Winnebago County Public Health Department
COVID-19 SITUATION UPDATE
March 31 2020, 6:00 p.m.
Please take the Safer at Home order seriously. COVID-19 is spreading throughout Wisconsin.
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Assistance finding food - paying for housing bills - accessing free childcare - other essential services
HEALTH DEPARTMENT HOTLINE: 920-232-3026 (M-F 8:15am-4:15pm / SAT-SUN 12-4:30pm)
COVID-19 Lab Confirmed Cases
Winnebago County (As of 4pm, 3/31/20)
  • Positive: 12 (+1 from 3/30)
  • Negative: 205 (+22 from 3/30)*
  • Pending: 116 (+14 from 3/30)*
  • More information: WCHD website
Wisconsin (As of 2pm, 3/31/20)
  • Positive: 1,351 (+130)
  • Negative: 17,375 (+1519)
  • Deaths: 16 (+2)
  • More information: DHS website
* Does not include data from the portions of the City of Menasha or  City of Appleton that fall within Winnebago County




Please note: Case counts do not include patients with COVID-19 symptoms that were not tested. Those with mild symptoms are most often directed to self-monitor at home without testing.

What's New

  • The more we all stay Safer At Home the sooner we can get through the worst of this. Assuming that we are all implementing Safer at Home well, it will likely be a few weeks before we start to see results because of the lag time between infection, symptom onset and testing results. The science and the data tells us that staying at home is effective, so please don't get discouraged. We need to continue to do everything we can together to stop the spread of COVID-19.


  • CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS: Many veteran poll workers may not serve this year due to their age and high risk to COVID-19 exposure. With as many as 30,000 poll workers needed to support an election, many cities, towns and villages are looking for volunteers to assist with the April 7 election. Please consider helping your local government. Poll workers do everything from check-in voters, help people register to vote, check photo IDs and process absentee ballots. Click here for more details from the Wisconsin Elections Commission. If you are interested in serving as a poll worker, contact your municipal clerk’s office, which can be found on the MyVote Wisconsin website.

  • If you are in need of free meals or groceries, take a look at this list to find when and where you can go to get them. 


  • Download Safer at Home posters from DHS and WCHD


  • The U.S. Department of Education (ED) announced that borrowers with federally held student loans will automatically have their interest rates set to 0% for a period of at least 60 days. All loans owned by the ED will have interest waived. That includes Direct Loans, Federal Perkins Loans, and Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program loans held by ED. Borrowers will have the option to suspend their payments for at least two months. To request this two month forbearance, borrowers should contact their loan servicer. In addition, collection efforts and wage garnishments on loans in default are currently stopped until at least 60 days from March 13, 2020. For more information go to the Department of Education's COVID-19 website.

  • DHS posted Blood Bank guidance on their Community page. The guidance is intended to support blood collection site operations. There is a severe blood shortage and donors are urgently needed. Respiratory viruses, in general, are not known to be transmitted by blood transfusion, and there have been no reported cases of transfusion-transmitted coronavirus.



  • Visit Resilient Wisconsin for resources to help deal with stress, invest in self-care, stay connected and care for others during this pandemic. 

  • REMINDER: Call your healthcare provider before going into a clinic if you are experiencing mild to moderate symptoms of COVID-19. This allows them to provide guidance, prepare ahead if you need to be seen, and minimize risk to others.


Family Resources:

  • PBS Wisconsin, in partnership with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction and Milwaukee PBS, is supporting at-home learning for students and families by broadcasting a new weekday television schedule of programming with digital resources that connect to Wisconsin’s state academic standards. PBS Wisconsin is dedicating the 5 a.m.-5 p.m. daytime weekday schedule on The Wisconsin Channel, or PBS Wisconsin-2, to educational programming that includes specific blocks of time for pre-K through 12th grade levels and covers subjects, including English language arts, social studies, science and math. Click here for the schedule and home learning resources.
DO YOUR PART. FLATTEN THE CURVE WITH PHYSICAL DISTANCING
Not following guidelines undermines the sacrifices our community is making.
How to Protect Yourself from COVID-19

  • 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.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Avoid close contact with people who 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.
  • Click here for additional guidance from the CDC


Additional Resources

Check with your school district for free lunch and breakfast options during COVID-19 closures. School district websites are linked below:

Updates from local healthcare providers:

Suggestions for FAQ

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