Winnebago County Public Health Department
COVID-19 SITUATION UPDATE
April 16, 2020, 6:00 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.
CONTACT 211 FOR NON-MEDICAL QUESTIONS: TEXT COVID19 TO 211-211 / CALL 211
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, 4/16/20)
  • Positive: 33 (+2 from 4/15)
  • Negative: 668 (+40 from 4/15)
  • Pending: 66 (-5 from 4/15)
  • Deaths: 1 (+0 from 4/15)
  • More information: WCHD website
Wisconsin (As of 9pm, 4/15/20)
  • Positive: 3,875 (+154 from 4/14)
  • Negative: 40,974 (+1,648 from 4/14)
  • Hospitalizations: 1,121 (+30) or 29%
  • Deaths: 197 (+15 from 4/14)
  • 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 Safer at Home order is extended to May 26 or until a superseding order is issued.
  • This extension allows time to increase testing capacity, reduces the risk of overwhelming our healthcare system, and minimizes the chance of a second wave of the virus.
  • There is no effective medicine to treat COVID-19 and no vaccine. We have to work together through interventions like Safer at Home and physical distancing to slow the spread.
  • We know this is challenging. We know this is disruptive. But we need to stick with it a little longer. Safer at Home saves lives.
  • Together, we can get through this. Together, we can keep our community safe.
  • The Safer at Home extension goes into effect at 8:00am on Friday, April 24. The new order includes a few changes-- some allow more businesses and activities to open up, while other changes help make businesses safer for employees and customers. 
  • Read the full Safer at Home order here
  • FAQs on the new order
  • Press Release from Gov. Evers


  • Yes, you may feel stress. And yes, you can manage it. Be strong, seek support, and support others in these difficult times. Together we are #ResilientWisconsin. For resources to help manage stress, visit resilient.wisconsin.gov 



  • During this time, children have fewer interactions with many of the professionals trained to observe and mandated to report suspected child abuse. It is critical now, more than ever, for families, friends and neighbors to be aware of the signs of child abuse and neglect and to know how to report those signs to their local child welfare agencies. Learn the signs of child abuse and neglect.

  • 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.

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.
  • 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:

Suggestions for FAQ

Please let us know what information you need regarding COVID-19. Send suggestions to health@co.winnebago.wi.us .


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