City, Taylor County give update on COVID-19 situation



April 9, 2019 -- By Brian Wilson
Taylor County Public Health Director Patty Krug said she doesn’t want to close city and county parks and boat landings and asked for residents to cooperate and follow social distancing guidelines so that she doesn’t have to.
Krug and Medford mayor Mike Wellner held an update on Thursday morning regarding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic that has sickened thousands around the world. Krug noted that as Thursday morning there have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Taylor County, however there have been a number of people tested who came back negative. In addition, she said there are people who are under observation whose they are awaiting test results on.
Krug praised the election workers and county clerk Andria Farrand for their work in ensuring Tuesday’s election was handled smoothly and with an abundance of care in regard to social distancing and sanitation.
Krug explains that efforts underway are a continued attempt to slow the spread of the disease with the major concern being that a surge if severe cases will overwhelm available hospital resources.
Krug also provided updates in regard to guidance on religious services. She emphasized that the virus does not discriminate on who it infects and that the best solution is to maintain social distancing and keep any gathering under 10 people. This includes outdoor locations. While recognizing the role of religion in people’s positive mental health, she said she stands by the state’s guidance that outdoor religious gatherings are prohibited under the emergency orders and cautions people to continue to use social distancing over the Easter holiday weekend. She said many churches have gone to streaming services online and that K99/WIGM will be broadcasting many services and religious messages over the holiday.
Krug also addressed the upcoming garage sale season. She said any organized garage sales either at a home or other location would not be permitted under the social distancing rules.
As far as greenhouses, outdoor greenhouses will be allowed to operate with people reminded to follow social distancing. Indoor greenhouses will only be allowed a limited number of people in at a time.
As far as parks and other outdoor spaces, Krug cautioned people to abide by social distancing guidelines and avoid congregating in groups. She noted that public health officials in other states have closed parks and boat landings because of people congregating and that she does not want to have to take that step here.

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