Wood County Current Events
Dexter County Park Beach Area is open as of 6-27-2015 and North Wood County Park is open with an Advisory.
The presence of E. coli bacteria in water indicates recent human or animal pollution, and the potential presence of bacteria that can cause illness. Wood County Environmental Health staff will collect samples from the beaches, and will reopen the beaches when the water quality is considered safe for swimming. The beach closure will end when the results of two consecutive samples are below 235 cfu/100 ml.
Environmental Protection Agency studies show that high levels of these bacteria can lead to acute gastrointestinal illness in swimmers. Symptoms of waterborne illnesses can include severe stomach cramps, diarrhea (often bloody), and vomiting. If you are experiencing these symptoms, contact your doctor.
Information concerning the reopening of the beaches at North Wood County Park, or water quality testing from Wood County beaches can be obtained by calling the Wood County Health Department at 715-421-8911 or 715-387-8646, or the Wood County Parks and Forestry Department at 715-421-8422.
Wood County Child Care Management Honored
(Daily Tribune article)
MADISON — In recognition of Wood County's meeting all performance standards in the administration of the Wisconsin Shares child care subsidy program, the Wood County Human Services Department was presented with a Certificate of Excellence on May 14 by the Department of Children and Families.
Wood County earned the certificate by maintaining short phone call wait times and improving document processing for parents in need of child care services. The agency also met the new standards for a high level of accuracy in eligibility processing.
The new performance standards were put in place in 2013 in consultation between the DCF and the Wisconsin County Human Services Association. The child care standards exhibited by Wood County translate into a high level of services to families, high accuracy in program administration, and conscientious stewardship of the state and federal funds that support the child care subsidy program.
Visit the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families website for more information on the Wisconsin Shares child care system.
Prevent Misuse and Protect the Environment: Prescription Take-Back Event
Have you been wondering what to do with those prescription drugs that have been piling up in your medicine cabinets? Worried that someone is stealing and abusing your prescription drugs? Prescription drug abuse is a growing public health concern affecting all segments of the population.
In an effort to limit prescription drug abuse, local law enforcement in collaboration with Groundwater Guardians of Marshfield, Healthy People Wood County, Marshfield Area Coalition for Youth, Marshfield Clinic and Wood County Health Department are participating in the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) prescription take-back event from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 16, 2015 at the following locations in Wood County:
Shopko - 1306 N Central Ave, Marshfield (Hosted by Marshfield Police Department)
Port Edwards Police Department - 201 Market Avenue, Port Edwards
Riverview Medical Center, Parking Lot #2 – 410 Dewey Street, Wisconsin Rapids (Hosted by Wood County Sheriff’s Department)
Rome Police Department – 1156 Alpine Drive, Nekoosa
Wisconsin Rapids Police Department - 444 West Grand Avenue, Wisconsin Rapids
An additional collection hosted by Marshfield Police Department will be held on Friday, May 15, 2015 at: Marshfield Clinic (Main Lobby) – 1000 North Oak Avenue, Marshfield from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Bring: Prescription (controlled and non-controlled) and over-the-counter medications, ointments, patches, non-aerosol sprays, creams, vials, pet medications and liquid (only in the original packaging).
Do Not Bring: Illegal drugs, needles/sharps, inhalers, aerosol cans, bio-hazardous materials (anything containing a bodily fluid or blood), mercury thermometers, personal care products (shampoo, soaps, lotions, sunscreens, etc...), household hazardous waste (paint, pesticides, oil, gas)
Those individuals who cannot make the national take-back day, can drop off expired, unwanted or unused medications at a number of permanent prescription drug drop sites located at law enforcement agencies. For more information and a listing of additional take back sites throughout Wisconsin, visit http://www.doj.state.wi.us/dles/prescription-drug-take-back-day.
NOAA Weather Radios
Wood County Emergency Management would like to say THANK YOU to the sponsors that made the NOAA Weather Radio program possible. Without you we couldn't have done it.
Wood County Clean Sweep 2015
Wood County agricultural and household clean sweep.
October 3, 2015
8:00 a.m. – 12 Noon
Info: 877-270-3989 (toll-free)
Saratoga Town Hall
1116 St Hwy 73
Serving All of Wood County Residents!
Foster Care Program
The Wood County Foster Care program is looking for individuals or families who are willing to be a Receiving Home for children who are placed in Foster Care.
A receiving home is a general licensed foster home that signs a contract agreeing to be available 24/7 on an on-call basis to receive emergency placements of children and youth.
Placements are generally short term (1-30 days).
Monthly stipend and additional monthly reimbursement is provided for actual placements.
If you have an interest in learning more, please contact Jean Rader at 715-421-8643 or Grace Bauer at 715-389-0238.
Or click on the link to direct you to the Wood County Human Services Foster Care web page.
Casie, a Wood County mother, wants to help others by making her story known. She has helped in the development of this one page document to be used with other pregnant mothers. The goal of the Fetal Infant Mortality Review team is to spread this widely to raise Preeclampsia awareness.
Housing Repair Loans
Are you in need of funding for home repairs but unable to secure a loan?
If so, please consider applying for a Central Wisconsin Housing Region loan. The loans are available to:
- Low-to-moderate income (LMI) Wood County residents with owner-occupied homes.
- Owners of rental units in Wood County that rent to low-to-moderate income (LMI) tenants.
The Central Wisconsin Housing Region covers Adams, Green Lake, Juneau, Marathon, Marquette, Portage, Waupaca, Waushara and Wood County. The program administrator is the Juneau County Housing Authority. This is a program that was created to ensure the community’s ability to conserve, rehabilitate and improve residential properties occupied by low-to-moderate income (LMI) residents.
Click below to download the Central Housing Region Brochure.
For more information and application materials contact:
Central Wisconsin Housing Region Program Administrator
Juneau County Housing Authority
717 E. State Street
Mauston, WI 53948
Counseling, Substance Abuse, and Community Resources
The purpose of this resource list is to provide a list of treatment facilities, recovery groups and other resources in Central Wisconsin for those needing counseling or assistance recovering from substance abuse.
The information provided may not be inclusive of all resources, but can support those in need.
Distinguished Public Health Employee
Congratulations Leah Meidl, Wood County Distinguished Public Health Employee!
We recognize Leah for her outstanding work and achievements. She is a great team member, leader, and expert. She is always willing to learn new things and then teach others. We are so proud of her for recently passing her IBCLC exam!
Through coalition work, Leah strives to improve the lives of Wood County residents. Community members and professionals look to her as she works to achieve the missions and visions of the breastfeeding coalitions, Fetal Infant Mortality Review Team, and Healthy Growth & Development Team.
Creative, innovative, thoughtful, uplifting, caring and inspiring- the list goes on. Leah goes above and beyond to make sure others feel welcomed and cared about.
Her positive attitude, ambition and motivation is contagious and her passion for public health is evident through her daily work and work ethic. Fulfilling the mission of the Health Department is a part of Leah's work every day and we are lucky to have her on our team.
Healthy People Wood County Mental Health Conference 2014
Below find the presentations for the conference that was held at University of Wisconsin Marshfield/Wood County on October 3rd, 2014.
Parent Networks – Using Parents as a Powerful Tool to Make Change----- Danielle Luther, MPH Manager – Substance Abuse Prevention Marshfield Clinic Center for Community Outreach County Health Rankings: How Does Your County Rank?/Resources for Creating Partnerships to Grow and Support Mental Health Services----- Kristie Rauter, Community Health Planner/Health Promotion Supervisor, Wood County Health Department Increasing Your Family Tool Box----- Lisa Kegler, MS, LPC, Therapist, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Crisis Response – How the System Works in Wood County----- Katie Czys – Legal Services/Crisis Supervisor – Wood County (MAC, LPC-IT, SAC-IT, Police Officer, AEMT) & Randall Ambrosius – Treatment Services Manager (MSW, LCSW, CSAC), Wood County Human Se Ensuring Your Worksite is Mentally Healthy----- Karen Lane, Disability Rights Wisconsin Creating Welcoming Spaces for LGBT People in Your Community----- Brian Juchems, Program Director, GSAFE Original Program for the Mental Health Conference on October 3rd, 2014 PTSD: From a Combat Veteran’s Perspective----- Todd Stage, LCSW, Readjustment Counselor, Veterans Association The Ethical and Clinical Case for Tobacco Integration----- David "Mac" Macmaster, CSAC, TTS, WiNTiP Managing Consultant & Kristine Hayden, BS Senior Outreach Specialist, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine & Public Health Center for Tobacco Vulnerable People in a Complicated Society----- Ronald Diamond, M.D., Human Trafficking-Hidden in Plain Sight----- Morgan Young, Immigration and Poverty Attorney, End Abuse WI
Looking for a gift for that hard to buy for person in your life? WE have the solution for you...
How about a gift certificate for tubing/skiing at Powers Bluff Winter Sports Area or a gift certificate for camping at any of the 3 Wood County Campgrounds!
For the boaters and skiers in your life, why not give them the gift of their annual pass.
Certificates can be purchased over the phone with MasterCard or Visa, or stop by our office located at 400 Market St, Wisconsin Rapids WI with cash or check.
Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
NOAA Weather Radio Program
Wood County Emergency Management Agency is soliciting donations for a new program to provide National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Emergency Weather Radios to the elderly population in Wood County. Weather radios detect and disseminate emergency information which includes weather related events, floods, chemical spills and other local emergencies events that would take place 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Emergency weather radios cost approximately $25, but can be viewed as a luxury item by some elderly individuals on fixed incomes. It is our goal to raise funds to provide weather radios to the elderly population in Wood County in order to make the elderly feel more comfortable in their surroundings by knowing that if an emergency were to happen they would be notified by this NOAA radio. It would also indicate when to seek shelter if needed, which could potentially save lives.
Our goal is to hand out 200 or more of the NOAA weather radios in the Spring of 2015. If you donate, you will be sponsored on our website along with a letter to the recipient, unless you wish to remain anonymous.
Any donation that you could provide would help improve the safety of the elderly population in Wood County. Please make your donation payable to the Wood County Treasurer and send it to Wood County Emergency Management, PO Box 8095, Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54495-8095 or drop it off during normal business hours at the office located at 400 Market Street, Room 111, Wisconsin Rapids.
Thank you for taking the time to consider this worthwhile endeavor. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at any time.
How do I protect myself against Ebola?
If you must travel to an area affected by the 2014 Ebola outbreak, protect yourself by doing the following:
Wash hands frequently or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
Avoid contact with blood and body fluids of any person, particularly someone who is sick.
Do not handle items that may have come in contact with an infected person’s blood or body fluids.
Do not touch the body of someone who has died from Ebola.
Do not touch bats and nonhuman primates or their blood and fluids and do not touch or eat raw meat prepared from these animals.
Avoid hospitals in West Africa where Ebola patients are being treated. The U.S. Embassy or consulate is often able to provide advice on medical facilities.
For more information please visit http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/outbreaks/2014-west-africa/qa.html
Wood County Poster and Speaking Contests
The Wood County Land Conservation Department will be holding its annual
Poster and Speaking Contest on January 30, 2015.
Posters are due January 30, 2015 to Wood County LCD.
The theme is “Local Heroes Your Hardworking Pollinators”.
The Speaking Contest will be held Thursday February 5, 2015, at Pittsville High School @6:00.
Entry forms are due by January 30, 2015.
For more information contact the Wood County Land Conservation Department at 715-421-8475
or email email@example.com.
Food Safety Class
A food safety education class is being offered on the first week day of each month in Wisconsin Rapids and Marshfield. Interested persons must contact the Wood County Health Department prior to the class 715-421-8911.
In April 2014, road construction began near the Courthouse at the intersection of Baker Street and Market Street.
As a result, access to the Baker Street parking lot has changed. Please refer to the attached map for details.
Are you interested in Wildlife and what happens to it in our area? Do you want a way to voice your opinion on how it should be managed?
If so, then WE WANT YOU.....to join the Wood County Wildlife Area Advisory Committee.
This Committee currently has (1) opening for a 3 year term. This Committee meets 4 times a year in January, April, July, and October on a Tuesday evening at the Sandhill Wildlife Area.
If you are interested, please fill out the attached form and mail it back to the Wood County Park & Forestry Department.
Powers Bluff Long Range Plan
This is a .pdf file and is very large. It may take a few moments to download.
Pets In The Parks
Per our ordinance 600.08 (1) Pets.
-It shall be unlawful for any person to allow pets to enter any public building, bathing beach, picnic grounds, or playgrounds within any County Park, or to run at large at any time on County Park grounds.
-In other County Park areas and campgrounds pets are permitted provided they shall at all times be kept on a leash not more than 10 feet long. All pets shall be effectively restrained or under the owner's control at all times. No person shall allow his pet to deprive or disrupt the enjoyment or use of any area by others.
-Pet owners are required to immediately clean up after their pets.
Community Health Improvement Planning Process
The Wood County Health Department, in partnership with Ministry Saint Joseph's Hospital and Riverview Medical Center, is in the process of completing a Community Health Improvement Plan.
This process includes examining local county health data, identify local priority health areas, and identify community assets and resources.
Once our local priorities have been selected, community members will be asked to join implementation teams to assist in developing goals and objectives around these identified local health priority areas.
They will identify and develop evidenced-based strategies for the local health priorities, promote and implement these strategies, and evaluate the success of the strategies. Resources will be identified to mobilize the community to improve the health of Wood County residents.
We would like you to identify the Health Focus Areas that should be the priorities for the community for the next few years.
Considering the information (data) available on the Wood County Health Department website, the typed discussion points made by the Community Assessment Team, as well as your personal experience and insight, please complete the following survey.