Walworth County COVID-19 Updates

Update: 6/30/2020 - 1:00pm

Walworth County currently has 610 laboratory confirmed cases of the disease as of 6/29/2020.

Total number of laboratory confirmed cases610
Cases currently hospitalized2
Cases currently isolated at primary residence44
Cases recovered546
Deaths18
Negative Tests (*From DHS COVID-19 Website)8


Percent of laboratory-confirmed cases self reporting no symptoms13.4%


Death Statistics

Patient had preexisting medical conditions18
Aged 65-806
Aged Greater than 8012
Death occurred in community1
Death occurred in health care setting17
COVID-19 Listed as Cause of Death16
Cause of Death other with COVID-19 listed as another significant health condition.2

Walworth County Mapped Data and COVID HUB website
Wisconsin Department of Health Services COVID-19
Walworth County Community Impact Dashboard Application
Walworth County Coronavirus Case Dashboard Application

Update: 6/29/2020 - 4:00pm

Walworth County currently has 590 laboratory confirmed cases of the disease as of 6/28/2020.

Total number of laboratory confirmed cases590
Cases currently hospitalized2
Cases currently isolated at primary residence44
Cases recovered526
Deaths18
Negative Tests (*From DHS COVID-19 Website)8,500


Percent of laboratory-confirmed cases self reporting no symptoms13.2%


Death Statistics

Patient had preexisting medical conditions18
Aged 65-806
Aged Greater than 8012
Death occurred in community1
Death occurred in health care setting17
COVID-19 Listed as Cause of Death16
Cause of Death other with COVID-19 listed as another significant health condition.2

Walworth County Mapped Data and COVID HUB website
Wisconsin Department of Health Services COVID-19
Walworth County Community Impact Dashboard Application
Walworth County Coronavirus Case Dashboard Application

Key Updates
Public Health Update
Hospitalizations for COVID-19 remain low in Walworth County and health care continues to report adequate capacity.
Data snapshots will now be provide on Thursdays. This allows for better analysis and data quality.
Check out the HHS Facebook page for continued updates and FAQ documents

State Guidance
DHS has released guidance for Safer Visits at Assisted Living Facilities
WIAA has released sport specific guidance.
A great article from Wisconsin Emergency Management on Fire Work Safety

 Question and Answer

How do I know if my staff should come in to work?
You can find a flow chart HERE that can help with discussions regarding returning to work.
We are seeing many people go to work with mild symptoms. It is very important that even if you have mild symptoms, like a headache or sore throat, you stay home and discuss with your health care provider. This can drastically help reduce transmission of many different illnesses.

Where can I find resources to support employers in my community to create and maintain safer workplace environments?
The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation guidance is not just for reopening. It has great resources to support employers in continuing to maintain safer operations.

What information is being provided to restaurants that are closing due to positive cases?
Businesses with confirmed cases are receiving contact from Public Health.
We review the guidelines available from DHS, WEDC, and CDC specific to their industry and help them identify what steps they should take.
Continuing to follow physical distancing practices and adhering to WEDC guidelines are best practices for most businesses as we move through this pandemic.


Update: 6/26/2020 - 4:15pm

Walworth County currently has 566 laboratory confirmed cases of the disease as of 6/25/2020.

Total number of laboratory confirmed cases566
Cases currently hospitalized1
Cases currently isolated at primary residence34
Cases recovered513
Deaths18
Negative Tests (*From DHS COVID-19 Website)7,826


Percent of laboratory-confirmed cases self reporting no symptoms13.6%


Death Statistics

Patient had preexisting medical conditions18
Aged 65-806
Aged Greater than 8012
Death occurred in community1
Death occurred in health care setting17
COVID-19 Listed as Cause of Death16
Cause of Death other with COVID-19 listed as another significant health condition.2


Update: 6/25/2020 - 3:15pm

Walworth County currently has 549 laboratory confirmed cases of the disease as of 6/24/2020.

Total number of laboratory confirmed cases549
Cases currently hospitalized1
Cases currently isolated at primary residence43
Cases recovered487
Deaths18
Negative Tests (*From DHS COVID-19 Website)7, 568


Percent of laboratory-confirmed cases self reporting no symptoms13.7%


Death Statistics

Patient had preexisting medical conditions18
Aged 65-806
Aged Greater than 8012
Death occurred in community1
Death occurred in health care setting17
COVID-19 Listed as Cause of Death16
Cause of Death other with COVID-19 listed as another significant health condition.2

Walworth County Mapped Data and COVID HUB website
Wisconsin Department of Health Services COVID-19
Walworth County Community Impact Dashboard Application
Walworth County Coronavirus Case Dashboard Application

Key Updates

Public Health Daily Updates
Beginning next week these updates will move to Monday and Thursday only.
Data will still be updated daily on the Walworth County Websites
If important notices are issued or significant changes occur an additional daily update will be added in during that week.

Summer Activities
WIAA has provided a running list of FAQ’s for summer activities PDF PDF
Guidance for gardens, cooling centers, camping, pools, and youth sports is available from DHS.

Question and Answer from DHS

How long does a household contact of a confirmed or probable case need to quarantine?
The quarantine for a household contact is often more than 14 days because of continued exposure while the confirmed or probable case is ill. Day 0 of the mandated 14-day quarantine would be the day the confirmed or probable case ends their isolation.
If household contacts and cases are able to diligently follow the CDC’s Home Isolation Guidance at all times, Day 0 for the contact would be the last day they had close contact or were in the same indoor living environment. For many households, it will be impossible or very difficult to implement these guidelines at all times.


Update: 6/24/2020 - 3:30pm

Walworth County currently has 527 laboratory confirmed cases of the disease as of 6/23/2020.

Total number of laboratory confirmed cases527
Cases currently hospitalized2
Cases currently isolated at primary residence36
Cases recovered471
Deaths18
Negative Tests (*From DHS COVID-19 Website)7,381


Percent of laboratory-confirmed cases self reporting no symptoms13.7%


Death Statistics

Patient had preexisting medical conditions18
Aged 65-806
Aged Greater than 8012
Death occurred in community1
Death occurred in health care setting17
COVID-19 Listed as Cause of Death16
Cause of Death other with COVID-19 listed as another significant health condition.2

Walworth County Mapped Data and COVID HUB website
Wisconsin Department of Health Services COVID-19
Walworth County Community Impact Dashboard Application
Walworth County Coronavirus Case Dashboard Application

Key Updates

Community Testing
The Walworth County Fair Grounds testing site concluded yesterday with 1,000 people tested.

A community testing site will be held in Burlington on 6/30 and 7/1. This site is being coordinated by the Central Racine County Health Department. Anyone who lives or works in Wisconsin may receive testing at this location.
Flyers can be found above

State Updates
AG Kaul Outlines How to Identify Contact Tracing Scammers


Update: 6/23/2020 - 4:30pm

Walworth County currently has 516 laboratory confirmed cases of the disease as of 6/22/2020.

Total number of laboratory confirmed cases516
Cases currently hospitalized2
Cases currently isolated at primary residence32
Cases recovered464
Deaths18
Negative Tests (*From DHS COVID-19 Website)7,177


Percent of laboratory-confirmed cases self reporting no symptoms13.6%


Death Statistics

Patient had preexisting medical conditions18
Aged 65-806
Aged Greater than 8012
Death occurred in community1
Death occurred in health care setting17
COVID-19 Listed as Cause of Death16
Cause of Death other with COVID-19 listed as another significant health condition.2

Walworth County Mapped Data and COVID HUB website
Wisconsin Department of Health Services COVID-19
Walworth County Community Impact Dashboard Application
Walworth County Coronavirus Case Dashboard Application

Key Updates

Public Health Data Snap Shot
On Mondays Public Health will be releasing a data snapshot on the HHS Facebook page.
This is a post designed to quickly communicate the status of COVID-19 in our community and the trend over the last 14 days.
Monday’s post can be found below:

COVID Snapshot 6-22-2020

Previous snapshots will be cataloged here: https://www.co.walworth.wi.us/628/Publications 

DHS Data Released
DHS will release today additional data designed to examine the burden of COVID-19 across the state.
The data may be viewed at https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/local.htm
Data on this dashboard will be updated Wednesdays at 2pm

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Update: 6/22/2020 - 1:45pm

Walworth County currently has 506 laboratory confirmed cases of the disease as of 6/21/2020.

Total number of laboratory confirmed cases506
Cases currently hospitalized3
Cases currently isolated at primary residence48
Cases recovered437
Deaths18
Negative Tests (*From DHS COVID-19 Website)6,850


Percent of laboratory-confirmed cases self reporting no symptoms13.6%


Death Statistics

Patient had preexisting medical conditions18
Aged 65-806
Aged Greater than 8012
Death occurred in community1
Death occurred in health care setting17
COVID-19 Listed as Cause of Death16
Cause of Death other with COVID-19 listed as another significant health condition.2

Walworth County Mapped Data and COVID HUB website
Wisconsin Department of Health Services COVID-19
Walworth County Community Impact Dashboard Application
Walworth County Coronavirus Case Dashboard Application

Key Updates

Community Testing
Free community testing is available at the Walworth County Fair Grounds today 6/22-6/23 from 10am-6pm
Flyers for the testing are found above.

Guidance Updates
DHS released guidance for COVID-19 relating to severe weather and shelters, including Cooling Centers and Severe Weather Shelters
DPI released guidance for schools: Education Forward
WIAA released guidance for summer activities

Question and Answer (from DHS)

Should people with respiratory health issues such as asthma use cloth face coverings?
People with pre-existing respiratory illnesses such as asthma or COPD may face breathing difficulties with tight-fitting respirators; however, the risk with cloth face coverings is very low as they are not tight around the face.

Anyone with COPD, asthma, or some other chronic respiratory issue should consult with their health care provider before deciding to wear a face covering on a regular basis. Face masks are also not necessary in every setting. The CDC does not recommend wearing face coverings while driving, especially if you are alone in the car. Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who is currently having trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.

More information available at DHS, CDC, and The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America websites.


Update: 6/19/2020 - 1:00pm

Walworth County currently has 495 laboratory confirmed cases of the disease as of 6/18/2020.

Total number of laboratory confirmed cases495
Cases currently hospitalized3
Cases currently isolated at primary residence40
Cases recovered434
Deaths18
Negative Tests (*From DHS COVID-19 Website)6, 951


Percent of laboratory-confirmed cases self reporting no symptoms14.0%


Death Statistics

Patient had preexisting medical conditions18
Aged 65-806
Aged Greater than 8012
Death occurred in community1
Death occurred in health care setting17
COVID-19 Listed as Cause of Death16
Cause of Death other with COVID-19 listed as another significant health condition.2

Walworth County Mapped Data and COVID HUB website
Wisconsin Department of Health Services COVID-19
Walworth County Community Impact Dashboard Application
Walworth County Coronavirus Case Dashboard Application

Key Updates

Plan Review
Public Health is being asked to provide recommendations on a variety of reopening plans for different community stakeholders and municipalities
If you are requesting a plan review please plan for a least a two week turnaround time to receive feedback
Plans requesting feedback may be sent to walcoph@co.walworth.wi.us

Community Testing
Walworth County will be hosting a community testing site on 6/22 and 6/23. See the flyers above for more details.
This testing site is listed on the DHS Testing Webpage

Information
DHS announces two statewide studies. https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/news/releases/061720.htm

  • The first study looks at the prevalence of COVID-19 antibodies throughout the state
  • The second study examines samples from wastewater treatments facilities in population and rural areas to determine the concentration of virus genetic material fond in the sewage.

Wisconsin Council of Churches recommendations regarding returning to church can be found on their website. Recommendations were crafted during sessions with spiritual leaders and infection prevention subject matter experts.


Update: 6/18/2020 - 1:15pm

Walworth County currently has 489 laboratory confirmed cases of the disease as of 6/16/2020.

Total number of laboratory confirmed cases489
Cases currently hospitalized3
Cases currently isolated at primary residence35
Cases recovered433
Deaths18
Negative Tests (*From DHS COVID-19 Website)6,850


Percent of laboratory-confirmed cases self reporting no symptoms13.9%


Death Statistics

Patient had preexisting medical conditions18
Aged 65-806
Aged Greater than 8012
Death occurred in community1
Death occurred in health care setting17
COVID-19 Listed as Cause of Death16
Cause of Death other with COVID-19 listed as another significant health condition.2

Walworth County Mapped Data and COVID HUB website
Wisconsin Department of Health Services COVID-19
Walworth County Community Impact Dashboard Application
Walworth County Coronavirus Case Dashboard Application

Key Updates

Plan Review
Public Health is being asked to provide recommendations on a variety of reopening plans for different community stakeholders and municipalities
If you are requesting a plan review please plan for a least a two week turnaround time to receive feedback
Plans requesting feedback may be sent to walcoph@co.walworth.wi.us

Community Testing
Walworth County will be hosting a community testing site on 6/22 and 6/23. See the flyers above for more details.
This testing site is listed on the DHS Testing Webpage

Information
DHS announces two statewide studies. https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/news/releases/061720.htm

  • The first study looks at the prevalence of COVID-19 antibodies throughout the state
  • The second study examines samples from wastewater treatments facilities in population and rural areas to determine the concentration of virus genetic material fond in the sewage.

Wisconsin Council of Churches recommendations regarding returning to church can be found on their website. Recommendations were crafted during sessions with spiritual leaders and infection prevention subject matter experts.


Update: 6/17/2020 - 4:00pm

Walworth County currently has 487 laboratory confirmed cases of the disease as of 6/16/2020.

Total number of laboratory confirmed cases487
Cases currently hospitalized3
Cases currently isolated at primary residence35
Cases recovered432
Deaths17
Negative Tests (*From DHS COVID-19 Website)6,850


Percent of laboratory-confirmed cases self reporting no symptoms14.0%


Death Statistics

Patient had preexisting medical conditions17
Aged 65-806
Aged Greater than 8011
Death occurred in community1
Death occurred in health care setting16
COVID-19 Listed as Cause of Death15
Cause of Death other with COVID-19 listed as another significant health condition.2

Walworth County Mapped Data and COVID HUB website
Wisconsin Department of Health Services COVID-19
Walworth County Community Impact Dashboard Application
Walworth County Coronavirus Case Dashboard Application

Key Updates

Community Testing
Walworth County will be hosting a community testing site on 6/22 and 6/23. See the flyer above for details.
This testing site is listed on the DHS Testing Webpage
A Spanish translation of the flyer will be available tomorrow.

CDC Updates
A variety of different CDC updates have been made available on their website that may be of interest.
Guidance Released by CDC:


Update: 6/16/2020 - 4:30pm

Walworth County currently has 483 laboratory confirmed cases of the disease as of 6/15/2020.

Total number of laboratory confirmed cases483
Cases currently hospitalized2
Cases currently isolated at primary residence34
Cases recovered430
Deaths17
Negative Tests (*From DHS COVID-19 Website)6,762


Percent of laboratory-confirmed cases self reporting no symptoms14.0%


Death Statistics

Patient had preexisting medical conditions17
Aged 65-806
Aged Greater than 8011
Death occurred in community1
Death occurred in health care setting16
COVID-19 Listed as Cause of Death15
Cause of Death other with COVID-19 listed as another significant health condition.2

Walworth County Mapped Data and COVID HUB website
Wisconsin Department of Health Services COVID-19
Walworth County Community Impact Dashboard Application
Walworth County Coronavirus Case Dashboard Application

Key Updates

Community Testing
Walworth County will be hosting a community testing site on 6/22 and 6/23. See the flyer above for details.
This testing site is listed on the DHS Testing Webpage
A Spanish translation of the flyer will be available tomorrow.

CDC UpdatesA variety of different CDC updates have been made available on their website that may be of interest.
Guidance Released by CDC:

Update: 6/15/2020 - 2:30pm

Walworth County currently has 479 laboratory confirmed cases of the disease as of 6/11/2020.

Total number of laboratory confirmed cases479
Cases currently hospitalized2
Cases currently isolated at primary residence31
Cases recovered429
Deaths17
Negative Tests (*From DHS COVID-19 Website)6,489


Percent of laboratory-confirmed cases self reporting no symptoms13.9%


Death Statistics

Patient had preexisting medical conditions17
Aged 65-806
Aged Greater than 8011
Death occurred in community1
Death occurred in health care setting16
COVID-19 Listed as Cause of Death15
Cause of Death other with COVID-19 listed as another significant health condition.2

Walworth County Mapped Data and COVID HUB website
Wisconsin Department of Health Services COVID-19
Walworth County Community Impact Dashboard Application
Walworth County Coronavirus Case Dashboard Application

Key Updates

Community Testing
A community testing site is confirmed for the Walworth County Fairgrounds for 6/22 and 6/23. Specific details will be made available for distribution this week.

 DHS Guidance Documents
·         Adult day centers
·         Beaches
·         Staying safe while camping
·         Thrift stores
·         Return to work - LTC Facilities

Additional Data Available on DHS
DHS has made available a few different data sets that may be viewed at the county level on their Outbreaks Page.
Below is an example of one of the data sets for Walworth County.

SymptomOnsetGraph


Update: 6/12/2020 - 3:30pm

Walworth County currently has 471 laboratory confirmed cases of the disease as of 6/11/2020.

Total number of laboratory confirmed cases471
Cases currently hospitalized1
Cases currently isolated at primary residence28
Cases recovered425
Deaths17
Negative Tests (*From DHS COVID-19 Website)6,245


Percent of laboratory-confirmed cases self reporting no symptoms14.0%


Death Statistics

Patient had preexisting medical conditions17
Aged 65-806
Aged Greater than 8011
Death occurred in community1
Death occurred in health care setting16
COVID-19 Listed as Cause of Death15
Cause of Death other with COVID-19 listed as another significant health condition.2

Walworth County Mapped Data and COVID HUB website
Wisconsin Department of Health Services COVID-19
Walworth County Community Impact Dashboard Application
Walworth County Coronavirus Case Dashboard Application

Key Updates

Community Testing
The National Guard will host a community testing site at the Walworth County Fair Grounds on 6/22-6/23 from 10am-6pm.
Flyers and press release will be available for distribution early next week.

Phases and Guidance
Public Health is working on additional phased reopening guidance that will be available next week.
Metrics and gating criteria specific to Walworth County will be published on the County Website when finalized into a format easily understandable by the community.


Update: 6/11/2020 - 3:15pm

Walworth County currently has 469 laboratory confirmed cases of the disease as of 6/10/2020.

Total number of laboratory confirmed cases469
Cases currently hospitalized1
Cases currently isolated at primary residence31
Cases recovered420
Deaths17
Negative Tests (*From DHS COVID-19 Website)6,175


Percent of laboratory-confirmed cases self reporting no symptoms14.0%


Death Statistics

Patient had preexisting medical conditions17
Aged 65-806
Aged Greater than 8011
Death occurred in community1
Death occurred in health care setting16
COVID-19 Listed as Cause of Death15
Cause of Death other with COVID-19 listed as another significant health condition.2

Walworth County Mapped Data and COVID HUB website
Wisconsin Department of Health Services COVID-19
Walworth County Community Impact Dashboard Application
Walworth County Coronavirus Case Dashboard Application

Key Updates

Community Testing
The National Guard will host a community testing site at the Walworth County Fair Grounds on 6/22-6/23 from 10am-6pm.
Flyers and press release will be available for distribution early next week.

Phases and Guidance
Public Health is working on additional phased reopening guidance that will be available next week.
Metrics and gating criteria specific to Walworth County will be published on the County Website when finalized into a format easily understandable by the community.


Update: 6/10/2020 - 1:30pm

Walworth County currently has 465 laboratory confirmed cases of the disease as of 6/9/2020.

Total number of laboratory confirmed cases465
Cases currently hospitalized3
Cases currently isolated at primary residence38
Cases recovered407
Deaths17
Negative Tests (*From DHS COVID-19 Website)5,837


Percent of laboratory-confirmed cases self reporting no symptoms14.2%


Death Statistics

Patient had preexisting medical conditions17
Aged 65-806
Aged Greater than 8011
Death occurred in community1
Death occurred in health care setting16
COVID-19 Listed as Cause of Death15
Cause of Death other with COVID-19 listed as another significant health condition.2

Walworth County Mapped Data and COVID HUB website
Wisconsin Department of Health Services COVID-19
Walworth County Community Impact Dashboard Application
Walworth County Coronavirus Case Dashboard Application

Key Updates

Community Testing
Approval for a community testing site in Elkhorn is still pending National Guard confirmation.
Aurora Burlington continues to offer drive-through testing for individuals that are symptomatic, find more information on their website.
Mercyhealth Walworth offers a variety of care options including virtual visits for those that are symptomatic and antibody testing. Find more information on their website.

 Question and Answer from DHS on Antibody Testing

"Are serology (antibody) test results reportable?"

Yes, but only positive laboratory test results from a serologic test (antibody test) must be reported. Negative results do not need to be reported. Patients being tested using a serologic test (antibody test) do not need to be reported until positive test results are received.

"What is the benefit of antibody testing?"

Antibody testing can be beneficial in several ways:

  • Data from antibody testing can help researchers build greater knowledge of COVID-19, including understanding how many people have been infected, what the prevalence is within communities, and how the virus spreads, among other research questions.
  • Antibody testing can support an experimental treatment for individuals who are ill with COVID-19, known as “convalescent plasma therapy.” People who are identified as having antibodies to COVID-19 can donate plasma, which is being studied as a treatment for people with current COVID-19 infection.
  • Antibody testing can also be used by scientists to assess the response of the body to vaccines as they are being developed.

"Can antibody testing be used to inform workplace decisions, such as who can safely return to work or who does or does not need to use personal protective equipment?"

Antibody testing should not be used to inform workplace decisions, including return-to-work or personal protective equipment decisions. Antibody testing can only determine whether antibodies are present in an individual’s blood. We don’t know yet whether having antibodies means that a person is immune to or protected from future COVID-19 infection


Update: 6/9/2020 - 3:15pm

Walworth County currently has 453 laboratory confirmed cases of the disease as of 6/8/2020.

Total number of laboratory confirmed cases453
Cases currently hospitalized1
Cases currently isolated at primary residence38
Cases recovered397
Deaths17
Negative Tests (*From DHS COVID-19 Website)5,837


Percent of laboratory-confirmed cases self reporting no symptoms14.3%


Death Statistics

Patient had preexisting medical conditions17
Aged 65-806
Aged Greater than 8011
Death occurred in community1
Death occurred in health care setting16
COVID-19 Listed as Cause of Death15
Cause of Death other with COVID-19 listed as another significant health condition.2

Walworth County Mapped Data and COVID HUB website
Wisconsin Department of Health Services COVID-19
Walworth County Community Impact Dashboard Application
Walworth County Coronavirus Case Dashboard Application

Key Updates

Community Testing
The Sheriff’s Office and public health continue to work on coordinating a community testing site in Elkhorn at the County Fair Grounds
The testing is tentatively scheduled for June 22-23 from 10am-6pm, pending National Guard approval.

Business
A tool kit for businesses and employers has been added to the DHS business page.
This page contains tips on coping, stress, interrupted employment, essential workers, and resources to promote controlling disease in your workplace.

Summer Fun
DHS has added information to their Avoid Illness webpage on a variety of summer topics relating to staying healthy this summer.
Many of these questions link to other resources and make navigating to the information you’re looking for a little bit easier.

Resilient Wisconsin
Walworth County received another overdose spike alert for overdoses that occurred between 5/31/2020 and 6/6/2020. This indicates that our county had more ambulance calls for suspected opioid overdoses than we usually do during that week.

Behavioral health and substance abuse prevention remains a key priority for our community.
Know someone who needs help? Resources are available:
o Walworth County HHS at (262) 741-3200
o Resilient Wisconsin
o Or get involved in a community coalition, Join Walworth County Drug and Alcohol Coalition


Update: 6/8/2020 - 1:00pm

Walworth County currently has 449 laboratory confirmed cases of the disease as of 6/7/2020.

Total number of laboratory confirmed cases449
Cases currently hospitalized4
Cases currently isolated at primary residence51
Cases recovered377
Deaths17
Negative Tests (*From DHS COVID-19 Website)5,568


Percent of laboratory-confirmed cases self reporting no symptoms14.4%


Death Statistics

Patient had preexisting medical conditions17
Aged 65-806
Aged Greater than 8011
Death occurred in community1
Death occurred in health care setting16
COVID-19 Listed as Cause of Death15
Cause of Death other with COVID-19 listed as another significant health condition.2

Walworth County Mapped Data and COVID HUB website
Wisconsin Department of Health Services COVID-19
Walworth County Community Impact Dashboard Application
Walworth County Coronavirus Case Dashboard Application

Key Updates

Community Testing
The Sheriff’s Office and public health continue to work on coordinating a community testing site in Elkhorn at the end of June.
More information will be made available when confirmed.

EMS, Clinics, and Long Term Care
DHS Offers Direct Payments to Long-Term Care Service Providers and Facilities, Emergency Medical Services, and Clinics Affected by COVID-19 Pandemic
- Additional information included on the DHS COVID-19 CARES Act Provider Payments page
- Applications due June 30

DHS Updates
Due to staffing shortages the state-run isolation facility in Milwaukee closed effective 6/7/2020.
DHS has released guidance on adult day services, care center, programs, and adult pre-vocational programs on their Long Term Care Facilities page.
DHS has posted guidance for beaches on their Community Page. Walworth County continues to encourage beach goers to adhere to physical distancing practices and maintaining distance between you and people not from your household at the beach.

Childhood Immunizations
Amid declining vaccination rates for children DHS has launched the “Strengthen Their Circle” campaign promoting soon to be parents to plan to protect their baby against vaccine preventable disease after they are born.

Public Health has set the goal to resume our administration of vaccines for children beginning July 1, 2020.


Update: 6/5/2020 - 3:15pm

Walworth County currently has 434 laboratory confirmed cases of the disease as of 6/4/2020.

Total number of laboratory confirmed cases434
Cases currently hospitalized3
Cases currently isolated at primary residence47
Cases recovered367
Deaths17
Negative Tests (*From DHS COVID-19 Website)5,165


Percent of laboratory-confirmed cases self reporting no symptoms14.3%


Death Statistics

Patient had preexisting medical conditions17
Aged 65-806
Aged Greater than 8011
Death occurred in community1
Death occurred in health care setting16
COVID-19 Listed as Cause of Death15
Cause of Death other with COVID-19 listed as another significant health condition.2

Walworth County Mapped Data and COVID HUB website
Wisconsin Department of Health Services COVID-19
Walworth County Community Impact Dashboard Application
Walworth County Coronavirus Case Dashboard Application

Key Updates

Department of Agriculture Updates
DATCP has released guidance for You-Pick and Farm StandsPDFPDFPDF

A crosswalk for pool operators on WEDC and DATCP guidance can be found hereVersion OptionsCOVID-19HeadlineReopening Blueprint PlanPlan de reapertura del condado de WalworthSafer at Home Press ReleaseCurrent Update for Walworth CountyTesting InformationProvider Information
The crosswalk addresses issues related to safely reopening swimming pools.

Questions and Answer From DHS

Can I get an antibody test?
If you had symptoms of COVID-19 and have since recovered, or if you think you may have had it but did not show symptoms, you may also be able to get an antibody test. Antibody tests will not tell you if you currently have COVID-19, but can let you know if you had it at some time in the past. If you would like an antibody test, contact your doctor to ask for one.

Note: A number of different health care providers throughout the Southeastern region of Wisconsin are offering antibody testing if your primary care provider approves the test. Some have a fee associated.

Can an antibody test tell me if I am immune to COVID-19?
No. Antibody testing can determine whether antibodies are present in an individual’s blood. It cannot determine that an individual is immune to or protected from future COVID-19 infection. It is currently unknown if antibodies provide protection or immunity against COVID-19.

Are antibody tests reliable?
Antibody testing can produce results with varied reliability. While the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved several commercially manufactured antibody tests for use, the reliability of these tests is still being evaluated by the CDC and other federal agencies.

For more information on antibody testing or testing in general visit the DHS Testing Page.


Update: 6/4/2020 - 1:15pm

Walworth County currently has 426 laboratory confirmed cases of the disease as of 6/3/2020.

Total number of laboratory confirmed cases426
Cases currently hospitalized3
Cases currently isolated at primary residence46
Cases recovered360
Deaths17
Negative Tests (*From DHS COVID-19 Website)4,834


Death Statistics

Patient had preexisting medical conditions17
Aged 65-806
Aged Greater than 8011
Death occurred in community1
Death occurred in health care setting16
COVID-19 Listed as Cause of Death14
Cause of Death other with COVID-19 listed as another significant health condition.2

* Cause of death is still pending on 1 of the deaths.

Walworth County Mapped Data and COVID HUB website
Wisconsin Department of Health Services COVID-19
Walworth County Community Impact Dashboard Application
Walworth County Coronavirus Case Dashboard Application

Key Updates

Community Testing
The national guard estimates that around 1,700 tests were completed at the site at UW-Whitewater last week.

The Sheriff’s Office and Public Health are working to set up an additional community testing site in Elkhorn at the end of June.


Update: 6/3/2020 - 3:15pm

Walworth County currently has 426 laboratory confirmed cases of the disease as of 6/2/2020.

Total number of laboratory confirmed cases426
Cases currently hospitalized4
Cases currently isolated at primary residence54
Cases recovered351
Deaths17
Negative Tests (*From DHS COVID-19 Website)4,834


Death Statistics

Patient had preexisting medical conditions17
Aged 65-806
Aged Greater than 8011
Death occurred in community1
Death occurred in health care setting16
COVID-19 Listed as Cause of Death14
Cause of Death other with COVID-19 listed as another significant health condition.2

* Cause of deaths are still pending on 1 of the deaths.

Walworth County Mapped Data and COVID HUB website
Wisconsin Department of Health Services COVID-19
Walworth County Community Impact Dashboard Application
Walworth County Coronavirus Case Dashboard Application

Key Updates

DHS Updates
DHS COVID-19 Outbreaks page now includes percent of COVID-19 cases by recovery status by county

Maps and Data
Maps available on the Walworth County Mapped Data and COVID HUB website can show more detail when clicked on. Especially the county cases map. This map will show you the number of positive and negative tests in each census tract in the county if you click on the census tract.

Have you checked out the Walworth County Community Impact Dashboard Application yet? It is an easy way to see the numbers included at the top of this email.

The Walworth County Coronavirus Case Dashboard Application shows demographics associated with our cases and is another way to understand what COVID looks like in Walworth County.
*Data pictured below is from 06/02/2020.

Dashboard Example


Update: 6/2/2020 - 3:30pm

Walworth County currently has 418 laboratory confirmed cases of the disease as of 6/1/2020.

Total number of laboratory confirmed cases418
Cases currently hospitalized5
Cases currently isolated at primary residence55
Cases recovered341
Deaths17
Negative Tests (*From DHS COVID-19 Website)4,028


Death Statistics

Patient had preexisting medical conditions17
Aged 65-806
Aged Greater than 8011
Death occurred in community1
Death occurred in health care setting16
COVID-19 Listed as Cause of Death14
Cause of Death other with COVID-19 listed as another significant health condition.2

* Cause of deaths are still pending on 1 of the deaths.

Walworth County Mapped Data and COVID HUB website
Wisconsin Department of Health Services COVID-19
Walworth County Community Impact Dashboard Application
Walworth County Coronavirus Case Dashboard Application

Key Updates

Public Health
Public Health is working on developing phase 2 reopening plans, looking at what the best practices to implement are as businesses and facilities open and we meet more of the Badger Bounce Back metrics.

Public Health and the Sheriff’s Office are working on obtaining final numbers from the community testing site in Whitewater. We are also jointly investigating the option to host an additional community testing site in Elkhorn at the end of June.

DHS Update
Dr. Westergaard provides an update on COVID on PBS: https://video.pbswisconsin.org/video/epidemiologic-update-goal-still-shrink-virus-footprint-2samz/

Question and Answer from DHS
When can individuals who are out of isolation return to work? Should individuals who have come in contact with a probable case self-quarantine?*

 Individuals that have been in isolation may return to work when:

· It has been 10 days since symptoms began, AND

· There is significant improvement in respiratory symptoms WITHOUT medication for at least 72 hours, AND

· There is no fever WITHOUT medication for 72 hours or more.

If an individual has contact with a person and is able to separate from the person who has symptoms or was diagnosed with COVID-19, the individual can be released from quarantine and return to work 14 days after last contact with the ill person as long as no symptoms develop during those 14 days.

If an individual is NOT able to completely separate from the person who has symptoms or was diagnosed with COVID-19, the individual can be released from quarantine and return to work 14 days after the ill person is well.

*Note: based on situation and risk, different guidance may be provided for essential workforce by local public health.


Update: 6/1/2020 - 2:15pm

Walworth County currently has 398 laboratory confirmed cases of the disease as of 5/31/2020.

Total number of laboratory confirmed cases398
Cases currently hospitalized5
Cases currently isolated at primary residence54
Cases recovered322
Deaths17
Negative Tests (*From DHS COVID-19 Website)4,000


Death Statistics

Patient had preexisting medical conditions17
Aged 65-806
Aged Greater than 8011
Death occurred in community1
Death occurred in health care setting16
COVID-19 Listed as Cause of Death14
Cause of Death other with COVID-19 listed as another significant health condition.2

* Cause of deaths are still pending on 1 of the deaths.

Walworth County Mapped Data and COVID HUB website
Wisconsin Department of Health Services COVID-19
Walworth County Community Impact Dashboard Application
Walworth County Coronavirus Case Dashboard Application

Key Updates

Community Testing
Community testing in Whitewater ended Saturday. Final number from the testing have not yet been received.
Preliminary information indicates that residents from over 5 different counties received testing at the Whitewater site.

Data
DHS has added epidemiology curves for number of cases and deaths broken down to the county level to their website: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/county.htm

DHS Guidance
Nursing home guidance for staffing during shortages or an outbreak has been added to the LTC page: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/ltc.htm
Guidance for reopening pools has been added: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/community.htm
Additional information about antibody testing is now available: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/testing.htm

Question and Answer

What options are available for vulnerable employees as workplaces reopen?
Workers who have underlying medical conditions or who are older have protections under federal law. Medical conditions such as diabetes or asthma are considered disabilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act, which allows workers to ask their employers for reasonable accommodations to do their jobs. Workers older than 40 are protected from discrimination based on age under federal law, meaning that employers can’t establish rules saying that workers over a certain age can’t come into the workplace due to COVID-19.


Update: 5/29/2020 - 4:15pm

Walworth County currently has 390 laboratory confirmed cases of the disease as of 5/28/2020.

Total number of laboratory confirmed cases390
Cases currently hospitalized5
Cases currently isolated at primary residence67
Cases recovered301
Deaths17
Negative Tests (*From DHS COVID-19 Website)3,469


Death Statistics

Patient had preexisting medical conditions17
Aged 65-806
Aged Greater than 8011
Death occurred in community1
Death occurred in health care setting16
COVID-19 Listed as Cause of Death13
Cause of Death other with COVID-19 listed as another significant health condition.2

* Cause of deaths are still pending on 2 of the deaths.

Walworth County Mapped Data and COVID HUB website
Wisconsin Department of Health Services COVID-19
Walworth County Community Impact Dashboard Application
Walworth County Coronavirus Case Dashboard Application

Key Updates

Community Testing
· Testing continues in Whitewater
· Thursday 466 tests were completed at the community testing site. The site had to be shut down for an hour due to weather.
· Testing will continue Friday and Saturday as supplies allow.
· Advocate Aurora has announced increased testing capacity, including at their facility in Burlington. View their site to find out more about this initiative: https://www.advocateaurorahealth.org/coronavirus-disease-2019/community-testing


Update: 5/28/2020 - 3:30pm

Walworth County currently has 374 laboratory confirmed cases of the disease as of 5/27/2020.

Total number of laboratory confirmed cases374
Cases currently hospitalized6
Cases currently isolated at primary residence66
Cases recovered285
Deaths17
Negative Tests (*From DHS COVID-19 Website)3,275


Death Statistics

Patient had preexisting medical conditions17
Aged 65-806
Aged Greater than 8011
Death occurred in community1
Death occurred in health care setting16
COVID-19 Listed as Cause of Death13
Cause of Death other with COVID-19 listed as another significant health condition.2

* Cause of deaths are still pending on 2 of the deaths.

Walworth County Mapped Data and COVID HUB website
Wisconsin Department of Health Services COVID-19
Walworth County Community Impact Dashboard Application
Walworth County Coronavirus Case Dashboard Application

Key Updates

Community Testing
The community testing site in Whitewater provided 577 tests yesterday.
Testing continues today, Friday, and Saturday while supplies last
View more information about the testing site above or via HHS Facebook

Immunizations
The state has seen a drastic decrease in the number of children receiving routine vaccinations.
As health care starts providing routine care again it will be important to continue to emphasize the value of routine vaccination for children and adults
Walworth County Public Health is in the process of developing plan to reopen our immunization clinics before August 2020 to accommodate vaccine needs for back to school.


Update: 5/27/2020 - 4:00pm

Walworth County currently has 366 laboratory confirmed cases of the disease as of 5/26/2020.

Total number of laboratory confirmed cases366
Cases currently hospitalized6
Cases currently isolated at primary residence70
Cases recovered274
Deaths16
Negative Tests (*From DHS COVID-19 Website)3,275


Death Statistics

Patient had preexisting medical conditions16
Aged 65-806
Aged Greater than 8010
Death occurred in community1
Death occurred in health care setting15
COVID-19 Listed as Cause of Death13
Cause of Death other with COVID-19 listed as another significant health condition.2

* Cause of deaths are still pending on 1 of the deaths.

View Mapped Data

Wisconsin Department of Health Services COVID-19 Information

Key Updates

Data Available
Walworth County Information Systems has published two applications to the County Maps and Apps Gallery

· The Community Impact Dashboard Application shows the same information as in the table above but in a more visually appealing manner

· The Coronavirus Case Dashboard Application shows demographic data of cases, information on the source of exposure, and information on our cases over time.

Community Testing
The community testing site in Whitewater started today at 11am and continues daily from 11a-7p through Saturday
View more information about the testing site above or via HHS Facebook

Guidance Documents
DHS has released guidance for adult family homes to the COVID-19 Long Term Care Page
An antibody testing FAQ has been added to the DHS Testing Page
Guidance on yard and rummage sales has been posted to the DHS Community and Faith Based Page

DNR
As of May 22, all Wisconsin state park system properties will return to regular operating hours of 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. seven days a week.
Limited number of day-use area restrooms at park properties will reopen for public use beginning Wednesday, June 3.
Group, family and indoor group campsites will remain closed through June 7. Camping status past this date is being evaluated.
All events and shelter reservations will be canceled through June 7. The status of events past June 7 is currently under review.
The DNR website has been updated to reflect the new hours, restroom openings, and camping information.


Update: 5/26/2020 - 2:00pm

Walworth County currently has 356 laboratory confirmed cases of the disease as of 5/25/2020.

Total number of laboratory confirmed cases356
Cases currently hospitalized6
Cases currently isolated at primary residence77
Cases recovered258
Deaths15
Negative Tests (*From DHS COVID-19 Website)3,152


Death Statistics

Patient had preexisting medical conditions15
Aged 65-806
Aged Greater than 809
Death occurred in community1
Death occurred in health care setting14
COVID-19 Listed as Cause of Death10
Cause of Death other with COVID-19 listed as another significant health condition.2

* Cause of deaths are still pending on 3 of the deaths.

View Mapped Data

Wisconsin Department of Health Services COVID-19 Information

Key Updates

Community Testing 

  • A Community Testing site will occur in Whitewater 5/27-5/30. Flyers are available in English and Spanish at the top of this page.
  • Testing is open to any Wisconsin resident age 5 or older, no symptoms required.
  • Testing performed by the National Guard who will be in uniform.
  • Enter the testing site off Starin Rd and Warhawk Dr.


Update: 5/22/2020 - 4:00pm

Walworth County currently has 335 laboratory confirmed cases of the disease as of 5/21/2020.

Total number of laboratory confirmed cases335
Cases currently hospitalized3
Cases currently isolated at primary residence85
Cases recovered235
Deaths12
Negative Tests (*From DHS COVID-19 Website)2,638


Death Statistics

Patient had preexisting medical conditions12
Aged 65-806
Aged Greater than 806
Death occurred in community1
Death occurred in health care setting11
COVID-19 Listed as Cause of Death10
Cause of Death other with COVID-19 listed as another significant health condition.2

View Mapped Data

Wisconsin Department of Health Services COVID-19 Information

Key Updates

Resilient Wisconsin
DHS has expanded the Resilient Wisconsin Initiative by adding resources and supports for those most impacted by COVID-19
View the press release here: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/news/releases/052220.htm
In need of emergency mental health help? Contact Walworth County Crisis at (262) 741-3200.
If in immediate or life-threatening danger, including suicide, dial 911.

Funding
Governor Evers has announced a number of different funding opportunities including for long term care facilities, farmers, and emergency medical services.
View all the Governor’s Office press releases here: https://evers.wi.gov/Pages/Newsroom/Press-Releases.aspx

Question and Answer

What resources are available to people experiencing emotional distress?

The Resilient Wisconsin website has practical tools and sources of support that can help strengthen resilience during times of stress. Free resources are available for the general public and people responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline provides 24/7 365 day-a-year crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human caused-disaster. This toll-free, multilingual, and confidential crisis support service is available to all residents of the United States and its territories.

· Call DistressLine at 1-800-985-5990

· Text TalkWithUs to 66746

· Call Walworth County Crisis at (262) 741-3200


Update: 5/21/2020 - 2:00pm

Walworth County currently has 316 laboratory confirmed cases of the disease as of 5/20/2020.

Total number of laboratory confirmed cases316
Cases currently hospitalized2
Cases currently isolated at primary residence83
Cases recovered220
Deaths11
Negative Tests (*From DHS COVID-19 Website)2,279


Death Statistics

Patient had preexisting medical conditions11
Aged 65-806
Aged Greater than 805
Death occurred in community1
Death occurred in health care setting10
COVID-19 Listed as Cause of Death9
Cause of Death other with COVID-19 listed as another significant health condition.2

View Mapped Data

Wisconsin Department of Health Services COVID-19 Information

Key Updates

Data
Walworth County Information Systems has been working hard to create visuals of the demographic data related to our COVID-19 positive cases.
Stay tuned as this data should be published to the HUB site in the next week or so

Reopening Businesses
The Walworth County Reopening Blueprint is now available in Spanish (see the top of this page for the "Plan de reapertura del condado de Walworth" link).
WEDC has released a series of videos targeted for business safe reopening.
View the Focus Forward videos here: https://wedc.org/focus-forward/updates/

Foodshare
DHS has worked with a number of retailers and Foodshare to expand the ability for individuals to use their benefits to order groceries online.
View the press release here: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/news/releases/052120.htm


Update: 5/20/2020 - 2:30pm

Walworth County currently has 310 laboratory confirmed cases of the disease as of 5/19/2020.

Total number of laboratory confirmed cases310
Cases currently hospitalized2
Cases currently isolated at primary residence78
Cases recovered219
Deaths11
Negative Tests (*From DHS COVID-19 Website)2,084


Death Statistics

Patient had preexisting medical conditions11
Aged 65-806
Aged Greater than 805
Death occurred in community1
Death occurred in health care setting10
COVID-19 Listed as Cause of Death9
Cause of Death other with COVID-19 listed as another significant health condition.2

View Mapped Data

Wisconsin Department of Health Services COVID-19 Information

Key Updates

Increased Testing
Mass testing of residents and staff in multiple long term care facilities has commenced in Walworth County. This along with community testing and pre-operative testing will continue to increase the number of cases identified in our community.

The most important measure of success is not the total number of cases but the number of patients hospitalized and our health care system’s capacity to provide care.

Our health care systems remain strong and committed to serving Walworth County.

DHS Recommendations
DHS has added recommendations for summer camps to their Schools Page
Recommendations for youth sports has been added to the DHS Community Page
DHS added recommendations for large gatherings on their Avoid Illness Page

Funding Announcements
Governor Evers’ office has announced funding on many different topics including rental assistance and economic stimulus. View all the press releases here: https://evers.wi.gov/Pages/Newsroom/Press-Releases.aspx


Update: 5/19/2020 - 1:00pm

Walworth County currently has 288 laboratory confirmed cases of the disease as of 5/18/2020.

Total number of laboratory confirmed cases288
Cases currently hospitalized1
Cases currently isolated at primary residence59
Cases recovered217
Deaths11
Negative Tests (*From DHS COVID-19 Website)1,899


Death Statistics

Patient had preexisting medical conditions11
Aged 65-806
Aged Greater than 805
Death occurred in community1
Death occurred in health care setting10
COVID-19 Listed as Cause of Death9
Cause of Death other with COVID-19 listed as another significant health condition.2

View Mapped Data

Wisconsin Department of Health Services COVID-19 Information

Key Updates

Community Testing
Individuals who were tested at a National Guard run testing facility need to contact the public health office in the jurisdiction where they reside for their test results. Test results are only provided to the health department in the jurisdiction in which you reside.

Large Gatherings
DHS has published an update on their Avoid Illness page regarding guidance for large gatherings.
Walworth County has guidance for events in the reopening blue print under entertainment and venues. This guidance focuses on limiting crowd size based on size of the venue and the type of event. It also provides guidance on other aspects of hosting an event that should be considered.

Business
Gov. Evers released a $75 million grant program to assist businesses in reopening safely. View the press release here: https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/WIGOV/bulletins/28c2d0c

Long Term Care Facilities (LTCF)
DHS and Walworth County continue to recommend that LTCF maintain strict guidelines for visitors, staffing management, and use of PPE. Residents in LTCF remain our most vulnerable and protecting them is a priority.

· View DHS guidance for LTCF here: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/ltc.htm


Update: 5/18/2020 - 2:15pm

Walworth County currently has 284 laboratory confirmed cases of the disease as of 5/17/2020.

Total number of laboratory confirmed cases284
Cases currently hospitalized1
Cases currently isolated at primary residence59
Cases recovered213
Deaths11
Negative Tests (*From DHS COVID-19 Website)1,852


Death Statistics

A death was mistakenly reported as a COVID-19 associated death, however, the physician who certified the death certificate found that COVID-19 was not the cause of death or an underlying condition to the death. This was confirmed upon consultation with the Medical Examiner’s Office. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services has been notified of the error in reporting.

Patient had preexisting medical conditions11
Aged 65-806
Aged Greater than 805
Death occurred in community1
Death occurred in health care setting10
COVID-19 Listed as Cause of Death9
Cause of Death other with COVID-19 listed as another significant health condition.2

View Mapped Data

Wisconsin Department of Health Services COVID-19 Information

Key Updates

Expanded Testing Statewide
Expanded testing and community testing statewide will continue to result in increased numbers of confirmed cases.
Previously symptoms were required for testing, now a number of sites are open to asymptomatic patients. This will help identify asymptomatic patients and help control transmission of disease, but it will also lead to an increase in the number of cases.

Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation
WEDC continues to develop and publish resources for businesses. This is the preferred site for information for businesses supported by the Governor’s Office.
View their resources here: https://wedc.org/programs-and-resources/covid-19-response/

Community Testing Sites
Walworth and Jefferson Counties continue to coordinate to request a community testing site in Whitewater.
Information on other community testing sites can be found here: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/testing.htm


Update: 5/15/2020 - 2:45pm

Walworth County currently has 272 laboratory confirmed cases of the disease as of 5/14/2020.

Please note that we are currently still sorting through a number of different lab reports with incomplete address information. This will result in variations in our case numbers over the next few days. Thank you for your understanding.

Total number of laboratory confirmed cases272
Cases currently hospitalized1
Cases currently isolated at primary residence49
Cases recovered211
Deaths11


Death Statistics

Patient had preexisting medical conditions11
Aged 65-806
Aged Greater than 805
Death occurred in community1
Death occurred in health care setting10
COVID-19 Listed as Cause of Death8
Cause of Death other with COVID-19 listed as another significant health condition.3

View Mapped Data

Wisconsin Department of Health Services COVID-19 Information

Updated Screening Questions Available

As we’ve learned more about COIVD-19 Public Health has taken the time to update screening questions that may be used to help businesses in staff symptom monitoring, to determine if non-essential appointments should be kept, or to decide if additional precautions should be taken during face to face interactions. These are not approved questions but may be used at the discretion of businesses in their decisions to screen. We would recommend individuals answering yes to any of these questions discuss their symptoms with their primary care provider.

1. Are you sick today?
2. Have you or anyone in your household experienced a cough, shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing that isn’t normal for you or them in the last week?
3. Have you or anyone in your household had any of the following symptoms in the last week (must have had at least 2 of these):
Fever or chills
Muscle aches
Headache
Loss of smell or taste
Extreme fatigue
Sore throat

4. Have you been in contact with someone who has COVID-19 or been told you are a close contact of someone with COVID-19?
5. Have you or anyone in your household been told to isolate or quarantine?

Key Updates

DHS Rule Making Initiated
Gov. Tony Evers today approved a statement of scope developed by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) beginning the administrative rule making process to enact protections for Wisconsinites during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The governor’s approval letter is available here and the scope statement is available here.

Alternate Care Facility
An FAQ about the Alternate Care Facility located at the State Fair grounds in Milwaukee has been released:
https://doa.wi.gov/Secretary/ACF-FAQ.pdf


Update: 5/14/2020 - 2:30pm

Walworth County currently has 263 laboratory confirmed cases of the disease as of 5/13/2020.

Please note that we are currently still sorting through a number of different lab reports with incomplete address information. This will result in variations in our case numbers over the next few days. Thank you for your understanding.

Total number of laboratory confirmed cases263
Cases currently hospitalized1
Cases currently isolated at primary residence67
Cases recovered184
Deaths11


Death Statistics

Patient had preexisting medical conditions11
Aged 65-806
Aged Greater than 805
Death occurred in community1
Death occurred in health care setting10
COVID-19 Listed as Cause of Death8
Cause of Death other with COVID-19 listed as another significant health condition.3

View Mapped Data

Wisconsin Department of Health Services COVID-19 Information

Updated Screening Questions Available

As we’ve learned more about COIVD-19 Public Health has taken the time to update screening questions that may be used to help businesses in staff symptom monitoring, to determine if non-essential appointments should be kept, or to decide if additional precautions should be taken during face to face interactions. These are not approved questions but may be used at the discretion of businesses in their decisions to screen. We would recommend individuals answering yes to any of these questions discuss their symptoms with their primary care provider.

1. Are you sick today?
2. Have you or anyone in your household experienced a cough, shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing that isn’t normal for you or them in the last week?
3. Have you or anyone in your household had any of the following symptoms in the last week (must have had at least 2 of these):
Fever or chills
Muscle aches
Headache
Loss of smell or taste
Extreme fatigue
Sore throat

4. Have you been in contact with someone who has COVID-19 or been told you are a close contact of someone with COVID-19?
5. Have you or anyone in your household been told to isolate or quarantine?

Key Updates

Resilient Wisconsin
The people of Wisconsin are making important changes to take care of themselves, their loved ones, and their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s not easy. But Resilient Wisconsin has tools and resources that can help people manage some of the stress and strengthen their ability to bounce back from adversity.
· Visit the Resilient Wisconsin website for new tips for people in challenging situations, including people living with mental health and substance use concerns.
· New Resource: A Guide to Sources of Support During COVID-19 For People Living With Mental Health and Substance Use Concerns.

DHS Data Information Released
Yesterday the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) released the names of skilled nursing facilities (nursing homes) with active COVID-19 facility-wide public health investigations.
On May 13, 2020, there are 38 nursing homes with active public health investigations in Wisconsin.

Community Testing Locations
DHS has added a map with locations for where people can be tested for COVID-19.
View the map HERE


Update: 5/13/2020 - 1:30pm

Walworth County currently has 250 laboratory confirmed cases of the disease as of 5/12/2020.

Please note that a number of cases had inadvertently been reported as residents of Walworth County. During contact tracing it was identified that while these individuals work in Walworth County they reside in another jurisdiction. We are currently still sorting through a number of different lab reports with incomplete address information. This will result in variations in our case numbers over the next few days. Thank you for your understanding.

Total number of laboratory confirmed cases250
Cases currently hospitalized1
Cases currently isolated at primary residence96
Cases recovered142
Deaths11


Death Statistics

Patient had preexisting medical conditions11
Aged 65-806
Aged Greater than 805
Death occurred in community1
Death occurred in health care setting10
COVID-19 Listed as Cause of Death8
Cause of Death other with COVID-19 listed as another significant health condition.3

View Mapped Data

Wisconsin Department of Health Services COVID-19 Information

Updated Screening Questions Available

As we’ve learned more about COIVD-19 Public Health has taken the time to update screening questions that may be used to help businesses in staff symptom monitoring, to determine if non-essential appointments should be kept, or to decide if additional precautions should be taken during face to face interactions. These are not approved questions but may be used at the discretion of businesses in their decisions to screen. We would recommend individuals answering yes to any of these questions discuss their symptoms with their primary care provider.

1. Are you sick today?
2. Have you or anyone in your household experienced a cough, shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing that isn’t normal for you or them in the last week?
3. Have you or anyone in your household had any of the following symptoms in the last week (must have had at least 2 of these):
Fever or chills
Muscle aches
Headache
Loss of smell or taste
Extreme fatigue
Sore throat

4. Have you been in contact with someone who has COVID-19 or been told you are a close contact of someone with COVID-19?
5. Have you or anyone in your household been told to isolate or quarantine?

Key Updates

Executive and Emergency Orders
The Wisconsin Legislative Council provided a memo with a list of all of the executive and emergency orders that provides information on their current status.
View the memo here: https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/misc/lc/information_memos/2020/im_2020_06


Update: 5/12/2020 - 1:45pm

Walworth County currently has 244 laboratory confirmed cases of the disease as of 5/11/2020.

Please note that a number of cases had inadvertently been reported as residents of Walworth County. During contact tracing it was identified that while these individuals work in Walworth County they reside in another jurisdiction. We are currently still sorting through a number of different lab reports with incomplete address information. This will result in variations in our case numbers over the next few days. Thank you for your understanding.

Total number of laboratory confirmed cases244
Cases currently hospitalized2
Cases currently isolated at primary residence99
Cases recovered132
Deaths11


Death Statistics

Patient had preexisting medical conditions11
Aged 65-806
Aged Greater than 805
Death occurred in community1
Death occurred in health care setting10
COVID-19 Listed as Cause of Death8
Cause of Death other with COVID-19 listed as another significant health condition.3

View Mapped Data

Wisconsin Department of Health Services COVID-19 Information

Key Updates

Order #36
Yesterday the Governor’s Office issued order #36 which opens up additional business in Wisconsin. View the order: https://evers.wi.gov/Documents/COVID19/EMO36-SAHDialTurn2.pdfPDF
It also directs businesses to review the guidance provided by WEDC: https://wedc.org/reopen-guidelines/

Community Testing
A community testing site at Burlington High School is currently offering COVID-19 testing for symptomatic residents (see information at the top of the page under “Testing Information”).

Walworth and Jefferson Counties continue to coordinate together to work with the State Emergency Operations Center with the goal of establishing a community testing site in Whitewater. No date has been confirmed. Updates will be provided as available.


Update: 5/11/2020 - 4:00pm

Walworth County currently has 252 laboratory confirmed cases of the disease as of 5/10/2020.

Total number of laboratory confirmed cases252
Cases currently hospitalized4
Cases currently isolated at primary residence161
Cases recovered77
Deaths10


Death Statistics*

Patient had preexisting medical conditions9
Aged 65-804
Aged Greater than 805
Death occurred in community1
Death occurred in health care setting8
COVID-19 Listed as Cause of Death7
Cause of Death other with COVID-19 listed as another significant health condition.2

*Current death statistics have not been updated with the most recent information as of 5/11/20.

View Mapped Data

Wisconsin Department of Health Services COVID-19 Information

Key Updates

Reopen Guidelines
The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation released comprehensive reopening guidelines for Wisconsin businesses. The industry-specific documents aim to help businesses use best practices to safely reopen when permitted.
https://wedc.org/reopen-guidelines/

Evolving Testing Priorities
DHS has adopted the new CDC guidelines on testing priorities for asymptomatic people https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/WIDHS/bulletins/28aaf76

  • In Wisconsin, DHS recommends COVID-19 testing for asymptomatic individuals in the following situations:
    • As part of public health investigations, such an outbreak involving multiple cases in a workplace.
    • For individuals in congregate living situations such as nursing homes or assisted living facilities.
    • In health care settings, when needed to inform infection control interventions, such as before aerosol-generating procedures.
    • In community settings, when testing of close contacts of confirmed cases would inform local public health interventions, such as contact tracing investigations, or decisions about location of quarantine or isolation.

Discontinuation of Isolation
DHS is now recommending the following criteria be used to determine release from isolation of individuals with suspected or confirmed COVID-19. https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/WIDHS/bulletins/28aaf76

  • Symptomatic individuals with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 should remain in isolation until:
    • At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared, AND
    • At least 3 days (72 hours) have passed since recovery. Recovery is defined as resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and improvement in respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath)


  • Asymptomatic individuals with lab-confirmed COVID-19 should remain in isolation until:
    • At least 10 days have passed since the collection date of their first positive COVID-19 diagnostic test, assuming they have not subsequently developed symptoms. NOTE: patients who develop COVID-19 symptoms during this period should extend isolation precautions for at least 10 days from the date of symptom onset

Community Testing
The five-day Burlington Community Testing event kicks off today. Any resident of Wisconsin who is symptomatic may go to this site to be tested. 

View information for and locations of community testing sites on the DHS website: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/testing.htm


Update: 5/8/2020 - 5:00pm

Walworth County currently has 249 laboratory confirmed cases of the disease as of 5/7/2020.

Total number of laboratory confirmed cases249
Cases currently hospitalized6
Cases currently isolated at primary residence171
Cases recovered63
Deaths9


Death Statistics

Patient had preexisting medical conditions9
Aged 65-804
Aged Greater than 805
Death occurred in community1
Death occurred in health care setting8
COVID-19 Listed as Cause of Death7
Cause of Death other with COVID-19 listed as another significant health condition.2

Please note that it is not unexpected that our case numbers will continue to rise, especially as testing becomes more readily available. Currently our health care systems are still responding strong and our hospitalizations remain low.

View Mapped Data

Wisconsin Department of Health Services COVID-19 Information

Key Updates

East Troy Fire
A fire in East Troy yesterday displaced approximately 70 residents. The Red Cross and Salvation Army have stepped in to ensure that housing and basic needs are being met. The victims have been temporarily placed at the Quality Inn in East Troy. We are urging the public not to drop food and other items off.
Those interested in donating can contact the American Red Cross or the Salvation Army.
People interested volunteerism can also visit Volunteer Wisconsin for opportunities.

Community Testing
The Burlington Community Testing Location information can be found at the top of this page. Any resident of Wisconsin who is symptomatic may go to this site to be tested.

View information for and locations of community testing sites on the DHS website: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/testing.htm

Sanitizer Ingestion
The Wisconsin Poison Center received 299 calls on cleaning product exposures from March 25 to April 21, a 44% increase from last year. The combination of having more people at home, with more chemicals, leads to more exposure.

In response to high demand and short supply, well-intentioned small businesses, including locally-owned distilleries, are adapting their product lines to develop hand sanitizers and disinfectants. However, their product branding and packaging strongly resemble their original products and have been mistaken for consumable alcohols. Some of these sanitizing products are in liquid form rather than the more familiar gel form, which presents a higher risk for accidental ingestion. Adults, as well as children, are ingesting the products. Additional information can be found at: https://www.poison.org/

ASL guidance
DHS has added ASL guidance videos to its resource page. Please share widely in the community: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/resources-asl.htm


Update: 5/7/2020 - 1:45pm

Walworth County currently has 239 laboratory confirmed cases of the disease as of 5/6/2020.

Total number of laboratory confirmed cases239
Cases currently hospitalized6
Cases currently isolated at primary residence162
Cases recovered62
Deaths9


Death Statistics

Patient had preexisting medical conditions9
Aged 65-804
Aged Greater than 805
Death occurred in community1
Death occurred in health care setting8
COVID-19 Listed as Cause of Death7
Cause of Death other with COVID-19 listed as another significant health condition.2

Please note that it is not unexpected that our case numbers will continue to rise, especially as testing becomes more readily available. Currently our health care systems are still responding strong and our hospitalizations remain low.

View Mapped Data

Wisconsin Department of Health Services COVID-19 Information

Key Updates

New Data on DHS Website
DHS has provided new data on facility investigations on their website.
https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/investigations.htm

Updated Guidance for Release from Isolation for COVID-19 Positive Cases
In alignment with CDC, DHS is now recommending that COVID-19 positive patients must wait at least 10 days from the start of symptoms before being released from isolation. Previously this was 7 days.

Patients must continue to have no fever for at least 3 days without aid of fever reducing medications, and have an improvement in symptoms to qualify for release from isolation.


Update: 5/6/2020 - 1:15pm

Walworth County currently has 237 laboratory confirmed cases of the disease as of 5/5/2020.

Total number of laboratory confirmed cases237
Cases currently hospitalized7
Cases currently isolated at primary residence161
Cases recovered60
Deaths9


Death Statistics

Patient had preexisting medical conditions9
Aged 65-804
Aged Greater than 805
Death occurred in community1
Death occurred in health care setting8
COVID-19 Listed as Cause of Death7
Cause of Death other with COVID-19 listed as another significant health condition.2

Please note that it is not unexpected that our case numbers will continue to rise, especially as testing becomes more readily available. Currently our health care systems are still responding strong and our hospitalizations remain low.

View Mapped Data

Wisconsin Department of Health Services COVID-19 Information

Key Updates

Community Testing Sites
Waukesha County is hosting a community testing site for Wisconsin residents who have COVID-19 symptoms.
See the press release HERE.

Badger Bounce Back
DHS added hospital metrics to the gating criteria for the Badger Bounce Back. https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/news/releases/050520.htm


Update: 5/5/2020 - 1:45pm

Walworth County currently has 235 laboratory confirmed cases of the disease as of 5/4/2020.

Total number of laboratory confirmed cases235
Cases currently hospitalized6
Cases currently isolated at primary residence162
Cases recovered59
Deaths8


Death Statistics

Patient had preexisting medical conditions8
Aged 65-803
Aged Greater than 805
Death occurred in community1
Death occurred in health care setting7
COVID-19 Listed as Cause of Death6
Cause of Death other with COVID-19 listed as another significant health condition.2

Please note that it is not unexpected that our case numbers will continue to rise, especially as testing becomes more readily available. Currently our health care systems are still responding strong and our hospitalizations remain low.

Walworth County COVID-19 info: https://www.co.walworth.wi.us/856/COVID-19
View Mapped Data here: https://coronavirus-response-walworth-county-walco.hub.arcgis.com/
Wisconsin Department of Health Services COVID-19 Info: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/index.htm

Key Updates

What to do if you’re not Safer at Home
Walworth County HHS and the Sheriff’s Office have created social media posts with resources for those who may not be safer at home due to abuse. You can find these as Facebook posts on the HHS or Sheriff’s Office Facebook pages.

 Increasing Testing
Governor Evers announces plan to increase testing in Wisconsin.
View the press release here: https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/WIGOV/bulletins/289d8e9

PPE Informational Resources
The Department of Health Services (DHS) has developed several new personal protective equipment (PPE) resource documents. These one-pagers provide recommendations on how to use and conserve PPE and are titled:
o Delivery Drivers
o Home and Community Based Service Providers
o Recipients of Home and Community Based Services
o In-Home Visits for Social Workers
o Providers of Transportation Services


Update: 5/1/2020 - 2:15pm

Walworth County currently has 180 laboratory confirmed cases of the disease as of 4/30/2020.

Total number of laboratory confirmed cases180
Cases currently hospitalized6
Cases currently isolated at primary residence113
Cases recovered53
Deaths8


Death Statistics

Patient had preexisting medical conditions8
Aged 65-803
Aged Greater than 805
Death occurred in community1
Death occurred in health care setting7
COVID-19 Listed as Cause of Death6
Cause of Death other with COVID-19 listed as another significant health condition.2

Please note that it is not unexpected that our case numbers will continue to rise, especially as testing becomes more readily available. Currently our health care systems are still responding strong and our hospitalizations remain low.

Wisconsin Department of Health Services COVID-19 Information

Key Updates

Children who qualify for free or reduced lunch through the national school lunch program can now receive Food Benefits in Wisconsin. View the press release


Update: 4/30/2020 - 1:00pm

Walworth County currently has 175 laboratory confirmed cases of the disease as of 4/29/2020.

Total number of laboratory confirmed cases175
Cases currently hospitalized4
Cases currently isolated at primary residence110
Cases recovered53
Deaths8


Death Data

Patient had preexisting medical conditions8
Aged 65-803
Aged Greater than 805
Death occurred in community1
Death occurred in health care setting7
COVID-19 Listed as Cause of Death6
Cause of Death other with COVID-19 listed as another significant health condition.2

Please note that it is not unexpected that our case numbers will continue to rise, especially as testing becomes more readily available. Currently our health care systems are still responding strong and our hospitalizations remain low.

Walworth County COVID-19 Updates: https://www.co.walworth.wi.us/856/COVID-19
View mapped data here:  https://coronavirus-response-walworth-county-walco.hub.arcgis.com/ 
Wisconsin Department of Health Services COVID-19 Info: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/index.htm

Walworth County Information Systems is in the process of updating the Walworth County COIVD page to make it easier to navigate and find information. Stay tuned for more updates on this progress and the launch of the page.

Key Updates

DHS Data Updates
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) released new data today on its website about COVID-19 facility-wide public health investigations and outbreaks in areas across the state.

· View the data here: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/investigations.htm

Farmers Markets
The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture released new guidance for Farmers Market Vendors and Consumers

· View the guidance here: https://datcp.wi.gov/Documents/FarmersMarketGuidanceCovid19.pdf PDF  PDF  PDF  PDF PDFPDFPDF

Partner Q&A

Is there information available about how many COVID-19 tests have been performed in Walworth County?
The Wisconsin Department of Health services publishes the number of positive and negative tests for each county on their website (https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/county.htm).

· Based on this data we have had 953 residents of Walworth County tested for COVID-19 as of 4/29/2019.


Update: 4/29/2020 - 1:30pm

Walworth County currently has 169 laboratory confirmed cases of the disease as of 4/28/2020.

Total number of laboratory confirmed cases169
Cases currently hospitalized4
Cases currently isolated at primary residence106
Cases recovered51
Deaths8


Death Data

Patient had preexisting medical conditions8
Aged 65-803
Aged Greater than 805
Death occurred in community1
Death occurred in health care setting7
COVID-19 Listed as Cause of Death*5
Cause of Death other with COVID-19 listed as another significant health condition.*2

* One cause of death is still pending.

Please note that it is not unexpected that our case numbers will continue to rise, especially as testing becomes more readily available. Currently our health care systems are still responding strong and our hospitalizations remain low.

Walworth County COVID-19 Updates: https://www.co.walworth.wi.us/856/COVID-19
View mapped data here:  https://coronavirus-response-walworth-county-walco.hub.arcgis.com/ 
Wisconsin Department of Health Services COVID-19 Info: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/index.htm

Walworth County Information Systems is in the process of updating the Walworth County COIVD page to make it easier to navigate and find information. Stay tuned for more updates on this progress and the launch of the page.

Key Updates

COVID Fraud
The Department of Homeland Security has developed a campaign with tips for avoiding fraud related to COVID-19. Find their tip flyer HERE.


Update: 4/28/2020 - 1:15pm

Walworth County currently has 158 laboratory confirmed cases of the disease as of 4/27/2020.

Total number of laboratory confirmed cases

158

Cases currently hospitalized

4

Cases currently isolated at primary residence

100

Cases recovered

46

Deaths

8


Death Data

Patient had preexisting medical conditions

8

Aged 65-80

3

Aged Greater than 80

5

Death occurred in community

1

Death occurred in health care setting

7

COVID-19 Listed as Cause of Death*

5

Cause of Death other with COVID-19 listed as another significant health condition.*

2

* One cause of death is still pending.

Please note that it is not unexpected that our case numbers will continue to rise, especially as testing becomes more readily available. Currently our health care systems are still responding strong and our hospitalizations remain low.

Walworth County COVID-19 Updates: https://www.co.walworth.wi.us/856/COVID-19
View mapped data here:  https://coronavirus-response-walworth-county-walco.hub.arcgis.com/ 
Wisconsin Department of Health Services COVID-19 Info: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/index.htm

A Message from Sheriff Picknell (Find a shareable version of this message on the Sheriff’s Office Facebook Page):
The Walworth County Sheriff’s 911 Communications Center provides mission critical 24 hour emergency access to police, fire and emergency medical services for the Sheriff’s Office and many Walworth County communities. The Communications Officers are a dedicated group of first responders that serve you in an emergency. Recently we have been inundated with questions relating to Governor Evers Safer at Home Orders, WI DNR State Park questions, WI DOT road closure projects, etc. At the same time our 911 Communications Officers are taking calls to report crimes and request Police, Fire, and EMS services.
Here are a few sources of information to these basic questions. These are the direct sources we use to keep ourselves informed. We respectfully request using these sources for information, so we can keep our dispatch lines open for emergency calls for service.

  • https://www.impactinc.org/impact-2-1-1/ - You can call 211 on your cell phones or access this website for information on many things including COVID19 and Safer at Home Orders.
  • https://evers.wi.gov/Pages/Home.aspx - website for information on many things relating to Governor Evers including COVID19 and Safer at Home Orders.
  • www.Projects.511wi.gov - Up to date information from the WI DOT on all road projects, closures, and detours.
  • https://dnr.wi.gov - Information on State Parks and Campgrounds, Fishing, Hunting licenses and open seasons, etc.
  • Call 1-800-847-9367 to report DNR violations such as hunting, fishing and violations relating to the closure of State Parks and Facilities.

Key Updates

Emergency Order #34
Emergency order #34 expanded non-essential business opportunities beginning at 8am on Wednesday 4/29.
View the order here: https://content.govdelivery.com/attachments/WIGOV/2020/04/27/file_attachments/1436850/EMO34-SAHDialTurn.pdfPDFPDF

DNR Parks to Open 5/1
Governor Evers directed DNR to begin opening some state parks on 5/1 with special requirements.
View the press release here: https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/WIGOV/bulletins/288b97a

DHS Releases Updated Model of COVID Spread
The updated model shows Safer at Home had an impact.
All models indicate that comprehensive testing is needed.
View information about the model here: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/model.htm

DHS Launches Badger Bounce Back Dashboard
View where we as a state are at against the gating criteria laid out in the Badger Bounce Back plan: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/prepare.htm


Update: 4/27/2020 - 1:15pm

Walworth County currently has 140 laboratory confirmed cases of the disease as of 4/26/2020.

Total number of laboratory confirmed cases

140

Cases currently hospitalized

4

Cases currently isolated at primary residence

87

Cases recovered

41

Deaths

8


Death Data

Patient had preexisting medical conditions

8

Aged 65-80

3

Aged Greater than 80

5

Death occurred in community

1

Death occurred in health care setting

7

COVID-19 Listed as Cause of Death*

5

Cause of Death other with COVID-19 listed as another significant health condition.*

2

* One cause of death is still pending.

Please note that it is not unexpected that our case numbers will continue to rise, especially as testing becomes more readily available. Currently our health care systems are still responding strong and our hospitalizations remain low.

Walworth County COVID-19 Updates: https://www.co.walworth.wi.us/856/COVID-19
View mapped data here:  https://coronavirus-response-walworth-county-walco.hub.arcgis.com/ 
Wisconsin Department of Health Services COVID-19 Info: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/index.htm

Key Updates

Farmers Markets and Community Gardens
Guidance for farmers markets and community gardens has been added to the DHS community page.
Farmers markets are essential in Wisconsin and provide a critical food resource to much of our community. https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/community.htm


Update: 4/24/2020 - 3:00pm

Walworth County currently has 116 laboratory confirmed cases of the disease as of 4/23/2020.

Total number of laboratory confirmed cases

116

Cases currently hospitalized

4

Cases currently isolated at primary residence

77

Cases recovered

28

Deaths

7

View mapped data here:  https://coronavirus-response-walworth-county-walco.hub.arcgis.com/ 

As of 4/24/20, Walworth County has had a total of 7 deaths due to COVID-19.
Of those 7 deaths:

  • All had significant preexisting medical conditions
  • Three were individuals between the ages of 65-80 and four were older than 80
  • One death was within the community; six were within health care settings
  • Five had COVID-19 as the cause of death; two had another cause of death with COVID as another significant health condition listed.

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

Partner Q&A

Will summer camps be allowed to operate?
The Department of Children and Families is working with stakeholders across the state to develop resources related to summer camp operations.


Update: 4/23/2020 - 1:15pm

Walworth County currently has 98 laboratory confirmed cases of the disease as of 4/22/2020.

Total number of laboratory confirmed cases

98

Cases currently hospitalized

4

Cases currently isolated at primary residence

61

Cases recovered

26

Deaths

7

As of 4/22/20, Walworth County has had a total of 7 deaths due to COVID-19.
Of those 7 deaths:

  • All had significant preexisting medical conditions
  • Three were individuals between the ages of 65-80 and four were older than 80
  • One death was within the community; six were within health care settings
  • Five had COVID-19 as the cause of death; two had another cause of death with COVID as another significant health condition listed.

We have not observed a wave of new confirmed cases attributable to in-person voting in Walworth County. Community spread was identified in Walworth County weeks ago and we don’t believe that it is prudent to attempt to link transmission to in-person voting when it is equally likely that cases were transmitted at any other public location.

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

A message from HHS Director Liz Aldred and Sheriff Kurt Picknell

The Safer at Home Order and physical distancing have helped slow the spread of COVID-19, but we’re just beginning see the behavioral health consequences of prolonged isolation and unemployment. People who may have never needed support for depression or anxiety may now be strained by a lack of connection. Walworth County Department of Health and Human Services is working to increase available emergency mental health services.

The Walworth County Sheriff’s Office and Department of Health and Human Services urge people to stay socially connected and to seek professional help if needed. Walworth County’s Crisis Intervention program offers 24/7 crisis counseling, support, and service coordination. Services can be accessed by calling 262-741-3200. New Beginnings APFV provides services for people affected by domestic abuse. These services are available by calling 262-723-4653.

Key Updates

Safer at Home
The safer at home FAQ for order #28 contains many great examples of if it is essential work or not. View the full document here, examples by industry are at the back of the document: https://content.govdelivery.com/attachments/WIGOV/2020/04/16/file_attachments/1428997/2020-04-16%20Safer%20at%20Home%20extension%20FAQ.pdfPDF

Partner Q&A

How are employers notified if there is a positive COVID case who was working while contagious?
Public Health notifies employers of positive cases that were working as a part of contact investigations. This is a key part of contact tracing to help us identify everyone who may have been exposed to the virus. We have also found that many employees are notifying their employers.


Update: 4/22/2020 - 2:00pm

Walworth County currently has 95 laboratory confirmed cases of the disease as of 4/21/2020.

Total number of laboratory confirmed cases

95

Cases currently hospitalized

4

Cases currently isolated at primary residence

60

Cases recovered

24

Deaths

7

As of 4/22/20, Walworth County has had a total of 7 deaths due to COVID-19.
Of those 7 deaths:

  • All had significant preexisting medical conditions
  • Three were individuals between the ages of 65-80 and four were older than 80
  • One death was within the community; six were within health care settings
  • Five had COVID-19 as the cause of death; two had another cause of death with COVID as another significant health condition listed.

We have not observed a wave of new confirmed cases attributable to in-person voting in Walworth County. Community spread was identified in Walworth County weeks ago and we don’t believe that it is prudent to attempt to link transmission to in-person voting when it is equally likely that cases were transmitted at any other public location.

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

Message from Sheriff Picknell

Over the past several days, I have received several phone calls and made several phone calls to citizens that represent many segments of our county including medical professionals, business owners, manufacturers and state elected officials in regard to the emergency declaration orders from the Governor’s Office. I understand the concern and share in the frustration as we all respond to the pandemic both personally and professionally.

As Sheriff I am sworn to uphold the laws and protect the constitutional rights of all citizens. I’m aware that the Governor’s orders are being challenged in court and we all anticipate a legal decision. We continue to work cooperatively with Walworth County Public Health for the benefit of our entire county and will continue to exercise the same level of discretion consistent with all law enforcement matters.

Finally, we appreciate your willingness to voluntarily comply while we work together to deliberately balance all of our community priorities to recover

Key Updates

Mapped Data

DHS has mapped County level data down to the census tract. You can find county level data and links to the maps HERE Version OptionsCOVID-19HeadlineCurrent Update for Walworth CountyHealth and Human Services Director, Elizabeth Aldred’s Statement on HHS response to COVID-19 in Walworth County:What can you do to help?Provider Information. View the census tract data by zooming in. Please remember that there have been limitations on testing those with mild symptoms, so the data likely does not reflect the true number of individuals impacted in our community.
Mapped Cases by County
Mapped Deaths by County


Update: 4/21/2020 - 2:15pm

Walworth County currently has 92 laboratory confirmed cases of the disease as of 4/20/2020.

Total number of laboratory confirmed cases

92

Cases currently hospitalized

4

Cases currently isolated at primary residence

58

Cases recovered

23

Deaths

7

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

Walworth County received its second overdose spike alert, the first of 2020 yesterday, for a spike in opioid overdose hospitalizations the week of 4/12-4/18. The Sheriff’s Office and Health and Human Services are working diligently to try and prevent drug use across our community and respond when events occur. Individuals needing support can be directed to contact HHS at (262) 741-3200 or find resources for mental health support online at: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/resilient/index.htm

Key Updates

Badger Bounce Back
Governor Evers under Emergency Order #31 yesterday released the Badger Bounce Back Plan for how Wisconsin can reopen. View the plan HERE.

Partner Q&A

Does the health department have rapid tests and can I get tested by you?
Public Health does not perform any testing for COVID-19. Individuals with symptoms should still consult with their medical provider about being tested and where locations to receive a test may be found.


Update: 4/20/2020 - 3:15pm

Walworth County currently has 88 laboratory confirmed cases of the disease as of 4/19/2020.

Total number of laboratory confirmed cases

88

Cases currently hospitalized

3

Cases currently isolated at primary residence

56

Cases recovered

22

Deaths

7

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

Birds Eye Foods Outbreak
Birds Eye Food has temporarily ceased operations at their facility in response to an outbreak of COVID associated with the facility. A laboratory in northern Illinois failed to report positive cases they had identified to the local health departments where the patients reside. As such Public Health was not aware that there were patients with COVID associated with the facility. We have since been in contact with Birds Eye’s Environmental Health Specialist who is leading the facility recovery efforts. All identified patients have self-isolated and local health departments across a number of jurisdictions are working to perform contact tracing. Individuals associated with the cluster at Birds Eye will be contacted by their local health department.

Key Updates

Data
DHS has published maps of county data. As you view the data please keep in mind that we have had very limited testing in our community and this data does not include suspect or probable cases, only confirmed. We anticipate that the actual rate of the virus in our community is much higher.

View DHS mapped data: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/cases-map.htm


Update: 4/17/2020 - 1:15pm

Walworth County currently has 82 laboratory confirmed cases of the disease as of 4/16/2020.

Total number of laboratory confirmed cases

82

Cases currently hospitalized

3

Cases currently isolated at primary residence

54

Cases recovered

20

Deaths

5

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

Key Updates
By contacting 2-1-1 or WEDC ( https://wedc.org/ ) you can find help with your questions about the Safer at Home order extension at this time.

View the most current order: https://evers.wi.gov/Documents/COVID19/EMO28-SaferAtHome.pdfPDF

FAQ: https://content.govdelivery.com/attachments/WIGOV/2020/04/16/file_attachments/1428997/2020-04-16%20Safer%20at%20Home%20extension%20FAQ.pdf


Update: 4/16/2020 - 1:15pm

Walworth County currently has 72 laboratory confirmed cases of the disease as of 4/15/2020.

Total number of laboratory confirmed cases

72

Cases currently hospitalized

5

Cases currently isolated at primary residence

46

Cases recovered

18

Deaths

3


No official information has been released by the state on the status of the Safer At Home Order after 4/24 or the Wisconsin Health Emergency after 5/10 at this time.
Wisconsin Department of Health Services COVID-19 Info: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/index.htm

Key Updates

Stimulus Checks

Wisconsin passed a COVID-19 Response Legislature package yesterday. Read the statement from the Governor here: https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/WIGOV/bulletins/286aa65

Partner Q&A

Why do the numbers DHS is reporting differ from those that Public Health is reporting, specifically the number of deaths?

  • Public Health receives the test results for cases in our jurisdiction before the state. We then upload the information to the state, this means that we have the numbers before the state does. For deaths specifically, because we receive the test results first and can confirm the cause of death with our Medical Examiner we know about the final cause of death before the state. Both public health and the medical examiner report the cause of death to the state through different systems, these two systems can take time to get the data to DHS and for DHS to validate the data.


Update: 4/15/2020 - 1:45pm

Walworth County currently has 49 laboratory confirmed cases of the disease as of 4/14/2020.

Total number of laboratory confirmed cases

49

Cases currently hospitalized

4

Cases currently isolated at primary residence

25

Cases recovered

17

Deaths

3


Public Health is not releasing the zip codes or locations of confirmed cases except to dispatch centers as required under Emergency Order #19. The public release of locations does not protect the public from exposure and may instead create a false sense of safety. We believe the true spread of COVID is much higher in the County than is reflected by the number of positive cases due to the highly limited availability of testing. Additionally we have confirmed or suspected cases in every community in Walworth County. Residents need to take steps to protect themselves every time they leave their homes including adhering to physical distancing, washing their hands, and following the CDC recommendations for cloth face coverings.

No official information has been released by the state on the status of the Safer At Home Order after 4/24 at this time.

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

Key Updates

Physical Distancing
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services has released a press release: Safer at Home is Working. View the release here: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/news/releases/041420.htm

Travel
DHS has updated their travel page. It now includes exemptions for travel as outlined in the Safer at Home order, and a clear statement that travel for essential workers does not require a 14 day quarantine. https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/travel.htm

Resilient Wisconsin
DHS has compiled a number of resources to promote Resilient Wisconsin and mental health during this stressful time. Find the resources here: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/resilient/partner-resources.htm


Update: 4/14/2020 - 1:00pm

Walworth County currently has 47 laboratory confirmed cases of the disease as of 4/13/2020.

Total number of laboratory confirmed cases

47

Cases currently hospitalized

4

Cases currently isolated at primary residence

23

Cases recovered

17

Deaths

3


Please remember that, even with all the new guidance and orders, washing your hands, not touching your face, covering your cough, and staying home when sick are the best options for reducing the spread of COVID-19 and many other illnesses.
Wisconsin Department of Health Services COVID-19 Info: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/index.htm

Key Updates

Safer at Home

  • The Safer at Home order expires on 4/24/20. The state has not provided clear indications on what next steps may be and if the order will be extended.
  • The Wisconsin Health Emergency Declaration related to COVID-19 expires on 5/10/20. This declaration would require approval from the state legislature to extend. The state has not provided clear indications on whether the declaration will be extended.

For Families
Reach Out and Read Wisconsin has compiled numerous activities and resources for families to use during the Safer at Home Order. View them here: https://bit.ly/2xip7Jj


Update: 4/13/2020 - 3:00pm

Walworth County currently has 45 laboratory confirmed cases of the disease as of 4/12/2020.

Total number of laboratory confirmed cases

45

Cases currently hospitalized

6

Cases recovered

16

Deaths

3


Walworth County has experienced its first confirmed deaths. None of these deaths were from cases that were previously counted as hospitalized.
We continue to receive requests for locations for confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our county, and now for locations of the deaths. It has always been a matter of our practice not to discuss fatalities out of respect for the family of the decedent. Please remember that someone has just lost a loved one and knowing the location of the death does not give the public added protection. COVID is wide spread throughout our community and with limited testing the number of confirmed cases does not accurately represent the true burden of disease in the County. Please continue to practice physical distancing and adhere to the Safer at Home order.


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

Message from Sheriff Kurt Picknell

“I am proud to recognize our Communications Division employees as we celebrate National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week April 12 - 18. You are the first of the first responders and provide a mission critical role coordinating law enforcement, fire, EMS, and other governmental operations directly benefiting the citizens of Walworth County. Your unique skills and professionalism are noted, especially during this COVID event where there is an additional burden of calls. Remember call 211 for COVID-19 related questions. We collectively thank you.”

Key Updates

Volunteers
The state is recruiting for volunteers in a number of different backgrounds.
Register to volunteer: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/preparedness/weavr/index.htm

Scams
Consumer Protection resources are being updated by DATCP on their COVID-19: Consumer Protection webpage. Recent addition: information about relief check scams posted on April 8.

Outreach Info
DHS has developed a number of easy to understand flyers and social media posts that can be shared. View the resources: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/resources.htm

Update: 4/9/2020 - 2:15pm

Walworth County currently has 26 laboratory confirmed cases of the disease as of 4/8/2020.

Total number of laboratory confirmed cases

26

Cases currently hospitalized

8

Cases recovered

12

Deaths

0

Please Note: Daily updates will not be provided between 4/10-4/12 unless something urgent emerges.
Please check the WI-DHS page for current information on COVID in Wisconsin during this time period.

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

Key Updates

Face Coverings
CDC has recommended that people voluntarily wear a homemade face covering when in a situation where they cannot social distance.
Even when wearing a mask, please remember that:

The face covering may not protect you from others, but if you are an asymptomatic carrier protects others from you.

Physical distancing should be maintained. Keep 6 feet between you and others, wash your hands frequently, don’t touch your face

Find CDC approved information here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html


Homemade mask donation
Lakeland Community Church continues to coordinate volunteers to sew masks for donation to health care facilities and first responders in partnership with the Sheriff’s Office. Please contact Lakeland Community Church if you or volunteers in your organizations are interested in participating in this project - (262) 245-4567.

Mental Health

With the approaching holiday and impact on family traditions, it’s important to find ways to take care of our mental health. Find new ways to connect with loved ones and friends. Set up a "virtual" gathering to share a meal or just some casual conversation. Establish new traditions in your household or ways to enjoy your day.

It is normal to feel an increase in depression, sense of loss or anxiety with all of the changes. Don’t hold those feelings in. Find ways to express and share those feelings through your own coping skills, or by reaching out to others who can assist.

There are many resources available to assist you in providing you with information on how to navigate other factors effected by COVID. For the most up to date information, visit the CDC website at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/managing-stress-anxiety.html or contact your local crisis line to talk to someone at 741-3200.

DHS Resource Page for Families
DHS has updated their COVID resource page for families to include information on pregnancy and breastfeeding, chronic diseases, and domestic violence. https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/family.htm

Aging and Disability Resource Center 

The ADRC has a person staffed daily to provide information and assistance to callers or in-person walk-ins at the HHS building.

The Senior Nutrition program continues to provide packaged meals to those that were previously served at the congregate dining centers and are daily providing the home delivered meals.

The Adult Protective Services unit are conducting investigations and supporting individuals in near-crisis situations. To report an APS need call (262) 741-3200.

It has been made known to the ADRC of Walworth County that due to COVID-19 the Alzheimer’s Association had to make some staffing cuts. Residents of Walworth County with memory challenges, Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias, and their caregivers can contact the ADRC and speak to one of the ADRC Specialists or to the Dementia Care Specialist. The Alzheimer’s Association Helpline is still available 24/7. The phone number is 800-272-3900.

Update: 4/8/2020 - 2:15pm

Walworth County currently has 23 laboratory confirmed cases of the disease as of 4/7/2020.

Total number of laboratory confirmed cases

23

Cases currently hospitalized

7

Cases recovered

12

Deaths

0

Public Health would like to recognize all of the municipalities in Walworth County and all of the volunteers who coordinated to run in-person voting yesterday. We received photos of a number of different polling locations and the physical distancing and infection prevention strategies implemented were great. 

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

Key Updates

Outdoor Activity
As the weather continues to improve, more and more residents will be congregating in our parks and boat launches. We encourage you all to continue to follow the Stay at Home order as well as social distancing guidelines put forth by the State of Wisconsin and the CDC.

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.