Notice to the Public

IN AN EFFORT TO PROTECT THE HEALTH, SAFETY, AND WELL-BEING OF THOSE WE SERVE AND OUR EMPLOYEES, FOREST COUNTY OFFICES ARE CURRENTLY CLOSED TO WALK-IN SERVICES. EMPLOYEES ARE STILL WORKING TO SERVE YOU VIA TELEPHONE OR EMAIL.

ONLY URGENT MATTERS SHOULD BE SCHEDULED BY APPOINTMENT.

If you do not know the phone number for the county department you need to reach, please call the Forest County Clerk’s Office at 715-478-2422 and they will connect you to the desired department, or visit www.co.forest.wi.gov for a list of departments.

THERE IS ALSO A TABLE IN THE ENTRANCE OF THE COURTHOUSE WITH DEPARTMENT CONTACT INFORMATION.


Thank you for your understanding.

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THIRTY-NINE CASES OF COVID-19 CONFIRMED IN FOREST COUNTY

Forest County Public Health officials have confirmed one additional person has been diagnosed with novel coronavirus infection (COVID-19) for a total of 39 cases in Forest County. This individual is a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 outside of Forest County. The individual is self-isolating at home. No further information will be released to protect the confidentiality of the individual. County health officials are contacting others with whom the individual who tested positive had close contact with.

The Forest County Health Department encourages community members to minimize their contact with others by staying home when possible, practice physical distancing and good personal hygiene, wear a mask or cloth face covering, and stay alert for symptoms of COVID-19. If you are experiencing any symptoms, please contact your health care provider and ask to be tested.

Moving forward, The Forest County Health Department will no longer be issuing individual press releases for all new positive cases of COVID-19. In an effort to keep our community members up to date on COVID-19, the Forest County Health Department will continue to update our Facebook page and local newspapers with current COVID-19 case counts. This will include the number of negative and positive cases in Forest County. Please call our office at 715-478-3371 with any questions or concerns.

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THIRTY-EIGHT CASES OF COVID-19 CONFIRMED IN FOREST COUNTY

Forest County Public Health officials have confirmed three additional persons have been diagnosed with novel coronavirus infection (COVID-19) for a total of 38 cases in Forest County. The individuals are linked and are close contacts of someone who has previously tested positive for COVID-19 outside of Forest County. The individuals are self-isolating and no significant risks of exposure to the general public related to the individuals have been identified.

The Forest County Health Department encourages community members to minimize their contact with others by staying home when possible, practice physical distancing and good personal hygiene, wear a mask or cloth face covering, and stay alert for symptoms of COVID-19. If you are experiencing any symptoms, please contact your health care provider and ask to be tested.

In an effort to keep our community members up to date on COVID-19, the Forest County Health Department will continue to update our Facebook page with current COVID-19 case counts. This will include the number of negative and positive cases in Forest County. Please call our office at 715-478-3371 with any questions or concerns.

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Free COVID-19 Testing in Forest County with National Guard Assistance

Forest County Health Department and Forest County Emergency Management is collaborating with the Wisconsin National Guard to provide free COVID-19 testing. The National Guard will be providing drive-through COVID-19 nasal swab testing in Crandon on Monday, June 22nd from 10am-3pm at the Crandon School District parking lot.

No appointments are necessary. Anyone 5 years and older with at least one of the following symptoms: fever, cough, loss of taste/smell, shortness of breath, sore throat, fatigue, body aches, diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, chills, or muscle aches can get tested. This event is available for all Wisconsin residents.

Individuals getting tested should be prepared to provide a current address, county of residence, and phone number when they arrive. Please be aware that the testing will be provided on a first come, first served basis and that attendees may have to wait to be tested. Vehicles will form a line while waiting for testing and all attendees will need to stay in their vehicles at all times. No restroom facilities will be available so please plan accordingly.

The National Guard will be doing the testing. They will be in uniform and in full PPE (personal protective equipment, including gowns, mask, gloves, etc.) during this event. We have two goals with this event: 1) provide our communities with mass testing, and 2) give public health better insight into how widespread COVID-19 is in our communities.

Following this event, we will continue to work closely with our local healthcare providers to continue building their capacity to meet patient demand.

Please note that anyone tested is required to stay home until test results come back. Test results will be provided via telephone by the National Guard or by your local public health department in a timely manner.

There are additional community testing sites in Wisconsin throughout June. Any Wisconsin resident is welcome to attend any one of the testing events. Information on community testing events can be found at https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/community- testing.htm Please contact the Forest County Health Department with any questions at 715-478-3371.

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Contact Tracing: How it Works

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Protect Your Employees during COVID-19

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