COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 2019)
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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.
Gov. Evers Mandate on Face Coverings in Public Places - Repealed
The order (Executive Order #1) that Gov. Tony Evers signed on Thursday, February 4, 2021, has been repealed by the WI Supreme Court on Wednesday, March 31, 2021.
However, we released a press release today, Thursday, April 1, 2021, asking residents to still wear masks to help prevent the spread of COVID-19:
Gov. Evers Advises Wisconsinites to Stay Home
As COVID-19 continues to surge across the state, Gov. Evers announced Executive Order #94, which includes new measures to combat the spread of COVID-19. Executive Order #94 advises Wisconsinites to stay home, urges precautions Wisconsinites should take to stay safe if they have to leave their home, and encourages businesses to take additional steps to protect workers, customers, and the surrounding community.
General COVID-19 Information
COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 2019) is a novel type of Coronavirus that was first found in Wuhan, China. The first case was confirmed in the U.S. in Washington on January 21, 2020. The World Health Organization declared it a pandemic on March 11, 2020. Governor Evers declared this a Public Health Emergency in Wisconsin on March 12, 2020.
How to Protect Yourself:
- Wash your hands.
- Avoid touching your face.
- Practice physical distancing - stay at least 6 feet away from other people.
- Wear a face covering, i.e. a mask.
- Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
- Consider avoiding large gatherings (more than 50 people).
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
- Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects daily (for example, tables, countertops, light switches, doorknobs, and cabinet handles).
Learn what to do if you are sick: CDC 10 Things Fact Sheet or visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/prevention.htmlVilas County Testing Results of COVID-19
Since Monday, we are reporting 9 new case and 3 more recovered. We continue to work with the Department of Health Services to conduct our investigations. You should assume that you will come in contact with COVID-19 whenever you interact with people outside of your household because of the continual widespread activity.
Why can’t we know more about individuals infected with coronavirus?
We are not sharing information about the person who has coronavirus because that is protected health information. If we think there is any exposure to a public place in the community, we would make that information public. Part of our role as public health is to do an investigation with contact tracing, including places where people congregate, and if anyone is considered a close contact they are notified. Please remember public health departments must also comply with state laws regarding confidentiality of information according to Wisconsin Stat. § 146.82.
COVID-19 Travel Guidance
COVID-19 is still spreading globally, in the U.S. and throughout Wisconsin. Staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others from getting sick. The WI Department of Health Services recommends Wisconsinites cancel or postpone all travel, including travel within the state.
Before traveling, consider the following:
- Is COVID-19 spreading where you’re going? You can get infected while traveling.
- Is COVID-19 spreading in your community? Even if you don’t have symptoms, you can spread COVID-19 to others while traveling.
- Will you or those you are traveling with be within 6 feet of others during or after your trip? This increases your risk of getting infected and infecting others.
- Are you or other travelers at high risk for becoming hospitalized from COVID-19?
- Do you live with someone who is at high risk for becoming hospitalized from COVID-19?
Do not travel if you are sick, or if you have been around someone with COVID-19 in the past 14 days. Also, do not travel with someone who is sick. If you are at risk for serious illness from COVID-19, you should reduce your chances of catching the virus and avoid all travel both inside and outside of your community.
If you travel, despite recommendations, the WI Department of Health Services has guidance to follow.
Coronavirus Face Covering Do's and Don'ts:
CDC recommends that everyone use a cloth face covering to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. Wear a cloth face covering to slow the spread of coronavirus.
Wash your cloth face covering frequently, ideally after each use, or at least daily. Have a bag or bin to keep cloth face coverings in until they can be laundered with detergent and hot water and dried on a hot cycle. If you must re-wear your cloth face covering before washing, wash your hands immediately after putting it back on and avoid touching your face. Resource: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/protect.htm
- Guidance from the State of "Should I wear a Cloth Face Mask?"
- Fact sheet on how to make a cloth face mask: CDC Fact Sheet
- COVID-19 face covering questions and answers: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/cloth-face-cover-faq.html
- CDC webpage on How to Select, Wear, and Wash a Mask
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:
- 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
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)