Please note, due to our active COVID-19 response, we cannot guarantee a time we will post case counts to this website. We will make our best effort to post case counts to this website Monday-Friday
We had 28 new reported cases today. Since our staff are busy with disease investigation and contact tracing, we do not have an age and gender breakdown today.
Tenemos 28 nuevo casos reportados en el Condado de Monroe. Debido a que nuestro personal está ocupado con la investigación de enfermedades y seguimiento de contactos, hoy no tenemos un desglose por edad y género.
You may have heard that Monroe County is “in the red.” What does that mean?
Monroe County Health Department is using Harvard’s Path to Zero model to track the rate of confirmed COVID-19 cases to better understand the spread of COVID-19 in the community and the risk to the public.
The risk level is communicated as colors: green, yellow, orange, red and is based on the average daily new case rate per 100,000 people for the 7-days prior. Rates are expressed as per 100,000 population (people) in order to take into account the population size.
•Green means that cases are on track for containment and on average, there are less than 1 case per 100,000 population per day.
•Yellow means that there is initial community spread and on average, there are 1 to 10 cases per 100,000 population per day
•Orange means there is there is accelerated community spread and on average, there are 10 to 25 cases per 100,000 population per day
•Red means there rate of cases is at a tipping point for uncontrolled community spread and that on average, there are greater than 25 cases per 100,000 population per day.
We have been finalizing our messaging, however, we were delayed due to the increase in number of confirmed cases as staff were pulled into disease investigation and contact tracing. In light of the current spread of disease, we are sharing our case rate as of 9/23/2020. This rate was calculated using data from 9/16/2020-9/22/2020. As of 9/23/20, the case rate in Monroe County was 25.36, which puts Monroe County in the red category.
Moving forward, these data will be shared with the public every Wednesday on our Facebook page and website http://healthymonroecowi.org/covid-19. We will share the current risk category, and will later add in key performance indicators. All metrics use a 7-day look back period.
We had 24 new reported cases today. Since our staff are busy with disease investigation and contact tracing, we do not have an age and gender breakdown today.
Tenemos 24 nuevo casos reportados en el Condado de Monroe. Debido a que nuestro personal está ocupado con la investigación de enfermedades y seguimiento de contactos, hoy no tenemos un desglose por edad y género.
We had 11 new reported cases today. Since our staff are busy with disease investigation and contact tracing, we do not have an age and gender breakdown today.
Tenemos 11 nuevo casos reportados en el Condado de Monroe. Debido a que nuestro personal está ocupado con la investigación de enfermedades y seguimiento de contactos, hoy no tenemos un desglose por edad y género.
Due to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), when we announce new cases, we cannot identify where individuals who test positive for COVID-19 live. However, as we have seen more cases, we can provide aggregate data on cases while still protecting the privacy of individuals. See below for more information on our first 296 cases in Monroe County.
Debido a la Ley de Portabilidad y Responsabilidad del Seguro Médico (HIPAA), cuando anunciemos nuevos casos, no podemos identificar dónde viven las personas que dan positivo para COVID-19. Sin embargo, como hemos visto más casos, podemos proporcionar datos agregados sobre casos mientras seguimos protegiendo la privacidad de las personas. Vea a continuación para obtener más información sobre nuestros primeros 296 casos en el Condado de Monroe.
Past Aggregate Data
First 225 cases in Monroe County
First 50 Cases in Monroe County
First 18 Cases in Monroe County
Other COVID-19 Information & Updates
Gov. Tony Evers today declared a Public Health Emergency and issued an Emergency Order requiring individuals to wear face coverings when indoors and not in a private residence, with some exceptions as clarified and defined in the order. The order is effective at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, August 1, 2020, and will expire on September 28, 2020 or by a subsequent superseding order. For FAQs
Executive Order #82 :https://bit.ly/2CW1061
Executive Order #1 https://bit.ly/2PbcPaI
When we receive a report of an individual testing positive for COVID-19, we go through an interview with that person to see who they had contact with while they were infectious (2 days prior to symptom onset). We then contact those individuals to provide guidance.
COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Updates
Toolkit for Businesses
We have an updated version of our business toolkit. Visit https://healthymonroecowi.org/covidtoolkit to view and download
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.
Recent Releases from Monroe County Health Department
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/
View the Monroe County Health Department Business Toolkit here:
Visit the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation’s website here:
For information about local businesses (openings, closures, take-out options, etc.)
Open Wisconsin Businesses Map:
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
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/
Visit Fort McCoy’s website for updates:
Gundersen Health System
For Gundersen Health System’s COVID-19 updates, visit
Gundersen Health System Eases Hospital and Clinic Visitor Restrictions:
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 LaCrosse Hospital Visitor Restrictions: https://www.mayoclinichealthsystem.org/covid-19-swwi-visitor-restrictions
Monroe County ServicesCOVID-19-Press-Release-Declaration-of-State-of-Emergency
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
Visit Scenic Bluffs’ COVID-19 page at https://www.scenicbluffs.org/Contact/COVID-19-Information
With all the attention toilet paper is getting please remember that toilet paper is the ONLY paper product recommended to flush down the toilet if you have a septic system. Even if a product says “flushable” that does not mean it will disintegrate or dissolve in a septic tank.
Please also be careful that as you disinfect and sanitize limit the amount of “anti-bacterial” products that get flushed down the toilet or rinsed down the sink. Remember anything that kills bacteria will also kill the bacteria in your septic tank and may disrupt its function or shorten the life of the system. For more information on septic system do’s and don’ts please visit the Sanitation Department webpage:
COVID-19 and Septics:
Updates from the City of Sparta: https://www.spartawisconsin.org/
Beginning May 26, 2020, all City of Sparta buildings will begin opening up to the public. We will be following recommendations from the Monroe County Health Department in regards to safe practices within our facilities. The City Hall main entrance will now be located at the S. Court Street ramp with exit only off W. Oak Street. There will be social distancing and frequent sanitation. We also highly encourage you to continue to utilize the drop box as well as online payments.
The Parks and Recreation Department along with the Park Board will be devising plans in the very near future in regards to programming, parks and the pool. We will post new information as it becomes available.
Public City meetings will also return beginning June 1, 2020 utilizing the same practices. In consideration of all our Citizens who may be at risk, please do not visit our facilities if you are not feeling well and stay safe!
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/
St. Clare Health Mission of Monroe County
St. Clare Health Mission of Monroe County will again provide free medical care in June for eligible low-income, uninsured, adults over the age of 18 years. We will follow the regular 1st and 3rd Tuesday evening walk-in clinics beginning on June 16th. Patients will be screened for COVID at the admissions door of Mayo Clinic Health – Sparta. No visitors/ escorts/ or children will be allowed into the building, unless the patient needs assistance due to a physical or cognitive need. Currently, we will ask patients to wait in their cars until called to the clinic due to limited waiting room space and the need to manage appropriate distancing.
Please refer any questions to the St Clare Health Mission of Monroe County phone: 608-366-5343. Patients should leave a message and provide a working call back number.
If you have any questions, please call the St. Clare Health Mission of Monroe County office: 608-366-5343 or visit
For updates from the city of Tomah, visit
City of Tomah Closures: http://tomahonline.com/images/Closures.pdf
Tomah Health Coronavirus website: https://www.tomahhealth.org/wellness/coronavirus-disease-covid-19
Tomah Health Plans for Reopening:
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 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 in Wisconsin, visit: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/index.htm
For COVID-19 information from the CDC, visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html
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