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.

What you should know about COVID-19

What is COVID-19?
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a virus strain that began to spread in people in December 2019.

  • COVID-19 is a new (novel) respiratory virus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China.
  • COVID-19 is not the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold.
  • Formerly, this disease was referred to as "2019 novel coronavirus" or "2019-nCoV."

How is COVID-19 spread?
COVID-19 is typically spread to others when an infected person coughs or sneezes because the virus is found in droplets from the throat and nose. This is similar to how influenza is spread. When someone coughs or sneezes, other people near them can breathe in those droplets. The virus can also spread when an infected person touches and obect (such as a common surface) followed by another person touching it then their mouth, face, or eyes.

Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Muscle pain
Sore throat
New loss of taste or smell

Call ahead before you go to a doctor's office, urgent care, or emergency room. Inform them of your recent travel and your symptoms.



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  • Click HERE for information about pregnancy and breastfeeding during the COVID-19 outbreak.
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Prevent the Spread of Illness

There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.

  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
  • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

What can we do?

  • Only leave your home when it is necessary
  • When out in public, wear a mask that covers your mouth and nose
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Cover your cough or sneeze
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick

Situation Update

Continue to check these resources for up-to-date information on COVID-19.

COVID-19 and Stigma

Diseases can make anyone sick regardless of race, ethnicity, age.

People of Asian descent, including Chinese Americans, are not more likely to get COVID-19 than any other American. People who have traveled to places where many people have gotten sick with COVID-19 may be monitored by health officials to protect their health and the health of other people in the community. Older adults and people with chronic medical conditions may be at increased risk for severe disease.

COVID-19 - What Older Adults Should Know

Wash Your Hands

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