COVID-19


EMERGENCY ORDER #5 - PROHIBITING MASS GATHERINGS OF 10 PEOPLE OR MORE


April 3, 2020   4:30pm

For Immediate Release

Iowa County Health Department 

Director/Health Officer Debbie Siegenthaler RN, MSN

Resources to Volunteer and Seek Support

Iowa County – Iowa County wants to highlight a new feature on the Iowa County website.

Check out https://www.iowacounty.org/ and follow the green buttons.

What Can You Do to Help?

Want to Volunteer? Iowa County Emergency Operations Center is looking for volunteers to help during the COVID-19 pandemic.  We would like to start a list of individual volunteers who would like to help with delivery of Meals on Wheels, curb-side pickup of SUN meals, grocery deliveries, and other assistance as needed. Please fill out the form on the website to be considered.  All applicants will have a background check done. If you have questions, please email adrc@iowacounty.org or call (608) 930-9835.     

Want to donate?  

Please bring your new, unused PPE to the Iowa County Health & Human Services building between the hours of 8 AM and 8 PM Monday through Friday.  These items will be used to keep our frontline health care workers and responders safe! 

United Fund of Iowa County http://unitedfundiowacounty.org/Welcome.html

COVID-19 Grocery Options in Iowa County https://adrcswwi.org/iowa/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2020/03/Iowa-County-Grocery-Store-List.pdf

Local food pantries:

SWCAP http://swcap.org/covid19.html

Second Harvest https://www.secondharvestmadison.org/

Check out Upland Hills Health website for many opportunities to help https://www.uplandhillshealth.org/


Iowa County Case Update

         3   Positive Test Results in Iowa County

     110   Negative Test Results in Iowa County

  1,916  Positive Test Results in Wisconsin

22,377 Negative Test Results in Wisconsin

487 (25%) Hospitalizations

        37  Deaths in Wisconsin

For a broader picture of the number of cases and a new feature which details the data further, see https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/outbreaks/index.htm 


Announcements

 

  • Updated 4/3 - No Visitor Policy at Hospital and Nursing & Rehabilitation Center For the safety of our patients, healthcare workers and the community, visitors and gift deliveries are not allowed on the Upland Hills Health campus at 800 Compassion Way in Dodgeville.
    • Effective 3/30 - UHH Clinics in Dodgeville, Mineral Point and Mt. Horeb will be open 9 AM-3 PM Monday-Friday.  These hours will remain in effect until further notice.

Important Sources of Information

Please monitor the following Social Media sites:

Iowa County Public Health on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/iowacountyhealthdepartment/

Upland Hills Health on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/UplandHillsHealthHospital/

Iowa County Emergency Management on Twitter - https://twitter.com/ICEMWI

Iowa County Emergency Management on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/icemwi/

Monitor the following websites:

Iowa County COVID 19  https://www.iowacounty.org/

Upland Hills Health https://www.uplandhillshealth.org/patient-visitors/covid-19-novel-coronavirus-information/

WI Department of Health Services (DHS) https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/outbreaks/index.htm

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html


April 2, 2020   4:30pm

For Immediate Release

Iowa County Health Department 

Director/Health Officer Debbie Siegenthaler RN, MSN

Community Spread and Enforcing Safer at Home

Iowa County – Although Iowa County continues to hold steady at three confirmed COVID-19 cases, it can be assumed there is community spread. There are not enough resources to do widespread testing for the virus; there are likely unidentified positive cases. The term “community spread” means a person’s disease cannot be traced to a specific individual or source. If you leave your house and go into a public place, assume you will come into contact with someone carrying the virus. Staying home is the only way we can slow the spread of the virus, we all have to make big sacrifices for a little while; we will get through this.

Governor Evers’ Safer at Home order is in place to protect the public. Only essential businesses may remain open. Travel must be restricted to travel to the essential business where you work or for an essential reason. Essential reasons include shopping for food (including pet food), medical supplies, prescriptions and other necessities. Getting essentials should be happening once per week, by one person in your household. If you are a single-parent household, do your best to plan ahead to limit the trips you must take with your children.

This Order is enforceable by any local law enforcement official, including county sheriffs. Violation or obstruction of this Order is punishable by up to 30 days imprisonment, or up to $250 fine, or both. Wis. Stat. § 252.25.

“The health and the safety of our community is our highest priority,” Iowa County Sheriff Steve Michek stated. “To keep our community safe you need to follow the Safer at Home order and limit your outings. As we continue to monitor and get calls and emails about non-essential activities happening in Iowa County, we will be placing more emphasis on enforcement in order to protect people during this serious health crisis. Please obey this order; it will save lives.”

Remember to continue to check-in with those most vulnerable in our communities, especially anyone who may be isolated during this time. Call, email, video chat, or send a letter.


Iowa County Case Update

         3   Positive Test Results in Iowa County

     101   Negative Test Results in Iowa County

  1,730  Positive Test Results in Wisconsin

20,317 Negative Test Results in Wisconsin

        31  Deaths in Wisconsin

For a broader picture of the number of cases, see https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/outbreaks/index.htm 


Announcements

 

  • Guidance for businesses and employers for responding to COVID-19 and Emergency Order #12.  We appreciate the efforts that are being made by county businesses in complying with the #SaferAtHome. Emergency Order 12, Safer at Home Order, states that “Essential Businesses and Operations” means health care and public health operations, human services operations, essential infrastructure operations, and essential governmental functions as well as “any business or worker identified in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency, Memorandum on Identification of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers during COVID-19 Response,”
  • Elections Commission seeking Volunteers Poll workers do everything from check-in voters, help people register to vote, check photo IDs and process absentee ballots. Please click here for more details from the Wisconsin Elections Commission. Local clerks will provide poll workers with training prior to Election Day.
  • Effective 4/2Upland Hills Health Nursing and Rehabilitation Center Requesting No Gift Deliveries to minimize virus spread.  Residents at Upland Hills Health Nursing and Rehabilitation Center are receiving an extra dose of TLC from staff ever since the COVID-19 pandemic caused management to close the door to visitors.  “It is difficult to be separated from the ones you love, and we are sorry to announce that we cannot accept the delivery of gifts of any type to residents, as well,” the Center’s administrator stated. “It is important for each of our residents to feel loved and remain as active as they are able… so we’ve launched a BUDDY PROGRAM! Our staff is taking time with residents every day to play games… make things… read aloud… play music… skype with family… pray… and chat.  We are going the extra mile to protect them from exposure to viruses while keeping them happy, active and safe.”
  • Upland Hills Health Hospital and Clinics:
    • Effective 3/30 - UHH Clinics in Dodgeville, Mineral Point and Mt. Horeb will be open 9 AM-3 PM Monday-Friday.  These hours will remain in effect until further notice.
    • Effective 3/25 - No Visitor Policy at Hospital and Nursing & Rehabilitation Center

Important Sources of Information

Please monitor the following Social Media sites:

Iowa County Public Health on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/iowacountyhealthdepartment/

Upland Hills Health on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/UplandHillsHealthHospital/

Iowa County Emergency Management on Twitter - https://twitter.com/ICEMWI

Iowa County Emergency Management on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/icemwi/

Monitor the following websites:

Iowa County Health Department https://www.iowacounty.org/departments/HealthDepartment

Upland Hills Health https://www.uplandhillshealth.org/patient-visitors/covid-19-novel-coronavirus-information/

WI Department of Health Services (DHS) https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/outbreaks/index.htm

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html


Starting on Thursday, March 19, 2020, all County buildings will be secured for restricted access.  County employees will be allowed into buildings.  Members of the public should expect not to be allowed into buildings, but may arrange to do business with a County Agency by phone or online.  At the discretion of a County Agency, arrangements may be made to conduct business at the main door of a building.

 

Anyone needing to do business with the Court System or needing Passports should call the Clerk of Courts Office. The Iowa County Courtroom will continue to conduct business on cases that have not been rescheduled.  Those persons scheduled for court as well as the attorneys should contact the Iowa County Clerk of Courts' Office to inquire about appearing by telephone.  The Clerk of Courts' telephone number is: (608) 935-0395.  Persons who are scheduled for child support matters are to contact the Iowa County Child Support Office at: (608) 935-0390.

Please see the Clerk of Courts Department page on the Iowa County website for the Court Order in regard to Court Activities.

Iowa County Website has department phone numbers, forms and office hours at www.iowacounty.org/departments

 

For localized information, Please monitor the following Social Media sites:

Iowa County Public Health on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/iowacountyhealthdepartment/

Upland Hills Health on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/UplandHillsHealthHospital/

Iowa County Emergency Management on Twitter - https://twitter.com/ICEMWI

Iowa County Emergency Management on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/icemwi/

Monitor the following websites:

Iowa County Health Department – https://www.iowacounty.org/departments/HealthDepartment

Upland Hills Health - https://www.uplandhillshealth.org/patient-visitors/covid-19-novel-coronavirus-information/

WI Department of Health Services (DHS) https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/outbreaks/index.htm

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades = https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index-sp.html