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COVID-19 Up-to-date Information

Coronavirus

A novel type of coronavirus (COVID-19) has spread to over 219 countries and territories.

The World Health Organization declared it a global health emergency on January 30, 2020. Governor Evers declared this a Public Health Emergency in Wisconsin on March 12, 2020.

Visit the CDC website for information about COVID-19 basics.

For Wood County Health Department up-to-date information visit the links below.

Press releases and current events
https://www.co.wood.wi.us/Departments/Health/

Health alerts
https://www.co.wood.wi.us/Departments/Health/HealthAlert.aspx

Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/woodcountyhealth/

What to Do If You Are Sick

Symptoms of COVID-19 include:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Sore throat
  • Head/body aches
  • New loss of taste/smell
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Seek emergency care immediately if you or someone experiences the following symptoms:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion
  • Inability to wake or stay awake
  • Bluish lips or face

Call 911 or call ahead to your local emergency facility: Notify the operator that you are seeking care for someone who has or may have COVID-19.

If you have or think you might have COVID-19, it is important to stay home and away from other people. Staying away from others helps stop the spread of COVID-19. If you have symptoms, or have had direct contact with someone who has COVID-19, you are encouraged to get tested. Visit our Local Testing Page for more information.

Resources

How to Protect Yourself / What You Can Do

Right now, some of the most important things we can all do is follow everyday prevention measures including:

  • Wash hands frequently with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Carry and use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if hand washing is not an option.
  • Avoid touching your face (eyes, mouth, nose).
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If you do not have a tissue, cough or sneeze into the inside corner of your elbow.
  • Do not share eating utensils, water bottles, beverage containers or other personal items.
  • Maintain physical distance (avoid being closer than 6 feet to others).
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Stay home except for essential activities.
  • When in public or around people who are not a part of your household, wear a cloth face covering.

By preparing as individuals and employees / employers, we can:

  • Limit the Spread: Taking steps to limit contact with other people lowers how many people can catch the virus.
  • Help Protect Others: Help protect those in our community who are more vulnerable, such as the elderly and people with chronic disease, from serious complications and death.
  • Reduce Strain on the Healthcare System: The more that people can take precautions to not get sick, the less strain on the healthcare system.

Resources

Executive and Emergency Orders

On February 4, 2021, Governor Tony Evers issued Executive Order 105, declaring a public health emergency, and issued Emergency Order 1, requiring face coverings in certain situations for people over the age of 5. declaring a public health emergency, and issued Emergency Order 1, requiring face coverings in certain situations for people over the age of 5. Face coverings are required to be worn whenever you are indoors or in an enclosed space, other than a private residence, and when other people are present in the same room or space.

Executive Order 105 (English)

Emergency Order 1 (English/Español/Hmong)

On November 10, 2020, Governor Tony Evers signed Executive Order #94, advising Wisconsinites to stay home, urging Wisconsinites to take precautions to stay safe if they have to leave their home, and encourages businesses to take action to protect workers and customers.

Executive Order 94 (English/Español/Hmong)

You can do your part to slow the spread of COVID-19 by staying safer at home whenever possible, wearing a face covering, and washing your hands frequently.

Guidance for Specific Groups / Topics

Guidance for Community and Faith-Based Organizations

Coronavirus en Español

Community Resources

In an effort to maximize the public health response to COVID-19, Wood County Health Department created a Community Needs Task Force to learn about local efforts to address rising needs of the community. The goals of the task force are:

  • Establish effective methods of communication between local organizations to become aware of other community resources
  • Establish effective methods of communication to community residents for accessing resources
  • Build capacity among partners to address unmet community needs

Surveys are completed with community partners and organizations on a regular basis to help inform and coordinate efforts. The survey takes less than 10 minutes to complete. A summary of the results are shared back with survey participants in order to keep our community partners informed of available resources and information gleaned from the survey are linked by topic area below.

News and Information

Business

Healthcare

Food

Food Pantries
  • Christian Life Fellowship Pantry – 715-909-0181
    • Pick-up Tuesday 2:30-4:30pm & Thursday 1:00-3:00pm at 600 7th St. Port Edwards
  • Pittsville Area Neighbors Shelf – 715-884-2931
    • 1st & 3rd Saturday of every month at Pittsville City Hall
  • Soup or Socks – 715-387-1796
    • Pantry Hours Monday-Wednesday 12:30pm-3:30pm; Thursday 12:30pm-4:30pm; Friday 9:00am-12:00pm at 200 S. Lincoln Ave., Marshfield
  • South Wood County Emergency Pantry Shelf – 715-422-2050
    • Pick-up Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday 12:00pm-4:00pm & Tuesday 4:00-7:00pm
  • St. Vincent de Paul
    • Monday-Friday 11am-3:45pm
    • Free to-go supper every Monday, Wednesday & Thursday 5:00-6:00pm
  • The Neighborhood Table
    • To-go meals Thur. 4:30-5:30PM at 441 Garfield Street, Wisconsin Rapids
    • Must register on the website or call 715-422-1980
  • Ruby’s Pantry - 651-674-0009
    • 1st Saturday of every month 9-10:30AM at Central Wisconsin Fairgrounds near Junior Fair Building in Marshfield
    • 3rd Saturday of every month 8-9:30AM at Wisconsin Rapids Location
Other Food Resources

Childcare

Families & Children

Health

Housing

Other Resources

Telecommunications

  • Internet Hot Spots (Pittsville School District)
  • Charter Communications – 1-844-488-8395
    • Offering free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi for 60 days for students
  • TDS – 1-888-287-8156
    • Offering free broadband access to low-income individuals and families, and college students for 60 days
  • Northside Computers – 715-384-5125
    • Offering refurbished older desktop PC’s for schoolwork-related activities

Mobile Services

Participating in Keep American Connected Initiative

  • U.S. Cellular – 888-944-9400
  • Cellcom – 800-236-0055
  • AT&T – 800-288-2020
  • Verizon – 800-922-0204
  • Sprint – 888-211-4727
  • T-Mobile – 800-937-8997

Frequently Asked Questions

Where in Wood County have positive cases been found?

We do not release specific geographic information in public forums. Please rest assured that if an investigation into a positive case of COVID-19 revealed the need to release specific location information for public safety, we would do so.

What counties have positive cases?

Please visit the WI Dept. of Health Service's Summary Data page for the most up-to-date information regarding which counties have positive cases and how many positive and negative tests are currently in Wisconsin.

How do I find COVID-19 cases and deaths for other states?

For the most up-to-date list of U.S. states COVID-19 cases and deaths, visit the CDC's COVID-19 in the U.S. webpage.