Mission
The mission of Washington Ozaukee Public Health Department is to improve the quality of life by
promoting, protecting, and enhancing the health and well-being of the public.



Vision
To be innovators in fostering healthy people, places and communities.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information & Updates

Washington & Ozaukee COVID-19 Updates

Mass Testing Update:

In collaboration with North Shore Health Department and the Wisconsin National Guard we are offering FREE drive-thru COVID-19 testing at Concordia University - Mequon and Washington County Fair Park in West Bend. This service is open to all Wisconsin residents with or without COVID-19 symptoms. Registration is required. Unregistered individuals will not receive testing.

Registration is open May 26 - June 2 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. each day.

Individuals that are currently experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should not wait until the drive-thru sites are open to seek testing. Please contact your medical provider if you are currently experiencing symptoms.


 

IMPORTANT UPDATE:
The Safer at Home order was struck down by the Wisconsin Supreme Court on May 13, 2020.

  • If you choose to reopen your business, you are not in violation of Safer at Home or orders issued by the health department. Under the direction of the Ozaukee County Board Chair, the Ozaukee County Administrator, and the Washington County Executive, the Washington Ozaukee Public Health Department will issue no countywide orders limiting the public or businesses at this time in response to the current status of the COVID-19 pandemic in our counties. The health department will address any localized COVID-19 outbreaks on an individual basis and continue to provide follow up for positive cases and conduct contact tracing. We urge you to refer to our Blueprint FAQ for recommendations on how to safely reopen our counties. Email covid19@washozwi.gov if you have any other questions.

Visit our Coronavirus (COVID-19) Info Page for general COVID-19 information.


 

Press Releases & Other Documents

 


Orders of the Health Officer


Check Your Symptoms Here

Key Messages:

  • You are safer at home.
  • Younger people, and particularly those who are 18 to 30 years old, aren’t immune to COVID-19. Anyone can contract COVID-19. So it's important for everyone, including young and healthy people, to practice social distancing.
  • Together we can make a difference in the fight against COVID-19. 
    • Stay home if you can and especially if you are sick. 
    • Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly.
    • Practice social distancing. Please keep six feet between people and avoid direct physical contact.
  • We all need to work together to flatten the curve and protect the capacity of the health care system to serve those who will suffer with the most severe disease from COVID-19. 

Why do Washington and Ozaukee Counties have so many cases of COVID-19?
The Washington Ozaukee Public Health Department (WOPHD) has been able to identify numerous cases quickly because the first reported positive COVID-19 case in Washington County was in a population where testing was prioritized. From there, we conducted contact tracing to identify more cases. Contact tracing is a method that has not been adopted by all health departments throughout Wisconsin, but it has allowed the WOPHD to identify a large number of cases and outbreaks quickly.

What is contact tracing?
Health department staff use contact tracing to identify potential positive COVID-19 cases and exposures. See below for the definition of contact tracing (World Health Organization, 2017).

  1. Contact identification – When someone is positive with COVID-19, health department staff reaches out to the contact and interviews them about their activities and contact they’ve had with others leading up to their illness.
  2. Contact listing – Health department staff create a list of all contacts that the positive case may have had contact with. The contact listing may include friends, family, co-workers, or healthcare workers. Health department staff reaches out to each contact to inform them of their status (they have had an exposure) and provide education, and provides recommendations to contact in the case that they start to have symptoms.

Due to guidelines from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, if the contact is a first responder or healthcare worker and becomes symptomatic, the WOPHD recommends prioritized testing for those individuals.


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News & Updates

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Wisconsin Active Together


Well Washington County named a Wisconsin Active Together Community!
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Immunizations


Wisconsin Immunization Registry: Information for Parents 
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Teens & Vaping


Severe Lung Damage Reported in WI Adolescents Who Reported Vaping.
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