COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 2019)

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Updated 6/3/2020 at 8:10 AM

With input from national and state health and industry experts, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) has compiled a series of industry-specific documents to help businesses get back to business while taking the necessary precautions to maximize safety.

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What is COVID-19?

COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that can spread from person-to-person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a new form of coronavirus that was first found in people in December 2019.

How is it spread?

People with COVID-19 can spread it to others when they cough or sneeze. The virus is found in droplets from the throat and nose. When someone coughs or sneezes, other people near them can breathe in those droplets.  The virus can also spread when someone touches an object with the virus on it. If that person then uses their hands to touch their face, mouth, or eyes, the virus can make them sick.

How many COVID-19 cases are there in Chippewa County?

Visit our COVID-19 Cases by County page for updates on local, state, and national COVID-19 confirmed cases.

What are the signs and symptoms?

People who have confirmed COVID-19 infections have a range of symptoms, from people with little to no symptoms to people being severely sick and dying. Symptoms may include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sore throat
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Body or muscle aches
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Loss of smell and/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.

What should I do if I have any of these symptoms or think I am sick?

  • Call your doctor if you have symptoms of COVID-19, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, or others, and need medical care or think you are at higher risk for having a severe illness.
  • Stay home. Because COVID-19 is spreading in many parts of the U.S. and Wisconsin, anyone with even mild symptoms should stay home and follow the recommendations for “self-isolation,” even if they were not tested for COVID-19. The purpose of self-isolation is to prevent the spread of COVID-19 to others. We now know that COVID-19 can be spread to others from two days BEFORE symptoms started to a few days after you recover, this is known as the "infectious period." Because of this, you should remain in isolation for:
    • Seven days from the date you first had symptoms. AND
    • At least three days (72 hours) after your symptoms improve.
  • Monitor your symptoms. Seek medical care if you illness worsens or if you develop emergency warning signs.
  • Take steps to prevent others in your household from getting sick.
    • Separate yourself from other people in your home (this is called “home-isolation”).
    • Wear a face mask when you are around other people.
    • Cover your coughs and sneezes.
    • Clean your hands often.
    • Avoid sharing personal household items.
    • Clean high-touch surfaces every day.
    • Encourage your family and friends to self-monitor for symptoms.
    • Follow CDC guidelines.

Visit our COVID-19 Testing Locations page for a list of healthcare systems currently testing and their contact information.

How can I protect myself and others?

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 other 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 nonessential appointments. Wisconsin has specific guidance on mass gatherings.
  • 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 six 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 webpage.

Are there any travel restrictions?

Visit our Travel Guidance page for more information on this topic.

Who should I contact if I have additional questions?

For general questions:

  • Email Chippewa County Department of Public Health:
  • Call Regional COVID-19 Call Center: 715-831-7425
  • Contact Wisconsin 21:
    • Dial 211
    • Text Wisc COVID19 to 211-211

If you have symptoms, contact your local primary care provider.


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