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Vernon County Press Releases
Where can I get tested?
I was exposed to COVID-19. Now what?
I tested Positive for COVID-19. Now what?
Looking For Test Results?
I have tested positive for COVID-19, but no one has contacted me?
Important Message Regarding the Spread of COVID-19
COVID-19 Data for Schools Regarding Learning Models
Reopening Guidance for Businesses
COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions
Emergency Operations Center Contact Information
Vernon County COVID-19 Case Count
Wisconsin Positive Case Map
Volunteer Sign Up and Guidance
Health Department Guidance
What to do if you are sick and Testing Information
Wearing a Cloth Mask
Western Wisconsin Free Testing Sites
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) 637-5210 Human Services
State of Wisconsin Executive Order #82 - Statewide Mask Mandate
Face coverings are required for every individual age 5 or older:
- Whenever you are indoors or in an enclosed space other than a private residence and,
- Other people are present in the room or space
For the full order click here.
For the FAQ document click here.
Vernon County COVID- 19 Case Count
The newest positive case includes:
Of the total positive cases:
A male 10-19 years who is recovering at home
Five males in their 50's who are recovering at home
A male in his 60's who is recovering at home
A male in his 70's who is hospitalized
A male in his 80's who is recovering at home
A female 0-9 years who is recovering at home
A female 10-19 years who is recovering at home
A female in her 50's who is recovering at home
A female in her 70's who is recovering at home
A female in her 80's who is recovering at home
|Total positive cases||1,228|
|Recovering at home|| 219
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: December 4, 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. Click on the link below to see our case data summary.
Summary of Case Data as of 7/21/20
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.
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/
Gundersen St. Joseph's Hospital and Clinics has drive up testing available Monday-Saturday from 10am-2pm by appointment only. To schedule an appointment call 608-489-8280. As of August 1st, Saturday hours will be changing to 8am-noon.
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 12.4.20
- Update 12.3.20
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- Update 12.1.20
- Update 11.30.20
- Update 11.27.20
- Update 11.25.20
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- Update 11.19.20
- New Testing Site Addition 11.25.20
- Update 11.18.20
- Update 11.17.20
- Update 11.16.20
- Update 11.13.20
- Important Update on the Increasing COVID-19 cases
- Update 11.12.20
- Update 11.10.20
- Free Testing Site 11.12.20
- Update 11.9.20
- Update 11.6.20
- Update 11.5.20
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- Update 10.2.20
- National Guard Testing Site on October 6th
- Update 10/1/2020
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- Update 09.15.20
- Update 09.14.20
- Update 09.11.20
- Update 09.10.20
- Update 09.09.20
- Update 09.08.20
- Public Notification Low Risk Exposure
- Community Test Site in Hillsboro
- Update 09.04.20
- Update 09.03.20
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- Update 09.01.20
- Update 08.31.20
- Update 08.28.20
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