Situational Report - Updated September 4, 2020
Bayfield County has seen a recent spike in COVID-19 cases in the last two days following some events over the last weekend. This could not come at a worse time as our schools start to reopen. 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 protect these goals Bayfield County Health has issued a temporary mass gathering limitation for events over 100 persons. 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.
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?
- FOR FAMILIES
- GENERAL WORKPLACES
- BED AND BREAKFASTS
- BODY ART ESTABLISHMENTS
- CONVENIENCE STORES & GAS STATIONS
- FARMERS MARKETS
- GROCERY AND RETAIL FOOD
- HOTELS & MOTELS
- VACATION RENTALS AND TOURIST ROOMING HOUSES
UPDATES FROM STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT
March 21 - Updated Guidance from Wisconsin Dept. of Agriculture for Businesses:
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.
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.
- General Public
- Schools and Childcare Facilities
- Community and Faith-Based Organizations
- Workplaces and Employers
- 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.
- Wisconsin Dept. of Heath Guidance for Childcare, Head Start and 3-4 yr Old Kindergarten
- Resources for Schools and Childcare Facilities
- CDC Pandemic Flu Toolkit for Schools
- Checklists for Administrators and Teachers
- Wisconsin Dept. of Public Instruction COVID-19 Information
- NEW - Wisconsin Department of Health Community Events Guidance
- CDC Resources for Community and Faith Based Leaders
- Recommendations for Community Meals
- UPDATED: DHS International and Domestic Travel Guidance
- CDC Travel Information & Alerts
- Precautions for Travelers from High Risk Countries
- Wisconsin Dept. of Health Self-Isolation Guidance
- Informational Letter for Restaurants
- COVID-19 FAQ's for Food and Lodging Facilities
- CDC Resources for Businesses and Employers
- Workplace Factsheet for Coronavirus
- For Restaurants and Retail Food Establishments -National Restaurant Assoc.
- OSHA Guidance on Preparing Workplaces
Here’s an overview of the steps Bayfield County Health Department is taking to protect our community.
- Monitoring travelers. We follow the latest CDC monitoring guidance. Currently we will monitor travelers coming from areas with Level 3 Health Notices. This information is coming to us from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services as well as other sources, such as local providers. We give these travelers instructions about symptoms to watch for and how to isolate themselves for two weeks.
- Preparing to monitor people who may have come in contact with someone who tested positive for coronavirus. Bayfield County Public Health nurses are following standard CDC and Wisconsin Department of Health contact investigation for any communicable disease, which includes letting them know they may have been exposed, giving them information about symptoms to watch for, and making sure they isolate themselves if they meet certain CDC risk criteria.
- Staying up-to-date on the latest guidance. Since the coronavirus response is constantly changing, we are attending webinars and teleconferences from the Wisconsin Department of Health, CDC and other partners to stay updated on the latest information.
- Coordinating with partners. Responding to large-scale public health issues like coronavirus is complicated. We meet and speak with local, state and national partners in public health, health care, local schools, faith based groups, and long term care facilities in order to map out processes, outline our unique roles, and share information.
- Provide guidance and best practice. Our department has provided guidance and best practice documents to schools, long term care facilities, faith based groups throughout Bayfield County. We also are working with businesses and employers as requested to answer questions or provide guidance on how to prevent the spread of coronavirus in various public settings.
- Helping reduce stigma on coronavirus. Viruses don’t discriminate, and neither should we. Madison-Dane County Public Health adapted this Fact Sheet (pdf) on how we can all disrupt stigma.
- Providing accurate, up-to-date information. In addition to information on our pages, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and CDC coronavirus have great resources.