Winnebago County Public Health Department
April 9, 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.
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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, 4/9/20)
  • Positive: 24 (+1 from 4/8)
  • Negative: 502 (+34 from 4/8)
  • Pending: 85 (-12 from 4/8)
  • Deaths: 1 (+0 from 4/8)
  • More information: WCHD website
Wisconsin (As of 9pm, 4/8/20)
  • Positive: 2,885 (+129)
  • Negative: 31,424 (+1,309)
  • Hospitalizations: 843 (+53) or 29%
  • Deaths: 111 (+12)
  • 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.
As we approach the holiday weekend, here are a few things to keep in mind.

  • Contrary to guidance provided yesterday by the Winnebago County Health Department prohibiting parking lot gatherings in accordance to the Safer at Home order, this afternoon Gov. Evers provided additional guidance clarifying that churches and religious entities wishing to conduct services while still complying with the order may, for example, conduct services via parking lots with congregants staying in cars, stream services online or have small gatherings of fewer than 10 people remaining at least 6 feet apart. Read the full details here.

  • Although a parking lot service may seem like a safe alternative, it still brings together many people, some of which may have COVID-19 without symptoms. This could potentially be a dangerous situation. 

  • Many spiritual services are offered through television, radio, online recordings, live streams and podcasts. We encourage you to stay home and explore other ways to safely observe your faith.

  • While we would all like to spend the holidays with friends and family, 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 their community must immediately self-quarantine for 14 days.

  • Please be respectful of others and stay home.

  • Keep your loved ones safe, healthy and alive.
What's New
  • Due to unprecedented crowds, litter, vandalism and the need to protect the health and safety of visitors and staff, the DNR has closed 40 state parks, forests and recreational areas for the duration of the COVID-19 emergency. In our area, the northern region of the Kettle Moraine State Forest and High Cliff Park have been closed among many other sites around the state. The DNR is modifying its state park operations on a case-by-case basis to maintain the safest environment for visitors and staff. Although the Safer at Home order recognizes outdoor activity as an essential activity, people wishing to take a break outdoors are advised to exercise in your local neighborhoods and maintain a physical distance of 6 feet or more.

  • When wearing a cloth mask, keep these things in mind:
  • Before putting on a mask, clean your hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Make sure your mask covers your mouth and nose with no gaps between your face and the mask.
  • Do not touch your mask while wearing it; if you do, clean your hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub. 
  • Replace the mask with a new one as soon as it is damp.
  • Always wear your cloth reusable mask with the same side facing outwards.

  • How should I clean my cloth mask? 
  • It’s a good idea to wash your cloth face covering frequently, ideally after each use, or at least daily.
  • Have a bag or bin to keep cloth face coverings in until they can be laundered with detergent and hot water and dried on a hot cycle.
  • If you must re-wear your cloth face covering before washing, wash your hands immediately after putting it back on and avoid touching your face.

  • For additional guidance on cloth face coverings, visit this DHS site and click on "Should I wear a cloth face mask?" The site includes Information on how to wear and clean a mask and has some great links to instructions and patterns for making your own.

  • 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 to others even if you have mild or no symptoms. Read more here, including 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.

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

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