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Posted on: October 12, 2020

Public Health Recommends Against Large Gatherings Because of Local COVID-19 High Positivity Rate

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At present, the Calumet County Public Health Jurisdiction has an extremely high COVID-19 positivity rate of 33.5%, which is one of the highest nationally. Calumet County Public Health is overwhelmed with contact tracing and has had to adjust its processes due to the extremely high numbers.  In addition, as it has been widely reported, hospitals in our region are at capacity. 

Because of these reasons, Calumet County Public Health does not support or recommend any large gatherings, indoors or outdoors, regardless of the purpose. Please consider the health of others, as well as your own health.  The ability to keep schools and businesses open depends on the choices we are making, including forgoing large gatherings. 

The percent positive is a critical measure because it indicates how widespread infection is in our area. The higher the positivity rate, the more concerning it is. According to the WHO and the CDC, the threshold for the rate being too high is 5%.1  At that rate and above, gathering in large groups is exceedingly discouraged and will likely increase our continued surge in positive cases, hospitalizations, and severe outcomes. 

Some of us get sicker from COVID-19 than others, but all of us can help protect the people, places, and experiences that matter most. Taking just a few steps to stop the spread of COVID-19 reduces the risk for those around you. Because we’re all connected—by our health, by our actions, and by our commitment to each other. This is why #YouStopTheSpread by wearing a mask, keeping 6 ft. apart, washing your hands, and staying home as much as possible.


1Source: John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, COVID-19 Testing: Understanding the “Percent Positive”

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