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COVID-19 Information

Critical Information Regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Total Tests Received: 156                                          Negative: 153                                                        Positive: 3 Data From 04/09/2020 at 4:00pm (DHS reports numbers from 9pm the previous day causing lower reported numbers on their site)

Community Spread has been indicated in Manitowoc County

 

COVID-19 is a virus that spreads when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or contaminates a surface which then infects another individual upon contact. This is how many respiratory illnesses like Influenza spread. The best protection from respiratory illnesses like these include: covering your cough, washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, staying home when you are sick, avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, and finally clean surfaces at home and work often with a disinfectant.

The Manitowoc County Health Department is working with Federal, State, and Local partners to identify and test who may be infected. Our providers are actively testing those who meet specific criteria.

If you are concerned about symptoms and are wanting to discuss testing, call your primary care provider first. For general information or if you are currently experiencing symptoms, please use these hotlines before calling the health department and do not call 9-1-1 unless you are experiencing a life threatening situation.

Aurora Medical Center 1-866-443-2584
Holy Family Memorial 920-320-3333

 

Situation Report

  • Governor Evers directed the WI Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to close several State Parks on 4/9 due to a lack of social distancing occurring, a shortage of employees to clean and maintain the parks, and a lack of sources for cleaning materials. More information will be available on the DNR website.

  • Though Manitowoc County functions are classified as essential and therefore exempt under Gov. Evers' Safer at Home Order, several departments are taking additional steps to ensure the safety of their staff. See the full press release with these details here.

  • Have questions about the Safer at Home Executive Order? See a list of frequently asked questions here.

  • Statewide there have been 3,068 positive COVID-19 cases as of 2:00 p.m. on April 10, 2020. For information on statewide activity, visit the DHS website.

  • 128 fatalities in the state of Wisconsin have been confirmed due to COVID-19 as of 2 p.m. on April 10, 2020.

  • A new website has been created to host easy access to a variety of state departments and their new operations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • DHS and the Wisconsin State Lab of Hygiene are now prioritizing two tiers of cases for testing. They released a memo with updated guidelines for providers to prioritize hospitalized patients to be tested for COVID-19. 

  • To continue to limit the spread of COVID-19 in Wisconsin, Gov. Tony Evers announced a statewide order prohibiting public and private mass gatherings of 10 people or more, effective at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 17. Click here to read the full order with specific information for airports, childcare locations, restaurants, bars, etc. Additional information can be found in the CDC's current guidance. If you are out in public please try to maintain distance from others.
  • We urge you to take steps as a community to reduce strain on our health care system and optimize resources to care for those most in need:
    • Practice social distancing
    • 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.
    • Call your healthcare provider before going into a clinic if you are experiencing mild to moderate symptoms of COVID-19. This will allow them to provide guidance, prepare ahead if you need to be seen, and minimize risk to others.

Travel Guidance

Manitowoc County Health Department recommends limiting non-essential domestic and international travel.

Testing Criteria

At this time the recommendation is that individuals without symptoms should not be tested. If that individual traveled to an area with community transmission or was in contact with a confirmed positive COVID-19 patient, they should self-quarantine at home for 14 days and monitor for symptoms. If symptoms develop, contact your provider.

Priority for testing is given for patients with known exposure to a person with COVID-19 and who are symptomatic, severely ill patients requiring hospitalizations, or symptomatic individuals 60 years or older or have other preexisting illnesses.

On March 17th, 2020 DHS and the Wisconsin State Lab of Hygiene started prioritizing two tiers of cases for testing. They released a memo with updated guidelines for providers to prioritize hospitalized patients to be tested for COVID-19. 

If you are concerned about symptoms and are wanting to discuss testing, call your primary care provider first. For general information or if you are currently experiencing symptoms, please use these hotlines before calling the health department and do not call 9-1-1 unless you are experiencing a life threatening situation.

Aurora Medical Center 1-866-443-2584
Holy Family Memorial 920-320-3333

Timeline of Events

  • April 10, 2020: Seventeen additional fatalities have been confirmed due to COVID-19.
  • April 10, 2020: Governor Evers put out a press release announcing the Wisconsin COVID-19 Volunteer Program.
  • April 9, 2020: Twelve additional fatalities have been confirmed due to COVID-19.
  • April 9, 2020: Governor Evers issued a press release to reiterate options available for religious gatherings and services this weekend.
  • April 9, 2020: Governor Evers announced the construction of an alternative care facility at the Wisconsin State Fair Park.
  • April 9, 2020: Governor Evers directed the WI Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to close several State Parks due to a lack of social distancing occurring, a shortage of employees to clean and maintain the parks, and a lack of sources for cleaning materials.
  • April 8, 2020: Seven additional fatalities have been confirmed due to COVID-19.
  • April 7, 2020: Fifteen additional fatalities have been confirmed due to COVID-19.
  • April 6, 2020: Nine additional fatalities have been confirmed due to COVID-19.
  • April 6, 2020: Governor Evers signed Executive Order #74, postponing the 4/7 election until 6/9 or a sooner date to be decided by the Wisconsin State Legislature. This was later overturned by the Wisconsin Supreme Court and the election remains as initially scheduled.
  • April 5, 2020: Twelve additional fatalities have been confirmed due to COVID-19.
  • April 4, 2020: Wisconsin was granted a Presidential Disaster Declaration for Public Assistance for the COVID-19 response.
  • April 4, 2020: Nineteen additional fatalities have been confirmed due to COVID-19.
  • April 3, 2020: Manitowoc County received notification of the first positive case of COVID-19 in the county.
  • April 3, 2020: Governor Evers issues Executive Order #19, which details the appropriate release of and use of COVID-19 information to protect the health and safety of law enforcement, first responders, and other public safety workers.
  • April 3, 2020: Six additional fatalities have been confirmed due to COVID-19.
  • April 2, 2020: Requirements for absentee voting have been eased due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • April 2, 2020: Seven additional fatalities have been confirmed due to COVID-19.
  • April 1, 2020: Eight additional fatalities have been confirmed due to COVID-19.
  • April 1, 2020: Governor Evers announced a second legislative package of COVID-19 relief and support for Wisconsinites.
  • April 1, 2020: Governor Evers announced the arrival of the second shipment of PPE from the National Strategic Stockpile.
  • April 1, 2020: State-run voluntary isolation centers are expected to open in Madison and Milwaukee.
  • March 31, 2020: Two additional fatalities have been reported due to COVID-19.
  • March 31, 2020: Governor Evers submitted a request to FEMA seeking a Presidential Disaster Declaration for the State of Wisconsin in regards to the COVID-19 response.
  • March 30, 2020: An additional fatality has been confirmed due to COVID-19.
  • March 30, 2020: Governor Evers announced a new public-private partnership to significantly increase COVID-19 testing capacity throughout the State.
  • March 27, 2020: Governor Evers issued an order to expedite the expansion and enhance the efficiency of the healthcare workforce.
  • March 27, 2020: Five additional fatalities have been confirmed due to COVID-19.
  • March 27, 2020: Governor Evers issued a press release suspending evictions and foreclosure for the next 60 days.
  • March 26, 2020: Governor Evers launched a PPE buy-back program for the State of Wisconsin.
  • March 26, 2020: Two additional fatalities have been confirmed due to COVID-19.
  • March 25, 2020: A six fatality has been confirmed due to COVID-19.
  • March 25, 2020: Executive Order #12, Safer at Home goes into effect at 8 a.m.
  • March 24, 2020: Governor Evers announces the criteria of his Safer at Home order.
  • March 23, 2020: A fifth fatality has been confirmed due to COVID-19.
  • March 21, 2020: A fourth fatality has been confirmed due to COVID-19.
  • March 20, 2020: A third fatality has been confirmed due to COVID-19.
  • March 19, 2020: Governor Tony Evers confirmed two fatalities in the State of Wisconsin due to COVID-19.
  • March 19, 2020: Manitowoc County Health Officer, Mary Halada, issued county-specific clarifications to cease operations of hair and nail salons and massage parlors.
  • March 18, 2020: Governor Tony Evers issued Executive Order #6, which restricts child care facilities in the state to operations with no more that 10 staff and 50 children.
  • March 17, 2020: Governor Tony Evers extended the statewide K-12 school closures indefinitely.
  • March 17, 2020: Governor Tony Evers issued a statewide ban on all public gatherings of more than 10 people and directed all bars and restaurants to close except for take out and delivery.
  • March 16, 2020: County Executive Bob Ziegelbauer declares a Public Health/State of Emergency.
  • March 16, 2020: Governor Tony Evers directed Department of Health Services Secretary Designee Andrea Palm to order a statewide moratorium on mass gatherings of 50 or more people.
  • March 13, 2020: Gov. Evers directs all K-12 schools throughout the state of Wisconsin, both public and private, to close starting at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 18, for two weeks.
  • March 13, 2020: Met with Hospital/EMS/LE/Coroner to coordinate services, discuss gaps in systems and resources
  • March 13, 2020: President Trump officially declares a National Emergency and orders every state to set up emergency operations centers, effective immediately.
  • March 12, 2020: Gov. Tony Evers declared a public health emergency, directing the Department of Health Services to use all resources necessary to respond to and contain the outbreak.
  • March 12, 2020: Two cases were reported in Dane County
  • March 11, 2020: One case in Waukesha County was reported and two in Fond du Lac County were reported
  • March 10, 2020: One case was reported in Dane County
  • March 9, 2020: One case was confirmed in Pierce County
  • March 5, 2020: Met with County Department Leaders to discuss Continuity of Government/Operations
  • February 5, 2020: Wisconsin confirmed its first case of COVID-19 in Dane County. On February 28, 2020, CDC confirmed that the case no longer has COVID-19 and is no longer under isolation.

For more information visit the sites below. If you have questions or concerns please contact the Manitowoc County Health Department during business hours at 920-683-4155.

 

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