Seven Confirmed Cases of COVID 19 in Monroe County
April 8, 2020
On April 4, 2020, Monroe County Health Department received notification of the 7th confirmed case of COVID-19 by positive lab test. The seven cases in Monroe County are unrelated.
The third individual is a female in her 50’s with mild to moderate symptoms who is currently isolating at home. The fourth and fifth cases include one female in her 20s with mild symptoms, and a male in his 60s with mild symptoms. The 6th and 7th cases are one male in his 70s with mild to moderate symptoms and a male in his 80s with mild symptoms. The health department is following up with all identified contacts to provide appropriate guidance.
Monroe County Health Department reports they have one recovered case in Monroe County.
Due to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) we cannot identify where individuals who test positive for COVID-19 live. We ask that residents respect the privacy of individuals who have been tested for or test positive for COVID-19. Moving forward, we will no longer make individual case count announcements, rather we will announce details of new cases on our daily updates at 3:30 p.m. on our website https://healthymonroecowi.org/covid-19 and Facebook page (@MonroeCountyHealthDept)
“We are experiencing community spread in Monroe County and throughout Wisconsin. We need everyone to act as though you already have COVID-19 or the people in the community do” said Sharon Nelson, Director/Health Officer.
Community spread is when someone tests positive for COVID-19 without having been exposed to a known case or without going to a place where community spread has been reported. If you do leave home, assume you may come into contact with COVID-19. There is community spread in Monroe County.
“Since not everyone is able to be tested, there are likely more cases in the county than we are aware of,” said Nelson.
The best tool we have against COVID-19 is physical separation from each other; follow the #SaferAtHome order.
Monroe County Health Department asks that you:
• Stay at home.
• Limit your physical interactions to the same people during this time. Less than five people total will help us stop the virus from spreading.
• Keep at least 6 feet apart from others and avoid direct physical contact.
• Limit the amount of time you spend making essential trips to the grocery store or to pick up medication.
• Make essential trips no more than once a week.
• And stay in touch over the phone with your family and friends as much as possible. We all need support through this time.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water.
If you have questions or immediate needs related to COVID-19, you can Text COVID19 to 211-211, Visit 211wisconsin.org or call 211. You can also visit http://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19 or https://Healthymonroecowi.org/covid-19 or cdc.gov/covid-19 .
We understand that this is a scary time and that the pandemic and disruptions to daily life are creating a lot of fear and anxiety for people. If you are experiencing anxiety, depression, or feel overwhelmed you can call 800-985-5990 to speak to a trained crisis counselor or text TalkWithUS to 66747.