Click on the links below for each information sections:
Vernon County Press Releases
Coulee COVID-19 Compass
Community Testing Event July 7, 2020
Reopening Guidance for Businesses
COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions
Emergency Operations Center Contact Information
Vernon County COVID-19 Case Count
Wisconsin Positive Case Map
Wisconsin Supreme Court Ruling COVID-19
Volunteer Sign Up and Guidance
Health Department Guidance
What to do if you are sick and Testing Information
Wearing a Cloth Mask
Centers for Disease Control
Wisconsin Department of Health Services
Vernon County Health Department
Emergency Operations Center Phone Numbers
(608) 637-5292 Public Information Officer
(608) 637-5251 Health Department
(608) 637-5235 Human Services
Drive Through Community Testing Event- July 7th, 2020
The Vernon County Health Department, Emergency Management and the WI National Guard are hosting a free drive-through COVID-19 testing site at the Vernon County Fairgrounds, located at 29 Fairgrounds Drive, Viroqua, WI on Tuesday, July 7, 2020 from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.
To help ease traffic flow during the testing, please follow one of the two options (A map is below):
1) Entering from the north end of town, turn onto Fairlane Drive between Kwik Trip and Sleepy Hollow Chevrolet Dealership. Turn right on Nelson Parkway. Follow signs to testing.
2) Entering from the south end of town, turn onto Fairview Drive. Turn left onto Northeast Ave. Follow signs to testing.
This community COVID-19 testing event is open to all Vernon County residents and those in our surrounding communities (age 5 and older) who are asymptomatic or experiencing one or more symptoms of COVID-19, which include: fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, muscle aches, headache, sore throat, abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, and loss of taste or smell.
Map to Fairgrounds for drive-through testing:
Coulee COVID-19 Compass
The purpose of the Coulee COVID-19 Compass is to guide our community to make the right decisions with COVID-19 in mind. You can see our risk status, the recommendations you should follow, and all of the data used to impact the dial on this COVID-19 Compass. This is updated every Wednesday. **Please note at this time, this web site is best viewed on a computer screen at covid19compass.org.
You can access the tool at covid19compass.org
Have questions about how to navitgate the tool? La Crosse County Health Department has created a video explaining the compass here.
Vernon County COVID- 19 Case Count
Of the total positive cases:
|Total positive cases||39|
|Recovering at home||1|
Recovered positive cases are safe to return to normal daily activities. They are no longer infectious and not required to isolate at home.
Last updated: July 10, 2020
This is updated every weekday at approximately 4 PM.
Case counts are only part of the story. There is community spread in our region. Some people may have no symptoms but could still spread COVID-19. It is still important to stay home, wash your hands, wear a face-covering if you must go out, and stop all non-essential travel.
Positive Case Data
As positive case number rise, we are able to look at some general data in relation to positive cases here in Vernon County.
Of the 21 positive cases in Vernon County:
57% are female
43% are male
83% of cases had an exposure to a positive COVID case before developing the illness
17% of cases did not have an exposure to a known positive case. These cases are considered community spread.
43% are age 60 or older
35% are between the ages of 30-59 years old
22% are between the ages of 0-29 years old
*Graphs and data updated 6/11/2020*
Map of Positive Cases
We have heard your concerns about knowing where the COVID-19 positive cases are located in Vernon County. Wisconsin Department of Health Services has created a map of COVID-19 positive cases for the entire state by census tract.
The data does not show in the map when there are less than 5 cases in a specific tract. The numbers reflected on this map will not match our total case numbers due to this suppression.
You can find the map here.For the COVID-19 Interactive Map from John Hopkins, click here.
Wisconsin Supreme Court Ruling COVID-19
In light of the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruling on May 13, Vernon County Health Department urges county residents to continue taking the necessary steps to protect the health and safety of themselves, their families and community.Now, more than ever, it is important to take the following steps to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.
-Stay home as much as possible and if you are sick.
-Minimize physical contact with anyone outside your household.
- Maintain 6 feet of distance between yourself and others if you need to go out.
-Minimize travel, especially to areas considered to be "viral hot spots" within and beyond our state borders.
- Practice good hygiene
- Wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
- Avoid touching your face
-Wear a fabric face covering when you must be in public.
-Avoid touching your face.
Businesses are also responsible for taking steps to protect the health of their employees and prevent transmission in their facilities. For recommendations visit the Vernon County Health Department and Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation web sites.
Vernon County Health Department will continue to follow up on positive cases of COVID-19 and conduct contact tracing for contact of positive cases.
We do not need an order to know what to do. We should know what is required to do the right thing. We need to protect ourselves, our economy and our community by changing our behavior with the actions listed above.
Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation guidance for businesses can be found here:
For Guidance on Volunteer Interaction with Quarantined Persons, click HERE.
For Food Safety Guidelines for Volunteers, click HERE.
Community COVID-19 Informational Flyer
Cleaning and Disinfecting Guidance:
-CDC Guidance for cleaning and sanitizing, click HERE.
- Wisconsin DHS cleaning and sanitizing guidance after a positive confirmed case, click HERE.
Vernon County COVID-19 Toolkit
Vernon County Health Department has assembled a collection of data and guidelines for the businesses and the community to move forward. You can view the Vernon County Business Toolkit here.
What to do if you believe you are sick:
Symptoms may include:
-Shortness of breath
-Loss of smell or taste
Not everyone with COVID-19 has all of these symptoms. For many, symptoms are mild, with no fever. It is important to know that you can still spread (transmit) the virus to others even if you have mild or no symptoms.
How does it spread?
Covid-19 is spread through respiratory droplets that are released when a sick (infected) person coughs, sneezes, or breathes. These droplets can remain in the air and on surfaces for an extended period of time. When people breathe in (inhale) the droplets, or touch surfaces that have been contaminated and then touch their mouth, face, or eyes, the virus can make them sick.
The CDC believes that symptoms of COVID-19 appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after contact with someone who has COVID-19.
There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19 infection. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus.
Protect yourself and others by following everyday preventive measures:
-Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Wear a cloth face mask when out in public
-Stay at home as much as possible and practice social distancing
-Cancel events and avoid groups, gatherings, play dates, and non-essential appointments
-Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care
-Wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds
-If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol
-Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow
-Stay at least 6 feet away from other people
-Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects daily (e.g. tables, countertops, light switches, doorknobs, and cabinet handles). See CDC's recommendations for household cleaning and disinfecting web page
Cloth Face Masks:
You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick. Everyone should wear a cloth face mask when they have to go in public, for example to the grocery store or to pick up other necessities.
-Cloth face masks should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.
Cloth Face Covering Do's and Don'ts:
- Make sure you can breathe through it
- Wear it whenever you are going out in public
- Make sure it covers your nose and mouth
- Wash after using
- Use on children under age 2
- Use on anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance
- Use surgical mask or other personal protective equipment (PPE) intended for healthcare workers
Vernon Memorial Hospital asks that you call the VMH COVID-19 nurses line at: (608) 637- 4990
Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The cloth face covering is not a substitute for social distancing.
For more information about face mask usage and how to make your own see the CDC web page and the WI DHS web page.
Call your doctor if you symptoms of COVID-19 and need medical care or think you are high risk for having a severe illness. Your doctor will determine whether or not you should be tested based on your symptoms, risk factors like travel or contact with others who are sick, and if you have underlying medical conditions.
The following facilities are offering testing for COVID-19:
Their web site is here: http://www.vmh.org/
Gundersen Health System asks that you call the COVID-19 Nurse Line at: (608) 775-4454
Their web site is here: https://www.gundersenhealth.org/covid19/
Mayo Health System asks that you call your local provider first. Your provider will direct you to the Mayo Clinic COVID-19 Nurse Line.
Their web site is here: https://www.mayoclinichealthsystem.org/covid19
Scenic Bluffs asks that you call them for testing at (608) 654-5100.
Their web site is here:https://www.scenicbluffs.org/
Wisconsin Health Connect allows you to complete an online health screen assessment. A licensed health practitioner will contact you. This is free and confidential. Click here for the Wisconsin Health Connect screening tool.
Volunteers and mask donations:
The Vernon County Health Department is organizing volunteers to assist with the COVID-19 response. Please call the Health Department at (608)-637-5251 to sign up.
The most recent or relevant press releases are displayed. A full list of press releases from the department can be found linked below.
Press releases are updated every week day at approximately 4 PM.
- Update 07.10.20
- Update 07.09.20
- Update 07.08.20
- Update 07.07.20
- Update 07.06.20
- Update 07.02.20
- Update 07.01.20
- Update 06.30.20
- Update 06.29.20
- Update 06.26.20
- Community Testing Announcement
- Update 06.25.20
- Update 06.24.20
- Update 06.23.20
- Update 06.22.20
- Update 06.19.20
- Update 06.18.20
- Update 06.17.20
- Update 06.16.20
- Update 06.15.20
- Update 06.12.20
- Update 06.11.20
- Update 06.10.20
- Regional Rollout of the Coulee Compass
- Update 06.09.20
- Update 06.08.20
- Update 06.05.20
- Update 06.04.20
- Update 06.03.20
- Update 06.02.20
- Update 06.01.20
- Update 05.29.20
- Update 05.28.20
- Update 05.27.20
- Update 05.26.20
- Update 05.22.20
- Update 05.21.20
- Update 05.20.20
- Update 05.19.20
- Update 05.18.20
- Update 05.15.20
- Update 05.14.20
- Vernon County Wisconsin Supreme Court Ruling COVID-19
- Update 05.13.20
- Update 05.12.20
- Update 05.11.20
- Update 05.08.20
- Update 05.07.20
- Update 05.06.20
- Update 05.05.20
- Update 05.04.20
- Update 05.01.20
- Update 04.30.20
- Update 04.29.20
- Update 04.28.20
- Update 04.27.20
- Update 04.24.20
- Update 04.23.20
- Vernon County First Lab Confirmed Case 4.23.20
- Update 04.22.2020
- Update 04.21.2020
- Update 04.20.2020
- Update 04.17.2020
- Update 04.16.2020
- Update 04.15.2020
- Update 04.14.2020
- Update 04.13.2020
- Vernon County Parks Update
- Update 04.09.2020
- Update 04.08.2020
- Update 04.07.2020
- Update 04.06.2020
- Update 04.02.2020
- Update 03.27.2020
- Update 03.26.2020
- Update 03.25.2020
- Update 03.24.2020
- Update 03.23.2020
- Update 03.20.2020
- Update 03.18.2020
- Building Restrictions