2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Buffalo County Update

  • Buffalo County COVID-19 Cases as of 7/2/20 at 3:00 pm:
    • New Positive: 0
    • Positive: 8
    • Negative: 1,008
    • Deaths: 2
    • Symptom-free and released from isolation: 5
  • REQUEST: If you are a resident of Buffalo County, WI, and know you have been in close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past 14 days, or you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 by your medical provider and have not already been in contact with the Buffalo County Health Department, please use this form to share information with us.

Current Severe-Risk Recommendations in Buffalo County are as follows:

On 7/1/20, Buffalo County has moved to SEVERE risk of COVID-19 spread.

🔴 Epidemiology Status: Remains red because Buffalo County’s average daily COVID-19 testing does not meet the testing goal to adequately monitor COVID-19 activity.

🟢 Healthcare Status: Has not changed.

🔴 Public Health Status: Has changed to red because public health has not received notification of positive COVID-19 cases within 24 hours.

The basic recommendations for SEVERE risk are listed below. To see more specific guidance on the Coulee COVID-19 Compass Tool, visit https://lacrossecounty.org/covid19compass/current-status-and-recommendations and select “Buffalo” as the region in the dropdown.

compass 7-1


The Coulee COVID-19 Compass uses local data to assess our risk status and provide actions people can take to protect themselves based on that status. The compass will be updated weekly so that our local data helps us understand how to be safe as the disease changes over time. To see more specific data on the Coulee COVID-19 Compass Dashboard, visit https://lacrossecounty.org/covid19compass.

The three specific categories of data are as follows:

Epidemiology status: Our ability to detect disease and understand what it is doing. This data includes number of tests being done to reflect the disease activity. It also looks at whether the disease activity is going up or down.

Healthcare Status: Healthcare system capacity to safely care for critically ill COVID-19 patients now and in the near future. This data includes critical care, ventilator, and personal protective equipment availability.

Public Health Status: The capacity of Public Health to prevent the transmission of disease among those at highest risk of spreading it. This data includes prompt notification of confirmed COVID-19 cases to public health and prompt follow-up to those confirmed cases and their close contacts to prevent further spread.

Each metric is determined separately using evidence-based thresholds and recalculated once a week. The compass provides the current status of the county and the guidelines and recommendations that coincide. The Coulee COVID-19 Compass provides risk assessment using 10 data points in three categories (Epidemiology Status, Healthcare Capacity, and Public Health Capacity). These data move the Compass needle between four risk levels (Severe, High, Moderate, Low). As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, Buffalo County Public Health anticipates changes to the risk level over time. It is expected that the needle will move responsively between lower and higher risk levels as our communities experience waves of the virus. This will occur until a vaccine or treatment is widely available.

COVID-19 Cases in Wisconsin            

COVID-19 Activity by Region and County (WI)

COVID-19 Cases in the US

Visit Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) and CDC’s Coronavirus Disease 2019 for the most up-to-date information.

For daily Buffalo County post updates:

like us on FB Opens in new window

  1. About COVID-19
  2. COVID-19 Symptoms & Spread
  3. COVID-19 Testing Resources
  4. For Businesses
  5. For Childcare & Youth Activities
  6. For Travelers
  7. For Community Events & Gatherings
  8. For Managing Stress & Anxiety
  9. Buffalo County COVID-19 Press Releases

There is a new type of coronavirus (COVID-19) that was first identified in Wuhan, China in December 2019. It has spread to other countries, and the first case was confirmed in the US on January 21, 2020. The World Health Organization declared it a pandemic on March 11, 2020. Governor Evers declared this a Public Health Emergency in Wisconsin on March 12, 2020.

Coronavirus and Stigma