CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

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Situational Report

Currently, three Bayfield County residents have tested positive for Coronavirus and we now have confirmed community spread. Two cases have recovered at home, while sadly, the third person died of the disease. 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.

Best Practice Checklists

Our Environmental Health Specialists have reviewed guidance documents from the CDC, OSHA, Wisconsin Dept of Health, DATCP and other sources to develop a short COVID-19 Best Practices Checklist to help prepare area businesses, workplaces and families to keep safe from COVID-19.

TRAVELERS

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.

UPDATES FROM STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT

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May 14, 2020 - Press Release - Bayfield and Ashland County Issues Travel Safer Advisory

May 13, 2020 - Press Release - Wisconsin Supreme Court Decision Safer At Home 5-13-2020

May 1, 2020 - Press Release - Wisconsin National Guard Testing Clinic - Ashland, WI

May 1, 2020 - Press Release - Wisconsin National Guard Testing Clinic - Solon Springs, WI

APRIL

April 24, 2020 - Press Release - No Garage Sales in Bayfield or Ashland Counties 

April 17 - Press Release - First death from COVID-19 of a Bayfield County Resident

April 7- CDC Announces all Americans should Use Cloth Face Coverings when out in Public - Guidance Document on Using and Making Cloth Face Coverings

MARCH

March 31 - Press Release - Third COVID-19 Case Reaffirms Community Spread in Bayfield County

March 29 - Press Release - Chequamegon Bay Community Care is working to collect sewn masks for distribution.

March 26 - Press Release - Second COVID-19 Case in Bayfield County and Confirmed Community Spread

March 24 - Governor Evers Safer at Home Emergency Order #12 - Prohibiting Non-Essential Travel and Closing Non-Essential Businesses

March 22 - Press Release - Bayfield County Issues Travel Advisory

March 22 - State of WI Announces New Webpage Resource for COVID-19 

March 21 - Updated Guidance from Wisconsin Dept. of Agriculture for Businesses:

March 20 - Updated Mass Gathering Ordinance - Now Includes Salons and Tattoo Parlors

March 19 - Press Release - Bayfield County Has First Confirmed COVID-19 Case

March 18 - Child Care Providers - Order Restricting Size of Child Care Settings

March 16 - Wisconsin Department of Health Guidance for Childcare, Head Start and 3 - 4 Yr Old Kindergarten

For non-emergency Coronavirus (COVID-19) questions, you can email us at BaycoHD@bayfieldcounty.org

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  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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