Forest County Issues Guidance on COVID-19 Safe Practices

On Wednesday, May 13th, the Wisconsin Supreme Court issued a decision invalidating the Safer at Home Order. In response to this ruling, Forest County continues to work with local partners on a plan to keep all residents safe and healthy.

The Forest County Health Department will continue to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and has the obligation to respond to any outbreaks and spikes in cases that may occur. Should Forest County see significant outbreaks, countywide transmission or deaths due to the virus, the Forest County Health Department is prepared to respond and local orders may be issued accordingly. “It is our job to protect the health and safety of all residents of Forest County and take appropriate action as necessary,” said Jacee Shepard, Forest County Health Officer.

The order is gone, the virus is not. We ask all community members to continue to follow the guidance that has been shared over the last eight weeks to ensure their own personal health and safety, along with the health and safety of their families, friends, and fellow community members. Maintain physical distance, avoid gathering in groups, practice good personal hygiene, limit travel to reduce potential of virus transmission, consider wearing a mask or cloth face covering in public, and stay home if you are ill. Do not go to work, the store, or anywhere else if you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms. People who are vulnerable and at higher risk of severe complications of COVID-19 should stay home whenever possible. If you are experiencing any symptoms, please call your health care provider and ask to be tested.

Our local businesses, non-profits, and other entities play a significant role in helping to keep our community healthy and safe. If a business chooses to be open, we strongly advise them to implement the strategies and practices provided in the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) Reopening Guidelines at https://wedc.org/reopen-guidelines/, the Centers for Disease Control at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html, and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services at https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid- 19/index.htm. We also encourage businesses to develop a COVID-19 plan that includes screening staff for illness, disinfecting/cleaning protocols and proper physical distancing considerations for customers and employees. Please consult with the Forest County Chamber of Commerce and the Forest County Health Department to gather additional information to safely resume business activities.

We encourage the public to frequently monitor the Forest County Health Department Facebook page and website: http://forestcountypublichealth.org/, and the WI DHS website: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/index.htm for the most up-to-date information.

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