ROCK COUNTY, Wis. (WREX) — The Rock County Health Department is ditching its reopening plan.
On Thursday, health officials announced they're discontinuing its reopening guidance and businesses can reopen at 100% capacity next Tuesday, June 8.
Health officials highlighted three specific reasons for the change in plans:
- The Rock County Health Department has recorded a significant decrease in local COVID-19 activity in recent months. Health officials say they've seen a drop in their seven-day reporting figures. The health department says they averaged 170 new cases daily from November 2020 through January 2021. Now, health officials say they're seeing 8 new cases per day over the most recent seven-day period. Rock County active case numbers have also dropped below 200 for the first time since mid-March.
- Rock County has recorded significant decreases in hospitalization rates due to COVID-19. At the height of the pandemic, Rock County had as many as 70 patients hospitalized for COVID-19 care at one time. Now, the number of patients hospitalized and getting treatment for COVID-19 at any one time varies from 8 to 15 patients, according to health officials.
- Health officials say they've seen an increase in vaccination rates since the vaccine was approved.
Despite the discontinued Reopening Plan, the Rock County Public Health Department reminds everyone that all unvaccinated individuals should continue to wear masks and practice social distancing to remain safe and within national CDC recommendations.
The health department says privately owned businesses and certain industry sectors, including health care systems/medical facilities, schools, and public transportation, have ongoing mask requirements to protect the health and safety of their visitors, and everyone is encouraged to follow these requests to protect the health of all of our community members.