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Jefferson County COVID-19 NEWS & UPDATES (Updated: 3-27-2020)
What you should know about COVID-19:
What is Jefferson County Health Department doing?
Here at the Jefferson County Health Department we aim to prevent the spread of illness among the public by offering educational resources, communicable disease surveillance, and investigation when needed. Since January, our public health professionals have been hard at work preparing for and monitoring the coronavirus. To provide additional reassurance, the Health Department has had 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.
Our priority areas include:
- Staying up-to-date on the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) and the South Central Wisconsin Healthcare Emergency Readiness Coalition (SCWIHERC)
- Coordinating with key partners in the community
- Working with the community to assist with preparation plans
- Providing the community with accurate up-to-date information, guidance, and resources
- Monitoring travelers
- Monitoring people who may have come in contact with someone who tested positive for coronavirus
- Helping reduce the stigma on coronavirus
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.
Information and Guidance to prepare and prevent spread of COVID-19
- Daycares and Schools
- Colleges and Universities
- Healthcare professionals
- Elderly/Serious Chronic Conditions
Where can I learn more?
- Wisconsin Department of Health Services COVID-19 website:
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention COVID-19
- Jefferson County Health Department: