MCHD recommends avoiding large Thanksgiving gatherings
With the number of COVID-19 cases steadily rising in Monroe County, the Monroe County Health Department (MCHD) continues to recommend avoiding large gatherings with people you do not live with. Furthermore, the department advises that traveling increases the chance of getting and spreading the virus that causes COVID-19.
The MCHD instead has suggested some ideas to celebrate more safely that include:
•Share a meal with only the people who live in your household.
•Prepare meals and treats for delivery in a way that doesn't involve contact.
•Have a virtual dinner with friends and family.
If you must travel to visit family, or plan to invite others into your home, the MCHD asks that you consider the following:
•Stay up to date on the status of COVID-19 disease activity in areas where you plan to travel.
•Keep gatherings as small as possible.
•Consider asking all guests to strictly avoid contact with people outside of their households for 14 days before the gathering.
•Take every precaution you can by avoiding non-essential trips out of the home and stocking up on groceries ahead of time.
•If you develop any symptoms of COVID, do not gather with friends or family.
The MCHD reported 76 new cases of COVID on Thursday, 44 on Friday, an additional 103 over the weekend and 20 new cases on Monday for a total of 2,404 confirmed cases in Monroe County, which is an increase of 344 cases since last Monday.
The department reported that as of Monday, Monroe County now has 441 active cases while there have been 1,951 recoveries and 14,602 negative test results. Nine individuals are currently hospitalized and there have been 12 deaths related to COVID in Monroe County.
For more information, please visit MCHD’s COVID-19 webpage at http://healthymonroecowi.org/covid-19.
In La Crosse County, there have been 7,401 confirmed cases of COVID reported as of Monday with 39,430 negative test results and 32 COVID-related deaths.
Also as of Monday, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services has recorded testing 2,452,219 people, 357,771 of which have tested positive for coronavirus while 2,094,448 have tested negative.
Of those who tested positive statewide, there have been 15,930 hospitalizations and 280,358 recoveries have been reported while 74,340 cases remain active. Overall, Wisconsin has reported 3,011 deaths related to COVID.