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Wisconsin Department of Tourism Adds Beaches and Campgrounds Resources to Outdoors COVID-19 Toolkit. The toolkit includes resources for parks, trailheads, boat landings, fishing access points, cycling, walking, motorized trails, beaches, campgrounds. Additionally, information on how to #RecreateResponsibly are available in English and Spanish.

http://industry.travelwisconsin.com/office-of-outdoor-recreation/outdoors-covid-19-toolkit

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FIRST COVID-19 RELATED DEATH CONFIRMED IN FOREST COUNTY

Forest County Health officials have confirmed one person has died of complications surrounding novel coronavirus infection (COVID-19) in Forest County. This death is the first in Forest County associated with COVID-19.

“We are extremely saddened by this loss,” said Jacee Shepard, Health Officer of the Forest County Health Department. “Our deepest condolences go out to their family, friends, and loved ones.”

To date, thirteen people in Forest County and people across the state of Wisconsin have been diagnosed with COVID-19. There have been deaths in Wisconsin.

Health Officials expect the number of confirmed cases to continue to rise in the coming weeks. Expanded testing and contact tracing efforts are being put into place both locally and statewide in an effort to slow and prevent the spread of disease.

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.

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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Department of Children and Families releases guidance for licensed childcare

The Department of Children and Families has released guidance for licensed day camps for children including:
o Guidance for Licensed Day Camps for Children Overview
o Updated Best Practices for Child Care Providers FAQ
o Best Practices for Child Care Providers Overview
o Reopening Child Care During the COVID-19 Pandemic Decision Tree

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NINE CASES OF COVID-19 CONFIRMED IN FOREST COUNTY

Forest County Public Health officials have confirmed a total of nine 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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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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