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November 24, 2020

10/22/2020 11:39:00 AM
Virus case growth in county may have consequences

Readers might want to prepare for a very real possibility of the schools in Chisago County going to distance learning in the next several days. Hybrid models scheduling some days in the classroom building and some days on the Internet, would be a thing of the past if the spread of Covid-19 continues on its recent pace.

As of Wednesday Chisago County had a reported 892 cases. The last 60 days there have been 16 county residents requiring hospitalization.

The Chisago County Board heard October 21 that the public health and state department of education officials -- in collaboration with local school districts -- are monitoring positive case numbers closely.

Courtney Wehrenberg, in her county public health report, told the county commissioners the numbers of cases have been doubling. She added, “Districts have some difficult decisions to make.”

She continued saying that for months residents of this county made a good effort at containing the virus spread to a “trickle” in its growth but as people head indoors with cold weather, and Wisconsin’s huge growth in cases impacting border areas of Chisago -- numbers of virus cases reported in schools are fully expected to meet state standards for all-remote instruction.

Wehrenberg said the Department of Health recommends distance learning for two “incubation periods” so, if launched would call for 28 days of on-campus closure.

Meanwhile, Chisago County Public Health should have an announcement on testing and other Covid-19 related initiatives still sometime this week, she stated.

She advised the Board to keep being aware of suggested precautions like hand washing, restricting your exposure to strangers and wear your mask, she concluded.

At this point, Commissioner Mike Robinson commented that Commissioner Chris DuBose ought to be masked at Board meetings. Robinson said he dislikes wearing a mask as much as the next guy, but in the enclosed government center meeting room everybody should be following the Governor’s Emergency Order. Commissioners Montzka and McMahon echoed the remarks. Commissioner DuBose said he’s sitting several feet away from other commissioners. His interpretation of the Governor’s Order is that “once you are seated” in a public building you can remove the mask. He noted he wears one entering the building and he wears one exiting the building.

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