community transmission and keep folks healthy.

CDC guidance documents state that, “Correct and consistent mask use is a critical step everyone can take to reduce their risk of getting and spreading COVID-19”.

In addition to consistently and correctly wearing masks, everyone should continue to take these important steps to reduce the spread of COVID-19:

 Stay at least 6 feet (at least 2 arm lengths) away from others who do not live with you

 Avoid crowds

 Avoid poorly ventilated indoor spaces

 Stay home when you are sick

 Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (or use hand
sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol)

 Get vaccinated when the vaccine is available to you

 Get tested if you have signs or symptoms of COVID-19, or if you think you may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19

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