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126 new cases since last week

BROWN COUNTY — COVID-19 cases continue to spread in Brown County with Public Health recording 126 new cases since last week.

This is the second week in a row the county has experienced over 100 new COVID cases in a week. This is an average of 18 new cases a day. September currently has the third-highest county-wide increase in COVID since the pandemic began 20 months ago. Less than a week into October, Brown County has 41 new COVID cases for the month.

Public Health Director Karen Moritz said the cases are spread throughout the county with no single large event causing the spread, but noted an increase in infection for people under 18.

Approximately 29% of Brown County cases over the last two weeks have been people under age 18. Moritz said this was common across the state. The COVID vaccines have not yet been approved for people under 12.

The majority of Brown County’s adult population has been vaccinated. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) data shows 70.5% of Brown County’s 18 and over population has completed the vaccine series.

Moritz said the vaccines are still the best option for preventing the spread of the virus. Booster shots for the Pfizer vaccine are currently available. Anyone who received the two Pfizer shots six months ago is eligible to receive the booster. Public Health and other area providers are offering the Pfizer booster by appointment.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not yet approved a booster for the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccines.

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