Walworth County COVID-19 Updates

Update: 4/7/2020 - 1:30pm

Walworth County currently has 21 laboratory confirmed cases of the disease as of 4/5/2020.

Total number of laboratory confirmed cases

21

Cases currently hospitalized

5

Cases recovered

12

Deaths

0

Wisconsin Department of Health Services COVID-19 Info: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/index.htm

Key Updates

  • The weather is warming and people will be tempted to gather outside. Social distancing remains one of the best tools we have to slowing the spread of the virus. Please remember to:
    • Stay at least 6 feet (2 meters) from other people
    • Do not gather in groups
    • Stay out of crowded places and avoid mass gatherings
  • Stay-at-home orders have the potential to exacerbate feelings of loneliness, depression and substance use. The Department of Health Services has launched the Resilient in Wisconsin Initiative to help Wisconsinites cope, stay connected and build resilience during this crisis. Data, resources, and evidence-based tools can be found here https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/resilient/index.htm.
  • The Department of Children and Families is connecting essential workforce families with available child care resources. To request child care, essential workforce families should fill out this form. Families can also search for available care at a publicly available map. Please submit your request as soon as possible to help child care centers determine whether to stay open to meet the local demand.

Update: 4/6/2020

Walworth County currently has 20 laboratory confirmed cases of the disease as of 4/5/2020.

Total number of laboratory confirmed cases

20

Cases currently hospitalized

5

Cases recovered

12

Deaths

0

Wisconsin Department of Health Services COVID-19 Info: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/index.htm

Key Updates

Homemade Masks

  • The CDC released Friday that they are recommending people wear homemade face coverings when they are in situations where they cannot social distance, such as the grocery store.
  • Homemade masks help conserve valuable PPE for health care workers. People should be instructed to use homemade masks, not surgical or N95 which are desperately needed by front line workers. 
  • Wearing the face covering can help you avoid spreading COVID if you are an asymptomatic carrier. It is still very important to continue to wash your hands and avoid touching your face if you choose to wear a face covering. Often people touch their faces more, adjusting the mask, than they would if they weren’t wearing one. Pay special attention to avoiding touching your face.
  • Instructions for masks from CDC are attached or can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html

Resilient Wisconsin

Enforcement of Stay At Home Order:

We are receiving many calls and emails related to seasonal homeowners violating the Safer at Home Order.  Concerned community members are wondering what can be done and who enforces these orders.

Public Health strongly recommends that everyone follow Department of Health Services guidance and the Safer at Home Order, however these are not enforceable by Public Health.  Our role is to enforce isolation of confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Law enforcement may stop and ticket people engaging in non-essential travel under the Safer at Home order, but the order is not a travel ban.  It permits travel to return to a place of residence from outside Walworth County and also travel required for non-residents to return to their place of residence outside of Wisconsin. 

We strongly discourage travel between private homes within the state, including seasonal homes and rental cabins.  We urge those that insist on travelling to Walworth County to arrive prepared for an immediate 14-day self-quarantine.

Update: 4/3/2020 - 4:00pm

Walworth County currently has 16 laboratory confirmed cases of the disease as of the time of this update on 4/3/2020. Public Health is now monitoring cases or conducting contact investigations in every Walworth County Community. 

Total number of laboratory confirmed cases

16

Cases currently hospitalized

5

Cases recovered

9

Deaths

0

Wisconsin Department of Health Services COVID-19 Info: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/index.htm

Message from Sheriff Kurt Picknell

The mental health impact of the COVID pandemic is significant. We’re beginning to see the effects of prolonged isolation and job loss. The County is experiencing an increase in reports of drug use, suicide, and other mental health needs.

  • Immediate safety concerns or violence, including suicide, should be reported immediately to 911.
  • Child and adult protective services are still working 24/7. Concerns about child or adult abuse or neglect may be reported by contacting Walworth County Health and Human Services at (262) 741-3200.
  • Non-life threatening emergency mental health needs may also be reported to Walworth County Crisis Intervention at (262) 741-3200.

Religious Services and Safer at Home Order

Some congregations are inquiring about outdoor or parking lot type services. We are not recommending this practice. Many church goers are among the most vulnerable to serious COVID-19 complications. The social distancing recommendations found in the Safer At Home order are still the best way to keep our community members safe and healthy. We strongly encourage the use of virtual platforms for religious service.

New County Resource

Walworth County IT has published a new web page with information about COVID-19. This is an additional resource that may be shared in addition to the existing County COVID-19 page: https://coronavirus-response-walworth-county-walco.hub.arcgis.com/

Key Updates

Voting

  • Requests for absentee ballots have been extended to today 4/3 at 5pm. Contact your local municipal clerk to request a ballot.
  • The Wisconsin Elections Committee has compiled a number of resources for protecting health at poll sites. View the resources here: https://elections.wi.gov/node/6787

Personal Protective Equipment

Update: 4/2/20 - 1:45pm

Walworth County currently has 15 laboratory confirmed cases of the disease as of 4/1/2020.

Total number of laboratory confirmed cases

15

Cases currently hospitalized

5

Cases recovered

9

Deaths

0

Wisconsin Department of Health Services COVID-19 Info: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/index.htm

New tracking tool available: https://coronavirus-response-walworth-county-walco.hub.arcgis.com/ (This can be found in the "Additional Links" section below after today)

Key Updates

Whether someone is tested for COVID-19 or not, it does not impact the course of treatment for someone experiencing symptoms. If people have manageable symptoms, we strongly urge them to stay home until at least 7 days have passed since symptoms started, they have been fever free for at least 72 hours without the use of medication, and their other symptoms have improved. If symptoms do not improve or worsen, we recommend contacting one’s health care provider.

As our community continues to adjust to the impact COVID-19 has had on our daily lives, it is important to be aware of the toll these changes can have on one’s mental health. It is normal to experience an increase in anxiety and possible depression in response to the additional stressors. Talk to your family and friends, reach out to others, and seek help. Local assistance is available 24 hours a day through Walworth County’s Crisis Line at (262)741-3200. Additional resources to help you and those you are concerned for can be found through the CDC website at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/managing-stress-anxiety.html.

Message from Sheriff Kurt Picknell

2-1-1 is a great resource for COVID-19 questions. This service helps keep 9-1-1 available for emergency calls. https://www.impactinc.org/impact-2-1-1/covid-19-coronavirus/

Scammers are exploiting this crisis environment and using phone, email, text, and mail to take advantage of people. Hang up on robocalls and ignore texts and emails about checks from the government. Stay informed and be empowered. Find more tips at: https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/features/coronavirus-scams-what-ftc-doing

Just Stay Home

Update: 4/1/20 - 2:30pm

Walworth County currently has 14 laboratory confirmed cases of the disease as of 3/31/2020. As of this date 5 cases have recovered, 4 cases are hospitalized, and we have had zero deaths.

Key Updates:

Most Walworth County cases are now being identified as community spread.

The large increase in cases is not unexpected. Wisconsin is continuing to move up the epidemiological curve and we will continue to see more cases in the coming days and weeks. It remains important that we all adhere to physical distancing practices and the Safer at Home order. Limit all travel, maintain 6 feet between persons, and wash your hands frequently with soap and water. We protect those who are most vulnerable in our population when we all do our part.

We encourage our residents with COVID-19 and "Safer at Home" questions to call of 2-1-1. United Way has trained staff ready to answer questions and the use of this line helps keep both our emergency dispatch lines and public health phones free for other calls.

Find Wisconsin information here: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/index.htm

Update: 3/31/2020 - 3:30pm

Walworth County currently has 6 laboratory confirmed cases of the disease as of 3/30/2020. As of this date, 3 cases have recovered, 3 cases are hospitalized, and we have had 0 deaths.


Number of Laboratory Confirmed Cases

Travel Associated (Domestic)

2

Close Contact of Confirmed Case

1

Community Transmission

3

Find Wisconsin information here: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/index.htm

Wisconsin continues to move up the epidemiological curve of the disease. Case rates should be expected to continue to grow over the next few weeks.

Travel to second homes or returning to Walworth County from out of state is discouraged at this time. Individuals traveling to a second home should plan to self-quarantine and monitor for symptoms for 14 days without interacting in the community during this time period. This would include bringing all grocery and medication needed for the 14 days with them. This quarantine period should help prevent the introduction of additional exposures into our community. This practice is advisory only at this time and is not part of a mandate or order, but is strongly recommended to keep our most vulnerable safe.

Child Care

Personal Protective Equipment

  • DHS has released guidelines on extended use of PPE for health care workers. View the updated guidelines here: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/ppe.htm
  • Homemade masks should still be considered a last resort. It has been suggested that these cloth masks could be provided to patients as an option for single use in place of a surgical mask. However, no official guidance on this practice has been provided by CDC or WI-DHS. These masks should not be considered PPE and all other options for protection should be explored first for protecting essential personnel. Find information here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/ppe-strategy/face-masks.html

Emergency Orders

Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation

Update: 3/30/2020; 11:30am

COVID-19 Connecting Essential Workforce Families to Child Care

The Department of Children and Families (DCF) has launched two new tools to help connect essential workforce families to local, safe child care. Healthcare workers and essential employees are now able to submit a request for care through the department’s updated Child Care Finder or proactively view up-to-date availability across the state using the department’s new child care map.




Tips for Parents Using Child Care During COVID-19

Counties all over Wisconsin are encouraging their seasonal and second home homeowners (in-state and out-of-state) to stay in their primary homes. During this time, avoiding travel is important to decrease the burden on our healthcare system and keep communities safe.

Walworth County currently has 6 laboratory confirmed cases of the disease as of 3/29/2020. 


Number of Laboratory Confirmed Cases

Travel Associated (Domestic)

2

Close Contact of Confirmed Case

1

Community Transmission

3

Find Wisconsin information here: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/index.htm

2-1-1 Here to Help 

  • Questions about COVID-19 and the Safer at Home or other executive orders? Call 2-1-1. This is a service operated by the United Way for all of Wisconsin. They can help answer general questions and triage calls. Visit their website for more information: https://www.impactinc.org/impact-2-1-1/covid-19-coronavirus/

Volunteer Registry

  • Individuals wishing to help public health in the future by being a volunteer can register through the Wisconsin Emergency Volunteer Registry. Individuals who register through this link receive a background check and have the option to then be called on to assist with any number of emergencies across Wisconsin. https://weavrwi.org/


3/26/2020, 2:20 p.m. Update

Walworth County currently has 5 laboratory confirmed cases of the disease as of 3/25/2020.


Number of Laboratory Confirmed Cases

Travel Associated (Domestic)

2

Close Contact of Confirmed Case

1

Community Transmission

2


· We are hearing reports that some people are calling 911 instead of 211 for info on COVID or the Safer at Home Order. 2-1-1 is a great informational resource for our community. They can answer questions about resources, assist in answering general questions about COVID-19, the executive orders, and have the ability to triage and direct calls to the appropriate resource.

· WI DHS has tip sheets available on their website for Shopping and Living in Group Settings. https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/index.htm

COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 2019) | Wisconsin Department of Health Services

What is COVID-19? COVID-19 is the disease caused by a virus strain that began spreading in people in December 2019. Health experts are concerned because little is known about this new respiratory virus, and it can cause severe illness and pneumonia in some people.

www.dhs.wisconsin.gov

3/25/2020, 7:35 a.m. Update

Walworth County currently has 5 laboratory confirmed cases of the disease as of 3/24/2020.

Governor Ever’s Safer at Home order goes into effect at 8:00 a.m. today (3/25/20) and remains in effect until 8:00 a.m. on 4/24/2020. The full order can be viewed here: https://evers.wi.gov/Documents/COVID19/EMO12-SaferAtHome.pdf

FEMA has put out a rumor control website with common rumors about COVID.  https://www.fema.gov/coronavirus-rumor-control

Avoiding unnecessary time in public locations is the best thing you can do to protect the most vulnerable in our county. We need to maintain a very slow and controlled spread of disease to keep from overwhelming our healthcare system. The best thing you can do is to stay home whenever possible. Continue to stay home when sick, wash your hands regularly, and avoid touching your face to help limit transmission. Below find tip sheets on limiting spread and self-quarantine that can be shared.

COVID-19 Shopping Tips

COVID-19 Group Living Tips

10 Things You Can Do to Manage Your Health at Home


3/23/2020, 3:30 p.m. Update

Walworth Currently has three laboratory confirmed cases as of 03/23/2020. One case is associated with domestic travel and two cases are associated with community spread.

Governor Evers will sign the “Safer at Home” order tomorrow. This order will close non-essential businesses state-wide.

Scammers are taking advantage of fears surrounding the Coronavirus. The Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection ihttps://datcp.wi.gov/Pages/News_Media/Covid19.aspx is is a good resource for protecting people from scams.

DATCP Home COVID-19

The State of Wisconsin, including the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP), continues to monitor the spread of COVID-19 (formerly novel coronavirus) in coordination with the Department of Health Services (DHS) Public Health and other local, state, and federal partners.

datcp.wi.gov


Older and medically vulnerable adults have increased risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19. The Department of Health Services and Centers for Disease Control have recommended that senior living facilities limit almost all visits from family and friends. This doesn’t mean that you can’t keep in touch remotely. Stay connected to your loved ones with email, FaceTime, Skype, and phone calls

3/20/2020, 3:45pm Update

Walworth County has three confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of 3/20/2020.  Community Transmission of COVID-19 is increasing in Wisconsin and has now been identified in Walworth County. 

Social distancing is a strongly-recommended strategy to limit the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel (new) coronavirus. Social distancing requires a commitment to reduce contact between people to slow the spread of the virus. This strategy is an effective tool to reduce risk of exposure. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services also recommends staying home as much as possible, avoiding public places and remaining six feet away from others during activities like grocery shopping.

See full press release here

3/19/2020, 3pm Update

  • Walworth County has two confirmed cases of the disease. 
  • Community transmission of COVID-19 has not been identified in Walworth County
  • Community transmission has been identified in Milwaukee, Kenosha, and Dane Counties. Find information about the status of the disease in Wisconsin here: Wisconsin DHS Updates
  • The number of states identified by CDC with community transmission has expanded greatly. Continue to encourage individuals to avoid unnecessary travel. Find the most up to date information from CDC here: CDC Updates
  • There have been lots of updates from the Governor’s Office including unemployment insurance, restricting of child care size, and clarifications on mass gathering.
  • Walworth County Senior Nutrition Program has made significant changes to try and protect our most vulnerable population. 
  • The Home Delivered Meals and Senior Dining programs are currently serving meals. Home delivered meals are being delivered as they have been in the past. The Senior Dining locations are temporarily providing meals on a pick-up basis only.
    • The following locations are currently serving Monday through Friday: Elkhorn - Sedgemeadow Apartments, Delavan - Lake Comus Apartments, Lake Geneva - The Terraces and Whitewater - Brookdale Apartments. Reservations are still required 1 business day in advance by Noon. Call (262) 741-3333 for reservations or see the dining site manager.
  • School lunch service information has been compiled by Lakeland School. Find information on where meals are being served here: Lakeland School Resource Page

On 3/18/2020 Walworth County confirmed the first case of COVID-19 in the jurisdiction. This case is travel related and has remained in voluntary self-isolation since return from travel. 

View full press release here.

At this time Walworth County is not included in the list of identified locations with community transmission.

Walworth County Public Health is actively monitoring disease status 24/7 and is in frequent contact with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. We routinely control the spread of communicable disease and have all procedures in place necessary to respond to this disease. Individuals who are identified as being in close contact with a case will be contacted directly by public health.

Additional guidance on a variety of topics is available at: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/index.htm;

03/16/2020 10:15 AM Update - Walworth County Public Health is actively monitoring disease status 24/7 and is in frequent contact with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. Walworth County currently has no confirmed cases of the disease as of 3/15/2020. Community Transmission of COVID-19 has not yet been identified in Wisconsin.

We have not closed public gatherings or events, but recommend that people adhere to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services mass gathering guidance. https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/index.htm

The Center for Disease Control has recommended that gatherings be limited to no more than 50 people. Event organizers should use their discretion to cancel or reschedule events.