Crawford County reopening Phase 2 eases more restrictions

Crawford Admin Building

PRAIRIE DU CHIEN (WKBT) — Crawford County is moving into Phase 2 of its reopening plan amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, meaning that many facilities can open at 50 percent seating capacity.
Indoor mass gatherings should be limited to 50 people or less, and outdoor mass gatherings should be less than 100, according to a news release from the county’s Public Health Department.
The decision is based on several metrics to assess the readiness to reopen, said Health Officer Cindy Riniker.
“The current findings show low incidents of new cases of COVID-19, and that the healthcare system can handle the current caseloads,” Riniker said. “While the number of cases is low, we are seeing higher percentages of these cases being community spread.”
That means health officials don’t know the sources of the virus growth, “which makes it more challenging to contain or slow the spread,” Riniker said.
As of today, Crawford County has chronicled 1,108 tests, with 26 positives — all of whom have recovered — and 1,046 negatives, as well as 36 pending and 15 contact investigations.
Since the virus is not contained, individuals, businesses and organizations should proceed cautiously, she said. Facilities should have hygiene, cleaning and protective measure policies and procedures in place before opening to the public.
The metrics will be recalculated on June 17 to determine whether to advance to Phase 3, Riniker said.
“We will wait and see what happens,” she said. “If we see more cases in the next two weeks, we may stay at Phase 2 for a while.”
More details about the Crawford County-Moving Forward Plan and the metrics used to determine reopening are on the health department’s website.