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Campgrounds in Door County closed temporarily; COVID-19 Update

Although no new cases of COVID-19 were reported on Wednesday by Door County Public Health, the department announced the temporary closure of all campgrounds within the county until May 15.  The health order was issued as a necessary measure to prevent, suppress, and control communicable diseases.  Public Health Manager Susan Powers told that the decision was made with the input of many other public officials.  In the news release, Powers says she determined that the immediate temporary closure of all campgrounds in Door County was based on six factors.  Those included a higher percentage of an older population in Door County, a large number of campgrounds can draw thousands of people from inside and outside the county, and that camping encourages non-essential travel into Door County. All seasonal campground site occupants who arrived on or before Wednesday may be allowed to remain in place.  If they leave the campground to return to their place of residence, they are not permitted to come back to their campsite.  You can find the complete news release and the most recent COVID-19 update from Door County Public Health below.    








Health Order: Temporary Closure of All Campgrounds Within Door County
It is the duty of the local health officers to promptly take all measures necessary to
prevent, suppress, and control communicable diseases as set forth in Wis. Stat. §
In my role as local health officer, I have determined that the immediate temporary
closure of all campgrounds in Door County is reasonable and necessary to prevent,
suppress, and control the COVID-19 virus consistent with Sec. 252.03, Wis. Stats.
Although the Governor’s Evers “Safer at Home” Order (Executive Order #12) lists
campgrounds as essential there are additional factors that are unique to Door County.
This determination is based on the following reasons, including but not limited to:
1. Door County has a large percentage of aged population, and data
demonstrates that the aged population is particularly vulnerable to the
COVID-19 virus.
2. There are a large number of the campgrounds which draw thousands of people
from inside and outside of Door County.
3. Camping in Door County encourages non-essential travel.
4. Camping allows for unmonitored congregating of groups greater than
ten (10) people, which is prohibited under Governor Evers’ “Safer at
Home” Order (Executive Order #12).
5. Camping and related activities reduces the ability to properly social distance,
especially in communal location in campgrounds (e.g. campsites and
6. The influx of campers to Door County will further tax already limited resources
(e.g., health care system, groceries and other necessities) within Door County.

Seasonal campground site occupants who arrived on or before April 15, 2020 may be allowed
to remain in place. Any seasonal site occupant that leaves the campground to return to his or
her place of residence is not permitted to return to re-occupy the seasonal site. All seasonal site
occupants that arrived on or before April 15, 2020 are encouraged to return to their residences.
This Health Order is effective April 15, 2020 and will remain in effect through
May 15th or so long as Executive Order #12 is in effect, whichever is longer.
We are aware that the Frequently Asked Questions, which accompany
Executive Order #12, lists campgrounds as an “Essential Business”. Governor
Evers has since ordered the DNR to close 40 state parks, forests and
recreational areas and the DNR has closed campgrounds in state parks and
recreation areas through April 30th

. These actions by the State are consistent

with and support the need for this Health Order.
If you have questions or immediate needs related to COVID-19, call 2-1-1 or text COVID-19 to
211-211. For up-to-date information, please frequently monitor the Door County Government
website Door County Public Health Facebook page 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.




Door County COVID-19 Update

April 15, 2020 Confirmed Cases




Positive: 3,721

Negative: 39,326

Deaths: 182

Door County


Tests Performed: 171

Positive: 9

Negative: 151

Death: 1

Tests Pending: 11



Please note: The Door County numbers reported include only the positive cases reported to Public Health at the time of this report.  COVID-19 statistics are changing rapidly and are not intended to represent real time statistics.


Currently there is no evidence of community spread in Door County. 

The positive Door County cases are not concentrated in any one locality, they are scattered throughout the county.


Please continue to adhere to the “Safer at Home” guidelines.

We know that COVID 19 is spreading throughout the United States and Wisconsin.


Travel to and from Door County is highly discouraged at this time

If you choose to return to Door County, Door County Public Health requests that you self-quarantine for a full 14 days.






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