Situational Report

Currently, three Bayfield County residents have tested positive for Coronavirus and we now have confirmed community spread.  The first case has fully recovered and is out of quarantine.  However, the finding of community spread provides even more reason to take Governor Evers’ Safer at Home order seriously.  We urge county residents to stay home to prevent further spread of the virus.  This is crucial to reducing the spread and flattening the curve.   


If you are recently returning to the area or have been on a trip, please follow Self Quarantine procedures for Medium Risk Exposure.

Bayfield County is asking residents to avoid travel at this time. While many people love visiting Bayfield County, we ask that you do not travel to your seasonal homes or rental cabins for the safety and well-being of our communities. Our region is home to vulnerable populations, including one of the largest aging populations in the state, so please stay home and keep yourself and others safe. We can’t wait to see everyone when we are all able to be out and about without restrictions again. See the full Travel Advisory for more information.  

Secondary Contacts

If you have been notified by the Health Department that you had contact with a Coronavirus case, please follow self-quarantine measures for High Risk Exposure and Self-Isolation Procedures for individuals being evaluated for COVID-19.

For All other bayfield county residents

To protect your family and our communities, please take the following precautions.

  • Avoid unnecessary trips.
  • Practice social distancing any time you must leave your house.
  • Stay home if you are sick and practice self-isolation (separate bedroom/bathroom) from your family members if possible.
  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Follow our Tips for Healthy Communities.
  • Help prevent the spread of Coronavirus in your community and other other settings by following these Guidance Documents.

For non-emergency Coronavirus (COVID-19) questions, you can email us at

  1. General Public
  2. Schools and Childcare Facilities
  3. Community and Faith-Based Organizations
  4. Travelers
  5. Workplaces and Employers
  6. Health Department's Role

Right now, some of the most important things we can all do is follow everyday prevention measures:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water :are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.   
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.  
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

While a person’s chances of getting sick from coronavirus in Wisconsin are low right now, we would like people to take the time now to prepare for widespread illness in the future.

  • Limit the Spread: Taking steps to limit contact with other people lowers how many people can catch the virus.
  • Help Protect Others: Help protect those in our community who are more vulnerable, such as the elderly and people with chronic disease, from serious complications and death.
  • Reduce Strain on the Healthcare System: The more that people can take precautions to not get sick, the less strain on the healthcare system.

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