JEFFERSON — A seventh Jefferson County resident has died from COVID-19, health officials have reported.
State Department of Health Services statistics show that, as of Monday, Jefferson County had 996 confirmed and 68 probable cases of the coronavirus, and seven deaths. A total of 16,5281 residents tested negative for the virus.
On Saturday, there had been 979 confirmed cases of the virus, and on Friday, 947. The county death was reported on Saturday.
Jefferson County Health Department director Gail Scott said that she was awaiting the death certificate before confirming the seventh death listed in the state report, but she expected to do so fairly soon.
Statewide, COVID-19 had claimed the lives of 1,168 Wisconsinites as of Monday. There were 80,300 positive and 5,163 probable cases of the virus Saturday; the positive cases had grown to 81,760 by Monday.
Officials said nearly 89 percent, or 72,478, of people who had COVID-19 in Wisconsin have recovered, while 8,096 people have active cases of the virus. So far, 1,308,553 people have been tested overall.
Meanwhile, three people who work at Jefferson City Hall tested positive for COVID-19 during the past week and now are in quarantine, a city official confirmed Friday.
City Administrator Tim Freitag said the employees are following city and Jefferson County health guidelines and that Jefferson City Hall remains open to the public.
“We did have some positive cases among our city hall staff and those people are in quarantine,” Freitag said.
Two city hall employees and one person who was working in the municipal building tested positive for the virus during that past week. The first positive test came back Aug. 27, with the other two positive test results recorded Aug. 31 and Sept. 2.
The remainder of city staff also were tested last week.
“All our staff has been tested,” Freitag said, adding that the last of those results came in Friday morning.
Freitag said there are cleaning measures in place and Plexiglass has been installed at counters to help protect both staff and visitors coming to the city offices.
“Anyone who needs to transact (business at the city hall) they can,” he said. “During a pandemic, we highly encourage people to do electronic transactions or email.”
There are no public meetings taking place in the city hall currently and none are scheduled through Oct. 1, Freitag said.
He added that good sanitation measures are being taken at the facility, he said.
Almost five weeks ago, Gov. Tony Evers issued a statewide mask mandate requiring anyone over the age of 5 to wear a mask or risk being fined $200. Since then, there has been a plateau of cases in Wisconsin over the last two weeks with an average of almost 700 cases a day for a seven-day period, fewer than the 887 average when the mandate started on July 30.
But there also has been less testing — 15,000 people a day a few weeks ago to 10,000 or less a day the last two weeks.
An increase of positive cases in Jefferson County the past two weeks has placed the county near the top 10 in the state with 187 new cases. And neighboring Waukesha County ranks third with 652 in that same period.
Scott said last week that data from contact tracing shows that 60 percent of people who contract the virus report known exposure with someone who was infected. While the rest is unknown or probable community spread.
Though places like Milwaukee and Dane county have had a mask order for almost two months, cases remain high in those areas, with Milwaukee accounting for almost a fourth of all COVID cases in the state.