The first reported case of the coronavirus in Door County was announced Monday by the Door County Public Health Department. According to the news release, the Individual has remained in isolation since testing for the virus. The Door County Health and Wisconsin Department of Health Services are identifying and contacting people who have been in close contact with the person affected. Those people will be asked to quarantine themselves for 14 days from exposure. You can find the complete news release with this story online including simple steps to prevent illness and avoid exposure to the coronavirus.
COVID-19 Update Confirmed in Door County
Door County—Department of Health and Human Services announced today that there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 in Door County. This individual has remained isolated since time of testing.
Door County Public Health and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) responsibilities include:
• Identifying and contacting anyone who has been in close contact with a person who has COVID-19. These people are asked to quarantine themselves for 14 days from their exposure and will be monitored for fever and respiratory symptoms. People with symptoms are tested for COVID-19.
• Daily symptom monitoring to determine when a person can be released from isolation.
• Providing guidance to clinicians regarding testing
• Preparing Wisconsin for community spread of COVID-19.
Door County Public Health is 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 with the coronavirus.
In order to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Wisconsin, Governor Tony Evers directed Department of Health Services (DHS) Secretary-designee Andrea Palm to issue a Safer at Home order that prohibits all nonessential travel. This order went into effect at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, March 25, 2020, and will remain in effect until 8 a.m. on April 24, 2020, or until a superseding order is issued.
The public should follow simple steps to prevent illness and avoid exposure to this virus including:
• Avoid social gatherings with people of all ages (including playdates and sleepovers, parties, large family dinners, visitors in your home, and non-essential workers in your house);
• Frequent and thorough hand washing with soap and water;
• Covering coughs and sneezes (into the sleeve or elbow, not hands);
• Regularly cleaning high-touch surfaces;
• Not shaking hands;
• Avoiding touching your face; and
• Staying home.
We encourage the public to monitor the Door County Government website https://www.co.door.wi.gov/ Door County Public Health Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/doorcountypublichealth/ and the DHS website for updates, and to follow @DHSWI on Facebook and Twitter, or DHS WI on Instagram. Additional information can be found on the CDC website.