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.

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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

Symptoms

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
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Sore throat
  • Runny nose
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • 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.

What to do if you are sick.

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

Testing Resources

If you are have questions about getting tested, use these resources:

Mayo Clinic

  • Eau Claire: 715-838-5222
  • La Crosse: 608-785-0940
  • Mondovi: 715-926-4858

Winona Health

  • General Line: 507-454-3650
  • COVID-19 Nurse Line: 507-457-7619

Gundersen

  • 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.

Prevention

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