Winnebago County Public Health Department
COVID-19 SITUATION UPDATE
April 7, 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 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, 4/7/20)
  • Positive: 23 (+0 from 4/6)
  • Negative: 446 (+41 from 4/6)
  • Pending: 86 (-12 from 4/6)
  • Deaths: 1 (+0 from 4/6)
  • More information: WCHD website
Wisconsin (As of 2pm, 4/7/20)
  • Positive: 2,578 (+138)
  • Negative: 28,512 (+1,938)
  • Hospitalizations: 745 (+77) or 29%
  • Deaths: 92 (+15)
  • 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

  • Research coming out of the World Health Organization on COVID-19, as well as research on previous pandemics, all support strategies like Safer at Home and physical distancing. These policies buy us more time to build our health care capacity and allow us to be prepared for the surge and beyond. Please support our healthcare systems and stay Safer at Home.

  • If you are an essential worker, as classified by the State of Wisconsin, and in need of child care, visit https://healthworkerchildcare.com/ for child care resources in the Fox Valley. Thank you to ThedaCare, Ascension, Aurora, Mosaic Family Health and Partnership Community Health Center for putting this together, and thank you to the YMCAs, Boys & Girls Clubs and Child Care Resource and Referral for supporting our essential workers.



  • If you are starting a garden while you're Safer at Home, the UW-Extension offers some great resources. Whether you like to read or watch videos, they have many resources for the first time gardener up to the green thumb.

  • 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.

Wisconsin's COVID-19 Model: New data and modeling shared by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) provides the information used to make decisions on policies such as Safer at Home and explains why physical distancing is so important to protect your health and safety.

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. This is based on data from March 3 through March 15. The 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 between transmission, symptoms and a test result, policies like Safer at Home need more time to show a significant decrease in cases reported. This means Wisconsin’s peak will most likely occur within 3 to 7 weeks (between April 23 and May 23).

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:

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