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2019 Novel Coronavirus (Last updated 4.14.20)COVID-19

A virus called 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) was detected in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. This virus has not been previously found in humans. There are thousands of cases in China, and in the United States. 

Our staff is working closely with Winnebago County Public Health Department, as well as Department of Human Services to provide updated information as it becomes available. 

**Community Spread is happening in Winnebago County**
Please stay Safer at Home for the health and safety of our family, friends, neighbors and community.

Signs and Symptoms

People who have confirmed COVID-19 infections have a range of symptoms, from people with little to no symptoms to people being severely sick and dying. Symptoms can include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Sore throat
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Not everyone with COVID-19 has all the same symptoms. For many, symptoms are mild, with no fever. It is important to know that you can still spread (transmit) the virus to others even if you have mild or no symptoms. The CDC believes 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. If you have been to an affected geographic area within the past two weeks and develop symptoms, please call your doctor. 

Know emergency warning signs for COVID-19 and get medical attention immediately.

Emergency warning signs include*:
-Trouble breathing
-Persistent Pain or pressure in the chest
-New confusion or inability to arouse (wake) a person
-Bluish lips or face

*This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your doctor or medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.


COVID-19 is spread through respiratory droplets that are released when a sick (infected) person coughs, sneezes, or breaths. These droplets can remain in the air and on surfaces for an extended period of time. When people breath in (inhaler) the droplets, or touch surfaces that have been contaminated and then touch their mouth, face, or eyes, the virus can make them sick.

The CDC believes that symptoms of COVID-19 appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after contact with someone who has COVID-19.

Prevention and Treatment

There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19, and there is currently no specific treatment. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus.

Protect yourself and others by following everyday preventative measures:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home as much as possible and practice social distancing. Cancel events and avoid groups, gatherings, play dates, and nonessential appointments. Wisconsin has specific guidance on mass gatherings.  
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially before eating and after going to the bathroom, blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If you do not have soap and water, use an alcohol-based sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Stay at least 6 feet away from other people. 
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe. See CDC's recommendations for household cleaning and disinfection page.

**New** The CDC recommends the use of cloth face coverings, especially in areas of significant community-based transmission. The Winnebago County Health Department supports these recommendations in light of recent evidence of community spread transmission of COVID-19The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders.

CDC - Instructions for Do it Yourself Cloth Face Covering


Call your doctor if you have symptoms of COVID-19 and need medical care or think you are high risk for having a severe illness. Your doctor will determine whether or not you should be tested based on your symptoms, risk factors like travel or contact with others who are sick, and if you have underlying medical conditions.
Wisconsin Department of Health Services 

**New** Safer at Home is working!

 Contact 211 - for Non-medical Questions: Text COVID-19 to 211-211 / Call 211
Assistance finding food - paying for housing bills - accessing free childcare - other essential services
 Health Department Hotline: (920) 232-3026 (M-F 8:15 am - 4:15 pm / Sat-Sun 12:00 pm - 4:30 pm)

Resources: 2019 Novel Coronavirus

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Additional Information

CDC - The Flu: A Guide for Parents 
CDC - Family Hand washing
Wisconsin Department of Health Services: Outbreaks in Wisconsin
Concussion Heads Up

Community Resources

Winnebago County Health Department

  • Disposal of Medication (Drug Drop):  Pharmaceutical waste constitutes a significant environmental risk, especially to our drinking water. Residents in the Fox Valley and surrounding areas can safely dispose of leftover or expired medication FREE of charge at the designated locations.  

                                                 Drug Drop Information                                 
                                                 Drug Drop Guidelines

  • Disposal of Sharps:  Wisconsin law requires all residents to dispose of sharps (needles, syringes and lancets) properly. It is illegal to put sharps in the trash or with recyclables. 

                                                Sharps Disposal Guidelines

Winnebago County Health Services - Behavioral Health Services Division 

  •  Alcohol and Drug Services
  •  Mental Health Services

United Way 2-1-1 (Community Resource Directory for all your needs!)

Community Resources Contact List

Emergency Numbers:

Emergency EMS/Fire/Police/Sheriff 911

Winneconne Police Dept. (920) 582-9944

Suicide Hotline

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800) 784-2433

Suicide Prevention Hotline (800) 273-TALK

Veterans Suicide Prevention Hotline (800) 273-TALK

Mental Health Crisis Lines

Appleton (920) 832-4646

Neenah/Menasha (920) 722-7707

Oshkosh (920) 233-7707

ThedaCare Behavioral Health (Touchpoint) (800) 501-8247

Domestic Abuse Crisis Lines

Christine Ann Domestic Abuse Services (920) 729-5727

Sexual Assault Services (REACH)-Menasha (920) 722-8150

Sexual Assault Services (REACH)-Oshkosh (920) 426-1460

Runaway Hotlines

Runaway 24-Hour Local Hotline (B & G Club of Oshkosh) (920) 731-0557

National Runaway Switchboard (800) 786 2929


Free 24-Hour Access to Emotional Support Text HOPELINE

to 741741

Bella Medical Clinic

1484 W. South Park Ave.

Oshkosh, WI 54902

Phone: (920) 231-6006

Catalpa Health

Access Center (Appleton)

442 N. Westhill Blvd.

Appleton, WI 54914

Phone: (920) 750-7000

Treatment Center (Oshkosh)

540 N. Koeller St.

Oshkosh, WI 54902

Phone: (920) 750-7000

Christine Ann Center

206 Algoma Blvd.

Oshkosh, WI 54901

Phone: (920) 235-5998

Community for Hope

Mercy-Oakwood Center

2700 W. 9th Avenue, Suite 100

Oshkosh, WI 54904

Phone: (920) 230-4840

Day by Day Warming Shelter

449 High Ave.

Oshkosh WI, 54901

Phone: (920) 203-4865

Father Carr’s Place 2B

1965 Oshkosh Ave.

Oshkosh WI, 54902

Phone: (920) 231-2378


525 N Main St. (Street Address)

Oshkosh, WI 54903

Phone: (920) 651-1148

Options Treatment Programs

502 E. New York Ave.

Oshkosh, WI 54901

Phone: (920) 651-1844

Reach Counseling Services

2525 Bowen St.

Oshkosh, WI 54901

Phone: (920) 426-1460

Samaritan Counseling

110 Church Ave.

Oshkosh, WI 54901

Phone: (920) 235-1678

Solutions Recovery Club: (Ala Teen Meetings)

621 Evans St.

Oshkosh, WI 54901

Phone: (920) 233-0888

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