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Dane County’s new gathering order goes into effect Wednesday

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Public Health Madison & Dane County issued Emergency Order #12 Monday.

The order goes into effect January 13, at 12:01 a.m. and will be in effect until February 10. The previous order was scheduled to expire on that date.

The order maintains many parts of Order #11 and allows indoor gatherings up to 10 people, with physical distancing and face coverings.

However, the new order increases the limit on outdoor gatherings to 50 people instead of 25.

“The number of people being diagnosed with COVID-19 remains very high and new, more contagious virus variants are circulating in the world and United States," Janel Heinrich, PHMDC's director, said in a release. "We know spending time outside with others is less risky than spending time together inside, so we have raised gathering limits outside in recognition of this research. We ask that everyone continue to limit gathering indoors for the health and safety of the community."

When PHMDC issued Order #11 on December 16, the seven-day case average was 171, and 135 people were hospitalized with COVID-19. As of Monday, the seven-day case average is 213 and there are 71 people hospitalized with COVID-19. In December, 79 Dane County residents died of COVID-19.

“Although we still have a high burden of disease, Dane County is doing better than the state in both number of people diagnosed with COVID-19 and dying of COVID-19," Dane County Executive Joe Parisi said. "This shows the success of our orders in preventing illness and saving lives."


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Caroline Dade

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