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Seventh COVID-19 death reported in Clark County

The Clark County Health Department (CCHD) last Thursday confirmed the county’s seventh fatality due to the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The individual was in their 40’s and had no known underlying medical conditions. The CCHD is not releasing any further information out of respect for the deceased and their loved ones.

“Our hearts continue to go out to the grieving families and community members affected by COVID-19,” said Brittany Mews, Clark County health officer. “We would like to extend our deepest condolences to everyone impacted past and present,” Mews added.

To date, 80 people in Clark County have been diagnosed with COVID-19, with 16 current active cases. Clark County has the highest COVID-19 case fatality percentage (8.7 percent) reported amongst all surrounding counties, which is over 3 times higher than the state fatality percentage of 3 percent (Wisconsin Department of Health Services).

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) launched a new data dashboard on June 23. The data dashboard consists of maps and tables that toggle between counties and Healthcare Emergency Readiness Coalition (HERC) regions. The counties and regions are color-coded to indicate overall COVID-19 activity status – low, medium or high.

Overall activity status is a summary indicator based on two data points: the burden of cases and the trajectory of cases. Burden, also defined as case rate, is the total number of cases a county or region has per 100,000 Wisconsin residents in the past two weeks, and is described as low, moderate, moderately high or high. Trajectory, also defined as case change, refers to the percent change of cases in the past two weeks, and is described as shrinking, growing, or having no significant change.

Clark County has a moderately high COVID-19 burden (case rate) and a high activity level. The dashboard will be updated weekly on Wednesdays by 2 p.m. and can be found at covid-19/local.htm.

The CCHD encourages everyone to frequently and thoroughly wash their hands, stay home when sick, practice social distancing, avoid large gatherings and crowds, and wear a face covering/ mask.

“These are simple measures everyone can take to protect themselves and others. The more things we can all do to mitigate our risk of exposure, the better off we all are,” Mews said.

If you have questions or concerns regarding COVID-19, call the CCHD at 715-743-5105 and press 9 for the COVID-19 line. Daily updates are available on the CCHD Facebook page www.facebook. com/clarkcohealthdept/ and on the Clark County website: www.clarkcountywi. com/covid-19.