Don’t put away your masks, please! We are vaccinating our population as quickly as possible, but we’re not to herd immunity quite yet.
Today’s Wisconsin Supreme Court ruling struck down the statewide mask mandate, but it is still prudent to wear a mask while in close proximity to others. It is a good idea for businesses to also continue to require masking.
The Sawyer County Health Department recommends that people wear masks in public spaces to slow the spread of COVID. If we let our guard down now and COVID continues to spread, it naturally mutates and may lead to variant strains that our current vaccines cannot prevent.
Currently, 32% of Sawyer County residents have received at least one vaccine dose. By next week anyone age 16 and older will be eligible to receive vaccine. We ask for patience and to hold tight and use those masks through the end of May so that we can get many more people fully vaccinated.
Despite our vaccination efforts, COVID cases are rising again in our own and neighboring counties. Michigan and many counties in Minnesota and Iowa are also seeing high spread. This is attributed to the new variant strains that spread more easily. With the new strains, natural immunity may not prevent a second COVID illness, so please continue to be cautious.