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Dane County extending mask mandate until February | Local News

Omicron, the newest COVID-19 “variant of concern,” is believed to be more contagious than previous strains, including delta, and appears to require more vaccination for protection. Some early data indicate omicron may cause less severe disease in individuals, but its rapid spread could still increase hospitalizations, especially among the unvaccinated, health officials say.

Dr. William Melms, chief medical officer of the Marshfield Clinic Health System, said omicron could “push us beyond the breaking point.” 

Public Health said Wisconsin and Dane County are already in the midst of a “surge in people testing positive for COVID.” Dane County case averages and hospitalizations this month are the highest so far this year, according to Public Health. The county is seeing an average of 255 people testing positive each day. 

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