100 COVID-19 cases reported in last week

Rose Hansen

The second wave of the COVID-19 virus has begun to hit Crawford County, the health commissioner warned Thursday.

In the week ending Wednesday, 100 new cases were reported in Crawford County Public Health’s jurisdiction, with more people hospitalized for the virus than at any other point in the pandemic, said Kate Siefert, health commissioner.

As of Thursday morning, 19 were hospitalized with the virus, out of 142 active cases.

“This isn’t over, unfortunately,” Siefert said. “Trust me, we wish it was, but it’s not. I think wave No. 2 is going to go fast and we’re going to see a big increase in numbers.”

The Youth Building at the Crawford County Fairgrounds was the location for COVID-19 vaccinations earlier this year.

Historically, new viruses tend to hit the population in three or four waves — and the country is just entering the second wave with COVID-19, she said.

“So we’re not even halfway through dealing with COVID-19, and I kind of want people to remember that. We’ve got a ways to go. We’re still all dealing with this. We’re going to be dealing with this for a while. That doesn’t mean you have to stop living. It just means you need to think about your choices and how you do things as you go about living, and keep in mind there’s still a highly contagious and infectious virus that is easily spread from person to person.

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