Health officials say there's a silver lining despite COVID-19 cases rising across Wisconsin.

MADISON, Wis. — Providing an update on the status of COVID-19 in Dane County Friday, public health officials said it is unlikely they reinstitute a mask mandate because the tools to fight the pandemic have changed with the availability of vaccines and boosters.

Public Health Madison & Dane County director Janel Heinrich said while the CDC still considers Dane County to be in the “Medium” level of COVID-19 spread, the county is on the “higher end” of that level.