Winnebago County Public Health Department
April 13, 2020, 6:30 p.m.
Community spread is happening in Winnebago County. Please stay  Safer at Home
for the health and safety of our family, friends, neighbors and community.
Assistance finding food - paying for housing bills - accessing 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, 4/13/20)
  • Positive: 28 (+2 from 4/12)
  • Negative: 584 (+26 from 4/12)
  • Pending: 61 (-7 from 4/12)
  • Deaths: 1 (+0 from 4/12)
  • More information: WCHD website
Wisconsin (As of 9pm, 4/12/20)
  • Positive: 3,428 (+87 from 4/11)
  • Negative: 36,769 (+853 from 4/11)
  • Hospitalizations: 893 (+19) or 29%
  • Deaths: 154 (+10 from 4/11)
  • 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 IRS created a website for low-income individuals who do not need to file income taxes to register for the COVID-19 Economic Impact Payments. Any individuals that are not required to file federal income taxes can register here.

  • Are you interested in playing a critical role in helping Wisconsin’s health care system respond to the COVID-19 pandemic? Volunteer now if you are an active or retired health care or behavioral health professional. Both clinical and non-clinical support positions are needed.

  • The work requirement for the Medicaid Purchase Plan is temporarily suspended for applicants and members. Members will not lose Medicaid Purchase Plan benefits if they are unable to work as a result of COVID-19. Members still need to notify their agency about changes in employment, even if the change is temporary, as well as any changes to income, assets, medical expenses, number of people in the household, or job within 10 days of the change. Members will be sent a letter of this change.

  • Are you at higher risk of serious illness? Some groups of people are at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19. Adults over the age of 65 and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions, such as asthma, heart disease, diabetes, lung disease and HIV, may be at higher risk. Read more here.

  • Resources for Managing Mental Health:
  • Mental Health Resource Hub: Some of the nation’s most credible mental health organizations have teamed up to offer a free resource hub to help people address their mental health needs during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Mental health and substance abuse information, resources and services in Brown, Calumet, Outagamie and Winnebago Counties.
  • Healthcare Professionals: Physicians and other frontline health care professionals are particularly vulnerable to negative mental health effects as they strive to balance the duty of caring for patients with concerns about their own well-being and that of their family and friends.

  • New Emergency Orders issued by Gov. Evers:
  • Order #22 related to certain timelines established by the Department of Safety and Professional Services
  • Order #23 related to the Department of Veterans Affairs Assistance to Needy Veterans Program, suspending certain Department of Veterans Affairs administrative rules
  • Order #24 related to the Department of Transportation emergency overweight commodity permits, waiving certain fees for transportation of supplies

  • BEWARE OF ONLINE AND PHONE SCAMS related to the Economic Impact Payments:
  • The government will not ask you to pay anything up front to get this money. No fees. No charges. Nothing.
  • The government will not call, email or text to ask for your Social Security number, bank account or credit card number. Anyone who does is a scammer.
  • These checks will not be sent until mid-April or even later. Anyone who says they can get you the money now is a scammer.
  • The FTC encourages anyone who is contacted by a scammer asking for your bank account number or Social Security number to file a complaint on their website.
  • Consumer Protection resources are being updated by DATCP on their COVID-19: Consumer Protection webpage, including additional info on relief check scams.

  • Cloth Face Coverings - Visit this DHS site and click on "Should I wear a cloth face mask?" for tips on wearing, clean and making cloth face coverings.

  • COVID-19 symptoms may include: fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, headache, fatigue, aches, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of smell or loss of taste. For many, symptoms are mild, with no fever. You can still spread the virus even if you have mild or no symptoms.
  • 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.

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.
  • Wear a cloth face covering in public settings.
  • 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:

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