On July 30, 2020, Governor Tony Evers issued Executive Order #82, declaring a public health emergency to combat the uncontrolled spread of COVID-19 throughout the State of Wisconsin. Effective August 1, 2020, every individual, age 5 and older, in Wisconsin is required to wear a face covering in indoor or enclosed public spaces, other than when at home.
Read Governor Evers' Press Release here.
Emergency Order #1 Frequently Asked Questions
For COVID-19 Testing Information visit: IMPACT 2-1-1
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 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 email@example.com if you have any other questions.
Data retrieved from: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/local.htm
Washington Ozaukee Capacity Recommendations - updated 7/21/2020
About Our Data
Outbreaks: COVID-19 outbreaks for Long-term Care Facilities (LTCFs) are defined as one lab confirmed positive case of a resident or staff. Outside of LTCFs, outbreaks for other locations, facilities, and events are defined as two lab confirmed positive cases within a 14-day period.
A single confirmed case in the following setting initiates a facility-wide public health investigation:
- Long-term care facilities include skilled nursing facilities (nursing homes) and assisted living facilities (community-based residential facilities and residential care apartment complexes).
Two or more confirmed cases in the following settings initiate a facility-wide public health investigation:
- Group housing facilities include correctional facilities, homeless shelters, dormitories, and group homes.
- Health care facilities include hospitals, clinics, dialysis centers, hospice, and in-home care.
- Workplace (non-health care) settings include manufacturing and production facilities, distribution facilities, offices, and other indoor workplaces.
- Other settings include adult or child day care centers, restaurants, event spaces, and religious settings.
Data shown above are subject to change. As individual cases are investigated by public health, there may be corrections to the status and details of cases that result in changes to this information.
Press Releases & Other Documents
- March 13, 2020: COVID-19 General Release
- March 18, 2020: First Positive COVID-19 Case & Ban on Mass Gatherings of 10 or More
- March 20, 2020: First Death Related to COVID-19 in Ozaukee County
- March 21, 2020: Long-Term Care Facility Lockdown & PPE
- March 25, 2020: Staffing Agency & Hospice Caregiver Restrictions
- March 27, 2020: Additional COVID-19 Related Deaths & Outbreaks
- March 30, 2020: Washington County Reports First Death Related to COVID-19
- April 2, 2020: Washington Ozaukee Public Health Department to Release COVID-19 Outbreak Data
- April 20, 2020: State Now Recommends Health Care Providers Test All Patients with COVID-19 Symptoms
- April 21, 2020: A Public Health Economic Analysis of COVID-19
- May 18, 2020: Long-Term Care Orders of the Health Officer Modified to Protect Residents
- June 17, 2020: New Data Prompts Updated Guidance in Washington and Ozaukee Counties
Orders of the Health Officer
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- You are safer at home.
- Wear a face mask in indoor public spaces.
- 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. Wear a cloth face mask when interacting with others or in public spaces such as the grocery store.
- 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.
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).
- 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.
- 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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