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March 16, 2020 - COVID-19 Update: Reporting of new cases

On Sunday, March 15, 2020, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) announced a modification to how new cases will be reported to the media and local health departments.

“There is a significant demand for information and our goal is to make sure members of the media, local partners, and public have what they need from DHS,” said a DHS spokesperson.

Knowing when information will be available and where to find it is important when a situation changes daily. To make sure there is regular reporting of information to the public, DHS will be updating their website daily (even on weekends) at 2 PM. Additionally, DHS will hold media briefings Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. On Wednesdays they will brief legislators.

“Oconto County Public Health is keeping track of this outbreak,” said Deb Konitzer, Oconto County Health Officer. “We are working closely with federal, state, and local partners to be prepared for any changes to the situation here and to make sure information is shared with the public.”

While the risk of getting the illness remains low, people should follow simple steps to avoid getting sick, including:
• Frequent and thorough handwashing with soap and water.
• Cover coughs and sneezes.
• Avoid touching your face.
• Stay home when sick.
• Practice social distancing, meaning stay at least 3-6 feet away from others.
• Avoid large public gatherings and crowds.

To read the latest information about COVID-19 people can check the Department of Health Services (DHS) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) websites.