SHEBOYGAN – Sheboygan County has 32 confirmed COVID-19 cases, and 19 of them are at Sunny Ridge Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
Tuesday afternoon, the Sheboygan County Division of Public Health reported that 18 cases were active, 12 were recovered and two people had died. There were 425 negative tests.
Only one case was hospitalized, the public health report says. Tuesday brought the first report of a case in a person younger than 20.
Over the weekend, the Sheboygan County Division of Public Health and the National Guard tested residents and staff at Sunny Ridge Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Starrlene Grossman, public health supervisor, said they collected around 165 specimens, and results from those tests flooded in Monday and Tuesday.
The first death due to COVID-19 in Sheboygan County — a resident at Sunny Ridge — was announced last Wednesday. The second death, also at Sunny Ridge, was reported Sunday. Both people were older than 60.
Thomas Adamavich, 78, died on April 4 from complications from COVID-19, according to his obituary. He was born in Sheboygan and graduated from Sheboygan Central High School in 1960.
Adamavich spent 33 years as a truck driver for the Piggly Wiggly/Fresh Brands warehouse. In his retirement, he spent 10 years as a courtesy driver for Kohler Co.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date, due to the current public health concerns, his obituary said.
Per new guidelines from the Centers on Disease Control and Prevention, it’s recommended to wear cloth face coverings in public settings where social distancing is hard to maintain, such as grocery stores.
At least 95 Wisconsin residents had died of the coronavirus as of Tuesday afternoon, according to state, county and medical examiner reports. The total number of positive cases in the state reached 2,578 by the state’s official count.
The people in the county who have gotten COVID-19 have contracted it through international travel, contact with existing cases and community spread, according to the Sheboygan County Division of Public Health.
People who feel anxious, depressed or are seeking other help during this health crisis are encouraged to call 800-985-5990 to speak to a trained crisis counselor or text TalkWithUS to 66747.
Last month, Gov. Tony Evers issued an emergency order closing nonessential businesses and asking Wisconsinites to stay home as much as possible and practice social distancing — staying at least 6 feet away from other people.
Those measures are meant to reduce the rate of spread so health care systems don’t become overwhelmed with a high number of patients.
If you think you have symptoms of COVID-19, call your doctor or the emergency room before going in for testing. Common symptoms include fever, cough and shortness of breath.
Testing supplies are limited, and some people with milder symptoms have been told to stay home and quarantine themselves rather than seeking testing and treatment at a hospital.
Drive-through testing started last month at Ascension and Prevea in Sheboygan. It is not open to the public and still requires an order from a doctor.
All people are being advised to wash their hands and disinfect surfaces regularly. The elderly and people with pre-existing conditions that could make them vulnerable to the coronavirus are advised to stay home as much as possible.
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