2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
The Buffalo County Health Department is following the COVID-19 situation and working with healthcare and community partners to keep our community safe. This is a rapidly changing situation and we will update this page weekdays at 3:00 pm.
Buffalo County Update
- Buffalo County COVID-19 Cases as of 6/1/20:
- Positive: 6
- Negative: 639
- Deaths: 1
- Symptom-free and released from isolation: 4
- Buffalo County COVID-19 Exposure Reporting Form
- To protect yourself and loved ones, all community members should practice social distancing.
- As this situation develops, there will be people in Buffalo County who have had contact with someone who is sick with COVID-19. Those people will be instructed to stay home for 14 days and during that time, the Health Department will monitor these individuals daily for signs and symptoms of illness.
For daily Buffalo County post updates:
- About COVID-19
- For Businesses
- For Childcare & Youth Activities
- For Travelers
- For Community Events & Gatherings
- For Managing Stress & Anxiety
- 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.
People with confirmed COVID-19 infections have a range of symptoms, from little to no symptoms to people being severely sick and dying. People with these symptoms or combinations of symptoms may have COVID-19:
- Cough (new onset or worsening of chronic cough)
- Shortness of breath
- Sore throat
- Runny nose
- Muscle pain
- New loss of taste or smell
Not everyone with COVID-19 has all of these symptoms. For many, symptoms are mild, with no fever. Some people may also experience fatigue or gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or abdominal pain. It is important to know that you can still spread (transmit) the virus to others even if you have mild or no symptoms.
Symptoms of COVID-19 may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after contact with someone who has COVID-19.
How is COVID-19 Spread?
We still need to learn more and information is changing every day. However, like influenza, human coronaviruses usually spread from a person who has the virus to others through:
- Small droplets from the nose or mouth that are spread when a person with COVID-19 coughs, sneezes, or exhales.
- Possibly by touching surfaces or objects that have the virus on them.
Who is at higher risk for COVID-19?
- Older adults
- People who have serious chronic medical conditions such as lung disease, heart disease, diabetes
- If you are at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19, take these actions to reduce your risk of getting sick
If you are have questions about getting tested, use these resources:
- Eau Claire: 715-838-5222
- La Crosse: 608-785-0940
- Mondovi: 715-926-4858
- General Line: 507-454-3650
- COVID-19 Nurse Line: 507-457-7619
- General Line: 608-782-7300
- After Hours: 608-775-4454 or 800-858-1050
If your symptoms are too severe to be managed at home, call 911.
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.
General COVID-19 Resources
Resources for Businesses
- Preparing your workplace for COVID-19 handout
- Interim guidance for business and employers
- Doing Farm Business during COVID-19 - UW-Extension
- CDC cleaning/disinfection for facilities with suspected/confirmed cases
- National Restaurant Association - what can you do handout
- Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): disinfectants for use against COVID-19
- Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19 (OSHA)
- Effective April 1, 2020 - U.S. Department of Labor: Families First Coronavirus Response Act
Western Region for Economic Assistance (WHEAP)
- (WHEAP): 1-888-293-1822
- Buffalo County Economic Support
Following CDC and State guidance, we are recommending that childcare facilities remain open. Childcare is a vital resource for many of our emergency responders and healthcare personnel who are actively assisting our friends, family, and neighbors.
COVID-19 Child Care Resources (Wisconsin Department of Children and Families)
Guidance for Licensed Day Camps for Children
Individuals seeking assistance in finding a childcare provider can reach out to Western Dairyland Child Care Partnership Resource & Referral at 1-800-782-1880 or www.childcarereferral.org.
Travel continues to not be recommended at this time. If you intend to travel, please visit this link to take precautions.
Managing Stress and Anxiety
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.
Things you can do to support yourself
- Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
- Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep, and avoid alcohol and drugs.
- Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy.
- Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.
If COVID-19 is making you feel overwhelmed or frightened, support is available at this number: 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746
If your family is experiencing a mental health crisis, help is available from the following resources:
Northwest Connections is a regional resource that provides both telephone and mobile crisis services. The contact number for Northwest Connections is 1-888-552-6642.
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)
Great Rivers 211
Great Rivers 2-1-1 is a confidential community information, referral, and crisis line service that is available 24 hours a day. Great Rivers 2-1-1 staff are trained to provide supportive listening and emotional encouragement to individuals struggling with the stress and anxiety of these uncertain times. These services are available not only to those overwhelmed about the COVID-19 pandemic, but to all individuals experiencing difficulty. Great Rivers 2-1-1 staff connect individuals experiencing more elevated mental health crises to appropriate services when this is needed. Call, Text, and Chat are available.
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.
The Trevor Project
The Trevor Project is an American non-profit organization founded in 1998 focused on suicide prevention efforts among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning youth. Through a toll-free telephone number, it operates The Trevor Lifeline, a confidential service that offers trained counselors. The stated goals of the project are to provide crisis intervention and suicide prevention services for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning young people under 25, as well as to offer guidance and resources to parents and educators in order to foster safe, accepting, and inclusive environments for all youth, at home and at school. Call, Chat, and Text is available.
Veterans Crisis Line
The Veterans Crisis Line is a free, confidential resource that’s available to anyone, even if you’re not registered with VA or enrolled in VA health care. The caring, qualified responders at the Veterans Crisis Line are specially trained and experienced in helping Veterans of all ages and circumstances. Call, Chat, and Text are available.
If you feel you need ongoing mental health therapy services, please reach out to Buffalo County at 608-685-4412.