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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Preventing the Spread of Coronavirus

Local leaders encourage vigilance to help our community

Crandon, Wisconsin- We are now seeing cases in Forest County because of people attending gatherings and socializing outside of their normal family activities.  Community members can assume that anywhere they go in public they have a chance of becoming infected with COVID-19, especially at establishments or events where recommendations to maintain physical distancing of 6 feet and take safety precautions, such as wearing a face covering, are not widely observed.

During this pandemic, there is greater risk for individuals who come into “close contact” with each other. This generally means they are within 6 feet or less with others for 15 minutes or longer. The closeness of contact with another person not from your immediate household and the greater the length of time spent near each other are key factors that increase the opportunity of the virus to spread.

 “We know people are tired of being told to limit their contact with people outside their household and limit their travel. However, COVID-19 remains very contagious, and physical separation is the best way to keep people safe and healthy,” said Jacee Shepard, Director/Health Officer of the Forest County Health Department. “Our goal is to support a healthy community and a vibrant economy by providing our community with the tools needed to prevent and respond to the spread of disease in Forest County.”

As a community we all must work harder and together to keep COVID-19 from spreading out of control while businesses safely increase employee and customer capacity.   In Forest County, our contact tracers hear from about 1 in 5 people with a positive test that they don’t know where they could’ve gotten it from. This means that people in our community are passing it to others because they have the virus but no symptoms, do not yet have symptoms, or are working or socializing while sick. This underscores the importance of all of us taking actions to prevent the spread of the virus.

You can enjoy the beautiful fall weather by getting outside, but make sure to do it safely. Fall won’t be the same without attending your usual large festivals, but hiking on the trails, taking bike rides, and enjoying the fall colors with your family are a few alternatives to support our mental and physical well-being as we learn how to protect ourselves and our community from COVID-19.

Staying home is best way to prevent the virus from spreading without control. When you do go out, you can follow these “safer” practices to reduce risk for you, and your family and community:

Prevent spreading COVID-19

  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Avoid touching your face in public
  • Stay home when sick
  • Practice physical distancing of at least 6 feet from people not in your immediate household
  • Avoid large gatherings
  • Avoid non-essential travel
  • Wear a cloth face covering in situations where physical distancing can’t be maintained

Watch for symptoms of COVID-19

  • Fever and chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Fatigue and body/muscle aches
  • Diarrhea, vomiting and nausea

Help contain COVID-19

  • Track the places you visited and how long you were there
  • Make a note (if possible) of who you were with if they are not a member of your living unit
  • Write down if someone may have coughed/sneezed around you, shared a drinking glass, food, or other personal item
  • Talk to public health professionals if they call to help identify close contacts which helps to limit the spread of disease and provide support to those who may need it
  • Get tested when encouraged by a health professional or you have COVID-19 symptoms

The Forest County Health Department, Forest County Potawatomi Community, and Sokaogon Chippewa Community continue to work together to flatten the curve using testing and contact tracing, sharing information with the public, and are preparing for additional surges. Everyone in our community can help slow the spread of the virus by taking precautions whenever you leave the place where you live. Because COVID-19 is a new virus, we are still learning a lot about it. Until there is a vaccine, the best thing to do is to adopt proactive public health measures as we get back to our Wisconsin way of life. The actions you take today will determine our future. We encourage the public to frequently monitor the Forest County Health Department web page, and Facebook page, the WEDC website, the DHS website for updates, and to follow @DHSWI on Facebook and Twitter, or dhs.wi on Instagram. Additional information can be found on the CDC website.

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SIXTY-ONE CASES OF COVID-19 CONFIRMED IN FOREST COUNTY

Forest County Public Health officials have confirmed an additional person has been diagnosed with novel coronavirus infection (COVID-19) for a total of 61 cases in Forest County. The individual is isolating at a residence outside of Forest County. No further information will be released to protect the confidentiality of the individual. County health officials and local partners are contacting others with whom the individual who tested positive had close contact with. As of today, Forest County has 1,708 negative test results and 8 pending. There are currently 2 active cases, 55 released from isolation, and 4 deaths.

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 or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, 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 daily and local newspapers weekly 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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SIXTY CASES OF COVID-19 CONFIRMED IN FOREST COUNTY

Forest County Public Health officials have confirmed an additional person has been diagnosed with novel coronavirus infection (COVID-19) for a total of 60 cases in Forest County. The individual is isolating at home. No further information will be released to protect the confidentiality of the individual. County health officials and local partners are contacting others with whom the individual who tested positive had close contact with. As of today, Forest County has 1,630 negative test results and 7 pending. There are currently 4 active cases, 52 released from isolation, and 4 deaths.

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 or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, 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 daily and local newspapers weekly 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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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 6, 2020

The Forest County Health Department is reminding community members that attending large gatherings of any kind is not recommended at this time, but the health department cannot prevent people from doing so, or prevent such events from taking place. The risk of spreading COVID-19 is greater with larger crowds and people attending from outside the area.  If you choose to attend any large gatherings, you can take steps to protect yourself and those around you by wearing a face covering, practicing social distancing, and washing your hands.

We are asking that all community members and visitors to Forest County respect the Governor’s mask mandate ( https://evers.wi.gov/Documents/COVID19/EmO01-FaceCoverings.pdf ) https://evers.wi.gov/Documents/COVID19/FaceCoveringFAQ.pdf , and wear a mask if they are going into local businesses or are in situations where social distancing is not being practiced. People may have COVID-19 and not know it, and wearing a mask can help prevent unknowingly spreading COVID-19.

It can take up to 14 days for people with COVID-19 to start showing symptoms. If you start to have symptoms, which include: fever (at least 100.4 F), chills, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headaches, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea, please call your doctor and get tested. Please stay home, away from other people while you are waiting for your test results and if you feel unwell.

If you are named as a contact of a positive case, you will be contacted by the health department and will be placed on a 14-day quarantine whether you have symptoms or not.

If you are planning large gatherings or community events please follow the guidance provided by the CDC found at www.cdc.gov. For local information go to www.forestcountypublichealth.org or go to our Facebook page.

We all have to work together to help prevent this virus from overwhelming our local resources and keep our community members safe and healthy.

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

Forest County Public Health officials have confirmed additional persons have been diagnosed with novel coronavirus infection (COVID-19) for a total of 59 cases in Forest County. The individuals are isolating at home. No further information will be released to protect the confidentiality of the individuals. County health officials and local partners are contacting others with whom the individuals who tested positive had close contact with. As of today, Forest County has 1,536 negative test results and 16 pending. There are currently 3 active cases, 52 released from isolation, and 4 deaths.

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 or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, 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 daily and local newspapers weekly 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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