Healthy People, Healthy Monroe County

Monroe County Health Department

COVID-19

We have 5 new reported cases for total of 95 confirmed cases in Monroe County. We currently have 31 active cases (1 is hospitalized), 63 recoveries, and 1 death in Monroe County. We don’t have symptom information today as our team is busy working on disease investigation and contact tracing. See more information below:

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The purpose of the Coulee COVID-19 Compass to is to guide our community to make the right decisions with COVID-19 in mind. You can see our risk status, the recommendations you should follow, and all of the data used to impact the dial on this COVID-19 Compass. This week, we are at high risk for the spread of COVID-19.

Why high risk?
Epidemiology: Remains red due to daily average tests not meeting level for adequate surveillance, and an increase in new cases. What changed from last week is that our percentage of positive cases changed from red to green because the % of positive tests stabilized and remains below 10%.

Healthcare Status: has not changed this week. Overall surge indicator remains in good standing.

Public Health Status: We’ve had PPE requests that were unable to be filled-that metric changed from red to yellow as we were able to fill more PPE requests.

We will share this snapshot every week on Wednesday.

Please keep in mind, these are recommendations based on what the disease in doing, and healthcare and public health capacity to manage it. See more at www.covid19compass.org and click on the drop-down for Monroe County.

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 18 cases in Monroe County.

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.

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 18 cases in Monroe County.

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

Community Updates

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/

Burn Permits

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Businesses

View the Monroe County Health Department Business Toolkit here:
https://healthymonroecowi.org/covidtoolkit

Visit the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation’s website here:
https://wedc.org/programs-and-resources/covid-19-response/

For information about local businesses (openings, closures, take-out options, etc.)

Open Wisconsin Businesses Map:
http://www.co.monroe.wi.us/land-information/

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/

CouleeCap

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.

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Families First

Financial Resources

For frequently asked questions and financial resources during the COVID-19 pandemic, visit: https://fyi.extension.wisc.edu/toughtimes/covid-19-financial-resources/

Fort McCoy

Visit Fort McCoy’s Facebook page for the latest updates: https://www.facebook.com/FtMcCoy/

Visit Fort McCoy’s website for updates:
https://home.army.mil/mccoy/index.php

Gundersen Health System

For Gundersen Health System’s COVID-19 updates, visit
https://www.gundersenhealth.org/covid19/

Gundersen Health System Eases 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 LaCrosse Hospital Visitor Restrictions: https://www.mayoclinichealthsystem.org/covid-19-swwi-visitor-restrictions

Monroe County Services

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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 linda.fabry@co.monroe.wi.us 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

Septic Systems

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:
http://www.co.monroe.wi.us/departments/sanitation/

COVID-19 and Septics:
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Sparta

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

In light of the outbreak, St. Clare Health Mission of Monroe County (SCHM) clinics are temporarily closed effective March 17th.  This is not a permanent closure.  We will update health partners when we anticipate resuming regular twice/ month clinics.

Our staff, medical director, and volunteer providers will be implementing a plan to ensure we can provide our patients with chronic health concerns with needed medications and care. 

SCHM Monroe County patients have received a letter directing them to call (608-366-5343) and leave a message for staff to return their call.  Our patients in need of medication refills for chronic illnesses we have provided for them in the past need to provide a list of refill medications and a working telephone number.  Staff will schedule an appointment for patients to receive medications by drive-up to Mayo Sparta campus on the 1st or 3rd Tuesday evening of each month.

Patients seen at SCHM Monroe County clinics the past 6 months received this letter that also included information about community resources including: 211 information and referral; Mayo and Gundersen nurse help phone numbers; Couleecap food assistance in Sparta; and Mayo/ Gundersen/ Scenic Bluffs COVID19 websites.

Thank you for your care of all Monroe County residents during this challenging time.

If you have any questions, please call the St. Clare Health Mission of Monroe County office:  608-366-5343 or visit
https://www.stclaremonroecounty.org/

Tomah

For updates from the city of Tomah, visit
http://tomahonline.com/

City of Tomah Closures: http://tomahonline.com/images/Closures.pdf

Tomah Health

Tomah Health Coronavirus website: https://www.tomahhealth.org/wellness/coronavirus-disease-covid-19

Tomah Health Plans for Reopening:
https://www.tomahhealth.org/news-events/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

Warrens

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

Previous Press Releases from Monroe County Health Department

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