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Transmission rates of COVID-19 have increased over the past several weeks. Disease activity in Bayfield County is currently listed as "high."

Bayfield and Ashland County Health Departments, along with Red Cliff and Bad River Tribal Health have teamed up to make registering and making appointments for a COVID-19 Vaccine easier for area residents by having a shared pre-registration form.  

Note: This week we have two COVID-19 vaccination clinics scheduled for Tuesday, April 13th, and Wednesday, April 14th. We are currently canceling ALL Janssen COVID-19 vaccine appointments, but will continue to hold clinic for Pfizer vaccine appointments. The CDC and FDA have asked for a temporary pause on distribution of the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine to evaluate recent cases associated with a rare blood clot disorder within two weeks after COVID-19 vaccination. Until the CDC Advisory Committee for Immunization Practice meets on Wednesday, April 14, 2021, all Janssen vaccine appointments will be temporarily canceled.

Disease Activity Bayfield County 4-6-2021

Our new preregistration form is available at:

Walgreens, Walmart and other local pharmacies and medical clinics may also have vaccine available.  

Especially as we see disease activity increase in Bayfield County for COVID-19, we encourage everyone to still practice COVID-19 prevention strategies and for workplaces to continue to protect customer and staff health by using the following prevention measures:

Restaurants and workplaces can help by:

  • Promote take out or delivery service at this time. 
  • Limiting large groups in their establishments
  • Require staff to wear masks when working with the public.
  • Ask customers to wear a mask when not seated at their table.
  • Remove any self service items for the next two weeks (no self serve buffets, coffee, or salad bars).  
  • Disinfect multi-touch surfaces frequently
  • Insist all patrons wear masks when in your establishment (stores/workplaces) or when not seated at a table (restaurants/bars).   
  • Make sure workers understand not to work when sick or when they have had a known exposure to a COVID-19 positive individual in the last 14 days.

Bars/Taverns can help by:

  • DO NOT put out any food for customer self service.  
  • Require staff to wear masks when working with the public.
  • Ask customers to wear masks when not at their table.
  • Limit seating at the bar.
  • Encourage groups of hunters to sit at tables, rather than the bar.
  • Postponing any local gatherings until after hunting season or hold them virtually (meat raffles, packer parties, league activities) 
  • Protect your bartender by installing a plexiglass divider or having their work space area free of barstools or patrons.  (ie. create a safe area for your bartender to work rather than being face to face with the public)

Bayfield County Health has issued a temporary mass gathering limitation for events over 100 persons to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community.  The mass gathering order can be found in our press release section towards the bottom of the page and also on a new page dedicated to all Public Health Orders.    We continue to monitor this situation and work with area partners to identify all cases and close contacts in order to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community.  We ask that residents help do their part by wearing a mask in public, keeping children home from school when they are ill, and social distance if headed into public.   We will continue to update the Community Exposures page and the risk involved at each location.

Special note for parents of school age children

As schools remain open to in-person instruction, it is vital that parents are diligent in keeping their children home when they are not feeling well. While schools are working hard to have good procedures in place to prevent COVID transmission at the school, the BEST way to prevent transmission is to keep infections out of the school to begin with.    

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Concerned about A possible exposure to COVID-19 In Your Community?

Please check our regularly updated webpage on Community Exposure to COVID-19 over the past 14 days.


March/April 2021



January/February 2021

Press Release - February 2, 2021 - Vaccine Update - Preregistration Information

Press Release - January 21, 2021 - Update on COVID-19 Vaccination Plan - Bayfield County


November 23, 2020 - NEWS RELEASE - Bayfield County Reports Seventh and Eighth Death from COVID-19

November 14, 2020 - NEWS RELEASE - Bayfield County Records Sixth Death from COVID-19

November 13, 2020 - NEWS RELEASE - Bayfield County Records Fourth and Fifth Death from COVID-19

November 5, 2020 - NEWS RELEASE - Bayfield County Reports Third Death From COVID-19


October 30, 2020 - PRESS RELEASE - Call to Action for COVID-19 Prevention 

October 27, 2020 - PRESS RELEASE - Second Death of Bayfield County Resident due to COVID-19

October 26, 2020 - Bayfield & Ashland Counties Issue Small Gathering Advisory

October 8, 2020 - WISCONSIN DEPARTMENT OF  HEALTH  - PRESS RELEASE - Emergency Order to Limit Gatherings 10/8/20 to 11/6/20

October 7, 2020 - PRESS RELEASE - Bayfield County Revised Limitation on Interscholastic Competitions Order


September 22, 2020 - PRESS RELEASE - Drummond Area School District Moves to Virtual Schooling

September 4, 2020 - PRESS RELEASE - Bayfield County Health Issues Mass Gathering Limitation Order

September 4, 2020 - PRESS RELEASE - Community Exposure Event in Washburn, WI on August 29, 2020


July 13, 2020 - PRESS RELEASE - Ashland  and Bayfield Counties Issue Mask Advisory

July 9, 2020 - PRESS RELEASE - COVID-19 Exposure in Port Wing Community

 July 6, 2020 - PRESS RELEASE - 4th COVID-19 Case in Bayfield County

July 2, 2020 - PRESS RELEASE - National Guard Returns to Iron River, Wisconsin for COVID-19 testing


JUNE 5, 2020 - PRESS RELEASE - Free COVID-19 Testing Events Coming to Bayfield County


MAY 29, 2020 - Press Release - Bayfield County Health Department Launches COVID-19 Prevention Plan Project

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 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 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

COVID-19 Prevention Plan

The Bayfield County Health Department is working with the Bayfield County Tourism and Land Records Departments to recognize businesses that have implemented COVID-19 Prevention Plans.  As businesses begin to open it is more critical than ever to highlight those that are dedicated to preventing the spread of COVID-19 at their establishments.

When creating your plan, you can use the templates provided by our Department or another template. 

DATCP Guidance:   Lodging, Restaurants, Campgrounds, Recreation and Educational Camps, Swimming Pools

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.

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.