SAWYER COUNTY COVID-19 STATISTICS
June 4, 2020
Positive Cases: 8
Recovered Cases: 6
We have added "recovered" cases now that we have clear definitions that match how the state is reporting out data. A recovered case is a person who is out of isolation AND it has been at least 30 days since the onset of symptoms.
We have also changed our terminology from "tests" to "cases". When we refer to a case it is a person. In some instances a person may have more than one test due to healthcare decisions. No matter how many negative or positive test results a person may receive, we still just count it as one case which equals one person.
Negative cases: 1,247
- 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.
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.
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.
Sawyer County Updates
- Video Release: Public Health Officer Julia Lyons Demonstrates Proper Masking 04/29/2020
- Press Release: 04/27/2020
- Please note: In the future each new case will be indicated by the number posted at the top of the website and not by a separate press release.
- Symptoms & Testing
- Health Organizations
- Safer At Home
- S.C. Public Health Updates
- S.C. Food & Meal Resources
- S.C. Community Resources
- S.C. Food Shelf/Pantries
- Protect Your Family
- 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
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.
- 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 . 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.
Health Organizations Links
- Wisconsin Department of Health Services (WDHS)
- Wisconsin COVID-19 Resources
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
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- CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.
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Safer At Home
On 3/24/2020, Gov. Tony Evers issued an emergency Safer at Home order that prohibits all nonessential travel, with some exceptions as clarified and defined in the order.
The order went into effect at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 and will remain in effect until 8 a.m. Fri., April 24, 2020, or until a superseding order is issued.
Individuals do not need special permission to leave their homes, but they must comply with this order as to when they may leave home. Similarly, if a business is an Essential Business or Operation as defined in this order, it does not need documentation or certification to continue its work that is done in compliance with this order.
- (WI DHS)
- (State Emergency Order #12)
Sawyer County Public Health Office Update
- It is our priority to keep Sawyer County a safe place to both live in and visit. To be successful, we need your help!
- COVID-19 Screening Guidance for the Workplace. 4/23/20
- The Sawyer County Health Department recommends that all employers put COVID-19 screening protocols in place. The guidance in this document is critical to keep in place even once Safer at Home orders are lifted.
- 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.
- 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.
Sawyer County Food & Meal Resources
- for more details of all the facilities in Sawyer County and surrounding area providing meals or food shelf/pantry services.
- Websites & phone numbers for those places listed can be found here as well:
- First Lutheran Church 715-634-2141
- Harvest of Friends Food Pantry 715-609-0052
- LCO Food Distribution 715-634-3677
- 715-699-4449 or 715-462-9116
- 715-634-3000 (Main office)
- 715-634-4680 (Hayward, Spider Lake)
- 715-865-2025 (Stone Lake)
- 715-934-2990 (Exeland meal site)
- 715-266-2233 (Winter meal site)
Sawyer County Community Resources
Senior Resource Center (SRC)
- Need Assistance Picking Up Groceries or Medication?
- If you, or someone you know, is considered high risk and would like assistance getting groceries or medications delivered to your residence, please contact the Sawyer County Senior Resource Center by calling
- Meals on Wheels contact
- Transportation - bus services are limited to essential needs only
- LCO Senior Center (Elder Care):
- Delivering 5 days of meals on Mondays. Office open by appointments only 8-4:30
- Contact Terrance Manuelito or Doreen Wolf
SHOPPING - dedicated hours for seniors citizens:
- Walmart - every Tuesday from 6 am - 7 am
- Marketplace - daily from 6 am - 7 am
- Walgreens - daily from 8 am - 9 am; limited shopping available through the pharmacy drive through window.
- Family Dollar - daily 9 am - 10 am
- Dollar Tree - daily 9 am - 10 am
- Walmart - Mon – Fri 9 – 8, Sat 9-6, Sun 10-5,
- Marketplace - 9:30-6:30 Mon – Fri,
- Whenever possible, we request you phone in your refill prescription to us rather than physically bring the bottle to us in person.
- • We will be transitioning all prescription drop-off and pick-up to our Drive-Thru windows for the foreseeable future.
- • If you are not feeling well, please send a healthy member of your family to pick up your prescriptions
- • If you prefer not to utilize the Drive-Thru, you can also request FREE mailing of your prescriptions directly to your home.
- • Eligible pharmacy patients can enroll into our auto-refill program so that your prescription is ready when you need it.
- • Due to the increased demand, refills will require 2 business days to be fulfilled unless there is an emergency. We appreciate your patience.
- Walgreens - 9 am - 9pm, 7 days/week (open 8 am on Tuesday),
- Patients looking for alternative ways to access their prescriptions may use our pharmacy drive-thru, and Walgreens is waiving delivery fees for all eligible prescriptions. Patients should talk to their pharmacists to confirm their prescriptions are eligible for delivery at this time. They can also send a representative to pick up their medications on their behalf if they choose.
- Thrifty White (Co-op): Mon - Fri 9 am to 6 pm, Sat 9 am – 1 pm (call ahead, website unclear RE: operational changes related to COVID) 715-634-8238
- Essentia Pharmacy: Mon - Fri 8:30 am to 5 pm (call ahead, website unclear RE: operational changes related to COVID) 715-634-6774
- LCO Pharmacy: (call ahead, website unclear RE: operational changes related to COVID) 715-638-5146
- SRC - Assisting with Medication Pick-up Please contact the Senior Resource Center at 715-634-3000 if you need assistance with picking up medications. (per SCPH website)
- Community Health Nurses have the appropriate training to deliver medications to patients that are in active quarantine. LCO Health Center - 715-638-5100
Emergency Food baskets (if no other food sources available, at high risk, homeless, and/or under quarantine). 715-558-7911
LCO Elder Center (03/20):
In response to the global pandemic of COVID-19 Corona Virus the Lac Courte Oreilles Tribal Elder & Disabled Services/Nutrition program will institute the following plan to slow the progression of the virus and protect our Aging & Disabled community members.
• The Congregate meal site will be closed until further notice, clients may come in, sign-in, and pick up a take-out container.
• Home Delivered meals will still continue with the hopes of providing up to a week’s worth and/or frozen meals for clients, Staff is working hard to provide the daily meal and other meals for our Volunteers to deliver, which may include more than one visit, this is still a work in progress.
• In regards to providing elders with “care packages”, that would contain essential daily cleaning supplies, we have contacted all available vendors that are either out of stock or on back order, we are currently looking into other options at this time.
- Will be providing door-stop services only. Pleas call in to dispatch to make reservation for all rides. Deviated fixed route or "shuttle bus" will not be operating until further notice
- Please call dispatch at to schedule your ride.
- For medical non-emergency rides outside of the service area, please call Kayla Grover at
- Several Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are offering free or low-cost internet access options in response to the COVID-19 health emergency. These services are offered in the areas each ISP serves, or as otherwise described.
Sawyer County Food Shelves/Pantries
- Birchwood Food Shelf
- 113-115 Main Street, Birchwood
- 1st and 3rd Monday & Saturday 10:30-1:30
- Contact: Lucille Evertson 715-416-3139
- Harvest of Friends Food Pantry
- 5459 N. County Hwy W, Winter;
- Fri. and Sat. 11-2
- Contact: Blaire Shydlowski 715-609-0052 OR 715-266-8602
- Hayward Community Food Shelf
- 16216 W US HWY 63, Hayward
- Every Monday 9-12 & 1st Saturday 9-12
- Contact: Barb Schweig 715-634-4237
- Northwoods Food Shelf
- Located at Spider Lake Youth Center
- 11255 N. State Rd 77, Hayward
- Wednesday and Friday 10-3
- Contact: Bill Grammer 715-699-4449
- LCO Food Distribution
- 9026 N. Round Lake School Rd, Hayward
- Call: 715-634-3677
- Ruby’s Pantry
- Simon’s Surplus is a food distribution program that is held in the gym of the Hayward Wesleyan Church on the 4th Saturday of each month (normally), from 10:00-11:30 am. Doors open at 9:30 am.
It is recommended Wisconsin residents cancel or postpone all nonessential travel, including travel within the state. At this time, all international and domestic travel is considered risky, and all individuals who spend time outside of their home or local community have some risk of exposure to COVID-19. If international or domestic travel cannot be avoided, be prepared to remain away for an extended period of time if travel restrictions change or if you become sick. You should also be prepared to self-quarantine at home for 14 days upon your return.
Travel between private homes within the state, including seasonal homes or rental cabins, is strongly discouraged. This is for your safety and wellbeing as well as the safety of our rural counties and tribal communities. Non-essential travel outside your current community may spread COVID-19 to areas with very limited health care infrastructure.
Several counties in Wisconsin have issued travel advisories for seasonal and second homeowners. If you choose to travel to a second home in Wisconsin, you should be prepared to immediately self-quarantine for 14 days. You should bring your own groceries and essentials, as self-quarantine does not permit shopping at local stores for supplies.
How to Protect Your Family
The best way to prevent COVID-19 or any illness is to avoid being exposed to it. Currently there is no vaccine to prevent COVID-19 infection. However, the following everyday preventive actions can protect you and others.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you feel sick.
- Cover your coughs and sneezes.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces with a regular household cleaning product.
- Follow the advice of your healthcare providers and national, state, and local public health. National and local authorities have the most up-to-date information on whether COVID-19 is spreading in our area. They are the best sources to advise you on what you should be doing to protect yourself.
- Whenever possible, only allow one member of the family to do the shopping.
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How to Support Your Family
Resources for parents
- Stress & Anxiety Resources
- S.C. Licensed Facilities
- WI Voting Information
- Frequently Asked Questions
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. 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.
- The 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.