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April 9 , 2020 Updated Numbers Wood County COVID-19

Posted 4/9/2020 by krauter-egge@co.wood.wi.us

Updated COVID-19 numbers for Wood County and Wisconsin. Have a safe and happy holiday weekend. 

Wood County Courthouse Restricts Access to the Public Due to COVID-19

Posted 4/9/2020 by tminer@co.wood.wi.us

As COVID-19 continues to impact us locally, the Wood County Courthouse will be limiting access to the public effective Thursday, April 9, 2020, to only allow those with prescheduled meetings or appointments to enter the Courthouse. This is being done to preserve the health and safety of our staff, elected officials, and community members while continuing to maintain the ability to provide essential services. Limited court hearing and proceedings will continue to be held.

“This decision was difficult to make as we know the services provided by Wood County are important for many community members. Services will continue to be provided as necessary but we asking that community members call or email before arriving to the Courthouse so we may reduce direct individual contact and continue to support the Governor’s ‘Safer At Home’ order,” stated Doug Machon, Wood County Board Chair.

Staff are available by phone for appointments and questions. Limited court proceedings will continue as directed by the Circuit Court Judges. Those that have an appointment or a scheduled court proceeding are requested to arrive individually. Groups of people, including family members and/or support individuals of those seeking services, are requested not to accompany them at this time.

For those needing to drop off paperwork or make payments, a locked drop-box is located at the entrance to the Courthouse. Please place all documents and/or payments in a sealed envelope and indicate the department to which your correspondence should be directed, your name, address, and account/parcel number.

Direct lines for each County department located in the Courthouse who interface with the public are listed below:

CHILD SUPPORT – Agency staff may be reached at 715-421-8430. The office will continue to process support payments and provide customer service. Payments can be made online, mailed, or placed in the drop-box at the Courthouse entrance.

COUNTY CLERK – At this time, there will be no vehicle registration services or passport services offered.  Marriage licenses and candidate filings will be done by appointment only.  Election result reporting and canvassing will continue as scheduled. Please call 715-421-8460 with questions or to request an appointment. 

 

COURTS/CLERK OF COURTS - The Wood County Circuit Court will continue to operate in a limited capacity with priority on urgent cases. Less urgent matters are being rescheduled. The Clerk of Court office has suspended all in-person services. Those with questions related to court proceedings may contact the Courts by calling:

                        Clerk of Circuit Court                             715-421-8490

                        Branch 1 (Judge Potter)                         715-421-8520

                        Branch 2 (Judge Brazeau)                      715-421-8518

                        Branch 3 (Judge Wolf)                           715-421-8415

 

DISTRICT ATTORNEY/VICTIM WITNESS - Physical access in limited to law enforcement personnel only.  We encourage all other contact by telephone at 715-421-8515 (District Attorney) or 715-421-8580 (Victim Witness).

 

EXTENSION – At this time programming is being offered remotely. Phone lines and emails are being monitored and responded to accordingly. Please call 715-421-8440 to leave a message or visit https://wood.extension.wisc.edu/staff-directory/ for specific staff contact information.

 

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT - The office is staffed, but not open to the public.  Please call 715-421-8508.

 

HUMAN RESOURCES - The Human Resources Department can be reached at 715-421-8457 or hr@co.wood.wi.us. We are continuing to recruit for open positions. A list of current openings can be found at: https://careers.co.wood.wi.us/CyberWeb/.

 

PLANNING & ZONING – The Planning & Zoning office has closed their public service counter in the Courthouse but remains fully staffed to answer questions or information needs of the public via telephone, email, and fax. Please call 715-421-8466.

 

REGISTER OF DEEDS - The Register of Deeds can be reached at 715-421-8450. Documents will still be recorded as received. Copies of vital records are still able to be obtained through the mail and online through VitalChek. Applications can be found at:  http://www.co.wood.wi.us/Departments/ROD/Certificates.aspx.

 

SHERIFF’S DEPT. - The Wood County Sheriff’s Department has released the following press release in regards to changes in services:  https://www.co.wood.wi.us/CurrentEvents.aspx?BlogPostID=656 Non-emergent matters can be directed to 715-421-8700.

 

TREASURER -  The Treasurer’s Office has closed their public service counter in the Courthouse but will remain fully staffed to answer questions or information needs of the public via telephone (715) 421-8484, email (hgehrt@co.wood.wi.us), and fax (715) 421-8481. Payments can be dropped off at the drop box located at the Courthouse front door by Security Services by check or money order.  You can also make payments online at www.co.wood.wi.us/departments/treasurer with a credit/debit card or e-check (fees apply).  If dropping off a payment, your payment must be in an envelope with your name and parcel number on it.  A receipt will be mailed to you at a later date.

 

VETERAN SERVICES - The Veteran Service Offices will serve the public though telephone, email, fax, and the US Mail until further notice. Please call 715-421-8420 (Wisconsin Rapids office) or 715-384-3773 (Marshfield office).

 

A detailed list of services still being provided can be found at the Wood County website (http://www.co.wood.wi.us/ ). If you have questions or immediate needs related to COVID-19, call 2-1-1 or text COVID-19 to 211-211.

Safer at Home and Faith Based Gatherings

Posted 4/8/2020 by krauter-egge@co.wood.wi.us

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

04/08/20

CONTACT: Susan Kunferman, Wood County Health Department Director/Health Officer

(715) 421-8911

Safer at Home and Faith Based Gatherings 

Wisconsin Rapids, WI – On March 24th Governor Evers issued a Safer at Home order. The order bans all gatherings with 10 or more people. It is not limited to indoor gatherings and includes any defined space, parking lots and festival grounds. This encompasses faith based gatherings, drive-in services, weddings, and funerals. It is important to limit gatherings only to people living within the same household to avoid transmitting the virus through social networks.

At this time, we continue to ask that community and faith based organizations do not encourage families or individuals to leave their homes. The safest place for everyone is at their own home. It is imperative people are exposed to the least amount of person-to-person contact as possible, for the safety of all.

“This is a challenging time for all and we have to make big sacrifices for a little while to ensure the health of our most vulnerable populations is protected,” stated Susan Kunferman, Wood County Health Department Director and Health Officer. “For many in our communities, religious gatherings provide hope and are a source of strength. We look forward to the day we can again allow gatherings to take place.”  

Community and faith based organizations have an important role in slowing the spread of COVID-19, especially among high-risk populations. Community and faith based organizations often serve those who are most vulnerable, such as older people and those with serious underlying health conditions, like heart disease, lung disease, and diabetes, who are at higher risk of developing severe COVID-19 illness. 

Thankfully, with technology, there are options for staying connected to religious networks during this challenging time. Many churches, synagogues, mosques, temples and other places of worship are offering worship through television, radio, and livestream on the internet. “Individually, and as families, taking time to be mindful, meditate, and pray is a great way to safely practice spiritual beliefs during the pandemic,” says Susan Kunferman, Wood County Health Officer.

If you have questions or immediate needs related to COVID-19, call 2-1-1 or text COVID-19 to 211-211. For up-to-date information, please visit the Wood County Health Department website and Facebook page.

April 8 , 2020 Updated Numbers Wood County COVID-19

Posted 4/8/2020 by krauter-egge@co.wood.wi.us

Staying home keeps you safe, and helps our healthcare systems. By staying home and away from other people, you protect those who are most vulnerable and those who work to provide our essential needs like healthcare, food, and infrastructure. 

It's Safer at Home

Posted 4/8/2020 by krauter-egge@co.wood.wi.us

What you can and can't do during the Safer at Home order. Remember always practice physical distancing and wash your hands.

No Celebrations

Posted 4/8/2020 by krauter-egge@co.wood.wi.us

The Safer at Home order mandates Wisconsin residents stay home, leaving only for essential needs. Holidays, family gatherings, faith based gatherings, grill-outs, etc. are NOT exceptions to the order.

April 7 , 2020 Updated Numbers Wood County COVID-19

Posted 4/7/2020 by krauter-egge@co.wood.wi.us

There are many factors that go into accurate reporting. With several labs and healthcare systems reporting to us, along with our limited capacity, we are unable to provide an accurate number of pending tests on a daily basis. Please be patient as we provide as much information as possible. We will only post information we know to be accurate.

Customer Restrictions for County Departments

Posted 4/7/2020 by tminer@co.wood.wi.us

As we continue to monitor and react to the COVID-19 emergency, Wood County recommends people should avoid all non-essential travel and stay home if they are sick. To that end, the following departments have implemented further restrictions to customer access during this emergency.

 

COUNTY CLERK – The office will be staffed, but will not be open to the public.  There will be no vehicle registration services or passport services offered during this time.  Marriage licenses will be issued by appointment only.  Appointments are available by calling 715-421-8460. 

 

COURTS/CLERK OF COURTS - The Wood County Circuit Court has implemented temporary changes in their scheduling to address concerns related to the COVID-19 virus.  http://www.co.wood.wi.us/CurrentEvents.aspx?BlogPostID=643

Please note:  EFFECTIVE MONDAY, APRIL 6, 2020 WOOD COUNTY CLERK OF COURT WILL REMAIN OPEN TO PROVIDE CERTAIN ESSENTIAL SERVICES BUT ACCESS TO BUILDINGS AND IN-PERSON SERVICES WILL BE LIMITED per SUPREME COURT RULE ISSUED 3/22/2020  ORDER  “IN RE: THE MATTER OF COURT HEARINGS DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC”

 

DISTRICT ATTORNEY/VICTIM WITNESS - The District Attorney’s Office and Victim/Witness Office remains open but some employees are working remotely to minimize the amount of people in our office and building for the health and well-being of our staff, other Courthouse employees, and the public.  We are permitting physical access to our interior office to law enforcement personnel only.  We encourage all other contact by telephone.

 

EDGEWATER HAVEN - Edgewater Haven is restricting all visitation, except for end of life situations, until further notice as mandated by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

 

EXTENSION - Extension Wood County staff members are telecommuting and delivering programming remotely. Phone lines and emails are being monitored and responded to accordingly. Please call 715-421-8440 and leave a message or visit https://wood.extension.wisc.edu/staff-directory/ for specific staff contact information. 

 

FINANCE - Finance Dept. employees will be working from home for the majority of the time.  You can reach them via email.

 

HEALTH DEPT.

Immunizations

Immunizations will not be offered until further notice. 

Communicable Disease Follow-up

Client follow-up will occur via phone and telehealth options.

Family Health and Injury Prevention

Client visits will occur via phone and telehealth options.

Tuberculosis

The tuberculosis program will continue to serve clients with minimal disruption. Specifically:

  • Client visits will occur via phone and telehealth options.
  • TB medications will be delivered to clients.
  • Initial visits for new clients will be conducted in-person at the client’s home with staff wearing protective equipment.
  • TB medications will continue to be delivered.

Food Safety / Licensed Establishments

The Licensed Establishment program will focus on maintaining essential services such as:

  • Emergency response and foodborne illness investigations.
  • Complaints of a serious public health concern.
  • Outreach for compliance necessary to protect public health.

 

Priority services will continue with special attention placed on working with our food establishment operators such as:

  • Contact by phone in order to support and educate on COVID-19 orders and new requirements.
  • Answer questions and concerns about implementing the required changes.
  • Provide focused food safety visits on the phone to food establishments.
  • Onsite inspections only when social distancing can be maintained
  • Pre-inspections for new establishments


WIC Program

Due to COVID-19 (coronavirus) our WIC clinic is closed. Staff are available by phone for appointments and questions. If you have a scheduled appointment, you will receive a phone call from WIC on the day of the appointment. WIC benefits will be loaded onto your WIC card at the time of the phone call. Please contact the clinic with any questions.

 

Laboratory Services

The Lab will be reducing testing services. Specifically:

  • The lab will stop receiving private water samples from the public until further notice. Current samples will be processed.
  • Some project water samples (Water Utility) will continue to be analyzed.
  • Lab staff will be available if emergency water testing is needed.

 

HIGHWAY DEPT. - The Wood County Highway Department is limiting visitors to Highway facilities to those who have essential business transactions with the department.

 

HUMAN RESOURCES - The Human Resources Department remains open for business via telephone and email. We are continuing to recruit for open positions. A list of current openings can be found at: https://careers.co.wood.wi.us/CyberWeb/. Human Resources can be reached from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at 715-421-8457 or hr@co.wood.wi.us.

 

HUMAN SERVICES - Wood County Human Services will continue to serve the public through the use of video technology, phone, and email. Also, Wood County Human Services will see a very limited amount of individuals by appointment only. The following services are offered by appointment; emergency mental health crisis appointments, appointments to pick up medications, appointments for prescription injections, emergency FoodShare cards, and mail pick-up for individuals who use River Block as their primary address. Individuals who have an appointment will be screened prior to their meeting. Wood County Human Services has a lockbox available for customers to drop off documents without entering the building. Examples of documents include applications for assistance, verifications for assistance, or any other necessary correspondence. This lockbox will be checked three times each day so that documents can be processed timely. In addition, if customers need the documents returned, they will be asked to request the originals be mailed back to them. Once the documents are processed, a staff person will make copies and return the original by mail. Please contact our office at 715-421-8600 with any questions.

 

LAND & WATER CONSERVATION - The Land & Water Conservation office has closed their public service counter in River Block, but remains fully staffed and available via telephone and email. Individuals needing assistance will be seen by appointment only.

 

NORWOOD HEALTH CENTER - Norwood is restricted to essential health care personnel only, no visitors allowed without Administrative approval.

 

PARKS & FORESTRY DEPT. – Office is closed to the public.  Please see link below.  http://www.co.wood.wi.us/CurrentEvents.aspx?BlogPostID=645

 

 

PLANNING & ZONING – The Planning & Zoning office has closed their public service counter in the Courthouse but remains fully staffed to answer questions or information needs of the public via telephone, email, and fax.

 

REGISTER OF DEEDS - The Register of Deeds is closed to the public, however, is fully staffed.  Documents will still be recorded as received.  Copies of vital records are still able to be obtained through the mail and online through VitalChek.  Applications can be found at:  http://www.co.wood.wi.us/Departments/ROD/Certificates.aspx.  Please call 715-421-8450 if needed.

 

SHERIFF’S DEPT. - The Wood County Sheriff’s Department is taking measures similar to other law enforcement agencies while interacting with the public. Many non-emergency calls for service will be handled by phone to reduce deputy/citizen contacts during this virus containment time. Please see press release:  https://www.co.wood.wi.us/CurrentEvents.aspx?BlogPostID=656

 

TREASURER - The Treasurer’s Office has closed their public service counter in the Courthouse but will remain fully staffed to answer questions or information needs of the public via telephone, email, and fax. Payments can be left with the Security Services Officers at the courthouse entrance and must be in an envelope with your name and parcel number.

 

VETERAN SERVICES - The Veteran Service Offices remain operational but will no longer accept walk-ins, scheduled appointments, or other in-person services. We will serve the public though telephone, email, fax, and the US Mail until further notice. (Wisconsin Rapids & Marshfield offices)

 

If you have questions on whether the department you wish to visit is still open, please give them a call at their number provided on the Wood County website (http://www.co.wood.wi.us/ ). This listing will be updated as needed on both the Wood County website and Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/WoodCoWisc/ ).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April 6 , 2020 Updated Numbers Wood County COVID-19

Posted 4/6/2020 by krauter-egge@co.wood.wi.us

Safer at home is working; we are seeing similar numbers of cases each day and not huge spikes in numbers. Keep up the great work!

April 5, 2020 Updated Numbers Wood County COVID-19

Posted 4/5/2020 by krauter-egge@co.wood.wi.us

April 4, 2020 Updated Numbers Wood County COVID-19

Posted 4/4/2020 by krauter-egge@co.wood.wi.us

Get outside and enjoy the beautiful weather this weekend! Nature can have positive effects on our mental health. Working in your yard, listening to the birds, taking a walk, or going for a bike ride is okay. Limit outdoor activities to you and your household and please do not gather with neighbors and friends.

Wood County Riverblock Building to Close to Public April 6th, 2020

Posted 4/3/2020 by krauter-egge@co.wood.wi.us

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

04/03/20

CONTACT: Doug Machon, Wood County Board Chair

(715) 421-8400

Riverblock Closed to the Public Due to COVID-19

Wisconsin Rapids, WI – As COVID-19 continues to impact us locally, the Wood County Riverblock Building will be closed to the public effective Monday, April 6, 2020. This is being done to preserve the health and safety of our staff and clients while continuing to maintain the ability to provide essential services, including our response to COVID-19.

“This decision was difficult to make as we know the services provided by Wood County are important for many community members. Services will continue to be provided through alternate avenues, but at this time we are reducing our direct contact with the public,” stated Douglas Machon, Wood County Board Chair.

Staff are available by phone for appointments and questions. Direct lines for each department in Riverblock who interface with the public are listed below.

Health Department: (715) 421-8911

Human Services: (715) 421-8600

Land Conservation: (715) 421-8475

Parks & Forestry: (715) 421-8422

A detailed list of services still being provided can be found at the Wood County website: https://www.co.wood.wi.us/ If you have questions or immediate needs related to COVID-19, call 2-1-1 or text COVID-19 to 211-211.

April 3, 2020 Updated Numbers Wood County COVID-19

Posted 4/3/2020 by krauter-egge@co.wood.wi.us

By staying home and away from other people, you protect the people you love, those who are most at risk, and those who work to provide our essential needs like healthcare, food, and utilities.

April 2, 2020 Updated Numbers Wood County COVID-19

Posted 4/2/2020 by krauter-egge@co.wood.wi.us

Community Spread and Enforcement of Safer at Home Order

Posted 4/2/2020 by krauter-egge@co.wood.wi.us

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

04/02/20

CONTACT: Susan Kunferman, Wood County Health Department Director/Health Officer

(715) 421-8911

Community Spread and Enforcing Safer at Home

Wisconsin Rapids, WI – Although Wood County continues to hold steady at two confirmed COVID-19 cases, it can be assumed there is community spread. There are not enough resources to do widespread testing for the virus; there are likely unidentified positive cases. The term community spread means a person’s disease cannot be traced to a specific individual or source. “If you leave your house and go into a public place, assume you will come into contact with someone carrying the virus,” said Susan Kunferman, Wood County Health Department Director and Health Officer. “Staying home is the only way we can slow the spread of the virus, we all have to make big sacrifices for a little while; we will get through this.”

Governor Evers’ Safer at Home order is in place to protect the public. Only essential businesses may remain open. Travel must be restricted to travel to the essential business where you work or for an essential reason. Essential reasons include shopping for food (including pet food), medical supplies, prescriptions and other necessities. Getting essentials should be happening once per week, by one person in your household. If you are a single-parent household, do your best to plan ahead to limit the trips you must take with your children.

Failure to abide by the Governor’s order is a criminal offense under §252.25 of the Wisconsin Statutes. Law enforcement will investigate any observed or reported violations of the order. In cases where persons do not comply with the order, law enforcement has the option of issuing a citation under a Wood County ordinance, which carries a forfeiture of $200.50. For serious or continued violations, a criminal arrest can be made under the above state statute.

”The health and the safety of our community is our highest priority," Wood County Sheriff Shawn Becker stated. “To keep our community safe you need to follow the Safer at Home order and limit your outings. As we continue to monitor and get calls and emails about non-essential activities happening in Wood County, we will be placing more emphasis on enforcement in order to protect people during this serious health crisis. Please obey this order; it will save lives.”

“According to projections, Wisconsin will reach its peak death rate around April 26 with 25 deaths per day,” said Susan Kunferman, Wood County Health Department Director and Health Officer. “Case numbers and deaths will continue to rise and orders are meant to be followed. We are working closely with local law enforcement to determine enforcement plans. Do your part and stay home.”

Remember to continue to check-in with those most vulnerable in our communities, especially anyone who may be isolated during this time. Call, email, video chat, or send a letter. 

If you have questions or immediate needs related to COVID-19, call 2-1-1 or text COVID-19 to 211-211. For up-to-date information, please visit the Wood County Health Department website and Facebook page.

April 1, 2020 Updated Numbers Wood County COVID-19

Posted 4/1/2020 by krauter-egge@co.wood.wi.us

Surrounding counties are seeing increased numbers of COVID-19 cases. Let's not follow their lead. Stay home. Leave only for essentials. Although we have only two confirmed cases, we can assume there is community spread.

Message from County Board Chair - Executive Committee Meeting Cancelled -

Posted 4/1/2020 by tminer@co.wood.wi.us

Good morning everyone!

I hope this finds you all safe and well!

In light of the worsening COVID-19 crisis we now find ourselves in, we have decided to cancel the April meeting of the Executive Committee. This decision was not taken lightly, but was made after much consideration and consultation with staff, as well as other elected officials.

Given the light agenda and desire to not overwhelm departments that are already being stressed, as well as concern for the general public, it became evident it was the right thing to do. As well, we are trying to be the best example we can for the “Safer at Home” order recently issued by Governor Evers.

I would implore each of you to do whatever you can to ensure the safety of yourself, family, county staff, and members of the public. We must begin immediately to take this pandemic seriously! The projected numbers coming from top health care professionals are grim, and will, if you extrapolate the data, have a significant impact on Wood County. Along those same lines, I would encourage all Committee Chairs to carefully consider whether their upcoming meetings are absolutely essential or not.

As I’m sure you have already heard numerous times, we are all in this together!

Please take care,

Doug

March 31, 2020 Updated Numbers Wood County COVID-19

Posted 3/31/2020 by krauter-egge@co.wood.wi.us

Though we are holding steady here in Wood County, we have a long road ahead of us. Please stay home. Leave only for essential tasks. Try to limit essential tasks to one day per week.

Covid19 - Disc Golf Courses Closed

Posted 3/31/2020 by sgreen@co.wood.wi.us

Disc Golf Courses are closed.  Please see attached news release. 

March 30, 2020 Updated Numbers Wood County COVID-19

Posted 3/30/2020 by krauter-egge@co.wood.wi.us

Wood County Health Department and Wisconsin Department of Health Services are not able to report numbers of tests pending. Stay home, stay safe. Limit essential activity travel to one time per week.

March 29, 2020 Updated Numbers Wood County COVID-19

Posted 3/29/2020 by krauter-egge@co.wood.wi.us

Take time every day to call or video chat friends and family to keep important social connections and help each other through this difficult time!

March 28, 2020 Updated Numbers Wood County COVID-19

Posted 3/28/2020 by krauter-egge@co.wood.wi.us

The best way to stay safe is to stay home. You can still go outside; go for a bike ride, walk your dog, and play in the yard--just do so safely!

Stay Safe

Posted 3/27/2020 by krauter-egge@co.wood.wi.us

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

03/27/20

CONTACT: Susan Kunferman, Wood County Health Department Director/Health Officer

(715) 421-8911

Stay Safe

Wisconsin Rapids, WI – As the COVID-19 pandemic progresses, the goal remains to protect human life and keep our healthcare system from becoming overwhelmed. With case numbers and death counts rising in Wisconsin, and to preserve testing supplies for those who need them most, it is critical we continue to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) guidelines for testing. 

Not everyone can be tested for COVID-19. Priority is given to hospitalized individuals, residents of long-term care facilities and other congregate settings, health care workers, and other essential services such as first responders, law enforcement, and other public safety roles. Individuals who are not symptomatic should not be tested. As always, testing is at the discretion of the medical provider.

There is simply not enough resources or the capacity to test everyone. This means you need to stay home to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Individuals who feel well or only mildly ill can still spread the virus. Older adults and those with underlying health conditions are the most vulnerable to the virus and seemingly healthy individuals could be asymptomatic and spread the virus to them – stay home. The only tool to minimize the spread of COVID-19 and protect the capacity of our healthcare system is physical separation from one another.  

Essential businesses must comply with the guidance and directives for maintaining a clean and safe work environment and maintain social distance to the extent possible. All employers and employees need to consider how best to decrease the spread of the virus and lower the impact of COVID-19 in their workplace. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. See the CDC COVID-19 Disinfection Guidance.

Check in on those members of our community, particularly anyone who may be isolated during this time. Call, email, or talk through the door. Make sure to limit face-to-face interactions with anyone particularly vulnerable to coronavirus.

If you have questions or immediate needs related to COVID-19, you can: call 2-1-1 or text COVID-19 to 211-211. For up-to-date information please visit the Wood County Health Department website and Facebook.

 

March 27, 2020 Updated Numbers Wood County COVID-19

Posted 3/27/2020 by krauter-egge@co.wood.wi.us

Individuals who feel well or only mildly ill can still spread the virus. Older adults and those with underlying health conditions are the most vulnerable to the virus and seemingly healthy individuals could be asymptomatic and spread the virus to them – stay home.

Coronavirus Information (Spanish)

Posted 3/26/2020 by krauter-egge@co.wood.wi.us
Attachment 

COVID-19 Case Numbers Increase

Posted 3/26/2020 by krauter-egge@co.wood.wi.us

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

03/26/20

CONTACT: Susan Kunferman, Wood County Health Department Director/Health Officer

(715) 421-8911

COVID-19 Case Numbers Increase

Wisconsin Rapids, WI – Today the Wood County Health Department received notification of a second individual diagnosed with COVID-19. The individual is in their 20’s and resides in South Wood County. This individual had traveled outside of the United States. They followed recommendations for self-isolation while awaiting test results and continue to remain isolated at home. 

Please respect the privacy of persons being testing for COVID-19. In the United States, HIPAA refers to a law designed to provide privacy standards to protect patients' medical records and other health information provided to health plans, healthcare providers, and health departments. Details about COVID-19 cases are confidential.

In spite of restrictions on groups, the number of people infected with COVID-19 continues to grow. Physical distancing—the practice of keeping at least 6 feet apart from others and avoiding direct physical contact—is proving the only effective means of slowing the rate of infection. Staying home when it is not essential to leave, is extremely important. Please be smart- do not leave your home when it is not necessary.

During the Safer at Home order it is important to remember both employees and employers have rights. The U.S. Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division, provides information on common issues employers and employees are facing due to COVID-19.  For more information visit https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic.

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act will help American businesses with fewer than 500 employees by giving funds to provide employees with paid leave, either for the employee’s own health needs or to care for family members. The legislation will ensure that workers are not forced to choose between their paychecks and the public health measures needed to combat the virus while at the same time reimbursing businesses. 

For general questions about COVID-19 please call 2-1-1. For up-to-date information please visit the Wood County Health Department website and Facebook. 

March 26, 2020 Updated Numbers Wood County COVID-19

Posted 3/26/2020 by krauter-egge@co.wood.wi.us

COVID-19 case numbers increase in Wood County.

March 25, 2020 Updated Numbers Wood County COVID-19

Posted 3/25/2020 by krauter-egge@co.wood.wi.us

Stay home as much as possible. See Gov. Evers' Safer at Home order.

Safer at Home

Posted 3/25/2020 by krauter-egge@co.wood.wi.us

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

03/24/20

CONTACT: Susan Kunferman, Wood County Health Department Director/Health Officer

(715) 421-8911

                                                    SAFER AT HOME

Wisconsin Rapids, WI -- Today Governor Evers’ announced a Safer at Home order effective at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 25. Individuals in the State of Wisconsin are ordered to stay at home or at their place of residence, unless providing essential services or completing essential tasks. All non-essential businesses must close. Please stay home if you can, you are safer at home. 

Under the Safer at Home order, Wisconsin residents are able to complete essential tasks including: 

  • Perform tasks essential to maintain health and safety, such as obtaining medicine or seeing a doctor;
  • Get necessary services or supplies for themselves or their family or household members, such as getting food and supplies, pet food and supplies necessary for staying at home;
  • Care for a family member in another household; and
  • Care for older adults, minors, dependents, people with disabilities or other vulnerable persons.

Businesses allowed to operate under the Safer at Home order include: 

  • Health care operations, including home health workers;
  • Critical infrastructure;
  • Businesses that provide food, shelter, and social services, and other necessities of life for economically disadvantaged or otherwise vulnerable individuals;
  • Fresh and non-perishable food retailers, including convenience stores, grocery stores, farmers’ markets, and food banks;
  • Businesses that ship or deliver groceries, food and goods directly to residences;
  • Pharmacies, health care supply stores and health care facilities;
  • Child care facilities, with some limitations; 
  • Gas stations and auto repair facilities;
  • Banks;
  • Laundry businesses, dry cleaners and services necessary for maintaining the safety, sanitation and essential operation of a residence, including garbage collection;
  • Hardware stores, plumbers, and electricians;
  • Educational institutions, for the purposes of facilitating distance learning;
  • Roles required for any business to maintain minimum basic operations, which includes security, and payroll; and  
  • Law and safety, and essential government functions will continue under the recommended action.

For a full list of essential businesses or if you are unsure if your business qualifies as essential, go to wedc.org/essentialbusiness for more information; Gov. Evers’ full order is available here . Non-essential

businesses must close or they may be subject to fines or imprisonment. Individuals who leave their home to attend to essential business or tasks outlined above do not need to carry documentation of their destination at this time.  

Public health officials are using the term social or physical distancing. At this time it is the only effective means of slowing the rate of infection.  Limit your contacts overall; no dinner parties, no sleep overs, no kids at the playgrounds, no gathering; people need to be in contact with as few people as possible. 

If you have been contacted by your local public health department or told by a physician to stay in isolation, you need to stay isolated. If you have returned from an area with known community spread of the virus, you should self-quarantine for 14 days. Failing to stay in isolation can result in $10,000 fine or imprisonment. These measures would be drastic; ideally, these measures are followed voluntarily. Enforcement is not something local officials want to have to do. 

Everyone has a role in working together to prepare for what is ahead of us. Take some time and think about how you and your friends and family are handling the implications of the pandemic. Connect with loved ones by phone or video chat. Do not hesitate to ask for help if you are feeling overwhelmed. Call 1-800-985-5990 or text 66747 to speak or text with a trained crisis specialist. 

Stay home, stay well.  

For general questions about COVID-19 please call 2-1-1. For up-to-date information please visit the Wood County Health Department website and Facebook. 

 

Parks & Forestry COVID 19 Information

Posted 3/25/2020 by sgreen@co.wood.wi.us

See attachment for news release. 

March 24, 2020 Updated Numbers Wood County COVID-19

Posted 3/24/2020 by krauter-egge@co.wood.wi.us

The only effective means of slowing the rate of infection at this time is social or physical distancing.

REQUEST FOR PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT DONATIONS

Posted 3/23/2020 by krauter-egge@co.wood.wi.us

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

03/23/20

CONTACT: Susan Kunferman, Wood County Health Department Director/Health Officer

(715) 421-8911

   REQUEST FOR PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT DONATIONS

Wisconsin Rapids, WI -- Wood County public health officials are requesting donations of personal protective equipment (PPE) to supplement existing supplies in the event that there is a surge of patients. During this unprecedented public health emergency, stocks of PPE for healthcare providers are essential, according to Sue Kunferman, Wood County Health Department Director/Health Officer. Healthcare personnel working in our hospitals and clinics need PPE when caring for patients. Adhering to infection prevention and control practices prevents the further spread of coronavirus. 

The Wood County Health Department is encouraging all outpatient surgical and procedural centers, ambulatory surgery centers, dental providers, veterinarians, schools, construction companies, nail/hair salons, and others to donate their unused PPE that is not immediately needed to assist healthcare providers, healthcare facilities, and first responders.

PPE items requested include N95 respirators, surgical masks, gowns, gloves, face shields, and safety glasses/goggles.

Many offers of help from the community have been received, including the sewing of masks. These offers are greatly appreciated. Regarding masks, the health department asks that you contact the department before making them as current guidelines, including patterns and appropriate materials, are being determined.  

Donations can be made to the Wood County Health Department and will be distributed where needed. To make arrangements for a donation, call the Wood County Health Department, 715-421-8911. Please do not drop them off at the department.

For general questions about COVID-19 please call 2-1-1. For up-to-date information, please visit the Wood County Health Department website and Facebook. 

March 23, 2020 Updated Numbers Wood County COVID-19

Posted 3/23/2020 by krauter-egge@co.wood.wi.us

March 22, 2020 Updated Numbers Wood County COVID-19

Posted 3/22/2020 by krauter-egge@co.wood.wi.us

The best way to protect yourself, your family, and your community is to stay home.

March 21, 2020 Updated Numbers Wood County COVID-19

Posted 3/21/2020 by krauter-egge@co.wood.wi.us

New COVID-19 Information

Posted 3/20/2020 by krauter-egge@co.wood.wi.us

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

03/20/20

CONTACT: Susan Kunferman, Wood County Health Department Director/Health Officer

(715) 421-8911

NEW COVID-19 INFORMATION

Wisconsin Rapids, WI -- With limited testing materials available nationwide, Gov. Evers encourages those who are asymptomatic or experiencing mild symptoms to stay home and self-isolate. This will help conserve testing materials for those who are severely ill and require hospitalization or are considered high-risk individuals. This also helps reduce exposure to the virus for our healthcare professionals.

There have been delays in receiving test results. Individuals should not assume they are negative until they hear results from their provider. 

As of 5:00pm Friday March, 20th, 2020, Gov. Evers has prohibited public and private mass gatherings. “Mass gathering” means any planned or spontaneous, public or private event or convening that will bring together or is likely to bring together 10 or more people in a single room or single confined or enclosed space, whether inside or outside, at the same time. 

Hair salons, barber shops, nail salons, day spas, tattoo parlors, body art establishments, and tanning facilities have been ordered to close as of 5:00pm today. New guidance has been released strongly recommending the postponing of elective and non-urgent dental care treatment until the public health emergency has passed. 

Regionally, Marathon County has now confirmed one case of COVID-19 in a person with recent travel within the United States. Wood County still has only one positive case. In Wisconsin, out of 3,455 tests, 206 have come back positive. In Wisconsin, there are now three confirmed deaths, a male in his 50s from Fond Du Lac County, a male in his 90s from Ozaukee County, a male in his 60s from Milwaukee County. 

For general questions about COVID-19 please call 2-1-1. For up-to-date information please visit the Wood County Health Department website and Facebook. 

Covid 19 Update

Posted 3/20/2020 by schristensen@co.wood.wi.us

As we continue to monitor and react to the COVID-19 emergency, Wood County recommends people should avoid all non-essential travel and stay home if they are sick. To that end, the following departments have implemented further restrictions to customer access during this emergency.

COURTS/CLERK OF COURTS - The Wood County Circuit Court has implemented temporary changes in their scheduling to address concerns related to the COVID-19 virus. http://www.co.wood.wi.us/CurrentEvents.aspx?BlogPostID=643

DISTRICT ATTORNEY/VICTIM WITNESS - The District Attorney’s Office and Victim/Witness Office is fully staffed, but prefer to limit physical interactions with people and encourage phone contact.

EDGEWATER HAVEN - Edgewater Haven is restricting all visitation, except for end of life situations, until further notice as mandated by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

EXTENSION - The UW Extension office in the Courthouse is not open to public. Request for services can be obtained by calling 715-421-8440. This number will be monitored and responded to accordingly.

HIGHWAY DEPT. - The Wood County Highway Department is limiting visitors to Highway facilities to those who have essential business transactions with the department.

LAND & WATER CONSERVATION - The Land & Water Conservation office has closed their public service counter in River Block, but remains fully staffed and available via telephone and email. Individuals needing assistance will be seen by appointment only.

NORWOOD HEALTH CENTER - Norwood is restricted to essential health care personnel only, no visitors allowed without Administrative approval.

PARKS & FORESTRY DEPT. - Please see link. http://www.co.wood.wi.us/CurrentEvents.aspx?BlogPostID=645

PLANNING & ZONING – The Planning & Zoning office has closed their public service counter in the Courthouse but remains fully staffed to answer questions or information needs of the public via telephone, email, and fax.

REGISTER OF DEEDS - The Register of Deeds office remains open, however, in person genealogy searches are being restricted at this time. Please call 715-421-8450 if needed.

SHERIFF’S DEPT. - The Wood County Sheriff’s Department is taking measures similar to other law enforcement agencies while interacting with the public. Many non-emergency calls for service will be handled by phone to reduce deputy/citizen contacts during this virus containment time. The Sheriff’s Department will issue a separate press release with more details on their operations.

TREASURER - The Treasurer’s Office has closed their public service counter in the Courthouse but will remain fully staffed to answer questions or information needs of the public via telephone, email, and fax. Payments can be left with the Security Services Officers at the courthouse entrance and must be in an envelope with your name and parcel number.

VETERAN SERVICES - The Veteran Service Offices remain operational but will no longer accept walk-ins, scheduled appointments, or other in-person services. We will serve the public though telephone, email, fax, and the US Mail until further notice. (Wisconsin Rapids & Marshfield offices)

If you have questions on whether the department you wish to visit is still open, please give them a call at their number provided on the Wood County website (http://www.co.wood.wi.us/ ). This listing will be updated as needed on both the Wood County website and Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/WoodCoWisc/ ).

March 20, 2020 Updated Numbers Wood County COVID-19

Posted 3/20/2020 by krauter-egge@co.wood.wi.us

Sheriff's Department Operations Announcement

Posted 3/20/2020 by Sheriff's Department

The attached press release announces temporary changes to the Wood County Sheriff's Department operations as a result of our efforts to fight the spread of COVID-19.

March 19, 2020 Updated Numbers Wood County COVID-19

Posted 3/19/2020 by krauter-egge@co.wood.wi.us

March 18, 2020 Updated Numbers Wood County COVID-19

Posted 3/19/2020 by krauter-egge@co.wood.wi.us

PRESS RELEASE Wood County Circuit Court implementing temporary changes in scheduling

Posted 3/19/2020 by Wood County Clerk

            The Wood County Circuit Court will be implementing temporary changes in our scheduling to address concerns related to the COVID-19 virus.  All jury trials scheduled between March 18, 2020 and May 31, 2020 will be rescheduled.  All small claim initial return dates, including evictions, scheduled between March 18, 2020 and May 31, 2020 will be rescheduled.  Traffic matters scheduled between March 20, 2020 and May 31, 2020 will be rescheduled.  Defendants will receive a notification in the mail of their new court date.  Less urgent matters may be rescheduled.  If you are scheduled to be in court, you should contact your attorney immediately.  If you are not represented, you should contact the Clerk of Circuit Court or the Court Branch in which your hearing is scheduled.  Most matters will be reset if requested.  Parties will be allowed to appear by phone when possible.  Our intent is to try to keep the public safe, while recognizing that some court operations must proceed.  Use common sense and wash your hands before and after any visit to the Courthouse. 

            You may contact the Courts by calling:

                        Clerk of Circuit Court                             715-421-8490

                        Branch 1 (Judge Potter)                         715-421-8520

                        Branch 2 (Judge Brazeau)                      715-421-8518

                        Branch 3 (Judge Wolf)                           715-421-8415

 

Child Care Centers to Scale Back Due to Coronavirus

Posted 3/18/2020 by krauter-egge@co.wood.wi.us

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

03/18/20

CONTACT:  Susan Kunferman, Wood County Health Department Director/Health Officer

(715) 421-8911

CHILD CARE CENTERS TO SCALE BACK DUE TO CORONAVIRUS

Wisconsin Rapids, WI -- Today, Gov. Tony Evers directed the Department of Health Services (DHS) to restrict the size of all child care settings. Centers may not operate with more than 10 staff present at a time and may not operate with more than 50 children present at a time. 

The restriction on size goes into effect at 8 a.m. on Thursday, March 19, 2020. The restrictions will remain in effect for the duration of the public health emergency. “Child care is an essential service for many of the folks working on the front lines to provide healthcare and vital services to our communities during the COVID-19 outbreak,” said Gov. Evers. “This is another step forward to ensure that service continues, while protecting our child care providers who are going above and beyond their regular duties to support our families, communities, and state.” 

Providers are being asked to prioritize families of healthcare and essential service providers, using good faith to determine who those families are. Those using care who can keep their children at home are being asked to do so. The Wisconsin Department of Children and Families (DCF) and DHS have updated guidance for providers to implement this emergency order. 

“If you have capacity to care for kids whose parents are on the front line of COVID-19 response, especially health care providers, please consider helping your neighbors during this difficult time,” said Sue Kunferman, Wood County Health Department Director/Health Officer. 

If you need assistance finding childcare, contact Childcaring at 800-628-8534.

For general questions about COVID-19 please call 2-1-1. For up-to-date information visit the Wood County Health Department website and Facebook.

Child Care Centers to Scale Back Due to Coronavirus

Posted 3/18/2020 by krauter-egge@co.wood.wi.us

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

03/18/20

CONTACT:  Susan Kunferman, Wood County Health Department Director/Health Officer

(715) 421-8911

CHILD CARE CENTERS TO SCALE BACK DUE TO CORONAVIRUS

Wisconsin Rapids, WI -- Today, Gov. Tony Evers directed the Department of Health Services (DHS) to restrict the size of all child care settings. Centers may not operate with more than 10 staff present at a time and may not operate with more than 50 children present at a time. 

The restriction on size goes into effect at 8 a.m. on Thursday, March 19, 2020. The restrictions will remain in effect for the duration of the public health emergency. “Child care is an essential service for many of the folks working on the front lines to provide healthcare and vital services to our communities during the COVID-19 outbreak,” said Gov. Evers. “This is another step forward to ensure that service continues, while protecting our child care providers who are going above and beyond their regular duties to support our families, communities, and state.” 

Providers are being asked to prioritize families of healthcare and essential service providers, using good faith to determine who those families are. Those using care who can keep their children at home are being asked to do so. The Wisconsin Department of Children and Families (DCF) and DHS have updated guidance for providers to implement this emergency order. 

“If you have capacity to care for kids whose parents are on the front line of COVID-19 response, especially health care providers, please consider helping your neighbors during this difficult time,” said Sue Kunferman, Wood County Health Department Director/Health Officer. 

If you need assistance finding childcare, contact Childcaring at 800-628-8534.

For general questions about COVID-19 please call 2-1-1. For up-to-date information visit the Wood County Health Department website and Facebook.

Testing and Gatherings Update for Coronavirus

Posted 3/18/2020 by krauter-egge@co.wood.wi.us

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

03/18/20

CONTACT:  Susan Kunferman, Wood County Health Department Director/Health Officer

(715) 421-8911

TESTING AND GATHERINGS - CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

Wisconsin Rapids, WI -- Health Officials from Wood County continue to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic. Yesterday, Gov. Tony Evers issued an order to close Wisconsin bars and restaurants and ban gatherings of 10 or more people until further notice. Bars and restaurants may continue to provide takeout and delivery food services. Critical services - like grocery stores, food pantries, child care centers, pharmacies and hospitals - are exempt from the order and are encouraged to remain open. 

Community transmission has been identified in Wisconsin. At this time, Dane, Kenosha, and Milwaukee Counties have community spread. Numbers in Wood County remain unchanged with one positive. In Wisconsin, out of 1,577 tests, 106 have come back positive. Wisconsin has not had any deaths. The Wood County Health Department has completed its investigation of the positive COVID-19 case and all appropriate contacts have been identified and follow-up with affected Wood County residents has been completed.  

Due to testing limitations, new guidelines have been issued for those eligible for testing. Individuals who are not experiencing symptoms should not be tested. Testing will be prioritized for hospitalized individuals and health care workers with symptoms of COVID-19. With these testing limitations, it is more important than ever to remain home when sick. If you are symptomatic and feel you may be eligible for testing, please call the clinic or hospital.

Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. If you think you may have COVID-19, you should call the clinic or hospital before going

  • Marshfield Clinic Health System COVID-19 Helpline: 877-998-0880, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week 
  • Aspirus COVID-19 Call Center: 844-568-0701, Mon-Fri 7am-7pm, Sat/Sun 8am-5pm

Please do not call 9-1-1; this should be reserved for those needing critical emergency attention.

“Wood County Health Department is keeping track of this pandemic,” said Sue Kunferman, Wood County Health Department Director/Health Officer. “We are working closely with federal, state, and local partners to be prepared for any changes to the situation here and to make sure information is shared with the public.” The county also continues to have cases of influenza and RSV at this time.

Continue to avoid groups and maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet when possible. It is important to remain calm and consider your neighbors and their needs; there is no need to hoard food and supplies. 

For general questions about COVID-19, please call 2-1-1. For up-to-date information, please visit the Wood County Health Department website and Facebook page. 

Testing and Gatherings Update for Coronavirus

Posted 3/18/2020 by krauter-egge@co.wood.wi.us

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

03/18/20

CONTACT:  Susan Kunferman, Wood County Health Department Director/Health Officer

(715) 421-8911

TESTING AND GATHERINGS - CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

Wisconsin Rapids, WI -- Health Officials from Wood County continue to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic. Yesterday, Gov. Tony Evers issued an order to close Wisconsin bars and restaurants and ban gatherings of 10 or more people until further notice. Bars and restaurants may continue to provide takeout and delivery food services. Critical services - like grocery stores, food pantries, child care centers, pharmacies and hospitals - are exempt from the order and are encouraged to remain open. 

Community transmission has been identified in Wisconsin. At this time, Dane, Kenosha, and Milwaukee Counties have community spread. Numbers in Wood County remain unchanged with one positive. In Wisconsin, out of 1,577 tests, 106 have come back positive. Wisconsin has not had any deaths. The Wood County Health Department has completed its investigation of the positive COVID-19 case and all appropriate contacts have been identified and follow-up with affected Wood County residents has been completed.  

Due to testing limitations, new guidelines have been issued for those eligible for testing. Individuals who are not experiencing symptoms should not be tested. Testing will be prioritized for hospitalized individuals and health care workers with symptoms of COVID-19. With these testing limitations, it is more important than ever to remain home when sick. If you are symptomatic and feel you may be eligible for testing, please call the clinic or hospital.

Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. If you think you may have COVID-19, you should call the clinic or hospital before going

  • Marshfield Clinic Health System COVID-19 Helpline: 877-998-0880, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week 
  • Aspirus COVID-19 Call Center: 844-568-0701, Mon-Fri 7am-7pm, Sat/Sun 8am-5pm

Please do not call 9-1-1; this should be reserved for those needing critical emergency attention.

“Wood County Health Department is keeping track of this pandemic,” said Sue Kunferman, Wood County Health Department Director/Health Officer. “We are working closely with federal, state, and local partners to be prepared for any changes to the situation here and to make sure information is shared with the public.” The county also continues to have cases of influenza and RSV at this time.

Continue to avoid groups and maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet when possible. It is important to remain calm and consider your neighbors and their needs; there is no need to hoard food and supplies. 

For general questions about COVID-19, please call 2-1-1. For up-to-date information, please visit the Wood County Health Department website and Facebook page. 

March 17, 2020 Update Wood County COVID-19

Posted 3/17/2020 by krauter-egge@co.wood.wi.us

Extension Services During COVID-19

Posted 3/17/2020 by wyoung@co.wood.wi.us

As a Division of UW-Madison, Extension is following the lead of UW-Madison leadership in responding to the COVID-19 virus outbreak. We are also attuned to public health officials and leadership in our county on closures and further restrictions. The latest health guidance on responding to the COVID-19 is "flattening the curve" or limiting the spread of the virus via protective measures. We want to make sure we’re following best practice and promoting health and safety.

For Extension, this guidance has prompted our staff to transition to telecommuting and remote delivery of our programming. This follows guidance from UW-Madison to work remotely as possible through at least April 10, to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus and to protect the health and safety of our communities.

This move to remote work and program delivery is consistent with public heath guidance to limit exposure. Our staff who are able to work remotely will begin doing so. We are also working with staff who cannot work remotely to accommodate their situations. We want to make sure our staff are in safe and comfortable positions, and we are planning policies and recommendations for all of our workers. Social distancing and preventing potential infections is a key area we can help with to hopefully curtail the impacts of this outbreak.

To continue to be a resource for our counties and state, Extension is transitioning our programming to online delivery. Staff are working on innovative methods to serve our audience. With limited or restricted access to public spaces such as schools, colleges, and government buildings, Extension staff are responding to give our stakeholders resources via the internet.

For Wood County, this means the Extension office in the Courthouse will not be open to public. Request for services can be obtained by calling 715-421-8440. This number will be monitored and responded to accordingly.

With questions about the Coronavirus please call 211

Posted 3/17/2020 by Wood County Clerk

With questions about the Coronavirus please call 211 and they can direct you to the agency that can answer your question most effectively. We are working with 211 to get the most up to date information.  211 is available 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.

New Guidance Regarding Coronavirus

Posted 3/16/2020 by krauter-egge@co.wood.wi.us

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

03/16/20

CONTACT: Susan Kunferman, Wood County Health Department Director/Health

Officer

(715) 421-8911

NEW GUIDANCE REGARDING CORONAVIRUS

Wisconsin Rapids, WI -- The Wood County patient diagnosed with COVID-19 remains in isolation at home. Health officials are contacting individuals who may have had close contact with the patient. There are no other positive cases in Wood County at this time.

Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. If you think you may have COVID-19, you should call the clinic or hospital before going

  • Marshfield Clinic Health System COVID-19 Helpline: 877-998-0880, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week 
  • Aspirus COVID-19 Call Center: 844-568-0701, Mon-Fri 7am-7pm, Sat/Sun 8am-5pm 

Please do not call 9-1-1; this should be reserved for those needing critical emergency attention.                                                                     

Gov. Tony Evers directed the Department of Health Services to ban gatherings of 50 people or more to slow the spread of the new coronavirus. Events of this size should be cancelled or postponed. Critical services - like grocery stores, food pantries, child care centers, pharmacies and hospitals - are exempt from the order and are encouraged to remain open. 

Events of any size should only be continued if they can be carried out with adherence to guidelines for protecting vulnerable populations, hand hygiene, and social distancing.  When feasible, organizers should modify events to be virtual.

People should avoid all non-essential travel and stay home if they are sick. There is currently no known community spread in Wood County. Recommendations may change when community spread occurs.

The Wood County Health Department will continue to offer essential public health services. Public health clinics including immunization, TB testing, and child passenger safety and non-essential home visits will be cancelled until further notice.

For general questions about COVID-19 please call 2-1-1. For up-to-date information, please visit the Wood County Health Department website and Facebook. 

County Board Meeting CANCELLED

Posted 3/16/2020 by Wood County Clerk

Wood County Board Supervisors, Department Heads, Employees, and Members of the Public:

 After much thought and discussion it has unfortunately been decided that tomorrow’s County Board Meeting will be cancelled due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. This decision was a difficult one to make and was based on advice from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS), and the Wood County Health Department (WCHD).

 Wood County is committed to keeping our elected officials, staff, and all members of the public safe and healthy. As the current outbreak continues to evolve, our main focus continues to be on protecting the health and welfare of our community at large.

All business that was scheduled for review, discussion, and/or action at the March 17th County Board Meeting will be taken up at the next scheduled meeting, on April 21st.

 With respect to any committee meetings schedule this week, there will be additional information, and guidance from the County’s Health Officer, forthcoming from the County Clerk.

 Thank you for your patience and understanding.

 Doug Machon

Wood County Board Chairman & Administrative Coordinator

 

Coronavirus Information (Spanish)

Posted 3/16/2020 by krauter-egge@co.wood.wi.us

Large Event and Mass Gathering Guidance

Posted 3/16/2020 by krauter-egge@co.wood.wi.us

Large events and mass gatherings can contribute to the spread of COVID-19 in the United States via travelers who attend these events and introduce the virus to new communities. Examples of large events and mass gatherings include conferences, festivals, parades, concerts, sporting events, weddings, and other types of assemblies. These events can be planned not only by organizations and communities but also by individuals.

Therefore, CDC, in accordance with its guidance for large events and mass gatherings, recommends that for the next 8 weeks, organizers (whether groups or individuals) cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 50 people or more throughout the United States.

Events of any size should only be continued if they can be carried out with adherence to guidelines for protecting vulnerable populations, hand hygiene, and social distancing.  When feasible, organizers could modify events to be virtual.

This recommendation does not apply to the day to day operation of organizations such as schools, institutes of higher learning, or businesses. This recommendation is made in an attempt to reduce introduction of the virus into new communities and to slow the spread of infection in communities already affected by the virus. 

Press Release - Voters Encouraged to Vote Absentee for April 7 Election

Posted 3/16/2020 by Wood County Clerk

WOOD COUNTY  Because of the COVID-19, voters in Wood County are strongly urged to act now to vote absentee for the April 7 Spring Election and Presidential Preference Primary.

Guidance for Child Care Providers

Posted 3/15/2020 by krauter-egge@co.wood.wi.us

Guidance for Child Care Providers

To promote consistent practices based on the best available information about COVID-19, the Department of Children and Families (DCF) has worked with DHS and the Department of Public Instruction to provide guidance to providers of child care, Head Start, and 3 and 4-year old kindergarten programs. DCF recommends that these programs remain open unless it is not feasible based on the situations detailed in the guidance.

Please visit the DHS COVID-19 webpage for updated guidance for schools, child care programs, and universities.

Confirmed Case Coronavirus

Posted 3/15/2020 by krauter-egge@co.wood.wi.us

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

03/15/20

CONTACT:  Susan Kunferman, Wood County Health Department Director/Health Officer

(715) 421-8911

NOVEL CORONAVIRUS CASE CONFIRMED

WISCONSIN RAPIDS, WI —Wisconsin health officials confirmed that a person in Wood County tested positive for novel coronavirus after recently returning from a cruise. The patient is doing well, isolated at home. Health officials are investigating how the person may have become infected, and will be contacting individuals who may have had close contact with the patient. 

Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. If you think you may have COVID-19, you should call the clinic or hospital before going. Please do not call 9-1-1; this should be reserved for those needing critical emergency attention. 

“The best thing people can do is practice every day good health habits – cover your coughs and sneezes by coughing into your upper sleeve, wash your hands often, and stay home if you’re sick. In addition, people should avoid all non-essential travel and contact with large groups, greater than 25-50.” says Sue Kunferman, Wood County Health Department Director/Health Officer.

Individuals should practice everyday prevention measures like: 

  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Carry and use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if hand washing is not an option.
  • Do not touch your face (eyes, mouth, nose).
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Do not share eating utensils, water bottles, beverage containers or other personal items.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Avoid close contact (6 feet or less) with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. If you develop a cough, fever, or shortness of breath or other respiratory symptoms after traveling, stay home and contact your healthcare provider for instructions before going to a clinic.

For more information about novel coronavirus, contact the Wood County Health Department, 715-421-8911.

Confirmed Case Coronavirus

Posted 3/15/2020 by krauter-egge@co.wood.wi.us

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

03/15/20

CONTACT:  Susan Kunferman, Wood County Health Department Director/Health Officer

(715) 421-8911

NOVEL CORONAVIRUS CASE CONFIRMED

WISCONSIN RAPIDS, WI —Wisconsin health officials confirmed that a person in Wood County tested positive for novel coronavirus after recently returning from a cruise. The patient is doing well, isolated at home. Health officials are investigating how the person may have become infected, and will be contacting individuals who may have had close contact with the patient. 

Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. If you think you may have COVID-19, you should call the clinic or hospital before going. Please do not call 9-1-1; this should be reserved for those needing critical emergency attention. 

“The best thing people can do is practice every day good health habits – cover your coughs and sneezes by coughing into your upper sleeve, wash your hands often, and stay home if you’re sick. In addition, people should avoid all non-essential travel and contact with large groups, greater than 25-50.” says Sue Kunferman, Wood County Health Department Director/Health Officer.

Individuals should practice everyday prevention measures like: 

  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Carry and use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if hand washing is not an option.
  • Do not touch your face (eyes, mouth, nose).
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Do not share eating utensils, water bottles, beverage containers or other personal items.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Avoid close contact (6 feet or less) with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. If you develop a cough, fever, or shortness of breath or other respiratory symptoms after traveling, stay home and contact your healthcare provider for instructions before going to a clinic.

For more information about novel coronavirus, contact the Wood County Health Department, 715-421-8911.

Mass Gathering Guidance

Posted 3/14/2020 by krauter-egge@co.wood.wi.us

The Department of Health Services (DHS) recommends that all non-essential gatherings of 250 people or more be cancelled or postponed statewide. Event organizers of gatherings less than 250 attendees should exercise caution in order to protect their communities. 

Mass Gathering Guidance

Posted 3/14/2020 by krauter-egge@co.wood.wi.us

The Department of Health Services (DHS) recommends that all non-essential gatherings of 250 people or more be cancelled or postponed statewide. Event organizers of gatherings less than 250 attendees should exercise caution in order to protect their communities. 

Coronavirus Update

Posted 3/13/2020 by krauter-egge@co.wood.wi.us

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
03/13/20
CONTACT: Susan Kunferman, Wood County Health Department Director/Health Officer
(715) 421-8911
CORONAVIRUS UPDATE


Wisconsin Rapids, WI -- Officials from the Wood County Health Department, along with local health care systems, schools, emergency medical services, and other partners, have been in contact to prepare for continued response to the growing COVID-19 pandemic. The World Health Organization formally declared the coronavirus a pandemic Wednesday. On Thursday, March 12, 2020, Gov. Evers declared a public health emergency in the state of Wisconsin.

A new strain of coronavirus causes the disease COVID-19. Symptoms include cough, fever, and shortness of breath. In severe cases, pneumonia can develop. Those most at risk include the elderly, pregnant women, people with heart or lung disease, as well as anyone at greater risk of infection. For most, the virus is mild, presenting as a common cold.

Anyone who thinks they may have COVID-19 or has flu-like symptoms should call the clinic or hospital before going in for a diagnosis. Please do not call 9-1-1; this should be reserved for those needing critical emergency attention.

Currently there are pending tests, but no positive cases in Wood County. Wisconsin continues to see a rise in cases. There are a total of 1,629 cases in the United States, with 41 deaths. Wisconsin has not had any deaths. Washington, California and New York have sustained community transmission at this time.

Sue Kunferman, Wood County Health Officer, said parents should prepare for possible school closures. Additionally, many businesses are staying up to date on the situation and may be allowing employees to work from home as possible.

Community spread of the virus is likely. Please check Wood County Health Department’s social media and website for updates on recommendations. Health officials acknowledge that recommendations on how to prevent the spread of the illness may change.

People should be prepared for the possibility of further spread of COVID-19 in the community. State and local public health officials will consider community interventions such as social distancing; replacing in-person meetings with telework when possible; modifying, postponing, or canceling mass gatherings; implementing restrictions on visitors to residential treatment and living facilities; and closures of schools and childcare settings. Workplaces are encouraged to review sick leave policies.

The Department of Health Services website offers guidance for schools and universities, employers, community events/mass gatherings, and healthcare providers (DHS website). The Wood County Health Department supports the Department of Health’s recommendation of cancelling or postponing non-essential gatherings of more than 250 people. Although it is not mandatory at this time, it is highly recommended.

If you are considering international travel check the CDC website for countries with travel restrictions. For domestic travel, consider not traveling to places with community transmission. The CDC website maintains an up-to-date listing of states with community transmission. It is required that individuals traveling to areas with community spread self-quarantine and monitor for 14 days after visiting these places. Non-essential travel is not recommended.

Currently a vaccine or drug is not available for COVID-19. The focus is on containment and minimizing exposure. Individuals should practice everyday prevention measures like:

  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Carry and use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if hand washing is not an option.
  • Do not touch your face (eyes, mouth, nose).
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Do not share eating utensils, water bottles, beverage containers or other personal items.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Avoid close contact (6 feet or less) with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. If you develop a cough, fever, or shortness of breath or other respiratory symptoms after traveling, stay home and contact your healthcare provider for instructions before going to a clinic.

Wood County Public Health recommends anyone over 60-years-old, those with preexisting conditions, and pregnant women avoid crowds and non-essential travel.

More information can be found on the Department of Health’s website at https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/disease/covid-19.htm 

For additional questions, call the Wood County Health Department at 715-421-8911.

Attachment 

Coronavirus

Posted 3/12/2020 by krauter-egge@co.wood.wi.us

There is a novel type of coronavirus (COVID-19) that was first found in China. It has spread to over 100 countries, and the first case was confirmed in the US in Washington on January 21, 2020. There are over a hundred thousand cases worldwide and thousands of deaths. The World Health Organization declared it a pandemic on March 11, 2020. Governor Evers declared this a Public Health Emergency in Wisconsin on March 12, 2020.

Officials from the Wood County Health Department, along with local health care systems, schools, emergency medical services, and other partners, have been in contact to prepare for continued response to the growing COVID-19 pandemic. 

Currently a vaccine or drug is not available for COVID-19. Community-based interventions such as school dismissals, event cancellations, social distancing, and creating employee plans to work remotely can help slow the spread of COVID-19. Schools, employers, and others should be planning for these potential interventions. Department of Health Services website offers guidance for schools & universities, employers, community events/mass gatherings, and for providers (DHS website)

Individuals should practice everyday prevention measures like: 

  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Carry and use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if hand washing is not an option.
  • Do not touch your face (eyes, mouth, nose) ever.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Do not share eating utensils, water bottles, beverage containers or other personal items.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Avoid close contact (6 feet or less) with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • If you develop a cough, fever, or shortness of breath or other respiratory symptoms after traveling, stay home and contact your healthcare provider for instructions before going to a clinic.

Visit the CDC website for information about:

Coronavirus Information

Posted 3/2/2020 by velliott@co.wood.wi.us

This guidance is provided by the CDC for pandemic planning for the general public, schools and the workplace. We recognize the need to balance the risks of illness among students and employees with the benefits of keeping students in school and employees at work. This guidance offers specific steps for schools and businesses to take during typical and more severe respiratory conditions. It also provides information for making decisions at the community level about when to use these strategies for schools and businesses.

https://www.cdc.gov/flu/pandemic-resources/pdf/pan-flu-report-2017v2.pdf (Pandemic Planning)

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/guidance-business-response.html (COVID-19 Guidance for Workplaces)

https://www.cdc.gov/nonpharmaceutical-interventions/pdf/gr-pan-flu-work-set.pdf (Pandemic Planning for the Workplace)

https://www.cdc.gov/nonpharmaceutical-interventions/pdf/gr-pan-flu-ed-set.pdf (Pandemic Flu Planning Schools)

https://www.cdc.gov/flu/pandemic-resources/pdf/plannextpandemic.pdf (Pandemic Planning for Families)

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/index.html (CDC Link to COVID-19)

ELEVATE Program

Posted 2/11/2020 by dschmutzer@co.wood.wi.us
Elevate logo

The ELEVATE program is a free and voluntary program for non-custodial parents in seeking employment and training opportunities, parenting classes and relationship development with their child(ren) and co-parent.

The ELEVATE program identifies parents strengths, needs and preferences, to offer individualized services. The programs goal is to increase employability through job seeking skills, education and training, and work experience opportunities.

In partnership with Wood County Child Support and CW Solutions, the ELEVATE Program serves non-custodial parents in Wood County. For more information, please visit https://changewithin.net/

 

15-year plan Forestry Survey, Parks & Forestry

Posted 2/5/2020 by sgreen@co.wood.wi.us

We are beginning the process to update our Wood County Forest 15-Year Comprehensive Land Use Plan. Once completed, the new plan will guide the management of the Wood County Forest for the years 2021 through 2035.

If you have an interest in the Wood County Forest, will you please complete a very short survey for us? Your feedback is very much appreciated. Thank you!

Stakeholder Letter

Click this link to take the survey: Forestry Survey

Fritz Schubert, Forest Administrator

Sandra Green, Office Supervisor

Chief Election Inspector Training Cancelled and Rescheduled

Posted 1/16/2020 by County Clerk

The Chief Election Inspector Training that was scheduled to be held in Pittsville on Saturday, January 18th has been cancelled and re-scheduled for Saturday, February 1st at the same time and location. All of the participants that were registered for the January 18th session will automatically be registered for the February 1st session. If any participants have questions, they are encouraged to contact County Clerk Trent Miner at 715-421-8460.

NEW SHELTER! White Sands Beach Shelter Available to rent

Posted 1/10/2020 by sgreen@co.wood.wi.us

We have completely remodeled the shelter(s) at the White Beach Sands area on Lake Wazeecha. Many dates are available for rental.

Rent one side or BOTH sides!

Give us a call if you're interested.

Sandra Green, Office Supervisor

Group Site Fees at North and Dexter Parks have been reduced!

Posted 1/8/2020 by sgreen@co.wood.wi.us

We have reduced the fees for group camping at North and Dexter campgrounds to what they were in 2018.

Attached are the policies and current fees for both.

Sandra Green, Office Supervisor

Parks & Forestry 2020 Specials Announced

Posted 1/8/2020 by sgreen@co.wood.wi.us

Announcing 2020 Specials for Parks & Forestry.  

Sandra Green, Office Supervisor

5th Powers Bluff Boutique Vendor & Shopping Event - November 14, 2020 REGISTER NOW!

Posted 1/7/2020 by sgreen@co.wood.wi.us

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Welcome to 2020! We will be holding our 5th Powers Bluff Boutique Vendor & Shopping Event only once this year and the date is set for November 14, 2020. Please sign up ASAP to reserve your post for this spectacular event! Looking forward to seeing all of you again!

Sandra Green, Office Supervisor :)
https://business.facebook.com/events/973088519739979/

Groundwater Contamination in Central Wisconsin: Science/Solutions

Posted 12/18/2019 by Wood County Clerk

Panel Discussion - Monday, January 6, 2020 6:30PM - 8:00 PM Nekoosa High School Auditorium

Wood County Solar Array Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Posted 11/15/2019 by Wood County Sustainable and Renewable Energy Committee

Please join us for a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the Presentation of : Wood County SolSmart Gold Designation Installation of the first County-owned solar array

Date: November 21st, 2019 Time: 10:30 am

Location: Nepco County Park Shelter 1410 Griffith Ave, Wisc Rapids, WI

Request Notice - Comprehensive Plan

Posted 11/4/2019 by Wood County Planning & Zoning Office

This notice is being supplied to satisfy §59.69(5)(f) Wis. Statutes and §66.1001(4)(f) Wis. Statutes.

The Wood County Department of Planning and Zoning maintains a Comprehensive Plan under §66.1001 and Zoning Ordinance under §59.69 Wis. Statutes.  These documents may be updated or amended from time to time.  Under state law, the County shall maintain a list of persons who submit a written or electronic request to receive notice of any proposed ordinance or amendment that affects the allowable use of the property owner by that person.  This list shall be updated at least annually.

Such requested notice shall be by mail or in any reasonable form that is agreed to by the person and the Department.  If added to such list, the County is required to provide written notice, including a copy or summary of the proposed changes, to all such persons whose property, the allowable use of which, may be affected by the proposed change. The Department may charge each person on the list who receives a notice by 1st class mail a fee that does not exceed the approximate cost of providing the notice to the person.

Requests for inclusion on said list shall be made to the Wood County Department of Planning & Zoning by electronic or written mail.  (P.O. Box 8095, Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54495 or adekleyn@co.wood.wi.us

Any questions can be directed to Adam DeKleyn, County Planner, at (715) 421-8568 or via the aforementioned email. 

Dated this 31st day of October, 2019.
 
 

Wood County Recreation Map

Posted 10/17/2019 by sgreen@co.wood.wi.us

Wood County is a sponsor of the Solar Power Hours

Posted 9/4/2019 by University of Wisconsin - Extension

Have you considered solar for your home and business but want to know more about solar ownership? The upcoming Solar Power Hours are for you! You will also learn about incentive programs through Focus on Energy, the Central Wisconsin group buy "Grow Solar" discounts, and  the final year of 30% federal tax incentives.

Through the 2019 Grow Solar program, business and home owners have already signed up for more than 100 kw of solar installations, resulting in an additional $1,000 discount for most of the participants!

Upcoming Solar Power Hours in Wood County:

Thursday Sept. 5, 6:00-7:00 pm Mid-State (Room T165)

500 32nd St N, Wisconsin Rapids

Saturday Sept.14, noon to 1 pm Uptown Coffee Company 

121 S Central Ave, Marshfield

 

Additional Central Wisconsin Power Hours are listed at https://www.growsolar.org/solar-central-wisconsin/

Disaster Recovery Microloans Now Available

Posted 8/16/2019 by Wood County Planning and Zoning

The North Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission (NCWRPC) has again partnered with the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) to provide Disaster Recovery Microloan (DRM) funds.

This program will provide a source of funds for small businesses to cover expenses related to storm damage that occurred in July. Businesses within Langlade, Portage and Wood Counties are eligible to apply. The loans, up to $20,000 per business, may be used for procurement of cleanup and restoration services, operating expenses, temporary space, and repair and reconstruction work.

These are no-interest loans that have a two-year repayment period, with payments deferred for at least six months.  For more information about the microloan program: http://www.ncwrpc.org/disaster-microloan

REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL (RFP) Wood County Community Development Block Grant

Posted 8/14/2019 by CDBG Housing Committee

Request for proposal to provide administrative services for the Wood County Community Development Block Grant Housing and Rehabilitation Revolving Loan Fund Program.

The County of Wood has an active Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Revolving Loan Fund. The funds that are part of the CDBG and may be used for:

-Rehabilitation of owner-occupied housing units

-Rehabilitation renter-occupied housing units

The County of Wood, through the CDBG Housing Committee is soliciting proposals to administer this program.

New Youth Mentor Program

Posted 8/7/2019 by dschmutzer@co.wood.wi.us

The Youth Mentor Program made its official launch in June 2019. The program was created to fill a need for youth support in the Wood County area, and is now accepting in-house referrals for at-risk youth. This program itself is an intensive, youth-centered, support, and strengths-based program with a goal to provide a caring adult relationship and connection to youth. The program heavily promotes inclusivity, autonomy, safety, values, growth, and empowerment for youth participants. Providing a caring and supportive adult connection for at-risk youth has many benefits including, but not limited to, increased high school graduation rates, increased self-esteem and confidence, reduced out-of-home placement, and improved relationships and decision-making.

The program works with five to seven youth at a time between the ages of 12-18. Youth mentees participate for a minimum of 12 months, meeting with the Youth Mentor Case Manager at least once a week (with a goal of even more contact than this), and can transition out of the program at that time or extend their time in the program if the youth so desires.

Wood County is thrilled to have the opportunity to provide a space for support, transformation, and connection where it may not have been available before.

For more information contact Karriann at 715-421-8598.

Economic Development Grants – Application Deadline August 19, 2019

Posted 7/30/2019 by Conservation, Education and Economic Development Committee (CEED)

Wood County, through the Conservation, Education and Economic Development Committee (CEED) will be providing grant funds for economic development projects in the County for 2020. Eligible applicants include any organization that collaborates with the County on economic development projects or initiatives. The total amount of County funds allocated towards the grants has not been determined yet. More details regarding the grant and eligible projects can be found by clicking on the form fillable application below. All applications are due by August 19, 2019.

Please direct any questions to Jason R. Grueneberg, Director of Planning & Zoning at 715-421-8466 or jgrueneberg@co.wood.wi.us jgrueneberg@co.wood.wi.us

Report Storm Damages to Businesses

Posted 7/25/2019 by Wood County Planning & Zoning Office

**Attention**

Please report storm damage to businesses in Wood County.

We are in the process of reporting the extent of damage to businesses in Wood County to the State of Wisconsin. The purpose of reporting this information to the State is in the hope of being eligible for economic support through emergency assistance programs they have available.

Please contact the Wood County Planning & Zoning office at 715-421-8466 by Monday, July 29th, by 4:30pm if you are a business or know of a business affected by storm damage. Information we will need is the business name, a contact person, phone number and a brief description of the storm damage.

 

Request for Proposal to Provide Administrative Services

Posted 7/19/2019 by Wood County Community Development

Wood County is soliciting requests for proposal (RFPs) for the administration of the Wood County Community Development Block Grant Housing Rehabilitation Revolving Loan Fund Program. Please reference the RFP/bid document below if interested. All proposals must be received by August 9, 2019 at 4:30 p.m.

Lottery and Gaming Credit Awareness Week

Posted 5/13/2019 by Heather L. Gehrt

DATE: May 9, 2019

FROM: Heather L Gehrt, Wood County Treasurer

May 13 – 17 Lottery and Gaming Credit Awareness Week

The Wood County Treasurer’s Office, in conjunction with the Wisconsin County Treasurer’s Association and supported by the Wisconsin Department of Revenue, is dedicating the week of May 13 – 17 as Lottery and Gaming Credit Awareness Week.

The lottery and gaming credit is a reduction on your real estate tax bill. To qualify for the lottery and gaming credit, the property owner must be a Wisconsin resident and must use the dwelling as their primary residence as of the certification date of January 1st. If temporarily absent, typically for a period no longer than 6 months (hospital, vacation, etc.), it is the home to which the property owner returns. A property owner may claim only one primary residence [sec. 79.10 (1) (dm), (9) (bm), Wis. Stats.]. Rental properties are not eligible for the lottery credit and gaming credit and should have it removed.

Heather L Gehrt, County Treasurer, is recommending that all eligible property owners review their 2018 real estate tax bill to verify they received their lottery and gaming credit. Last year the average lottery and gaming credit in Wood County was approximately $160. The exact amount is based upon the school district in which your home is located.

If you are eligible to apply for a late 2018 lottery and gaming credit with the WI Department of Revenue, go to:  

https://www.revenue.wi.gov/DORForms/18lc-300f.pdf

Complete and follow the instructions on form LC-300 and mail to the Wisconsin Department of Revenue, Local Government Services Bureau 6-97, PO Box 8971, Madison, WI 53708-8971

To apply for a 2019 lottery and gaming credit with the Wood County Treasurer, go to:

https://www.revenue.wi.gov/DORForms/19lc-100f.pdf

If eligible, complete and follow the instructions on form LC-100 and mail to the Wood County Treasurer, PO Box 8095, Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54495-8095.

To remove lottery and gaming credit with the Wood County Treasurer, go to:

https://www.revenue.wi.gov/DORForms/lc-400f.pdf

For more information and assistance, please contact the Wood County Treasurer’s Office at (715) 421-8484.

Measles Information

Posted 5/2/2019 by velliott@co.wood.wi.us

There have been no measles cases in Wisconsin residents since 2014. However, there are on-going measles cases in neighboring states. More information can be found at the links below.

https://www.cdc.gov/measles/about/faqs.html#protection

https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/publications/p4/p42174.pdf

http://immunize.org/askexperts/experts_mmr.asp#general

Who needs a MMR (measles mumps and rubella) vaccine? 

  • For children, two doses of MMR vaccine are needed for full protection. The first dose should be given at 12 through 15 months of age and the second dose at 4 through 6 years of age.
  • Adults born during or after 1957 who received killed measles vaccine or measles vaccine of unknown type, or who cannot document having been vaccinated with a live vaccine or having laboratory-confirmed measles disease should receive at least 1 dose of MMR. Some people at increased risk of exposure to measles (such as healthcare professionals, college students, and international travelers) should receive 2 doses of MMR separated by at least 4 weeks.
  • Adults born before 1957 are considered immune and do not need a vaccine.
  • International travelers: Infants 6 through 11 months of age should receive one dose of MMR vaccine. Infants who get one dose of MMR vaccine before their first birthday should get two more doses (one dose at 12 through 15 months of age and another dose separated by at least 28 days).  Children 12 months of age and older should receive two doses of MMR vaccine, separated by at least 28 days.  Teenagers and adults who do not have evidence of immunity against measles should get two doses of MMR vaccine separated by at least 28 days.

For a dose to be considered valid, the patient needs some type of document that provides the date the vaccine was given and the type of vaccine administered. If someone has no documentation, they can/should receive an MMR now. 

 

Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy in Wood County

Posted 4/25/2019 by Wood County – UW Extension
MSTC Students work on solar panels

In Wood County, there is interest in reducing energy costs by residents, businesses, schools and government offices; employing energy efficiencies in their buildings is a common way to achieve this goal. Community members are also interested in meeting their energy needs using renewable energy sources.

Wood County has compiled information about energy efficiency and renewable energy to provide its residents with a locally-relevant resource on new webpages. The webpages include tips on getting started, incentive and financing programs, policies, laws, and workforce development. In addition, the county is reviewing the permitting process for solar installations to be sure it is streamlined.

Energy Efficiency and Renewables

Drinking Water Testing for High Nitrate - Towns of Armenia & Port Edwards

Posted 3/27/2019 by Wood County Environmental Health

Recent tests of wells in the Armenia area indicated levels of nitrate above the drinking water standard. Juneau and Wood County Health Departments are working with the DNR and area farmers to provide free nitrate water tests for residents in the Towns of Port Edwards and Armenia. The test will let participants know if the nitrate level of their drinking water is safe for consumption. Water with a high nitrate level is unsafe for infants, pregnant women and women who may become pregnant, as it may cause birth defects. For all other adults and children, some studies have shown that consuming water with high nitrates may cause cancers, thyroid disease and diabetes.

Who: Homeowners from the Towns of Armenia or Port Edwards

What: Nitrate Test bottle pickup at the Juneau and Wood county Health Departments

When: During regular business hours from March 25th through April 5th.

Collect your sample and drop off on the same day sample is collected.

Sample Drop Off Dates:

April 2nd, April 4th, April 9th or April 11th at the Wood and Juneau County Health Departments.

Samples will be analyzed by the Wood County Water Laboratory at no cost. Participants will receive nitrate results within a month. If the nitrate levels are unsafe, a confirmatory test may be taken by County staff followed by an offer of free drinking water and a water treatment system provided by the Armenia Growers Coalition.

The Counties and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources are working together to find a more permanent solution to high nitrates in the groundwater in this area. Questions?? Call 715-421-8911 or 608-847-722, ext 112 for assistance.

RESIDENTS REMINDED TO TAKE STEPS TO STAY SAFE DURING FLOODING EVENTS

Posted 3/15/2019 by velliott@co.wood.wi.us
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 03/15/2019
Contact: Sue Kunferman (715) 421-8911

During Flood Safety Awareness Week, Wood County Health Department is reminding residents on how to stay safe during flooding events.

Click the link below to view press release.

Seeking Committee Member Registered Nurse Applicants

Posted 3/11/2019 by Wood County Clerk

The Wood County Health And Human Services Committee seeks applicants for an opening for a registered nurse citizen member. 

A description of the committee and its duties are as follows:

Membership shall consist of five (5) Wood County Supervisors appointed by the County Board Chairperson and four (4) citizen representatives.  The four citizen representatives shall be:

  1. a physician,
  2. a registered nurse, 
  3. an individual who has demonstrated interest or competence in the field of public health and human services, and 
  4. an individual who has received services for mental illness, developmental disability, alcoholism or drug dependency, or a family member of such an individual.

The County Board Chairperson shall appoint 5 county board members to serve on the Health and Human Services Committee.  The Health and Human Services Committee shall elect a Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson and Secretary.The Health and Human Services Committee shall have oversight of the following departments: Human Services, Public Health Department, Edgewater Haven, and Veteran’s Service Office.  The Committee shall perform the following functions with respect to the departments it oversees: draft proposed budgets; audit the revenues and expenditures pursuant to the approved budgets; study and develop recommendations to the county board pertaining to changes in the budgets, functions, and personnel; and oversee the management of the departments and the services they provide.

The County Board chairman and the chairman of the Health and Human Services committee wishes to invite any registered nurse interested in serving to submit a letter of interest to Trent Miner, Wood County Clerk, P.O. Box 8095, Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494 or tminer@co.wood.wi.us by April 1, 2019.  

Wood County Pharmaceutical Drop-off Locations

Posted 1/8/2019 by mlarson@co.wood.wi.us
Prevent misuse and protect the environment!
Bring unwanted, unneeded, or outdated prescriptions and over-the-counter medications to these local drop box locations...
  • Marshfield Clinic Health System Pharmacies
  • Marshfield Police Department
  • Nekoosa Police Department
  • Pittsville Police Department
  • Port Edwards Police Department
  • Town of Grand Rapids Municipal Building
  • Wisconsin Rapids Police Department
  • Wisconsin Rapids Walgreens 
  • Wood County Sheriff's Department
  • Rome Police Department (Adams County)
Bring: Prescription (controlled and non-controlled) and over-the-counter medications, inhalers, ointments, patches, non-aerosol sprays, creams, vials and pet medications.
  • Place all pills and capsules in a zip lock bag.
  • Liquids, creams and sprays must be in their original packaging.
Do Not Bring: Illegal drugs, needles/sharps, aerosol cans, bio-hazardous materials (anything containing a bodily fluid or blood), personal care products (shampoo, soaps, lotions, sunscreens, etc...), household hazardous waste (paint, pesticides, oil, gas).

For more information on locations and office hours, please view the attached flyer.

General Election Results

Posted 11/6/2018 by ctyclerk@co.wood.wi.us
Tuesday, November 6, 2018, is Election Day.

Results from Wood County are collected by the County Clerk's office and can be viewed on our Election Results page.

2019 Wisconsin Rapids Downtown Farmers Market Application

Posted 11/5/2018 by ssalewski@co.wood.wi.us
Attached is the 2019 Wisconsin Rapids Downtown Farmers Market Application. More details will be announced as details of the new location solidify.  

The farmers market will run Mid-June - October 2019. Thursday and Saturdays 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM.

Please read the rules and regulations and then download the appropriate application for the day you wish to vend. 

Send completed applications to information stated on the form. A fillable PDF version will soon be available. 

Pets in the Parks

Posted 10/30/2018 by sgreen@co.wood.wi.us
A friendly reminder to all of our customers that utilize our parks. Your pets
MUST BE ON A LEASH AT ALL TIMES
while on any of the parks properties. This is an Ordinance and if violated, you will receive a citation from the park attendant.
Thank you. Sandra Green, Office Supervisor
Chapter 600 .08 ANIMALS (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


September Lunch & Learn

Posted 9/13/2018 by wyoung@co.wood.wi.us
Each month, the Wood County Health Department, UW-Extension, Healthy People Wood County and Wisconsin Rapids Community Media collaborate to provide a Lunch & Learn to Wood County employees as well as the local community.

Attendees are invited to bring their own lunch and join us for a brief presentation on important and relevant topics.

Our next Lunch & Learn is on Thursday, September 20th.

Location: Wood County Courthouse, Room 114
Time: 12:00–12:45 pm 
Topic: Dealing with Difficult People
Presenter: Lynn Meinders, MSW, EAP Counselor; Aspirus Business Health
RSVP: Appreciated for room set-up: Wendy Young at 715-421-8437 or wyoung@co.wood.wi.us

Presentations are recorded, and can be viewed later on WRCM or by visiting the Wood County UW-Extension website.

Raising A Thinking Child

Posted 9/12/2018 by wyoung@co.wood.wi.us
How can you communicate with your 4-7 year old child and get them to respond?

Join us for Raising A Thinking Child, an evidence-based workshop series to help you guide your child to solve common, every day problems through communication.

This online workshop will be held on Mondays in October and November.

A $20 fee covers the workbook and scholarships are available.

Online registration available at: https://goo.gl/forms/2LAGG07MyC5Xx4E43

Call 715-421-8437 with questions or to register.

Congratulations to Kate Carlson, Wood County Distinguished Public Health Employee!

Posted 9/6/2018 by velliott@co.wood.wi.us
We recognize Kate for her professionalism, inspiration, and outstanding contributions to public health in Wood County and beyond. Kate is a strong leader. She continually strives to actively listen to and understand her clients, co-workers, team members, students, and other’s perspectives to better serve and educate those she comes in contact with. She often goes above and beyond to answer questions and provide accurate information to clients and teammates alike. Co-workers rely on Kate for knowledge and her willingness to help. Kate is known in the community as a reliable resource and is a credible voice for our department. Her strong leadership and mentoring skills help the environmental health team and its customers thrive. It is evident that Kate truly cares about her co-workers and community. Honest, accountable, self-directed, and respectful all describe Kate well. The Health Department’s mission and vision are clearly a part of her everyday work. Her passion for the field is admirable. It is with great pride that we commend Kate for her accomplishments.

Intersection of Lincoln Ave and Adler Rd/CTH Y in Marshfield Closed to East and West Bound Traffic

Posted 8/29/2018 by Highway Department
Starting Thursday, August 30th, 2018 and extending through the morning of Tuesday, September 4, 2018, the intersection of Lincoln Avenue and Adler Road/County Highway Y in the City of Marshfield, WI will be closed to traffic traveling east and west along Adler Road. The closure is due to construction on Adler Road east of the intersection. Traffic traveling north and south on Lincoln Avenue will be open, but reduced to one lane at the intersection.

Drivers are encouraged to find alternate routes for the duration of the closure. A detour for Adler Road/County Highway Y is posted and a map can be found on the Wood County website at https://www.co.wood.wi.us/Departments/Highway. Any questions can be directed to the Wood County Highway Department at 715-421-8875.

Wood County Clean Sweep

Posted 8/28/2018 by UW Extension
Clean Sweep Logo

The 2018 Wood County Clean Sweep will be held on Saturday, September 29th from 8:00am-12:00pm at the Marshfield Fairgrounds. Clean Sweep is a voluntary program for the legal and safe disposal of hazardous wastes from homes, farms and businesses. Hazardous chemicals can cause health, safety or environmental problems. Improperly stored or disposed chemicals can pollute lakes, rivers and drinking water.

All Wood County residents are encouraged to participate. Please see the attached brochure for more information.

Wood County Highway Y Road Closing

Posted 7/16/2018 by ccarmody@co.wood.wi.us
The Wood County Highway Department is announcing County Highway Y (West Adler Street) from Wren Road to Lincoln Avenue in the City of Marshfield & Town of Lincoln will be closed starting Monday, July 30, 2018, for pavement replacement. Motorists should use the signed detour routes and adjust commute times accordingly. The road will be reopened in September.

The closure schedule is:
Starting 5:00 AM Monday, July 30, Wood County Highway Y (West Adler Street) will be closed to through traffic from Wren Road to Lincoln Avenue in the City of Marshfield and the Town of Lincoln. Local traffic will be permitted to use CTH Y (West Adler Street) to access their property within the work zone. Crews plan to reopen the roadway in September.

For more information, contact:
Roland Hawk, PE, Wood County Highway Commissioner
715-421-8875, rhawk@co.wood.wi.us

June Lunch & Learn

Posted 6/4/2018 by wyoung@co.wood.wi.us
Each month, the Wood County Health Department, UW-Extension, Healthy People Wood County and Wisconsin Rapids Community Media collaborate to provide a Lunch & Learn to Wood County employees as well as the local community.

Attendees are invited to bring their own lunch and join us for a brief presentation on important and relevant topics.

Our next Lunch & Learn is on Thursday, June 21st.

Location: Wood County Courthouse, Room 114
Time: 12:00–12:45 pm
Topic: Caregiver Support & Mental Health
Presenter: Erin Johnson, Caregiver Support Coordinator; ADRC-Central Wisconsin
RSVP: Appreciated for room set-up: Wendy Young at 715-421-8437 or wyoung@co.wood.wi.us

Presentations are recorded, and can be viewed later on WRCM or by visiting the Wood County UW-Extension website.

Notice of Quotes

Posted 5/23/2018 by jpeckham@co.wood.wi.us

The Wood County Highway Infrastructure and Recreation Committee will accept sealed quotes only (no faxed quotes accepted) up until 1:00 PM (CST) on Wednesday, June 6, 2018, at the Highway Commissioner's Office, 555 17th Ave N, Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54495-1966, for purchasing of the following:

Wood County Highway Pittsville Shop Property

(interested parties may view the site and buildings by calling 715-421-8875 to set up an appointment,)

Specifications, Quoting Procedures, and Forms may be had by applying at the above office.

The Committee reserves the right to reject any or all quotes or to accept any quote they deem most advantageous to Wood County.

By Order of the Wood County Highway Infrastructure and Recreation Committee:

Douglas J Passineau, Commissioner

Community Development Educator

Posted 5/3/2018 by wyoung@co.wood.wi.us
Do you know someone interested in making Wood County a better place to live by bringing evidence-based research to local residents and community leaders?

We are looking for a Community Development Educator to join the Wood County UW-Extension staff.

Complete details and position description can be found online here.

Request for Proposal - PLSS Corner Perpetuation & Maintenance

Posted 2/6/2018 by jconner@co.wood.wi.us

Due By: March 1, 2018, at 4:30 p.m.

Wood County, Wisconsin is seeking proposals for contracted services of a Professional Land Surveyor licensed in the State of Wisconsin to establish and/or maintain PLSS section and quarter section corners as part of the county wide maintenance program. A total of 141 corners have been selected for this RFP. All corners for this project have tie sheets of record and an existing coordinate. Wood County is seeking a lump sum bid for the scope of services detailed in this request for proposal. All proposers are responsible for researching authoritative information that is necessary to respond to this request for proposal.


PLSS Corner Perpetuation & Maintenance Project RFP

January Lunch & Learn

Posted 1/11/2018 by wyoung@co.wood.wi.us

Each month, the Wood County Health Department, UW-Extension, Healthy People Wood County and Wisconsin Rapids Community Media collaborate to provide a Lunch & Learn to Wood County employees as well as the local community.
Attendees are invited to bring their own lunch and join us for a brief presentation on important and relevant topics.

Our next Lunch & Learn is on Thursday, January 18th.
Location: Wood County Courthouse, Room 114
Time: 12:00–12:45 pm
Topic: How to Beat the Afternoon Slump
Presenter: Asia Bay BS, CPT, CWP, CHWC; Aspirus Business Health
RSVP: Appreciated for room set-up: Wendy Young at 715-421-8437 or wyoung@co.wood.wi.us

Presentations are recorded, and can be viewed later on WRCM or by visiting the Wood County UW-Extension website.

December Lunch & Learn

Posted 12/12/2017 by wyoung@co.wood.wi.us
Each month, the Wood County Health Department, UW-Extension, Healthy People Wood County and Wisconsin Rapids Community Media collaborate to provide a Lunch & Learn to Wood County employees as well as the local community.
Attendees are invited to bring their own lunch and join us for a brief presentation on important and relevant topics.

Our next Lunch & Learn is on Wednesday, December 13th.
Location: Wood County Courthouse, Room 114
Time: 12:00–12:45 pm
Topic: Goals are Dreams with Deadlines
Presenter: Samantha Mallo MS, CWHC; Wellness Specialist, Aspirus Business Health
RSVP: Appreciated for room set-up: Wendy Young at 715-421-8437 or wyoung@co.wood.wi.us

Presentations are recorded, and can be viewed later on WRCM or by visiting the Wood County UW-Extension website.

All community members are invited!

November Lunch & Learn

Posted 11/6/2017 by wyoung@co.wood.wi.us
Each month, the Wood County Health Department, UW-Extension, Healthy People Wood County and Wisconsin Rapids Community Media collaborate to provide a Lunch & Learn to Wood County employees as well as the local community.

Attendees are invited to bring their own lunch and join us for a brief presentation on important and relevant topics.

Our next Lunch & Learn is on Thursday, November 16th.
Location: Wood County Courthouse, Room 114
Time: 12:00–12:45 pm
Topic: Cultivating Gratitude: A Path to Greater Well-being
Presenter: Dr. Richelle Hoekstra-Anderson, Clinical Psychologist & Certified Dream Builder Life Coach; Crossroads Renewal Coaching & Counseling
RSVP: Appreciated for room set-up: Wendy Young at 715-421-8437 or wyoung@co.wood.wi.us

Presentations are recorded, and can be viewed later on WRCM or by visiting the Wood County UW-Extension website.

All community members are invited!

October Lunch & Learn

Posted 10/4/2017 by wyoung@co.wood.wi.us
Each month, the Wood County Health Department, UW-Extension, Healthy People Wood County and Wisconsin Rapids Community Media collaborate to provide a Lunch & Learn to Wood County employees as well as the local community.

Attendees are invited to bring their own lunch and join us for a brief presentation on important and relevant topics.

Our next Lunch & Learn is on Tuesday, October 10th.

Location: Wood County Courthouse, Room 114
Time: 12:00–12:45 pm
Topic: Real Work/Life Balance
Presenter: Leah Szemborski, MS, LPC; EAP Counselor
RSVP: Appreciated for room set-up: Wendy Young at 715-421-8437 or wyoung@co.wood.wi.us

Presentations are recorded, and can be viewed later on WRCM or by visiting the Wood County UW-Extension website.

All community members are invited!

Noxious Weed in Wood County - Wild Parsnip

Posted 8/9/2017 by esalvinski@co.wood.wi.us
Wild Parsnip
The Wood County Land and Water Conservation Department is working with citizens, the Farmers of Mill Creek, and the Towns to identify, locate, map, and eradicate wild parsnip.

If you see wild parsnip please report it to the department by calling 715-421-8475, or to EddMaps.

For more information on this invasive and others, visit the Land and Water Conservation Invasive Species Page.

August Lunch & Learn

Posted 7/25/2017 by wyoung@co.wood.wi.us
August Lunch & Learn
Each month, the Wood County Health Department, UW-Extension, Healthy People Wood County and Wisconsin Rapids Community Media collaborate to provide a Lunch & Learn to Wood County employees as well as the local community.

Attendees are invited to bring their own lunch and join us for a brief presentation on important and relevant topics.

Our next Lunch & Learn is on Wednesday, August 9th.

Location: Wood County Courthouse, Room 114
Time: 12:00–12:45 pm
Topic: 4 Steps to Creating Balance in an Unbalanced World
Presenter: Dr. Richelle Hoekstra-Anderson, Clinical Psychologist and Life Coach; Crossroads Renewal Coaching and Counseling Services
RSVP: Appreciated for room set-up: Wendy Young at 715-421-8437 or wyoung@co.wood.wi.us

Presentations are recorded, and can be viewed later on WRCM or by visiting the Wood County UW-Extension website.

All community members are invited!

Community Resources

Posted 6/19/2017 by mlarson@co.wood.wi.us
Behavioral (Mental) Health Bike Path - Roadmap
The purpose of this "Bike Path" (or roadmap) is to be a first step for families, and individuals under age 21, with behavioral (mental) health concerns. This easy to read guide helps connect Wood County residents with local, state and federal resources and services.

Wood County Area Mental Health and Substance Use Recovery Resources List
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.

Free Wood County Community Trainings

Posted 6/19/2017 by mlarson@co.wood.wi.us
The Healthy People Wood County Coalitions, Wood County Wellness Program, and UW Extension have hosted several free community training's called Lunch-n-Learns. View the flyers for upcoming training's and the videos of past Lunch-n-Learns (recorded by Wisconsin Rapids Community Media) by following the links below.
Link April 2015 Lunch-n-Learn: PTSD from a Combat Veteran’s Perspective
Link May 2015 Lunch-n-Learn: Introduction to E-Cigarettes
Link September 2015 Lunch-n-Learn: Hoarding
Link October 2015 Lunch-n-Learn: Cyber-Bullying
Link December 2015 Lunch-n-Learn: The Holiday Blues – Depression
Link January 2016 Lunch-n-Learn: Addiction and the Family
Link February 2016 Lunch-n-Learn: Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Interface
Link March 2016 Lunch-n-Learn: Cultural Diversity
Link March 28, 2016: Human Trafficking Training/Presentation
Link April 6, 2016: Dose of Reality - The Truth About Heroin In Our Community
Link April 2016 Lunch-n-Learn: Creating a Safe and Supportive Environment
Link May 2016 Lunch-n-Learn: Trauma-Informed Care - Terms and Triggers
Link June 2016 Lunch-n-Learn: Vicarious Trauma and Self-Care
Link July 2016 Lunch-n-Learn: Being “Well-Being” Focused
Link August 2016 Lunch-n-Learn: Preparing Children for a Lifetime of Learning
Link October 2016 Lunch-n-Learn: Identity Theft & Your Credit Report
Link November 2016 Lunch-n-Learn: Coping After Loss
Link December 2016 Lunch-n-Learn: A Civil Discourse on Substance Use, Addiction, Prevention and Treatment
Link February 2017 Lunch-n-Learn: Heart Health
Link March 2017 Lunch-n-Learn: Bring Back the Family Meal
Link April 2017 Lunch-n-Learn: Investing In Your Health
Link May 2017 Lunch-n-Learn: Bed Bugs & Lice & Fleas, OH MY!
Link June 2017 Lunch-n-Learn: Summer Time Fun & Safety
Link July 2017 Lunch-n-Learn: How to Survive (and Thrive) in a Multi-Generational Workforce
Link August 2017 Lunch-n-Learn: 4 Steps to Creating Balance in an Unbalanced World
Link October 2017 Lunch-n-Learn: Real Work/Life Balance
Link November 2017 Lunch-n-Learn: Cultivating Gratitude

Suicide Prevention Training: QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer)

Posted 6/19/2017 by mlarson@co.wood.wi.us
Suicide prevention is everybody’s business, and anyone can help prevent the tragedy of suicide.

Fact: If people in a crisis get the help they need, they will probably never be suicidal again.

View the attached flyer for more information on how to schedule a training.

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

Posted 6/19/2017 by mlarson@co.wood.wi.us
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are serious childhood traumas that result in toxic stress that can harm a child's brain. This toxic stress may prevent a child from learning, from playing in a healthy way with other children, and can result in long-term health problems.

Below are links to the ACE Survey and a handout on understanding ACEs. 

Eliminate stigma and share your story of hope!

Posted 6/19/2017 by mlarson@co.wood.wi.us
Healthy People Wood County partnered with WISE (Wisconsin Initiative for Stigma Elimination) to record several Wood County stories of hope and recovery.

Go to the Rogers InHealth website link below for more information and to view video's of hope and recovery.

May Lunch & Learn

Posted 5/3/2017 by wyoung@co.wood.wi.us
May Lunch & Learn
Each month, the Wood County Health Department, UW-Extension, Healthy People Wood County and Wisconsin Rapids Community Media collaborate to provide a Lunch & Learn to Wood County employees as well as the local community.

Attendees are invited to bring their own lunch and join us for a brief presentation on important and relevant topics.

Our next Lunch & Learn is on Wednesday, May 10th.

Location: Wood County Courthouse, Room 114
Time: 12:00–12:45 pm
Topic: Bed Bugs & Fleas & Lice, OH MY!
Presenter: Greg Kolodziej, Environmental Health ; Wood County Health Department
RSVP: Not necessary, but appreciated for room set-up: Wendy Young at 715-421-8437 or wyoung@co.wood.wi.us

Presentations are recorded, and can be viewed later on WRCM or by visiting the Wood County UW-Extension website

All community members are invited!

March Lunch & Learn

Posted 3/7/2017 by wyoung@co.wood.wi.us
Each month, the Wood County Health Department, UW-Extension, Healthy People Wood County and Wisconsin Rapids Community Media collaborate to provide a Lunch & Learn to Wood County employees as well as the local community. Attendees are invited to bring their own lunch and join us for a brief presentation on important and relevant topics.

Our next Lunch & Learn is coming up on Thursday, March 16th.

Location: Wood County Courthouse, Room 114
Time: 12:00–12:45 pm
Topic: Bring Back the Family Meal
Presenter: Sarah Siegel, Family Living Educator; Wood County UW-Extension
RSVP: Not necessary, but appreciated for room set-up: Wendy Young at 715-421-8437 or wyoung@co.wood.wi.us

Everyone is invited - employees and community members!

Powers Bluff Long Range Master Plan

Posted 2/2/2017 by sgreen@co.wood.wi.us
Attachment 

February Lunch & Learn

Posted 2/1/2017 by wyoung@co.wood.wi.us
Each month, the Wood County Health Department, UW-Extension, Healthy People Wood County and Wisconsin Rapids Community Media collaborate to provide a Lunch & Learn to Wood County employees as well as the local community.

Attendees are invited to bring their own lunch and join us for a brief presentation on important and relevant topics.

Our next Lunch & Learn is coming up on Thursday, February 16th.

Location: Wood County Courthouse, Room 114

Time: 12:00 – 12:45

Topic: Heart Health

Presenter: Andrea Wagner, MS, RDN, CD, CLS; Clinical Nutrition Supervisor; Aspirus Riverview Hospital and Clinics, Inc.

RSVP: Not necessary, but appreciated for room set-up: Wendy Young at 715-421-8437 or wyoung@co.wood.wi.us

Everyone is invited - employees and community members!

January Lunch & Learn

Posted 1/3/2017 by wyoung@co.wood.wi.us
Each month, the Wood County Health Department, UW-Extension, Healthy People Wood County and Wisconsin Rapids Community Media collaborate to provide a Lunch & Learn to Wood County employees as well as the local community.

Attendees are invited to bring their own lunch and join us for a brief presentation on important and relevant topics.

Our next Lunch & Learn is coming up on Wednesday, January 11th.

Location: Wood County Courthouse, Room 114

Time: 12:00 – 12:45

Topic: Love & Language - and Other Tools to Keep Relationships Healthy

Presenter: Lisa Kegler, MS, LPC; Therapist at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin in Marshfield

RSVP: Not necessary, but appreciated for room set-up: Wendy Young at 715-421-8437 or wyoung@co.wood.wi.us

Everyone is invited - employees and community members!

December Lunch & Learn

Posted 12/5/2016 by wyoung@co.wood.wi.us

Each month, the Wood County Health Department, UW-Extension,Healthy People Wood County and Wisconsin Rapids Community Media collaborate to provide a Lunch & Learn to Wood county employees as well as the local community.

Attendees are invited to bring their own lunch and join us for a brief presentation on important and relevant topics.

Our next Lunch & Learn is coming up on December 14th.

Date: Wednesday, December 14th

Location: Wood County Courthouse, Room 114

Time: 12:00 – 12:45

Topic: Substance Use, Abuse,Prevention and Treatment

Presenter: Connor A.Tiggerus, LPC, SAC-IT, Therapy Without Walls, LLC

RSVP: Not necessary, but appreciated for room set-up: Wendy Young at 715-421-8437 or wyoung@co.wood.wi.us

Everyone is invited - employees and community members!

October Lunch & Learn

Posted 10/12/2016 by wyoung@co.wood.wi.us
Join us on Wednesday, October 19th for a Lunch & Learn presentation on Identity Theft and Checking Your Credit Report.

Presenters:
  • Sarah Siegel, Wood County UW-Extension Family Living Educator
  • Jeremy Keith, Wood County Sheriff's Department

The presentation is from 12:00-12:45 in Room 114 of the Wood County Courthouse.

RSVP to Wendy Young at 715-421-8437 or wyoung@co.wood.wi.us

Everyone in the community is invited.

For Wood County employees, you can earn 100 wellness points!

Clean Sweep 2016

Posted 9/8/2016 by wyoung@co.wood.wi.us
The 2016 Wood County Agricultural and Household Clean Sweep is scheduled for Saturday, September 24, from 8:00am-12:00pm at the Marshfield Fairgrounds.

A full list of items that will be accepted can be found here.

Contact the Wood County UW-Extension office at 715-421-8440 with questions.

June Dairy Breakfasts

Posted 6/2/2016 by wyoung@co.wood.wi.us
June is dairy month! Join local farmers and enjoy a dairy breakfast this month.
Click on the attachment for a full list of dairy breakfasts in Wood and Portage counties.

Congratulations to Val Elliott, Wood County Distinguished Public Health Employee!

Posted 4/18/2016 by krauter-egge@co.wood.wi.us
We recognize Val for her exceptional customer service, great attitude, and hard work. Juggling involvement in multiple teams and program areas, Val makes it all come together. Her efforts and hard work on various coalitions and projects does not go unnoticed! Helpful and flexible are traits that describe Val well. She is always willing to take on new tasks- in Environmental Health, Healthy People, Healthy Smiles and other department areas. Whatever the assignment may be, she puts forth 100% effort and completes it in a timely fashion with quality outcomes. Val believes in the Health Department’s proactive approach and has been actively involved in the strategic planning efforts among other department initiatives that align with our mission. Val consistently demonstrates kindness, dependability and strong work ethic. We appreciate Val’s dedication to public health and thank her for her hard work. It is with great pride and honor that we commend Val for a job well done.

Pictures of CAMPSITES available on Facebook!

Posted 4/13/2016 by sgreen@co.wood.wi.us
We have uploaded pictures of each campsite as well as dimensions of the sites and pads at each campground on our Facebook page. You can better determine if your camper will "fit" in a particular spot, or if it's too sunny, or not close enough to the water.

Click on "PHOTOS", then click on ALBUMS". Scroll down until you find the album you are looking for. Check out our Facebook page and "LIKE" us. Thank you.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Wood-County-Park-Forestry-Department/204221776296438

Voter Photo ID Now Required for All In-Person Voting

Posted 2/9/2016 by ctyclerk@co.wood.wi.us
There are currently four elections scheduled for 2016: February 16, April 5, August 9, and November 8. Voter Photo ID will be required for all in-person and absentee voters (with certain exceptions for military, overseas and indefinitely confined electors).

Are you ready to vote? Do you have one of the eight acceptable forms of Photo ID? Do you need to apply for a free Wisconsin ID card?

Find out here: Voter ID Law Information 

2016 Tree, Shrub & Wildflower Sale

Posted 12/7/2015 by tgildenzopf@co.wood.wi.us
The Wood County Land Conservation Department is currently holding their annual tree, shrub and wildflower sale. Orders will be accepted through January 15, 2016.

Wood County Community Health Needs Assessment

Posted 9/16/2015 by krauter@co.wood.wi.us
The Wood County Health Department, in partnership with Ministry Saint Joseph's Hospital, Aspirus Riverview Hospital and Clinics, Marshfield Clinic, and the Legacy Foundation is working together to determine health needs for Wood County.

Wood County Clean Sweep

Posted 9/9/2015 by adarr@co.wood.wi.us
A Wood County Clean Sweep will be held on Saturday October 3rd, 2015 from 8:00 a.m. to Noon at the Saratoga Town Hall. Clean Sweep is for collection of household chemicals.

See the attached brochure for more information.

Housing Repair Loans

Posted 3/26/2015 by jgrueneberg@co.wood.wi.us
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
(608) 847-7309
juncoha@frontier.com

Wood County Poster and Speaking Contests

Posted 10/14/2014 by tarnold@co.wood.wi.us
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 tarnold@co.wood.wi.us.

Courthouse Parking

Posted 4/16/2014 by webmaster@co.wood.wi.us
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.