Winnebago County Public Health Department
COVID-19 SITUATION UPDATE
April 8, 2020, 6:45 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, 4/8/20)
  • Positive: 23 (+0 from 4/7)
  • Negative: 468 (+22 from 4/7)
  • Pending: 97 (+11 from 4/7)
  • Deaths: 1 (+0 from 4/7)
  • More information: WCHD website
Wisconsin (As of 2pm, 4/8/20)
  • Positive: 2,756 (+178)
  • Negative: 30,115 (+1,603)
  • Hospitalizations: 790 (+45) or 29%
  • Deaths: 99 (+7)
  • 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.
While we would all like to spend holidays and weekends with friends and families, doing so seriously endangers the health of your closest loved ones. Travel outside of your local community and gathering with people that you do not live with is very risky.

  • Under the Safer at Home order, all non-essential travel, including holiday travel within the state is prohibited.

  • Gathering with people outside of those you live with is prohibited.

  • Anyone who travels outside of their community must immediately self-quarantine for 14 days.

  • Please be respectful of others and stay home.

  • Keep your loved ones safe, health and alive
What's New
  • With the upcoming holidays, we would like to thank all faith-based organizations that have developed innovative ways to connect with their congregants. COVID-19 is an infectious disease that knows no boundaries, so it's important that we stay safe by practicing religion and spirituality from home.
  • Under the Safer at Home order, gatherings of more than 10 people in a room or confined space at a time is prohibited. A confined space is not only limited to indoor gatherings, but also includes any defined space, including parking lots and festival grounds. This includes religious gatherings, drive-in services, weddings, and funerals. Parking lot services, even if people remain in their vehicles, are prohibited by the Safer at Home order. 
  • With modern technology there are many options for staying connected and nurturing spiritual health during this challenging time.
  • Many places of worship are offering services through television, radio, podcasts and livestreams on the Internet. 
  • We sympathize with congregants of faith- and spiritual-based organizations that miss the services and fellowship, but the goal is to keep everyone safe and healthy by following the practices put in place by the Safer at Home order
  • Click here for a press release on practicing religion and spirituality at home.

  • 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. Not everyone with COVID-19 has all of these symptoms. For many, symptoms are mild, with no fever. It is important to know that you can still spread the virus to others even if you have mild or no symptoms. Read more about how COVID-19 is spread and what to do if you have symptoms.

  • COVID-19 Information for Families: The Wisconsin Department of Health Services provides information and resources for those breastfeeding, pregnant, living with chronic disease, or experiencing or at risk for domestic violence during this pandemic.

  • Can golf courses remain open? No, golf courses cannot remain open based on the Safer at Home Order section 4b. Closures of places of public amusement and activity are further described in the Safer at Home FAQs and WEDC's determination that golf courses are not essential businesses. Basic minimum operations may continue to occur, such as lawn maintenance.

  • The CDC's FAQ section contains helpful information on COVID-19 and kids, high risk individuals, COVID-19 and animals and much more.


  • Research from the World Health Organization, as well as research on previous pandemics, all support Safer at Home and physical distancing. These policies buy us more time to build our health care capacity and prepare for the surge. Support our healthcare systems and stay Safer at Home.
  • 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.
  • 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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