COVID-19 Information

Critical Information Regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Total Tests Received: 15,524

-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: wearing a mask, 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 and identify any contacts with possible exposure.


Protecting the Community, Your Family, and Yourself

The Health Department urges everyone to come together as a community and use protective measures to slow the spread of COVID-19 and help keep available the limited resources to care for those most in need by doing the following:

  • Practice social distancing.
      • Keep at least 6-feet distance between you and others whenever possible.
  • Wear a face mask.
      • Governor Tony Evers signed Emergency Order #1 on July 30th, 2020. This order is for "Every individual, age five and older, in Wisconsin" to "wear a face covering if both of the following apply:
        • a. The individual is indoors or in an enclosed space, other than at a
          private residence; and;
        • b. Another person or persons who are not members of individual's
          household or living unit are present in the same room or enclosed
        • Face coverings are strongly recommended in all other settings, including
          outdoors when it is not possible to maintain physical distancing."
        • FAQ about the Masking Order can be found here
  • Wash your hands often
      • Use soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially before eating and after going to the bathroom, blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
  • Cancel, postpone, and/or avoid group gatherings with individuals that live outside of your household.
  • Quarantine and monitor for symptoms
      • Quarantine is 14 days after last exposure to an individual who tested positive for COVID-19. Quarantine times differ for household contacts and contacts who become symptomatic during their quarantine.
  • You can plan and make decisions now that will protect you and your family during a COVID-19 outbreak. Learn what you can do to prepare your home and family.

Testing Criteria

Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 or who has been exposed to COVID-19 regardless of symptoms should contact their doctor and ask to be tested. 

WI DHS updates their How to Get Tested page frequently with new information including:

- Latest signs and symptoms of COVID-19
- What to do after being tested
- FAQs including information on Antibody Testing
- Interactive map of community testing sites in WI

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

Travel Guidance

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

Travel within Wisconsin

WI DHS does not recommend travel between private homes within the state. For example, avoid travel to seasonal homes or rental cabins. Individuals may spread COVID-19 to areas with few doctors or hospitals. Several counties in Wisconsin have issued travel advisories for seasonal and second homeowners. If you must travel, be sure to check for area-specific safety updates and closures. You may need to stay in place, or self-quarantine, for 14 days.

Bring everything you will need, including your own groceries, medications, and toiletries. You should practice enhanced personal hygiene at all times.

Important: Do not travel if you or someone in your home is sick with symptoms of COVID-19.

International Travel

International (overseas) and U.S. travel is risky, and the level of risk in the community you wish to travel to may change quickly. If you must travel, you should prepare for:

  • Changing travel restrictions
  • Staying in-place if you get sick, and planning for the impact of being away from your home for an extended period of time
  • Some cities and counties in Wisconsin may have you stay at home, or self-quarantine for 14 days after your travel

Find all of this and more on WI DHS's Travel page.


Timeline of Events

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.