Douglas County Officials Pleading for Citizens to Stay Home

The message from Douglas County Health and Human Services continues to be the same since the start of the pandemic: stay home, avoid gatherings, and wear a mask.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Douglas County is in the midst of dealing with a significant increase in positive cases compared to just two weeks ago.

The message from Douglas County Health and Human Services continues to be the same since the start of the pandemic: stay home, avoid gatherings, and wear a mask.

Though everyone knows what they need to do it’s those who are taking risks that are helping drive cases dramatically upward.

“If we want to continue to have choice and have places to go and have things to do people really need to be mindful of who they are going to be around when they go back home,” says Kathy Ronchi, the Health Officer at the Douglas County Department of Health and Human Services.

Studies say people are contagious a full two days before ever showing symptoms which is part of the reason the virus is spreading so quickly.

Ronchi says it’s not just large events that are spreading the virus, it’s more intimate ones where people think they’re ok.

“We have a number of situations recently where a small dinner party turned out to be 10 or 12 positive cases redding receptions that our families go to visit elderly people…these gatherings while this core group may be fine the ripple effect is really beginning to show,” says Ronchi.

In the city of Superior, Mayor Jim Paine is stressing that if people have to gather, do it outside where they can wear masks and social distance.

He also says with Thanksgiving coming up to stay home and celebrate with your own household and to take the proper precautions this year so family members can be alive for next year’s holiday.

“Please don’t take unnecessary risks we now know so many ways we can protect ourselves and others please follow these recommendations,” says Mayor Paine.

Mayor Paine also says it’s up to the individual citizens to work together so they can all enjoy the good times on the horizon.

“We only have a few more months of this it seems like a long time there’s good news coming down every day about progress for vaccines and meaningful treatments so we don’t want to really hurt somebody just before we’re finished with this,” says Mayor Paine.

Ronchi says the best way to contain the virus is limiting exposure to it, but if people continue to ignore safety precautions, harsher restrictions could be handed down at the state level.

“You may feel well today but the people that you were around last weekend you may have had an exposure and now the virus is replicating and you are going to transfer it to families,” says Ronchi.

Health experts are also concerned about people’s mental health and encourage people to reach out to friends and family to check up on each other and even use video chats to feel more connected.

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