Winnebago County Public Health Department
April 3, 2020, 7:00 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.
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, 4/3/20)
  • Positive: 17 (+0 from 4/2)
  • Negative: 300 (+37 from 4/2)
  • Pending: 129 (-6 from 4/2)
  • More information: WCHD website
Wisconsin (As of 2pm, 4/3/20)
  • Positive: 1,916 (+186)
  • Negative: 22,377 (+2,060)
  • Deaths: 37 (+6)
  • 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.
Wisconsin's COVID-19 Model: Data and modeling have been critical tools to stop the spread during the COVID-19 pandemic. This vital information is used to create policies like Safer at Home. New data and modeling shared by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) informs the public of the information used to make these decisions and explains why guidance like physical distancing is so important to protect the health and safety of Wisconsinites.

What the model predicts: The DHS model  indicates that, without action, COVID-19 would cause 22,000 infections by April 8 and between 440 and 1,500 deaths. These projections are based on data compiled by DHS between March 3 and March 15, 2020. This data showed exponential growth; cases doubled every 3.4 days. To illustrate this across one week, if a Monday morning started with 100 cases, then there would be 200 cases by Thursday afternoon and 400 cases by the following Monday.

Due to the time that passes between transmission, symptoms and a test result, policies like Safer at Home will need more time to result in a significant decrease in cases reported. This means Wisconsin’s peak will most likely occur within three to seven weeks (between April 23 and May 23, 2020).

What's New
  • Alert: COVID-19-Related Phone Scams and Phishing Attacks
  • Be on the watch for calls appearing to originate from CDC through caller ID or scammer voice mail messages saying the caller is from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Some calls are requesting donations. To protect yourself from falling victim to these scams, be wary of answering phone calls from numbers you do not recognize. Federal agencies do not request donations from the general public. Do not give out your personal information, including banking information, Social Security number or other personally identifiable information over the phone or to individuals you do not know.
  • Malicious cyber criminals are also sending coronavirus-themed phishing emails that contain links and downloads for malware that can allow them to takeover healthcare IT systems and steal information. It is critical to stay vigilant and follow good security practices to help reduce the likelihood of falling victim to phishing attacks.
  • Read more about these attacks here.

  • Find guidance on sanitizing your groceries, disinfecting fresh produce, preventing illness from take-out food and much more on the DHS Avoid Illness webpage.

  • Creating community is important to building resilience to a public health emergency, but it can be incredibly difficult to do in a pandemic. On its surface, the idea of coming together to prepare and build resilience contradicts CDC’s guidance to put distance between yourself and other people (i.e., physical distancing). However, there are less traditional ways to create and strengthen community that don’t require people to get closer than 6 feet; many don’t necessitate leaving your house at all. Learn more here.

  • Visit the DHS Resources page for multilingual COVID-19 infographics and print resources, including visitor restriction sings, flyers on monitoring for sickness, and tips for staying safe.

  • If you are an Oshkosh-area business owner and your business has been affected by COVID-19, please see these resources provided by the City of Oshkosh. Resources include sign waivers, loan programs, no-cost consulting, local contacts, etc.

  • Emerging evidence suggest that COVID-19 may survive on surfaces for a few hours or up to several days depending on the type of surface, humidity, exposure to heat, cold, sunlight and ventilation. See how long COVID-19 lives on specific surfaces below. Additional information on how long COVID-19 lasts on surfaces and aerosol can be found in this article from the New England Journal of Medicine, March 17, 2020, and this article from the Journal of Hospital Infection February 6, 2020.
  • Telehealth provides health care using computers, tablets, cell phones and other technology to conduct health care visits at a distance, protecting both patients and health care providers. Work with your provider to figure out what telehealth options are available.

  • REMINDER: Our Situation Updates are distributed as new information is made available to us. If some days you do not receive a Situation Update, this does not mean we are not tracking the situation, this simply means that there is no new guidance or resources to report at the time. Our website remains a great resource for the community, as well as the CDC and DHS websites. Case counts are also updated daily on our website.

  • 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.
  • Click here for additional guidance from the CDC

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