Don’t put away your masks, please! We are vaccinating our population as quickly as possible, but we are not to herd immunity quite yet.
The Supreme Court ruling from March 31 struck down the statewide mask mandate, but it is still very important to wear a mask when in public settings, enclosed spaces, or anytime there is close contact to another person outside of your household that is 6 feet or less.
The Forest County Health Department recommends that people continue to 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 30.2% of Forest County residents have received at least one dose of the COVID vaccine. By April 5th, anyone age 16 and older will be eligible to receive vaccine. We ask for your continued patience and to use masks so that we can get as many people fully vaccinated as possible and to prevent the continued spread of COVID.
Despite our vaccination efforts, there continues to be cases of COVID throughout Wisconsin, including Forest County and neighboring counties. Please consider your health and the health of those around you by following the proven safety measures to keep our community safe. Wearing a mask protects us all.