"Cases are rising exponentially across Europe, states in the USA are reporting increases, including OR, and here we are in Jackson County, reporting our highest daily total since the beginning of the pandemic".
With Wednesday's numbers, Jackson County has now seen 1,554 confirmed and presumptive cases since the beginning of the pandemic - the vast majority (over 1,400) confirmed by a positive test.
In its weekly community scorecard, Douglas County hit all of its goals over the past week: The average weekly number of new COVID-19 cases decreased, no high-risk outbreaks were reported, the number of active cases per week decreased and less than 40% of beds and 20% of ventilators were in use at LMH Health.
Most of B.C.'s cases of COVID-19 have been located in the Lower Mainland, but the disease has spread to every region of the province.
Meanwhile in Sheboygan County, 223 new cases were reported by the Division of Public Health, with one more listed as an inmate at the Kettle Moraine Correctional Institution. Roughly 200 of those cases are still considered active. Since the pandemic began Stearns County has had 5,665 residents test positive for COVID-19 and 41 deaths.
It also gives the county 69 new cases for the week and 1,662 since the county began tracking the virus in early March.
"As much as I am hesitant to do so - and we've seen this before - if there is a major source of transmission, additional measures can and will be put in place if they're needed", she said. That is up by 4,205 from the day before, although department spokeswoman Jennifer Miller said there was still some backlog in the reporting of positive cases following a data upgrade over the weekend.
The number of people under public health monitoring after coming into close contact with an infected person continues to rise. Of those, 10,247 people have recovered.