COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 2019)
General COVID-19 Information
We continue to provide information and resources to help control the transmission of COVID-19 throughout our communities. The Health Department recommends that everyone follow the recommendations that are provided by the CDC and WI DHS to keep themselves, loved ones, and their community safe.
How to Protect Yourself, Loved Ones, and your Community:
- Get a COVID-19 Vaccine if you are 12 years old or older.
- Wash your hands.
- Practice physical distancing - stay at least 6 feet away from other people.
- Wear a face covering, i.e. a mask.
- Get tested if you have symptoms or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19
- Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
- Consider avoiding crowds.
For more information, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html
The Delta variant is highly contagious and is spreading more quickly than other strains of the COVID-19. The best way to protect yourself, your family, and your community from COVID-19 and the Delta variant is to get vaccinated. From January 1, 2021 through July 22, 2021, over 98% of COVID cases occurred among people who were not fully vaccinated. For more information on the Delta variant and others, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/variants/index.html or https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/variants.htm
Please see our latest press release on the Health Department's COVID-19 Status
For the complete press release, click VCPHD COVID-19 Update
Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People
Summary of Recent Changes from the CDC and WI Department of Health Services:
- Updated information for fully vaccinated people given new evidence on the B.1.617.2 (Delta) variant currently circulating in the United States.
- Added a recommendation for fully vaccinated people to wear a mask in public indoor settings in areas of substantial or high transmission.
- Added information that fully vaccinated people might choose to wear a mask regardless of the level of transmission, particularly if they are immunocompromised or at increased risk for severe disease from COVID-19, or if they have someone in their household who is immunocompromised, at increased risk of severe disease or not fully vaccinated.
- Added a recommendation for fully vaccinated people who have a known exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 to be tested 3-5 days after exposure, and to wear a mask in public indoor settings for 14 days or until they receive a negative test result.
- CDC recommends universal indoor masking for all teachers, staff, students, and visitors to schools, regardless of vaccination status.
Vilas County Testing Results of COVID-19
We are reporting 27 new total positive cases-to-date and 17 new recovered cases since last reporting on Tuesday.
WI Department of Health Disease Activity: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/local.htm
Other Data Resources:
CDC Data Tracker: https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#county-view
Vilas County Fact Sheets:VCPHD COVID Fact Sheet - Community
VCPHD COVID Fact Sheet - Businesses
VCPHD COVID Fact Sheet - Faith-based Communities
VCPHD COVID Fact Sheet - Childcare
VCPHD COVID Fact Sheet - School Reopening
VCPHD COVID Fact Sheet - Sports
- WI COVID-19 Information - Updates, Orders, Badger Bounce Back, etc.
- Dealing With Coronavirus Anxiety: Expert Tips
- Daily Life and Coping
- DHS COVID-19 Fact Sheet
- CDC Fact Sheet - Symptoms
- DHS - Shopping Tips
- CDC Fact Sheet - Stop the Spread of Germs
- CDC - Cleaning and Disinfecting
- CDC COVID-19, Information for Travel
VCPHD Media Releases:
- 9-23-21 Vilas County Increase in COVID Cases Causing Limited Capacity for Health Department
- 8-4-21 VCPHD COVID-19 Update
- 5-5-21 Joint Northern Region Local and Tribal Public Health Statement Urging Wisconsinites to Continue Following COVID-19 Recommendations
- 5-5-21 Supporting Document to Press Release
- 4-1-21 Repeal of Mask Mandate
- 2-10-21 Where to get COVID-19 Vaccine
- 1-14-21 Tier 1a Vaccine Press Release
- 11-25-20 VC Partner COVID PR
- 9-30-20 VCPHD FAQ, Part 3
- 8-18-20 Vilas County First Death - COVID Related
- 8-5-20 VCPHD Update & Gov. Mask Mandate
- 7-14-20 VCPHD FAQ, Part 2
- 7-3-20 VCPHD has its 11th Case of COVID-19
- 5-29-20 Announcement in Regards to Large Gatherings
- 5-14-20 WI Supreme Court Decision - Safer at Home
- 4-21-20 Gov. Evers Increases Testing Capabilities
- 4-7-20 VCPHD FAQ
- 4-5-20_Fourth COVID-19 Case in Vilas County
- 3-30-20_Third COVID-19 Case in Vilas County
- 3-26-20_Second COVID-19 Case in Vilas County
- 3-25-20_First COVID-19 Case in Vilas County Press Release
- 3-25-20_Courthouse restricted access
- 3-20-20_Vilas County Advisory to Seasonal and Second Homeowners
- 3-11-20_COVID 19 What you Need to Know
- 3-14-20_250 Mass Gatherings
- 3-16-20_50 Mass Gatherings
State residents can sign up for weekly emails containing updates, news, and resources
The DHS has launched a weekly newsletter to provide updates on COVID-19 response and vaccine rollout in Wisconsin. This newsletter will allow DHS to communicate directly with the public, and the public is encouraged to sign up to receive the newsletter every Friday.
In addition to an update on vaccine eligibility and the number of vaccinations administered in Wisconsin, the newsletter will include key updates from the previous week, as well as COVID-19 resources and links to where Wisconsinites can find more detailed information.
Registration is now open, and archived copies of the weekly newsletter will also be available.
More COVID-19 Resources:
- COVID-19 Update: BadgerCare Plus Children and Medicaid Purchase Plan Premiums Suspended
- Governor Evers Emergency Order #21 Suspends Several DHS Administrative Rules for EMS, Home Health Agencies, Hospices, Nursing Homes, Nursing Aide Training Programs, Feeding Assistant Programs, Community Based Residential Facilities, Adult Family Homes, and Narcotic Treatment for Opiate Addiction.
- Governor Tony Evers issues temporary ban on evictions and foreclosures. For updated information, visit https://datcp.wi.gov/Pages/News_Media/LandlordTenantCOVID19FAQs.aspx (5/18/20)
- The programs and initiatives in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act are intended to assist business owners, as well as certain nonprofits and other employers, with whatever needs they have right now.
You can also stay informed by visiting:
- CDC - Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19)
- Wisconsin Department of Health Services - COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 2019)