COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 2019)

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Updated 3/30/2020 at 3:09 PM

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Travel Guidance

DHS recommends Wisconsin residents cancel or postpone all nonessential travel, including travel within the state. At this time, all international and domestic travel is considered risky, and all individuals who spend time outside of their home or local community have some risk of exposure to COVID-19. If international or domestic travel cannot be avoided, be prepared to remain away for an extended period of time if travel restrictions change or if you become sick. You should also be prepared to self-quarantine at home for 14 days upon your return.

Travel between private homes within the state, including seasonal homes or rental cabins, is strongly discouraged. This is for your safety and wellbeing as well as the safety of our rural counties and tribal communities. Non-essential travel outside your current community may spread COVID-19 to areas with very limited health care infrastructure.

Several counties in Wisconsin have issued travel advisories for seasonal and second homeowners. If you choose to travel to a second home in Wisconsin, you should be prepared to immediately self-quarantine for 14 days. You should bring your own groceries and essentials, as self-quarantine does not permit shopping at local stores for supplies.

“Safer At Home” and travel. On March 24, Governor Evers implemented a “Safer at Home” order for all Wisconsin residents, which will be in effect until at least April 24, 2020. This requires that Wisconsin residents stay at home or their place of residence, unless performing essential activities, such as seeking health care, food, necessary supplies and services, outdoor exercise, certain types of work, and other qualified activities. All travel within Wisconsin is prohibited other than certain essential travel, including:

  • Travel required by law enforcement or court order.
  • Travel to return home from outside your home jurisdiction.
  • Travel to care for elderly, minors, dependents, persons with disabilities, or other vulnerable populations.
  • Travel to or from educational institutions to receive materials for distance learning, meals, or other related services.
  • Travel required for non-residents to return to their place of residence outside of Wisconsin.
  • Any travel related to perform other approved essential activities, special situations, essential government functions, essential business operations, and minimum basic operations, as described in Gov. Evers’ “Safer At Home” order.

If you are returning from travel. If you traveled anywhere outside of your local community in the past 14 days, you are being asked to stay home and monitor yourself for symptoms for 14 days after you returned. If you were able to practice social distancing during the entire time you were away (for example, you stayed in your car by yourself and kept at least 6 feet distance between yourself and others), you should still monitor your symptoms and practice social distancing.

  • Stay home. It is important that you avoid contact with others to avoid spreading the infection to others (this is called “self-quarantine”).
    Monitor your symptoms. Check your temperature twice daily, and write down any symptoms you have (this is called ‘self-monitoring”). If you develop symptoms of COVID-19 like fever, cough, shortness of breath, or others and need medical care, call your doctor.

See COVID-19: Monitoring for Illness for more details about self-monitoring and self-quarantine.

Note: Self-quarantine rules may not apply for health care workers and others who perform essential services. Contact Chippewa County Department of Public Health at 715-726-7900 if you have questions about travel-related quarantine guidelines.


Frequently Asked Questions

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
  • Nauseau
  • 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.

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.

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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