CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

For non-emergency Coronavirus (COVID-19) questions, you can call our COVID-19 Information Line at (715) 373-3324 OR email us at BaycoHD@bayfieldcounty.org

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Situational Report - Updated September 26, 2020 

Bayfield County has seen a recent spike in COVID-19 cases thoughout the county.   Several area schools have been affected (Drummond, Ashland, Mellen) and some have chosen to move to virtual schooling at this time.     Our main priority at this time is to protect our schools so they can safely remain open and to slow transmission of COVID-19 in our community.  To do this we are asking all residents to not work or go to school if you are feeling sick or if someone in your household is sick.  Also - you should not go to work or school if you have been exposed to someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19.   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 begin to re-open 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.    

stay home when sick

We urge county residents to protect themselves and their families when out in public by reducing travel, avoiding crowded areas, using a face covering or mask, frequent hand washing (especially before eating or drinking) and disinfect commonly touched surfaces daily. These steps are crucial to preventing illness and reducing the spread of COVID-19 in our community. 



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.

UPDATES FROM STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT

September

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

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

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

may

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

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

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.

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.
  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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