Critical Information Regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Total Tests Received: 34,000
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.
Local Press Releases
January 8, 2021- Manitowoc County Holds Second Vaccine Clinic After Successful First Week
January 4, 2021- Manitowoc County Receives First Shipment of Vaccine
December 09, 2020- National Guard Mission is Extended
December 07, 2020- Updated Quarantine Guidance
November 13, 2020- Critically High COVID-19 Activity Levels, Celebrate Holidays Safely
November 02, 2020- Community Action Needed (Read the Release Below)
October 07, 2020- Realignment of Reporting Period
November 02, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
COVID-19 Health Alert: Community Action Needed to Stop the Spread of SARS-CoV-2
The County of Manitowoc is currently experiencing very high levels of COVID-19 infections and significant community spread. Manitowoc County Health Department, as well as area healthcare providers, have been under significant strain due to these increasing numbers. Wisconsin’s daily numbers keep getting worse. In these two months, the seven-day average has increased over 500%. It took us seven and a half months to get to 100,000 cases and only took us 36 days to get to 200,000.
Our hospital systems are understaffed and in the past week, Wisconsin has seen a 15.9% increase in COVID patient hospitalizations compared to the previous week, as well as, a 13.6% increase in COVID patients in the ICU compared to the previous week. This is an emergency. Emergencies call for drastic and collective action.
Act Now-Stop the Spread
Manitowoc County Health Department needs the community to do the following:
- Wear a mask unless you are unable to do so for a medical reason
- Stay home- only travel for essentials. Support local businesses by ordering take-out or delivery
- Wash your hands frequently
- Social distance (stay 6 feet apart)
- Limit groups gatherings to 10
- Get your flu shot
- This can decrease the amount of influenza hospitalizations and reduce the burden of our hospitals
- Seek testing if you have any symptoms of COVID-19, regardless of if you have a fever or not, or get tested if you have been identified as a close contact
- Contact your healthcare provider or visit a community testing site. A list of testing sites can be found at the following link Manitowoc County Testing Sites or under the Manitowoc County Health Department’s COVID-19 tab
-Manitowoc has a National Guard Testing Site at the County Expo Center, Tuesday November 3 & 17 and December 1, for anyone who has been exposed or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms
- It is recommended that if you are a close contact that you seek testing day 7-10 after your exposure to ensure an accurate result. Testing too early or too late can produce negative results
- Stay home after you have been tested and await results
- A negative test result does not release a close contact from quarantine
- If you test positive, stay home and isolate for a minimum of 10 days after symptom onset. If no symptoms, remain isolated for 10 days from the date of testing
- All household members are close contacts and should also remain at home
- Inform all other close contacts of your test result
A close contact is someone who:
1. Was within 6ft of the positive individual for more than 15 minutes in a 24 hour period starting from 2 days before the positive person experienced symptoms- regardless of if they were wearing a mask or not
2. Any person who had physical contact (hugs, handshakes), for any period of time during the infectious period
- Inform your employer or school of your result
- You are able to return to normal daily activities on day 11, provided that you have been symptom free for 24 hours
- All close contacts should quarantine for 14 days from the last contact with the positive individual. For household members, this may be longer if you cannot fully separate in the house
For more information and guidance visit the COVID-19 FAQs for Positives and Close Contacts
- Promote opportunities to work from home
- Support physical distancing inside your facility
- Require employees and patrons to wear a mask
- Bars, restaurants, hospitality and retail: limit building capacity to 25%
- If an employee tests positive or are identified as close contacts, allow them to isolate or quarantine to prevent further spread through your business
We’re all tired and we want to return to normal, but that cannot happen until we get the virus under control. Remember you can have, and spread COVID-19 without realizing you have it. Which means you could be the reason your friends or extended family members or the server at the restaurant – really, anyone you interact with – gets sick.
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
Local testing options can be found by visiting our Testing Locations Page
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 (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
- January 15, 2021: Gov. Evers Announces DHS Assisted Living Facilities Will Begin Federal Pharmacy Partnership Program to Receive COVID-19 Vaccines
- January 14, 2021: DHS Announces Weekly Newsletter to Keep Public Informed of COVID-19 Response and Vaccine Progress
- January 14, 2021: DHS Unveils Enhancements to COVID-19 Vaccine Data Page
- January 13, 2021: Gov. Evers and DHS Announce $86 Million in Funding for Local and Tribal Health Departments
- January 12, 2021: Gov. Evers Statement on COVID-19 Legislation Advanced by Senate
- January 11, 2021: Gov. Evers and Department of Health Services Call on Federal Government to Distribute More COVID-19 Vaccine
- January 8, 2021: Gov Evers: We're All In Grants Provide Nearly $240 Million Total to Wisconsin Small Businesses
- January 7, 2021: Gov. Evers Announces Wisconsin National Guard Surpasses One Million COVID-19 Tests Administered
- January 4, 2021: Gov. Evers Calls on Legislature to Pass COVID Compromise as First Act in New Legislative Session
- December 28, 2020: Gov. Evers Announces the Launch of the Pharmacy Distribution Program for Long-Term Care
- December 22, 2020: Gov. Evers, DHS Announce Wisconsin to Offer At-Home COVID-19 Testing Option
- December 21, 2020: Gov. Evers Announces Wisconsin to Receive First Shipment of Moderna Vaccine
- December 18, 2020: Gov. Evers, State Health Officials Call on Federal Government to Send Wisconsin More COVID-19 Vaccine
- December 18, 2020: Gov. Evers, DHS Announce a New Outpatient Infusion Clinic Opening for COVID-19 Patients
- December 17, 2020: Gov. Evers Announces New Contact Tracing App to Launch Next Week
- December 15, 2020: Gov. Evers Announces Nearly $2 Billion Invested in Wisconsin Communities in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic
- December 14, 2020: Gov. Evers Announces DHS has Activated the Federal Government's Pharmacy Distribution Program for COVID-19 Vaccine
- December 14, 2020: Gov. Evers, DHS Announce Wisconsin Receiving First Shipment of Pfizer Vaccine
- December 9, 2020: Gov. Evers Announces Deployment of Department of Defense Medical Resources to Wisconsin
- December 9, 2020: Gov. Evers Announces Additional Support for Wisconsin Ethanol Producers
- December 3, 2020: Gov. Evers Delivers Radio Address Urging Wisconsinites to Stop the Spread
- December 3, 2020: Gov. Evers Announces Grants to More Than 650 Wisconsin Lodging Industry Providers
- December 3, 2020: Gov. Evers Announces $15 Million in Grants Distributed to Wisconsin's Live Music and Entertainment Venues
- December 3, 2020: Gove. Evers Announces $45 Million in Targeted Assistance for Restaurants Impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic
- November 23, 2020: Gov. Evers Announces Wisconsin has Shipped One Millionth N-95 Mask through State Distribution System
- November 20, 2020: Gov. Evers Announces New Public Health Emergency Due to Overwhelmed Wisconsin Hospitals, Issues New Face Coverings Order
- October 29, 2020: Gov. Evers, DHS Secretary-designee Palm Announce Expansion of Wisconsin's COVID-19 Community Testing Efforts.
- October 21, 2020: Gov. Evers, DHS Report Highest Single Day COVID-19 Single Day Death Count, First Patient Admitted to Alternate Care Facility at Wisconsin State Fair Park.
- October 7, 2020: Due to Increased Hospitalizations in the Fox Valley, Gov. Evers Announces WI State Fair Alternate Care Facility to Accept COVID-19 Patients October 14.
- October 6, 2020: Gov. Evers Directs Department of Health Services to Limit Indoor Public Gatherings.
- September 24, 2020: Gov. Evers Announces $8.3 Millions for COVID-19 Testing at Wisconsin's Private, Non-Profit, and Tribal Colleges and Universities.
- September 22, 2020: Governor Evers today extended the state wide mask mandate through 11/21, or through the end of a superseding order. Additionally, the WI Public Health Emergency has been extended for another 60 days to continue to allow allocation of available federal and state resources for the COVID-19 response.
- September 3, 2020: Gov. Evers Announces Additional CARES Act Funds for Early Care and Education
- August 13, 2020: Gov. Evers Announces Launch of COVID-19 Response and Recovery Investment Dashboard
- August 11, 2020: Wisconsin COVID-19 Death Toll Passes 1,000
- August 6, 2020: Gov. Evers Announces $32 Million to Support COVID-19 Testing at UW Campuses
- July 23, 2020: Gov. Evers Announces K-12 Schools Eligible for $46.6 Million
- July 7, 2020: Gov. Evers Announces Statewide Efforts to Distribute PPE to Schools, Food Processors, Businesses
- June 23, 2020: Today WI DHS launched a new dashboard to track COVID-19 activity in Wisconsin.
- June 17, 2020: Gov. Evers Announces More Than $80 Million in COVID-19 Financial Assistance to K-12 Schools and Higher Education Institutions
- June 17, 2020: WI DHS Announced a COVID-19 Population Study to better predict future outbreak hotspots.
- May 27, 2020: Gov. Evers Announces $200 Million "Routes to Recovery: Local Government Aid Grants" Program
- May 26, 2020: WI DHS released guidance for conducting garage and rummage sales during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- May 20, 2020: Gov. Evers Announces $25 Million Wisconsin Rental Assistance Program
- May 19, 2020: Gov. Evers Announces $1 Billion Statewide Effort to support COVID-19 Testing, Contact Tracing, Operations, and Resources for Local Communities
- May 18, 2020: Gov. Evers Announces We're All In Grant Program and Initiative to Spur Wisconsin's Economic Recovery, Promote Safe Business Practices
- May 15, 2020: Manitowoc County rescinded their extension of the Safer at Home Order effective immediately.
- May 14, 2020: Manitowoc County Health Officer, Mary Halada, issued a stay of the Governor's Safer at Home Order in Manitowoc County effective immediately through 5/20.
- May 13, 2020: The Wisconsin Supreme Court overturned Gov. Evers' Safer at Home Order effective immediately.
- May 11, 2020: Governor Evers announced the signing of Executive Order #36 today, which further allows some businesses and stores to begin opening in a safe and controlled way.
- May 4, 2020:Governor Evers announced a plan to make WI one of the top states in testing per capita.
- May 3, 2020: Governor Evers announced the arrival of much needed PPE from Wisconsin's sister state, Heilongjiang Province, China.
- May 1, 2020: Governor Evers announced the launch of community testing events in WI, supported by the WI National Guard.
- April 28, 2020: Governor Evers directed DHS to reopen most WI State parks beginning 5/1. Some parks will remain closed and most camping is not permitted in any state park through 5/28.
- April 27, 2020: Governor Evers signed Executive Order #34 which allows non essential businesses to begin conducting curbside, no-contact business. This goes into effect at 8am on 4/29.
- April 26, 2020: First fatality due to COVID-19 confirmed in Manitowoc County.
- April 24, 2020: The first iteration of the Safer at Home Order expired but Executive Order #28 extended some parts of the order.
- April 20, 2020: Governor Evers announced the WI "Badger Bounce Back" plan which outlines the criteria necessary to reopen the state's economy.
- April 20, 2020: Manitowoc County Health Officer, Mary Halada, rescinded Public Health Order #3 which closes all Manitowoc County campgrounds for the duration of the Public Health Emergency.
- April 20, 2020: Governor Evers announced the steps WI is undertaking to increase COVID-19 testing capacity.
- April 16, 2020: Governor Evers extended the Safer at Home Order through May 26, 2020, or until a superseding order is issued.
- April 15, 2020: Manitowoc County Health Officer, Mary Halada, issued Public Health Order #3 which closes all Manitowoc County campgrounds for the duration of the Public Health Emergency. This order goes into effect on May 1, 2020.
- April 15, 2020: Governor Evers signed 2019 Wisconsin Act 185, the COVID-19 Relief Bill, within hours of its passage by the WI Senate.
- April 12, 2020: Governor Evers announced the construction of a second alternative care facility at Alliant Energy Center.
- April 10, 2020: Governor Evers put out a press release announcing the Wisconsin COVID-19 Volunteer Program.
- 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 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 4, 2020: Wisconsin was granted a Presidential Disaster Declaration for Public Assistance for the COVID-19 response.
- 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 2, 2020: Requirements for absentee voting have been eased due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- 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: 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: 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: 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 25, 2020: Executive Order #12, Safer at Home goes into effect at 8 a.m.
- 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 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.