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What you should know about COVID-19
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What is the Health Department Doing?

To detect and help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Jefferson County, the Jefferson County Health Department is using the latest guidance from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We aim to prevent the spread of illness among the public by offering educational resources, communicable disease surveillance, and investigation when needed.

Our nurses and management are staying well-informed on COVID-19 developments. To provide additional reassurance, the Health Department has previous experience in regular follow up on other reportable communicable diseases on a day-to-day basis, and even emergency preparedness measures such as mass clinics and response to outbreaks.

The Jefferson County Health Department has provided guidance to essential businesses, schools, daycares, funeral homes, grocery stores, food pantries, Long Term Care Facilities such as nursing homes and group home, medical providers, Emergency Management, emergency responders, other County departments, municipalities, and many other agencies and places of employment within Jefferson County.

Our Department promptly follows up on all individuals being tested for COVID-19. This involves a thorough investigation, prompt notification of positive cases and follow-up with close contacts. Anyone being tested for COVID-19 is asked to self-isolate immediately until they receive the approval for discontinuation of isolation from our department.

For all positive cases contact tracing is completed by trained Public Health Nurses. This entails a thorough questionnaire from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services to find out where our confirmed case has been, when their symptoms started, and look at who they were in close contact when potentially contagious.

Those who came into close contact with the individual will be notified promptly by our department and provided guidance and recommendations. We will also provide guidance and recommendations to any place of employment for these individuals.

Please note that the information of all confirmed cases and close contact cases is protected by HIPAA, and that information cannot be shared with the general public.

Thank you to everyone who is following the “Safer at Home” order and for taking this Pandemic seriously. Your actions will help to slow down the Pandemic and save lives. We are in this together!

Gail Scott, RN, BSN, Director/Health Officer

“To detect and help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Jefferson County, the Jefferson County Health Department is using the latest guidance from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We aim to prevent the spread of illness among the public by offering educational resources, communicable disease surveillance, and investigation when needed.  Our nurses and management are staying well-informed on COVID-19 developments. To provide additional reassurance, the Health Department has previous experience in regular follow up on other reportable communicable diseases on a day-to-day basis, and even emergency preparedness measures such as mass clinics and response to outbreaks.

The Jefferson County Health Department has provided guidance to essential businesses, schools, daycares, funeral homes, grocery stores, food pantries, Long Term Care Facilities such as nursing homes and group home, medical providers, Emergency Management and local emergency responders, other County departments, municipalities and other places of employment within Jefferson County.

Our Department also promptly follows up on all individuals being tested for COVID-19. This involves a thorough investigation, prompt notification of positive cases and follow-up with close contacts. Anyone being tested for COVID-19 is asked to self-isolate immediately until they receive the removal of isolation from our department. For all positive cases contact tracing is completed. This entails a thorough questionnaire from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services to find out where our confirmed case has been, when their symptoms started, and look at who they were in close contact when potentially contagious. Those who came into close contact with the individual will be notified promptly by our department and provided guidance and recommendations. We will also provide guidance and recommendations to any place of employment for these individuals.

Please note that the information of all confirmed cases and close contact cases is protected by HIPAA, and that information cannot be shared with the general public. “

What can you do?

Although the immediate health risk from COVID-19 is considered low in Wisconsin right now, the best thing you can do is take the time to prepare for potential widespread illness in the future. While a person’s chances of getting sick in Wisconsin from this novel coronavirus strain, we would like people to take the time now to prepare for widespread illness in the future. In fact, these measures are important for preventing many other types of illnesses, too.  

  • Handwashing is important!  Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.  If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.  Anyone with a fever should not return to  work, school or daycare until they have been fever-free for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications (i.e., acetaminophen or ibuprofen).
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wear a Mask
    •  CDC recommends that people wear cloth face coverings in public settings and when around people who don’t live in your household, especially when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
    • Cloth face coverings may help prevent people who have COVID-19 from spreading the virus to others.
    • Cloth face coverings are most likely to reduce the spread of COVID-19 when they are widely used by people in public settings.
    • Cloth face coverings should NOT be worn by children under the age of 2 or anyone who has trouble breathing, is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.

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