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COVID-19 Information
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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
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Vernon County COVID- 19 Case Count
Total Tested:  184
Negative:  182
Pending:     2
Positive:     0
Last updated: April 8, 2020
This is updated everyday at approximately 4 PM.

While positive confirmed cases help to represent the disease spread in a community, they do not account for all possible cases.
 
Community spread is now considered state wide in Wisconsin.
 
We recommend that residents practice social distancing, continue hand washing regularly, and stop all non-essential travel.



For the case numbers for the State of Wisconsin, click here: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/outbreaks/
For the COVID-19 Interactive Map, click HERE.
For Guidance on Volunteer Interaction with Quarantined Persons, click HERE.
For Food Safety Guidelines for Volunteers, click HERE.



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Center for Disease Control:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/

Wisconsin Department of Health Services:
https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/

Community COVID-19 Informational Flyer

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update Governor Evers Issues Stay at Home Order

Governor Evers directed Department of Health Services (DHS) Secretary- designee Andrea Palm to issue a Safer at Home order that prohibits all non-essential travel, with some exceptions as clarified and defined in the order. The full order is available here:  https://evers.wi.gov/Pages/Newsroom/Executive-Orders.aspx

The order will remain in effect until 8 am Friday April 24th, 2020, or until a superseding order is issued.

Individuals do not need special permission to leave their homes, but they must comply with this order as to when it is permissible to leave home. Similarly, if a business is an Essential Business or Operation as defined in this order, it does not need documentation or certification to continue its work that is done in compliance with this order.

Under this order, Wisconsin residents are able to:
-Perform tasks essential to maintain health and safety, such as obtaining medicine or seeing a doctor
-Get necessary services or supplies for themselves or their family or household members such as getting food and supplies, pet food and supplies necessary for staying at home
-Care for a family member in another household
-Care for older adults, minors, dependents, people with disabilities or other vulnerable persons

Businesses allowed to operate under the Safer at Home order to include, but are not limited to:
-Health care operations, including home health workers
-Critical infrastructure
-Businesses that provide food, shelter, and social services, and other necessities of life for economically disadvantaged or otherwise vulnerable individuals
-Fresh and non-perishable food retailers, including convenience stores, grocery stores, farmers' markets, and food banks
-Businesses that ship or deliver groceries, food and goods directly to residences
-Pharmacies, health care supply stores and health care facilities
-Child care facilities with some limitations
-Gas stations and auto repair facilities
-Banks
-Laundry businesses, dry cleaners and services necessary for maintaining the safety, sanitation and essential operation of a residence, including garbage collection
-Hardware Stores, plumbers, and electricians
-Educational institutions, for the purposes of facilitating distance learning
-Roles required for any business to maintain minimum basic operations, which includes security, and payroll
-Law and safety, and essential government functions will continue under the recommended action

This order contains detailed information regarding the exemptions provided to certain businesses. If a business is unsure of whether or not they are exempted from this order, please contact the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation www.wedc.org.

The public should follow the simple steps to prevent illness and avoid exposure to this virus including:
-Avoid large social gatherings with people of all ages (including play dates and sleepovers, parties, large family dinners, visitors in your home, non-essential workers in your house)
-Frequent and thorough hand washing with soap and water
-Covering coughs and sneezes
-Avoiding touching your face
-Staying home

What to do if you believe you are sick:

Symptoms may include:
-Fever
-Cough
-Shortness of breath
-Sore Throat
-Headache
-Fatigue
-Nausea
-Vomiting
-Diarrhea

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.

Prevention:
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
-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 disinfection web page

Testing:
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. 

Due to current shortages in testing supplies, not everyone with symptoms will be tested. If your symptoms are mild and can be managed at home, your doctor might recommend that you stay home under self-isolations to prevent the spread to others.

Vernon Memorial Hospital asks that you call the VMH COVID-19 nurses line at: (608) 637- 4990
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


Volunteers:

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. 

  





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