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COVID-19 Up-to-date Information

Coronavirus

A novel type of coronavirus (COVID-19) has spread to over 200 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/HealthAlerts.aspx

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

What to Do If You Are Sick

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

Stay home.

Resources

How to Protect Yourself

Individuals should practice everyday prevention measures including:

  • 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.
  • 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, wear a cloth face covering.

Resources

Safer at Home Guidance

On March 24, 2020, Gov. Tony Evers issued a Safer at Home order. Under the order, all Wisconsinites must stay home as much as possible and non-essential businesses and operations must cease, with limited exceptions.

Current guidance on Safer at Home in Wisconsin:

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 the 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 – 715-887-3565
    • 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 – 715-384-9992
    • Pick-up Tuesday & Thursday 11:00am-1:00pm 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 10am-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 411 Garfield Street, Wisconsin Rapids
    • Must register on the website or call 715-422-1980
  • Ruby’s Pantry - 651-674-0009
    • 3rd Saturday of every month 8-10:30AM at Central Wisconsin Fairgrounds near Junior Fair Building in Marshfield
    • 3rd Saturday of every month 8-10:00AM at Wisconsin Rapids Location
Meals for Children
  • Auburndale Elementary School
    • Pick-up Monday, Wednesday, & Thursday 11am-1pm
    • Available for all children 18 and under
  • Humke Elementary School
    • Pick up Monday, Wednesday, & Thursday 7-9am or 3-5pm
    • Delivery also available if needed
  • Lincoln High School
    • Pick up Monday & Thursday 11:00am-1pm in front of parking lot
  • Marshfield Public Schools
    • Pick up Monday, Wednesday, & Friday 11am-Noon at Marshfield High School, Lincoln Elementary, or Grant Elementary
    • Available to all area students
  • Mead Elementary School
    • Pick-up Monday & Thursday 11am-1pm on Alton Street
    • Available for all children 18 & under
    • Delivery if needed by calling 715-426-6703 ext 2; call by 9am on day of pick up
  • Pittsville Elementary School
    • Pick-up on scheduled school days 10am-Noon in school office parking lot
    • Available for all students
  • Port Edwards Middle/High School – 715-887-9000
    • Pick-up Monday-Friday 10am-Noon by bus lobby
  • Boys & Girls Club of the Wisconsin Rapids Area - 715-424-2582
    • Dinner and snack offered for all children 18 and younger. Mon-Fri from 2pm-4pm. Enter through the Club gates on 17th St. to receive grab-n-go bag.
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

What You Can Do

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

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Stay home.
  • Avoid close contact with other people.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

COVID-19 Facts: Why Social Distancing? (.pdf)

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is social distancing?

Please view this helpful infographic.

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 Outbreaks in Wisconsin 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.

What states currently have community transmission?

For the most up-to-date list of U.S. states with community transmission, visit the CDC's COVID-19 in the U.S. webpage.

Other Questions

Contact 211 for Non-Medical Questions

Text COVID19 to 211-211 , Call 211 , or Visit the 211 website