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 SAWYER COUNTY COVID-19 STATISTICS

 Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Positive Cases:  14 

Recovered Cases:  12

Deaths:  0

The state has changed the recovered definition, so we are following theirs as they are reporting county level data as well. We just need one criteria. Here is their definition:

The number of patients recovered from COVID-19 is defined as the number of confirmed cases who are currently alive based on Wisconsin state vital records system data and had one or more of the following:

  • Documentation of resolved symptoms
  • Documentation of release from public health isolation
  • 30 days since symptom onset or diagnosis*

Negative cases:  1,908

  • See the WI DHS Counties map below for the most current testing information, or click here for a link to current Wisconsin COVID-19 Data.  Updated daily at about 2:00 pm

July 8, 2020 - Case number 14 was confirmed today for COVID-19.

July 7, 2020 - Case number 13 was confirmed today for COVID-19. 

June 26, 2020 - Two more cases of COVID-19 were confirmed bringing our total positive cases to 12. .

June 25, 2020 - Hospitals and surgery centers are testing patients for COVID-19 prior to bringing them into their buildings for procedures.  The 10th of case of COVID-19 in Sawyer County had no symptoms but was found during this type of testing experience.  As we do with everyone, close contacts have been identified and informed. 

June 9, 2020 - A ninth (9th) case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Sawyer County today. Close contacts are very limited and have all been notified.   

May 28, 2020 - It was confirmed that a resident living in Water’s Edge Care Center in Hayward has tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). This is the facility’s first case and a direct result of proactive facility wide testing that was performed last week as part of a statewide goal to test all nursing home residents and staff in the month of May. 


GENERAL INFORMATION

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Health Screening Hotline for COVID-19 (click here for news release)

Health Screening

A Sawyer County Community COVID-19 Screening Hotline has expanded days of operation and will now be open 7 days per week from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. The purpose of this hotline is to help identify people in our community who may be appropriate for coronavirus testing. All individuals who have any of the following respiratory symptoms: cough, fever or shortness of breath should call the hotline at 715-934-4518.

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Symptoms

  • Primary Symptoms of COVID-19:
    • Runny nose
    • Sore throat
    • Dry Cough
    • Fever (100.4 or higher)
    • Shortness of breath or troubles breathing
    • Body or muscle aches
    • Fatigue
    • Nausea
    • Vomiting
    • Diarrhea

Monitor Any Symptoms: 

If your illness is worsening (for example, if you have difficulty breathing), seek medical attention, but call first if you can.

  • Call your doctor before going in: Before going to the doctor’s office or emergency room, call ahead if you can and tell them your symptoms. They will tell you what to do.
  • If possible, take your temperature twice a day with a thermometer. A fever is typically a temperature of 100.4°F or greater. If you do not have a thermometer, symptoms of fever may including feeling unusually hot for no reason, having chills or having the sweats.
  • Wear a facemask: If possible, put on a facemask before you enter the building. If you can’t put on a facemask, try to keep a safe distance from other people—at least 6 feet away. This will help protect the people in the office or waiting room.
  • Follow care instructions from your health care provider and local health department: Your local health authorities will give instructions on checking your symptoms and reporting information.

Testing Guidelines

  • Sawyer County COVID-19 Screening Hotline
    • The Sawyer County Community COVID-19 Screening Hotline has expanded days of operation and will now be open 7 days per week from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. The purpose of this hotline is to help identify people in our community who may be appropriate for coronavirus testing.
    • All individuals who have any of the following respiratory symptoms: cough, fever or shortness of breath should call the hotline at 715-934-4518. A healthcare professional will ask you a series of questions to determine if testing is appropriate. This does not replace the need for you to call your clinic or go to the Emergency Room if you need immediate medical attention.
    • If you are designated for testing, an appointment will be made for you and instructions will be provided on where to report for curbside testing. Lac Courte Oreilles tribal members and tribal employees will be scheduled for curbside testing at the LCO Health Center and all other county residents will be scheduled at Hayward Area Memorial Hospital’s medical campus.  Appointments are required for COVID-19 curbside testing. Individuals arriving without an appointment will be directed to call the Screening Hotline.

Sawyer County Public Health Office Update

  • COVID-19 Prevention Guidance for the Workplace. 4/23/20
    • Our only tools to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is through social distancing, which includes physical distance along with limiting the number of people we are in close contact with throughout our daily activities. The guidance in this document is critical to keep in place even once Safer at Home orders are lifted. 
  • COVID-19 Employee Self-screening Guidance. 4/23/20
    • Before each shift, screen yourself for COVID-19 symptoms. The guidance in this document is critical to keep in place even once Safer at Home orders are lifted. 
  • Advisory for Seasonal/Second Home and Rental Property Owners  03-27-20  
    • This advisory is consistent with previous steps taken by the State of Wisconsin, other states, and Sawyer County to control the spread of COVID-19 and the continued need to protect the health, welfare and safety of the people and property in Sawyer County.
  •  Travel Advisory For Seasonal or Second Homeowners 03-21-2020  
    • Due to high community transmission in certain areas of the State, the Sawyer County Public Health Officer recommends that you stay in your permanent home and not travel to your seasonal or second home in Sawyer County.
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Stress and Anxiety Resources

The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

  • Disaster Distress Helpline
    • If all the talk about COVID-19 is making you feel overwhelmed or frightened, contact the SAMHSA Disaster Helpline:
    • Call DistressLine at 1-800-985-5990
    • Text TalkWithUs to 66746
    • The SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline provides 24/7 365 day-a-year crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human caused-disaster. This toll-free, multilingual, and confidential crisis support service is available to all residents of the United States and its territories.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

  • The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They are committed to improving crisis services and advancing suicide prevention by empowering individuals, advancing professional best practices, and building awareness. Call and Chat are available. 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Texting Hopeline

  • The Center for Suicide Awareness brings help, hope, and resources to families and individuals in our communities through programs that reach others where they are at and when they need it most. Of the many Center programs and initiatives, bringing HOPELINE to all of Wisconsin, has given individuals across our state free emotional support anytime, from anywhere by simply texting: HOPELINE to 741741.
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