***The COVID-19 pandemic is rapidly changing. Please note that all information is subject to change; Public Health is keeping you informed to the best of our ability.
Wisconsin DHS COVID-19 page: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/index.htm
CDC COVID-19 page: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
People with confirmed infections have a range of symptoms, from little to no symptoms to people being severely sick and dying. Symptoms may include:
* Shortness of breath
Click here for more symptom information.
*Prevea Health has a drive through testing site at HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital in Oconto Falls for those with at least one COVID-19 symptom. You do not need to be a Prevea patient, but you need to be referred there by a provider. Visit www.prevea.com/virtualcare or call 920-431-1810 for a screening and referral. The screening/referral and testing are all FREE. This testing site is open Monday through Friday 9-4, Saturday and Sunday 10-2.
There is not an anti-viral medication or a vaccination/immunization available for COVID-19.
* Wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds.
* Stay home when you are sick.
* Cover your coughs and sneezes.
Public Health Response to a Confirmed Case
* When Public Health learns of a confirmed COVID-19 case, a staff person interviews the positive case and then identifies high and medium risk contact persons.
* Public health then contacts the high and medium risk contacts and asks them to quarantine themselves for 14 days from their last exposure to the positive case and to monitor themselves for fever and respiratory symptoms.
* Contacts to the positive case will be followed by public health to determine when a person can be released from isolation or quarantine.
Protecting Patient Privacy
Oconto County will not release any information on persons that test positive for COVID-19 to prevent discrimination and for their personal safety for several reasons:
1. We live in a rural county with a small population; this makes it easy to identify someone with very little demographic information.
2. Public Health, while interviewing the positive case, identifies who is at risk and contacts them directly.
3. The best way to stop the spread is to practice social distancing and wash your hands correctly. Treat everyone as if they have COVID-19.
How It Spreads
* It appears that COVID-19 is spread person to person.
* It spreads when little blobs of liquid, called respiratory droplets, are released as someone coughs, sneezes, or talks.
* Respiratory droplets are too heavy to remain in the air, so the spread happens when people are in close contact, or within 6 feet of each other.
* Someone can catch COVID-19 by inhaling the respiratory droplets, or touching their eyes, nose or mouth with contaminated hands.
If You Are Sick:
* Call your healthcare provider for guidance before you go to the hospital
* Seek emergency care if you have shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
* Call 911 or your healthcare provider right away if you believe that you have been exposed to COVID-19
Taking Care of Your Mental Health
This is a time of great uncertainty and disruption and you may be feeling many emotions now such as fear, anxiety and anger. Remember that your mental health is just as important as your physical health! Check out these resources:
* Trained crisis counselors are available 24/7 and free of charge at 1-800-985-5990 or by texting TalkWithUs to 66747.
* Taking Care of Your Behavioral Health
Cleaning and Disinfecting
Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces every day. To disinfect, most common EPA-registered household disinfectants will work. Use disinfectants appropriate for the surface. A properly diluted bleach solution will work too.
To make a bleach solution, mix 5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) bleach per gallon of water
4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water
Follow manufacturer’s instructions for application and proper ventilation. Never mix household bleach with ammonia or any other cleanser. Unexpired household bleach will be effective against coronaviruses when properly diluted.