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Sheboygan County issues public health emergency alert

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The Sheboygan County Department of Public Health and Human Services issued the following emergency alert in the wake of the state’s current surge in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.


Sheboygan County COVID19 Response: EMERGENCY ALERT

Very high levels of COVID-19 cases are resulting in increased COVID-19 related hospitalizations and deaths. Public health officials and other county response leadership are issuing a Public Health Emergency

COVID-19 Alert. Due to escalation in cases, public health has not consistently been able to notify positive cases and their close contacts in a timely manner. This severely limits efforts to contain the virus. Additionally, hospitals are enacting emergency plans.

**IMPORTANT NOTE– This is NOT an authoritative order or ordinance, but simply an alert to notify the community of our current status and to ask you all to join us and take action to stop the spread of COVID19.

Sheboygan County is currently experiencing a “Very High” activity level. In just a short three months we have seen significant changes in our local numbers. Here is what we are seeing locally:

  • On June 23rd:

○    190 total confirmed cases
○    Burden rate of 43.7 cases per 100,000 residents
○    Decrease in new case trajectory of -82% from the previous 2 weeks
○    Public Health was able to reach 100% of confirmed cases within the target 24 hour window after receiving lab results.
○    Total hospitalizations between March and June: 14

  • On September 29th:

○    1,799 total confirmed cases
○    Burden rate of 454.1 cases per 100,000 residents
○    Increase in new case trajectory of +51% from the previous 2 weeks
○    Public Health was only able to reach approximately 43% of confirmed cases within the target 24 hour window after receiving lab results.
○    Total hospitalizations between July and September: 73

As of October 6th, the New York Times listed Sheboygan County as number 2 in the United States for the fastest growing number of cases in a metropolitan area within the past week. This means that we are experiencing a larger number of cases, with a significant increase in the trajectory of anticipated new cases within the county.

In order to keep our businesses, schools and our economy open and keep our health care infrastructure intact, we are urging that everyone take actions now to stop uncontrolled community spread.

Take Action Now – Stop the Spread

  • Physically distance at least 6 feet from people with whom you do not live.
  • Wear a cloth face mask, unless unable to wear one for medical reasons.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Indoors, do not gather with people outside of your household.
  • Outdoors, limit gatherings to 10 people or fewer, physically distance and wear face coverings.
  • Self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days after return from travel.
  • If symptomatic, get a test and stay home while awaiting results.
  • Cooperate with public health officials if you have tested positive or are a close contact.

During this very high rate of transmission of COVID-19, we encourage the following strategies:

  • Businesses and community organizations use WEDC Guidelines. When possible encourage remote work opportunities to support physical distancing.
  • Retail, Hospitality, Restaurants/Bars: To the extent possible, limit person to person contact and encourage curbside pick-up/delivery options. Require masking/face coverings.
  • Community and Large Gatherings: Do not hold indoor gatherings. Limit outdoor gatherings to 10 people or fewer; physically distance and wear face coverings.
  • Concerts, Festivals, Sporting Events: Do not hold these events at this time.

We are all in this together. Please join us in protecting one another. You can stop the spread of COVID19. In Partnership,

  • Sheboygan County Division of Public Health
  • City of Sheboygan
  • Sheboygan Internal Medicine Associates
  • Prevea Health
  • Lakeshore Community Health Care
  • Advocate Aurora Health Care
  • Physicians Health Network
  • Sheboygan County Chamber of Commerce
  • HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital
  • Sheboygan County Economic Development
  • Corporation

For more information on cases in your area and COVID-19 recommendations, visit www.sheboygancounty.com, Wisconsin Department of Health Services, COVID-19 Activity Level by Region or County. 2020 Retrieved on September

30, 2020 from: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/local.htm Wisconsin Department of Health Services, COVID-19 Data and Mitigation Strategies to Aid Local Communities, 2020. Retrieved on September 30, 2020 from: www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/news/releases/093020.htm

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