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Optimism growing for pandemic future

Although he is still expecting a small spike in the numbers from Thanksgiving, Door County Medical Center Chief Medical Officer Dr. Jim Heise is finally seeing some light at the end of COVID-19 tunnel.  Heise told Thursday that it appears the state’s positive case numbers are beginning to decline after hitting record totals in the middle of November. Door County has seen the number of active cases drop from over 600 a few weeks ago to 388 as of Thursday. Heise says the hospital has been over capacity several times in recent weeks, but he says the COVID-19 patients that are coming in are doing better thanks to some of the treatments available to them.

Heise is also encouraged by the vaccines that are coming within the next few weeks and how effective they have been.

Despite the positive trend, Heise implores people to remain vigilant when it comes to protecting themselves and their families. You can listen to our full discussion with Heise on our podcast page.

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