Winnebago County Public Health Department
COVID-19 SITUATION UPDATE
March 12, 2020
Currently there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Winnebago County and the risk remains low in our community. Yesterday
Fond du Lac County reported two cases of COVID-19
, and we are working with their team to investigate numerous contacts to the confirmed cases. This situation is rapidly evolving, and we continue to work closely with local, regional and state partners to implement plans that best protect the health of our community.
Local K-12 schools remain open although many events are being canceled or rescheduled. Please check with your school district for the latest information.
Gov. Evers declared a public health emergency
and directed the
Department of Health Services (DHS)
to use all resources necessary to respond to and contain the outbreak. See the
Facebook Live press conference
. In response, DHS recommends limiting all nonessential gatherings over 250 people in order to reduce close contact and slow the spread of COVID-19. DHS also released recommendations for domestic and international travel (highlighted below), and will soon be releasing updated guidance for long term care facilities. All of this guidance will be available on DHS and WCHD websites.
- Avoid all nonessential travel to China, Iran, Italy, and South Korea (Level 3 Travel Notice)
- Older adults and those with chronic conditions avoid travel to Japan (Level 2 Travel Notice)
- Travelers practice normal precautions (avoiding contact with sick people, avoiding touching eyes, nose or mouth, etc.) when traveling to Hong Kong (Level 1 Travel Notice)
- Defer all cruise ship travel worldwide, especially travelers with underlying health conditions
- Older adults and travelers with underlying health issues should avoid situations that put them at increased risk for more severe disease, such as non-essential travel and long plane trips.
- DHS recommends against all non-essential travel to any U.S. state where the CDC deems there is “sustained community transmission” of COVID-19. As of March 11, 2020, the CDC has determined sustained community transmission is occurring in the states of California, New York, and Washington. This situation is rapidly evolving, and travelers should refer to this list for the most current list of states with sustained community transmission (click the + sign under the map).
- For all travelers returning to Wisconsin from U.S. states where the CDC has determined that sustained community transmission is occurring, DHS recommends that those individuals self-quarantine at home for 14 days and monitor for symptoms of COVID-19. Instructions on how to self-quarantine and self-monitor for symptoms.
Timeline of Events Affecting our Community
- On March 12, 2020, Gov. Tony Evers declared a public health emergency, directing the Department of Health Services to use all resources necessary to respond to and contain the outbreak.
- On March 12, 2020, UW Oshkosh suspended all classes beginning March 16 and canceled all events until further notice
- On March 12, 2020, two cases were reported in Dane County
- On March 11, 2020, one case in Waukesha County was reported and two in Fond du Lac County were reported
- On March 10, 2020, one case was reported in Dane County
- On March 9, 2020, one case was confirmed in Pierce County
- On February 5, 2020, Wisconsin confirmed its first case of COVID-19 in Dane County. On February 28, 2020, CDC confirmed that the case no longer has COVID-19 and is no longer under isolation.
How to Prepare for COVID-19
There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19 infection, and there is currently no specific treatment. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus.
Take these steps to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially before eating and after going to the bathroom, blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
- If you do not have soap and water, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. Cough or sneeze into an elbow if no tissue is available. Wash your hands.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household disinfectant cleaning spray or wipe.