COVID-19

The Grant County Health Department will hold free COVID-19 public Vaccinations at UW Platteville in Royce Hall:
  1. June 24th 10:00am to 1:00pm 
  2. July 1st 10:00am to 1:00pm
The Grant County Health Department will hold free COVID-19 public Vaccinations at the old ShopKo in Lancaster:
  1. June 23rd 2:30pm to 6:30pm

Department of Health Services News Releases

June 8, 2021

Contact: Jennifer Miller/Elizabeth Goodsitt 608-266-1683 

Media Briefing: COVID-19 Vaccine Q & A

Will be streamed live on YouTube

Who:

·         Deputy Secretary Julie Willems Van Dijk, Wisconsin Department of Health Services 

·         Dr. Ryan Westergaard, Chief Medical Officer, DHS Bureau of Communicable Diseases

When:

Tuesday, June 8, 2021 from 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Where:  

·         https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbKdqbB5x1oJdf-jiSf4gVw/live

·         Wisconsin Eye

Please RSVP to Chris Sydow before 12:30 p.m. only if you plan to ask a question, and include the reporter name. In the interest of timewe ask just one reporter per outlet to participate with just one question per reporter. 

Because we are all working to minimize the spread of COVID-19 and practice physical distancing, this will be a media call streamed live on YouTube. You will be able to see the briefing in its entirety at https://youtu.be/y6ouXtOE1V0.

  • Community Testing: 

    Weekly COVID-19 Testing at the Shopko location in Lancaster has been discontinued due to a decline in utilization.  In-car drive-thru testing is now available by appointment through the Grant County Health Department, by calling 608-723-1604.
March 30 – Gov. Evers, DHS Announce Everyone 16 and Older Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccine Starting April 5

Gov. Tony Evers, with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS), today announced everyone age 16 and over will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine starting April 5, 2021. Wisconsin currently leads the nation in being one of the most efficient vaccinators for getting available shots in arms. With increased vaccine supply and an accelerated vaccination pace in recent weeks, the state is able to push the eligibility date four weeks earlier than expected.

“We knew all along our COVID-19 vaccination program would be a massive undertaking, and we’re proud Wisconsin is currently leading the country in these efforts and that we’re now able to give all Wisconsinites 16 and older the opportunity to get vaccinated,” said Gov. Evers. “This marks a major milestone in our state’s fight against this virus and gets us closer to overcoming this pandemic and bouncing back together. Thank you to all the folks in public health, vaccinators, and staff helping make this possible.”

Gov. Evers and DHS Move Up People with Medical Conditions for COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility to March 22

Date Moved Up Due to Availability of Appointments and Increased Vaccine Supply

MADISON — Gov. Evers and the Department of Health Services (DHS) announced today that individuals age 16 and older with certain medical conditions will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine beginning March 22, which is earlier than previously expected. This eligibility group includes individuals with medical conditions associated with an increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19.

“Our vaccinators across the state are doing great work to get folks vaccinated and get this done, and because of their good work, Wisconsin continues to be a national leader in getting shots in arms,” said Gov. Evers. “Moving up eligibility for this critical group will help us get over the finish line and sooner, and get us back to our Wisconsin way of life.”

The next eligibility group which will begin March 22, 2021 includes individuals age 16 and over with the following medical conditions:

  • Asthma (moderate-to-severe)
  • Cancer
  • Cerebrovascular disease (affects blood vessels and blood supply to the brain)
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Diabetes
  • Down syndrome
  • Heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies
  • Hypertension or high blood pressure
  • Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from solid organ transplant, blood or bone marrow transplant, immune deficiencies, HIV, use of corticosteroids, or use of other immune weakening medicines
  • Liver disease
  • Neurologic conditions, such as intellectual disabilities and dementia
  • Obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 30-39 kg/m2)
  • Overweight (BMI of 25-29 kg/m2)
  • Pregnancy
  • Pulmonary fibrosis (having damaged or scarred lung tissues)
  • Severe Obesity (BMI 40 kg/m2 or more)
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Thalassemia (a type of blood disorder)

Current Eligibility Includes

  • Frontline health care personnel
  • Residents and staff in skilled nursing and assisted living facilities
  • Police and fire personnel, correctional staff
  • Age 65 and older
  • Educators and Child care
  • Individuals enrolled in Medicaid Long-term care programs
  • Some public facing essential workers
  • Non-frontline essential health care personnel
  • Staff and residents in congregate living facilities


Additionally, DHS clarified current eligibility to include all clergy (as part of health care personnel who provide spiritual care to the sick), restaurant workers (as part of the food supply eligibility group) and further expanded public safety to include judges, prosecutors, and other essential criminal court personnel, in addition to public defenders.

Depending on vaccine supply, DHS still anticipates that Wisconsin will be able to expand eligibility May 1 to include all individuals age 16 and older. DHS will continue to monitor vaccination coverage statewide and partner with vaccine providers in order to provide an updated vaccination timeline for the general public. 

Individuals with the outlined medical conditions can access vaccine through a variety of options, including community-based clinics, health care providers, Local and Tribal Health Departments, and pharmacies. Wisconsinites with a primary care provider may hear directly from their provider. Visit the Wisconsin COVID-19 vaccine options page or call the toll free vaccine hotline at 1-844-684-1064 to learn more.

In the meantime, it is important to double-down on ways to stop the spread of COVID-19 due to emerging strains of the virus. Masking up, staying physically distant, washing hands, and getting tested continue to be crucial tools for protecting ourselves and our communities against COVID-19. Individuals who are fully vaccinated can review recently released post-vaccination guidance on the DHS website. For information, resources, and data related to Wisconsin’s COVID-19 vaccination program, visit the COVID-19 vaccine webpage.

March 10, 2021- A $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill was passed on Wednesday (March 10th) and goes to President Joe Biden for his signature. This will fund increases in vaccine distribution, $1,400 cash payments to millions of Americans, extended unemployment benefits and more. Read the full article here.

COVID-19 Response Update

January 12, 2021 –  PREPARING FOR YOUR 

                       COVID-19 VACCINATION

   1.  Click here for your Vaccine READINESS CHECKLIST 

                                  2.  Click here for VACCINE SAFETY INFORMATION
                                                     3.   Click here for your COVID 19 Vaccination Record card
                              4.  and Click here for your Grant County Health Department Screening and Consent Form

January 11, 2021 –

                    Department of Health Services Announces Police and Fire                                                              are Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccine

                       Vaccines will be available to them starting January 18, 2021

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) announced today that Police and Fire personnel will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine beginning January 18, 2021 which begins the first step into phase 1B for Wisconsin. Wisconsin has been vaccinating the 1A population since December 14, 2020 which includes frontline health care workers and residents of long term care facilities including nursing homes and assisted living facilities. There are 1098 entities fully registered and ready to provide COVID-19 vaccines in Wisconsin. Local Health Departments (LHD) will be leading the coordination for the vaccination of Police and Fire personnel, as well as EMS and unaffiliated health care providers in their jurisdictions. Local Health Departments will work in partnership with local vaccinators, including health care systems and pharmacies. To ensure vaccine access statewide, DHS will also work alongside LHDs in coordinating with police and fire associations.”     Click HERE for more information.

                                               Jan 7DHS Vaccination Plan Overview. Click link for more information.

                               Jan 6 – Questions about upcoming vaccinations?  Learn more about COVID-19 vaccines at                                                                                        https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/vaccine.htm.

Dec 17 – Two Platteville COVID COMMUNITY TESTING SITES have been added this week:

Click here for Dec 14 Media Briefing: COVID-19 Vaccine Q & A; Deputy Secretary Julie Willems Van Dijk, Wisconsin Department of Health Services & Stephanie Schauer, Ph.D., Division of Public Health Immunization Program Manager

 December 4: Health Alert Bulletin: Options for Reducing the Duration of Quarantine for Individuals Exposed to COVID-19.  In accordance with recently revised CDC guidelines, DHS supports shortening the standard quarantine period from 14 days to 10 days for people who remain asymptomatic, provided that daily symptom monitoring continues for the full 14 day period.”  “The duration of quarantine may be further shortened to 7 days using a test-based strategy. “ “Shortened quarantine duration may not be appropriate in all settings.” 

Dec 2 – Keeping ourselves, our friends, neighbors and loved ones safe is not political.   Today, the “Stop the COVID Spread!” coalition sent an important reminder of that message with the latest ad in the group’s statewide effort to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. To view the latest ad or learn more about the coalition and how we all need to step up to help stop the spread go to: https://www.wha.org/stopthecovidspread.

Wisconsin:

 November 23: Press ReleaseGov. Evers Announces Wisconsin has Shipped One Millionth N95 Mask through State Distribution System. “Ensuring frontline workers, first responders, and local communities have access to PPE—especially N95 masks—has been a top priority for us since the beginning of this pandemic,” said Gov Evers.

 

 

 

 

  COVID-19: Decision Tool for Individuals and Families

If you are thinking about leaving your home to participate in activities within or outside of your community, the decision tool below can help you decide. Ask yourself the questions in each section to think through how your decision might impact yourself and the people you are in contact with.

Visit https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/decision.htm

                    Coping tips for people facing greater risk

                                      Resources to help you stay healthy, manage stress, and adapt to change.

Communities of color and other underserved populations 

As the COVID-19 pandemic has evolved, evidence shows that the virus is hitting some populations harder than others. Communities of color and other underserved populations have historically faced higher rates of chronic illness, trauma, and health inequities and may have limited access to health care.  This means there may be a greater risk of COVID-19 infection and serious illness. If you’re feeling the stress and anxiety that can accompany increased risk, the tools and support services listed below may help.

Multilingual information

 

UNIFIED COMMUNITY SERVICES

        Serving Grant and Iowa Counties

     (608) 723-6357      (608) 935-2776

      24 Hour Crisis:  1 800 362-5717

Industry Specific Guidelines
for Businesses

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) has compiled a series of industry-specific documents to help you get back to business while taking the necessary precautions to maximize safety. Following these guidelines will help us all get Wisconsin’s economy back on track.

Resources for General Guidelines

https://wedc.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/COVID-19-General-Guidelines.pdf

Resources for Lodging and Hospitality Businesses

https://wedc.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/COVID-19-Lodging.pdf

Resources for Agriculture Businesses

https://wedc.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/COVID-19-Agriculture-Guidelines.pdf

Resources for Construction

https://wedc.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/COVID-19-Construction-Guidelines.pdf

Resources for Entertainment Businesses

https://wedc.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/COVID-19-Entertainment-and-Amusement-Service-Guidelines_1.pdf

Resources for Gym and Fitness Centers

https://wedc.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/COVID-19-Gyms-and-Fitness-Facilities-Guidelines.pdf

Resources for Hair and Nail salons

https://wedc.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/COVID-19-Hair-Nail-Salons-Guidelines-2.pdf

Resources for Manufacturing Businesses

https://wedc.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/COVID-19-Manufacturing-Guidelines.pdf

Resources for Outdoor Gatherings

https://wedc.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/COVID-19-Outdoor-Gatherings-Guidelines.pdf

Resources for Outdoor Recreation

https://wedc.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/COVID-19-Outdoor-Recreation-Guidelines.pdf

Resources for Professional Services

https://wedc.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/COVID-19-Professional-Services-Guidelines.pdf

Resources for Public Facilities

https://wedc.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/COVID-19-Public-Facilities-Guidelines.pdf

Resources for Restaurants and Food Service

https://wedc.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/COVID-19-Restaurants-and-Food-Service-Guidelines_1.pdf

Resources for Retail Businesses

https://wedc.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/COVID-19-Retail-Services-Guidelines_1.pdf

Resources for Transportation Businesses

https://wedc.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/COVID-19-Transportation-Guidelines.pdf

Resources for Warehouse, Wholesale, Trade

https://wedc.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/COVID-19-Warhouse-and-Wholesale-Trades-Guidelines_1.pdf

Resources for First Responders and Law Enforcement

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/first-responders.html

Resources for Administrators for Shared or Congregate Housing

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/shared-congregate-house/guidance-shared-congregate-housing.html

 

 

Grant County Issues Public Health Emergency Proclamation

  • Community Testing:  Weekly COVID-19 Testing at the Shopko location in Lancaster has been discontinued due to a decline in utilization.  Drive-up in-car testing (BinaxNow Rapid Antigen Test) is now available Monday-Thursday 9a-4p and Friday 9a-12p at the Grant County Health Department by appointment, by calling 608-723-1604.