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The virus key indicators and numbers are improving in Walworth County.
The Walworth County Health Department has announced that its shifting from Phase 1 to Phase 2 of its Phased Guidance. Walworth County has seen a steady decline in cases since a peak in November. The last month has especially seen a dramatic drop in cases, and hospitalizations related to the virus. As of Monday, there were 38 positive cases and 0 hospitalizations. The county has started using trend data, instead of moment-in-time data because it gives a more accurate scenario of what is really happening. This change should create a better representation of what is really happening in the county.

The public health department continues to examine data to evaluate the state of the community’s recovery from the pandemic and the county’s Phased Guidance document offers recommendations specific to the level of viral activities and levels. Walworth County has been in Phase 1 since November and is moving into Phase 2 as of March 1. As the county moves into Phase 2 it is serving as a resource for businesses recovering from the pandemic by encouraging them to participate in the ‘Stay Well in Walworth’ business recognition program. This program recognizes and highlights local businesses that are consistently and effectively applying Walworth County’s Phased Guidance’s recommendations, to help keep customers, employees and communities stay safe and healthy.

Some of the recommendations include encouraging physical distancing and keeping customers 6 feet from each other, implementing easy-to-understand face-covering policies that align with the guidance, adhering to business capacity recommendations, adopting protocols to routinely clean and disinfect, and creating designated hours for vulnerable populations and for those at higher risk. Any business that would like to participate in the program may complete the application on the county website. Members of the community may also nominate and recognize businesses for their efforts through the same application at; The Walworth County Health Department is also working on getting vaccinations out to the current groups authorized for the shots. As of Monday, 10,041 people have received the first dose, 2,899 have received the second dose. Aurora and Mercy have been able to vaccinate a majority of staff, as the county gets ready for the people in group 1B to be vaccinated. With Phase 2 starting on March 1st, the staff of schools and daycares, anyone enrolled in Medicaid long-term care programs, 911 operators, anyone in the Utility and Communications infrastructure, public transit, food supply chain and staff or resident in congregate living may begin to receive the vaccine. There is now a significant increase in the number of people eligible for the vaccine, although availability is still limited.

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