Rock Co. moves back to Phase One of COVID-19 reopening plan

JANESVILLE, Wis. — Rock County health officials announced Monday that the county is returning to Phase One of its reopening plan due to a high level of community spread of the coronavirus.

Since Nov. 1, the Rock County Public Health Department has reported 2,364 new cases of COVID-19. That’s 30% of the county’s entire number of cases in just 16 days.

Health officials said public and private gatherings of any kind should not take place while the county is in Phase One. Libraries, restaurants and bars, retail stores, community centers, faith-based services, recreational facilities and service centers should limit capacity to 25%.

Businesses like salons, tattoo and piercing shops, pet groomers and spas should not allow walk-in clients, health officials said.

Outdoor playgrounds and garage sales should be limited to ten people or less, according to a news release.

According to Phase One of the reopening plan, schools should also provide virtual options and flexibility for at least two weeks after holiday or seasonal breaks.

Fourteen people have died from the coronavirus in Rock County since Nov. 1, according to county health officials. Officials said the daily number of hospitalized patients has doubled since the start of the month.