3/29/2020 5:10:00 PM Two more cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Oneida County
The Oneida County Health Department (OCHD) has received notification a second and third person in Oneida County have been diagnosed with novel coronavirus infection (COVID-19). The individuals are in their 60's and 80's and are unrelated to each other or the first case of COVID-19 diagnosed on Friday, March 27. The individuals are currently in isolation. County health officials are working to determine how the individuals may have become infected and are contacting others with whom the positive cases had close contact with.
With the two additional cases identified, it is reasonable to believe that there is now community spread of the virus in Oneida County. The term "community spread" means there is no known source of the disease, such as a recent contact with an infected person or travel from an area with a high number of cases.
Linda Conlon, Oneida County Health Department Director/Health Officer asks community members to follow Governor Evers' Safer At Home order and stay at home as much as possible. "Because COVID-19 transmission is now widespread throughout Wisconsin, even people who have not traveled outside of their community should minimize their contact with others by staying home when possible, practicing social distancing, and being alert for symptoms of COVID-19," Conlon added. There is an urgent need to restrict movement and stay home as much as possible. In addition, people should continue to:
Frequently and thoroughly wash hands with soap and water
Cover coughs and sneezes
Avoid touching your face
Stay home when sick
Practice social and physical distancing
Avoid large gatherings and crowds
Symptoms of COVID‐19 include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. If you think you may have COVID‐19, you should call the clinic or hospital before going. Please do not call 9‐1‐1; this should be reserved for those needing critical emergency attention.
OCHD is keeping track of this outbreak. We are working with our local, state, and federal partners to deal quickly and effectively when people have symptoms of COVID-19 or have been around people who have been infected with the coronavirus to make sure our community remains safe and healthy.
In an effort to keep community members up to date on COVID-19, OCHD will continue to update our Facebook page daily, Monday-Friday, with current COVID-19 case counts. This will include the number of individuals tested in Oneida County, negative test results, pending test results, as well as any additional positive test results.
This is a rapidly evolving situation. This is what we know now, and information may change. To read the latest information about COVID-19 check the Oneida County Health Department website (oneidacountypublichealth.org) or Facebook page (facebook.com/OneidaCountyHealthDepartment/), the Department of Health Services (DHS) website (https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/index.htm) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html).
The Northwoods River News | Walker Communications, LLC 232 S. Courtney Street, Rhinelander, WI 54501 | Office (715) 365-6397 | Fax (715) 365-6361
Corporate billing office: The Lakeland Times / Lakeland Printing Inc. | P.O. Box 790, Minocqua, WI 54548 | (715) 356-5236 | Fax (715) 358-2121 Members of the Wisconsin Newspaper Association, Wisconsin Community Papers, Rhinelander Area Chamber of Commerce, Minocqua Area Chamber of Commerce