COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Updates
Free COVID-19 Screening
Wisconsin residents can be screened for COVID-19 24/7. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services created www.wihealthconnect.com . Fill out a brief assessment online and receive information on the potential for professional care in your area, assistance with determining your next steps of self-care, as well as what you can do to help lower your risk of exposure.
If needed, a you will receive a call from a registered nurse.
Gov. Tony Evers directed Department of Health Services (DHS) Secretary-designee Andrea Palm to issue a Safer at Home order that prohibits all nonessential travel, with some exceptions. This order went into effect at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 25th will remain in effect until 8 am Fri., April 24, 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.
Full order details can be found at: www.evers.wi.gov/Documents/COVID19/EMO12-SaferAtHome.pdf
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the #SaferAtHome order can be found at: https://evers.wi.gov/Documents/COVID19/Safer%20at%20Home%20FAQ%203.24.20.pdf
Details about what businesses are considered essential or if a business is unsure about whether or not they are exempted from this order, please contact the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation at https://wedc.org/essentialbusiness/
Businesses where operations defined as essential still shall comply with social distancing requirements.
Press Releases from Monroe County Health Department3-23-Staying-Safe-at-Home
As this situation evolves, Monroe County cities, towns, healthcare facilities, community groups and others are making changes to protect the health of all Monroe County residents. See below for the latest information.
Aging and Disability Resource Center of Monroe County
Updates from the Aging and Disability Resource Center of Monroe County: https://www.facebook.com/ADRCMonroeCountyWisconsin/
For information about businesses (openings, closures, take-out options, etc.)
All About Monroe County Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/AllAboutMonroeCounty/
Sparta Chamber of Commerce Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/SpartaAreaChamberOfCommerce/
Tomah Area Local Restaurant and Business Amended Hours and Services Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Tomah-Area-Local-Restaurant-and-Business-Amended-Hours-and-Services-104114844564254/?__tn__=HHH-R
Flyer for local businesses that has tips for staying safe while shopping: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/publications/p02620d.pdf
Cashton School District
For district updates, visit: https://www.cashton.k12.wi.us/
Cashton Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Cashton-Public-Schools-366047933462740/
The Monroe County office is closed to visitors with the exception of the food pantry. The food pantry will be open expanded hours in Sparta assist people struggling with food insecurity during the coronavirus emergency. Individuals and families impacted by unemployment or reduced hours, school or business closures, or other reasons for food scarcity are encouraged to visit a Couleecap food pantry Monday through Friday between the hours of 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM.
The food pantries, located at 217 North Black River Street in Sparta will offer pre-packed bags of food than can be picked up without entering the building, reducing face-to-face contact to prevent the spread of germs. If a person or family needs food but cannot come to the pantry themselves, they may send a friend or family member on their behalf.
Couleecap will offer accommodations for special dietary needs when possible and can schedule limited home delivery to those who are not able to send someone on their behalf. To request dietary considerations or limited home delivery, people can call 608-424-4187.
To meet increased needs, Couleecap is also accepting donations of food, personal hygiene items, or cash to support this effort. Food donations will be accepted during hours of operation or by calling the Sparta pantries at the number listed above. Items most needed include pasta, pancake mix, cereal, soup, canned fruit, canned vegetables, canned meats (tuna, chicken, salmon), as well as cleaning and personal hygiene items such as toilet paper, diapers/wipes, soap, shampoo/conditioner, feminine products, toothbrushes, dish soap, Clorox wipes, laundry soap, and hand sanitizer. Donations of new (previously unused) bags, pet food, and cat litter are also needed at this time.
All other Couleecap services, including assistance for those experiencing homelessness, weatherization, home rehabilitation, and more are still being offered. Residents can visit Couleecap online at www.Couleecap.org or call 866-904-4508 to see a list of programs and request assistance.
County Line Connection
Updates from the County Line Connection (updates for Norwalk, Ontario, Wilton, Kendall, and Elroy) : https://www.facebook.com/kickapoovalleypress
Energy Assistance (Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program [WHEAP])
In an effort to keep clients and staff safe during the COVID-19 outbreak, Flocks Guardians’ office is currently closed. Please call our office to schedule a phone appointment or for a mailed application. Paper applications available in a box outside our office. We also have a drop box outside the office for returning completed applications (and income verification). If you need copies made, please call our office at 608-487-9356 in advance to arrange accommodations.
Applications available on-line at http://homeenergyplus.wi.gov (Grantee Information/Home Energy Plus Program Information). Please return to Flocks Guardians via mail, drop box, email, or fax.PressRelease_Covid19-WHEAP
For frequently asked questions and financial resources during the COVID-19 pandemic, visit: https://fyi.extension.wisc.edu/toughtimes/covid-19-financial-resources/
Visit Fort McCoy’s Facebook page for the latest updates: https://www.facebook.com/FtMcCoy/
Impacted/cancelled activities at Fort McCoy: https://www.facebook.com/notes/fort-mccoy/covid-19-impactedcanceled-activities-at-fort-mccoy/1628948600597257/
Message from the Fort McCoy Garrison Commander, COL Chae Kim: https://www.facebook.com/notes/fort-mccoy/message-from-the-fort-mccoy-garrison-commander-col-chae-kim/1628241887334595/
Gundersen Health System
If you are are not feeling well, call before coming in. See here for more information: https://www.gundersenhealth.org/services/infectious-disease/coronavirus/
Gundersen Health System Closings and Cancellations: https://www.gundersenhealth.org/our-system/news/closings-cancellations/
Gundersen Health System Hospital and Clinic Visitor Restrictions: https://www.gundersenhealth.org/our-system/news/2020/gundersen-implements-visitor-restrictions-at-hospitals-systemwid/
Mayo Clinic Health System
If you are showing any sign of possible COVID-19 symptoms, please do not come into a clinic or hospital to be tested; please contact your local health care provider first.
Mayo Clinic Health System Coronavirus Information (includes information on closures and cancellations): https://www.mayoclinichealthsystem.org/covid19
Mayo Clinic Health System Sparta and La Crosse Hospital Visitor Restrictions: https://www.mayoclinichealthsystem.org/covid-19-swwi-visitor-restrictions
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Norwalk-Ontario-Wilton School District
For updates, visit: https://www.now.k12.wi.us/
NOW School District Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/nowfalcons/
Rolling Hills Nursing Home & The Meadows CBRF
Rolling Hills Rehabilitation Center and The Meadows CBRF are closed to all visitors with the exception of end of life situations. Emergency first contact family members have been notified via phone if they are allowed to visit. We ask that families and friends help keep our residents safe by abiding by these restrictions. Rolling Hills is following all CDC and Wisconsin Department of Health mandates. We have been instructed to discontinue communal dining and group activities. To help reduce feelings of loneliness or isolation staff are providing more small group (with appropriate distancing) and individual activities.
This is a very difficult time for all our residents and families. We encourage all family and friends to call and write cards and letters to help keep spirits up. Families who wish to have a face to face call with a loved one should contact our Activity Dept via email email@example.com or call the main office (608-269-8800) during business office hours to schedule a time. If you have items or packages for residents you may drop them off with office staff in the front lobby during normal working hours, Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:00pm. If you need to drop off items during non-business hours please call ahead to their unit and staff can meet you in the front lobby. Thank you and stay safe!
Scenic Bluffs Community Health Center
As of Tuesday, March 24th, we will no longer be seeing massage therapy patients until further notice.
As of Tuesday, March 24th, we will no longer be seeing routine dental hygiene patients until further notice. Emergency dental services will still be available. If you had an upcoming appointment, one of our Patient Care Coordinators will be reaching out with you to reschedule.
All important, non-urgent medical appointments will be seen at our Norwalk Health Center. All non-essential appointments, such as annual wellness exams, will be rescheduled as needed.
To reduce the number of patients entering the clinic, important, non-urgent medical lab follow-ups, result follow-ups or prescription refills can be scheduled with our medical department via phone. After their phone appointment, if the patient needs to come to the clinic, the provider will direct such.
Our behavioral health department is available for appointments. If you are already established with the behavioral health department, you are now able to schedule appointments at home via phone. These are regular appointments and all applicable insurances will be billed. Our Healthy Neighbor Plan extends to all visits as well.
If you have an upcoming appointment, you may receive a phone call prior to your appointment with respiratory illness screening questions.
We are asking anyone experiencing flu-like symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath) to please CALL the health center before coming in.
Upon entering our facility, you will be screened for respiratory illness. If you are not comfortable being screened, we ask that you please reschedule your appointment.
If you have an active cough or fever, you will be asked to wear a mask during your visit. Please do not enter our facility without a mask. If you need a mask, please call and we will bring a mask to your vehicle.
When possible, we ask that you do not bring additional people to your appointments that do not need to be there.
Visit Scenic Bluffs’ COVID-19 page at https://www.scenicbluffs.org/Contact/COVID-19-Information
Updates from the City of Sparta: https://www.spartawisconsin.org/coronavirus-information/
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Sparta School District
Sparta School District COVID-19 Webpage: https://www.spartan.org/updates/index
Sparta School District Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/spartaareaschooldistrict/
City of Tomah Closures: http://tomahonline.com/images/Closures.pdf
City of Tomah COVID-19 Press Conference: https://youtu.be/1IB6qOrUHVQ
Tomah Health Coronavirus website: https://www.tomahhealth.org/wellness/coronavirus-disease-covid-19
Tomah Health Visitor restrictions: https://www.tomahhealth.org/news-events/tomah-health-limiting-entrances
Tomah School District
Tomah School District COVID-19 Update Center: https://www.tomah.education/covid-19-updates/index
Tomah VA Medical Center
Updates from Tomah VA: https://www.facebook.com/TomahVAMC2/
Information from U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs: https://www.publichealth.va.gov/n-coronavirus/
Veterans: Call Before Visiting Your VA Facility:https://www.myhealth.va.gov/mhv-portal-web/ss20200304-stay-home?inheritRedirect=true
Updates for the Warrens area: https://www.facebook.com/VisitWarrens/
For More Information
The COVID-19 situation is rapidly changing and it is important to get your information from reputable sources.
For COVID-19 information in Wisconsin, visit: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/index.htm
For updates on cases in Wisconsin, visit: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/outbreaks/index.htm
For updates from multiple Wisconsin state agencies (workforce development, department of instruction, department of agriculture, trade, and consumer protection; etc.), visit: https://govstatus.egov.com/wi-covid-19
For COVID-19 information from the CDC, visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html