Walworth County Reports New COVID-19 Deaths
May 26, 2020 7pm
The Walworth County Division of Public Health reported that an additional five deaths have been attributed to COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. These deaths bring the county’s death total to 16. All five decedents resided at long term care facilities. All were over the age of 80 and had significant underlying health conditions. “These deaths highlight how devastating this disease can be for older adults, especially those with severe underlying medical conditions”, stated Erica Bergstrom, Public Health Officer. “This is a sad day and a reminder of the continuing need to protect those at high risk for serious complications.” Long term care facilities throughout the country have implemented strategies to contain disease spread among staff and residents. Some of these strategies include restricting visitors, universal testing for staff and residents, and creating dedicated spaces for monitoring and caring for residents with COVID-19. To reduce risk of getting sick or spreading, Public Health advises everyone to follow these simple steps:
- Stay home when sick
- Maintain physical distancing
- Frequently wash hands with soap and water
- Cover coughs and sneezes
- Avoid touching your face
Safer at Home Order
Walworth County Public Health is not issuing a Safer at Home Order at this time. View guidance for businesses to open safely at the top of this page under the link “Reopening Blueprint Plan” We encourage businesses to utilize these guidelines fully. Not only will they keep our community safer, but they are best practices to help you keep your staff safe and healthy. The situation continues to rapidly evolve.
Health and Human Services Director, Elizabeth Aldred’s Statement on HHS response to COVID-19 in Walworth County
Senior leadership within Health and Human Services is meeting regularly regarding COVID-19. Department leaders continue to follow the Centers for Disease Control and the Department of Health Services protocols for dealing with the virus... Read the full statement
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