SEVEN CASES OF COVID-19 CONFIRMED IN FOREST COUNTY

Forest County Public Health officials have confirmed a total of seven people have been diagnosed with novel coronavirus infection (COVID-19) in Forest County. The individuals are linked to the current public health investigation with The Bay at Nu-Roc.

We continue to work closely with The Bay at Nu-Roc leadership and staff to ensure all appropriate measures are in place to keep the residents and staff safe and healthy.

The Forest County Health Department continues to encourage community members to minimize their contact with others by staying home when possible, practice physical distancing, and stay alert for symptoms of COVID-19.

Community members experiencing any of the following symptoms should call their health care provider and ask to be tested.

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sore throat
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Body or muscle aches
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Loss of smell
  • Loss of taste

In an effort to keep community members up to date on COVID-19, the Forest County Health Department will continue to update our Facebook page daily with current COVID-19 case counts. This will include the number of negative and positive cases in Forest County.

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Wisconsin Supreme Court Decision Regarding Safer at Home

We understand that Forest County residents are likely to have questions following the announcement from the Wisconsin Supreme Court invalidating the Safer at Home Order.

As we wait for additional guidance from the State of Wisconsin, the Forest County Health Department asks community members to continue to practice physical distancing and good personal hygiene practices, as recommended by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Centers for Disease Control.

We also encourage local businesses to protect their customers and employees by adopting appropriate health and safety guidelines, such as those offered by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation.

Please see links below for the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation and Centers for Disease Control that can assist the public and businesses in adopting those best practices.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html

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Forest County Reports COVID-19 Investigation at Local Nursing Home

The Forest County Health Department is reporting that there have been staff and residents of The Bay at Nu-Roc that have tested positive for COVID-19.

“The Forest County Health Department is working closely with The Bay at Nu-Roc leadership and staff to conduct a thorough investigation to track, trace, and contain the virus,” said Jacee Shepard, Health Officer/Director of the Forest County Health Department. “We want to assure the residents of The Bay at Nu-Roc, their family members, and facility staff that extra steps are being taken to protect residents because they live in a setting that puts them in close proximity with a larger number of people and they rely on staff and volunteers for care.”

“Resident safety is always our top priority. We continue to work with both the local and state health departments to ensure that we are taking all appropriate infection control practices,” said Judi Christensen, Regional Clinical Director for The Bay at Nu-Roc. “Staying home is the most important way to protect our residents and the staff that cares for them. We hope that people will continue to call and email residents, send letters and cards, and send their love and support to our residents and staff on the frontlines.”

The Forest County Health Department does not release the names of residents that have tested positive for COVID-19 because the strategies employed by the health department to protect the community also seek to ensure the privacy of individuals and their families. Immediate family members have been notified.

A “public health investigation” is initiated when a single positive case is identified in a long-term care facility, or when two or more cases are identified in group housing, health care facilities, workplaces, and other settings such as restaurants. A “case investigation” and contact tracing are conducted with all people who have tested positive for COVID-19 and their contacts, regardless of the setting.

If you have been in contact with someone who is a confirmed case of COVID-19, staff from the Forest County Health Department will contact you to notify you of potential exposure. When they call you, they will ask if you are experiencing symptoms, if you are an essential worker, and will provide information about quarantine and isolation. If you have symptoms, they can also help you understand when and how to seek medical help, how to get tested, and options if you have concerns about being able to safely quarantine or isolate for the required time.

“COVID-19 can be spread by asymptomatic people, meaning people who are not experiencing symptoms such as fever, cough, and shortness of breath,” continued Shepard. “In addition to maintaining at least six feet of physical distance as much as possible, we recommend that everyone wear cloth face coverings, frequently wash their hands, and cover coughs and sneezes to prevent catching and spreading disease.”

The Forest County Health Department, Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS), and The Bay at Nu-Roc are working around the clock to try to help everyone remain safe.

We encourage the public to frequently monitor the Forest County Health Department Facebook page and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services website for current information. Additional information can be found on the CDC website.

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FOUR CASES OF COVID-19 CONFIRMED IN FOREST COUNTY

Forest County Public Health officials have confirmed a third and fourth person have been diagnosed with novel coronavirus infection (COVID-19) in Forest County. The individuals are being isolated and no further information is being released to protect their privacy. County health officials are working to determine how the individuals may have become infected and are contacting other individuals with whom the positive case has had close contact with.

We are working with our local, state and federal partners to deal quickly and effectively when people have symptoms of COVID-19 or have been around people who have been infected to make sure our community remains safe and healthy.

COVID-19 can be spread by asymptomatic people, meaning people who are not experiencing symptoms such as fever, cough, and shortness of breath. In addition to maintaining at least six feet of physical distance as much as possible, we recommend that everyone wear cloth face coverings in public settings where physical distancing measures are difficult to maintain, frequently wash their hands, and cover coughs and sneezes to prevent catching and spreading disease.

People with confirmed infections have a range of symptoms, from little to no symptoms to people being severely sick and dying. Symptoms may include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sore throat
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Body or muscle aches
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Loss of smell
  • Loss of taste

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, please call your health care provider and ask to be tested.

In an effort to keep community members up to date on COVID-19, the Forest County Health Department will continue to update our Facebook page daily with current COVID-19 case counts. This will include the number of negative and positive cases in Forest County.

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SECOND CASE OF COVID-19 CONFIRMED IN FOREST COUNTY

Forest County Public Health officials have confirmed a second person has been diagnosed with novel coronavirus infection (COVID-19) in Forest County. The individual is being isolated and no further information is being released to protect the person’s privacy. County health officials are working to determine how the individual may have become infected and are contacting other individuals with whom the positive case has had close contact with.

We are working with our local, state and federal partners to deal quickly and effectively when people have symptoms of COVID-19 or have been around people who have been infected to make sure our community remains safe and healthy.

The Forest County Health Department continues to encourage community members to minimize their contact with others by staying home when possible, practicing physical distancing, and being alert for symptoms of COVID-19.

In addition, people should continue to:

  • Frequently and thoroughly wash hands with soap and water
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Stay home when sick
  • Practice physical distancing
  • Avoid large gatherings and crowds

In addition to the above recommendations, the CDC has also updated their guidance encouraging the public to wear cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g. grocery stores and pharmacies).

People with confirmed infections have a range of symptoms, from little to no symptoms to people being severely sick and dying. Symptoms may include:

  • Fever
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath
    • Sore throat
    • Headache
    • Fatigue
  • Body or muscle aches
    • Nausea
    • Vomiting
    • Diarrhea
    • Loss of smell
    • Loss of taste

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, please call your health care provider and ask to be tested.

In an effort to keep community members up to date on COVID-19, Forest County Health Department will continue to update our Facebook page daily with current COVID-19 case counts. This will include the number of negative and positive cases in Forest County.

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