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.

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

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information & Updates

Washington & Ozaukee COVID-19 Updates

Click here for our list of Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information and Resources.
Visit our Coronavirus (COVID-19) Info Page.

Press Releases

Orders of the Health Officer

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. 

To our residents:

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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Wisconsin Active Together

Well Washington County named a Wisconsin Active Together Community!
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