La Crosse County Health Department is working to monitor for and prevent the spread of a new virus, called novel coronavirus.
Novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, continues to circulate worldwide. As of February 28, 2020 there is one case of COVID-19 in Wisconsin. There are zero cases in
La Crosse County. The current risk to La Crosse area residents remains low, but this risk could change.
For this reason, we are encouraging residents to plan, not panic. It is good practice to have an emergency plan in place that could be useful during any type of public health emergency. A good first step for households is to consider developing 72-hour kits that contain three-days worth of food, water, medicine and other supplies for each family member and pet. We encourage residents to talk to family members and employer(s) about emergency plans. Learn more at ready.gov. It’s always better to be prepared.
People can help protect themselves from getting any respiratory illness by:
- Washing hands often with soap and warm water.
- Covering mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.
- Staying home from work when sick.
- If children are sick, keeping them home from school or daycare.
- Avoiding those who may be sick whenever possible.
- Contacting a health care provider with any questions.
Many experts are working together to respond to the situation with COVID-19. The La Crosse County Health Department is working with the WI Department of Health Services (DHS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to continually monitor COVID-19. The Department is also communicating with local hospitals, schools, and businesses to be sure we are ready to support our community if needed.
For updates on COVID-19 in WI, visit https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/disease/covid-19.htm.
National updates and travel guidance are available at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.
For local updates about COVID-19 and other public health news, follow the La Crosse County Health Department at facebook.com/lacrossecountyhealthdepartment.