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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Forest County COVID Vaccine Update

The Forest County Health Department is currently helping to provide COVID-19 vaccine to
frontline healthcare personnel, EMS, those who provide direct patient service or other healthcare services, law enforcement and fire personnel.


The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) announced that anyone 65 and older will
also be eligible for the vaccine beginning January 25th. There are approximately 700,000
Wisconsinites who are 65 and older and Wisconsin currently receives around 70,000 first-dose
vaccines per week from the federal government. It will take time to vaccinate this population in
Wisconsin. We will continue to share more information about vaccine availability for other individuals and phases as it becomes available from DHS.


Please continue to practice every day preventative measures including:
• Practice physical distancing
• Wear a mask in public
• Wash your hands frequently
• Avoid large gatherings
• Stay home if you are sick and contact your healthcare provider to be tested


If you have any questions or are interested in receiving the vaccine, please call our office at 715-478-3371. You can also contact your healthcare provider to ask about vaccine availability.

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894 CASES OF COVID-19 (3 ACTIVE) 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 894 cases in Forest County. 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 4,039 negative test results. There are currently 3 active cases in isolation, 869 released from isolation, 0 hospitalized, and 25 deaths related to COVID-19.

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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Forest County COVID Vaccine Update

The Forest County Health Department is helping to provide COVID-19 vaccine for individuals eligible in Phase 1a, which includes frontline healthcare personnel, EMS, and those who provide direct patient service or other healthcare services.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) announced that Law Enforcement and Fire personnel are also eligible to start receiving the vaccine next week. We will continue to provide vaccine for eligible individuals as we receive weekly allocations from DHS.

We will share more information about vaccine availability for other individuals and Phases as it becomes available from DHS. 

Please continue to practice every day preventative measures including:

  • Practice physical distancing of at least 6 feet from people not in your immediate household
  • Wear a mask in public
  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Avoid large gatherings
  • Stay home if you are sick and contact your healthcare provider to be tested

If you have any questions or are interested in receiving the vaccine, please call our office at 715-478-3371.  You can also contact your healthcare provider to ask about vaccine availability.

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DHS and Laboratory Partners Identify Variant Strain B.1.1.7 of SARS-CoV-2 in Wisconsin

On January 12, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and laboratory partners identified a variant strain of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, in Wisconsin.

The particular variant, referred to as B.1.1.7, was first discovered circulating widely in England during November and December of 2020. Based on epidemiologic and modeling studies, researchers believe that this new strain spreads more rapidly and easily than the original strain of SARS-CoV-2. However, there is no evidence that the new strain causes more severe illness or increased risk of death.

“We already know that COVID-19 is easily transmitted through respiratory droplets, and with this new variant appearing to be even more infectious, taking preventative measures like wearing a mask and physically distancing are even more important,” said DHS Secretary-designee Andrea Palm.

In Wisconsin, the strain was identified through ongoing surveillance and whole genome sequencing, a routine practice since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. All viruses, including the virus that causes COVID-19, change through mutation, and new variants of the virus are expected to occur over time.

“Mutations among viruses are very common. It’s not unusual – in fact, it’s expected. As time goes on in the pandemic and the virus continues to replicate on a large scale, the genetic sequence of the virus will change,” said Chief Medical Officer Dr. Ryan Westergaard.

DHS, the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene, and other laboratory partners regularly work together to ensure whole genome sequencing is performed on a small proportion of tests collected. This routine analysis of genetic sequence data assisted in identifying the new variant strain in Wisconsin.

Now in the second year of the COVID-19 pandemic, molecular surveillance of SARS-CoV-2 will increase in importance to quickly identify and understand new variants. DHS and laboratory partners continue to analyze genetic sequence data to stop the spread of COVID-19. With emerging mutations of SARS-CoV-2, and those that may be more infectious, it is critically important to follow best public health practices, including wearing a mask, staying home, maintaining physical distance, and washing hands frequently.

For up-to-date information about Wisconsin’s COVID-19 response, visit https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/index.htm.

Call the Forest County Health Department with any questions at 715-478-3371 or visit our website: http://forestcountypublichealth.org/ or our Facebook page for more information.

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