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 ( ) , 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 For local information go to 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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