Grant County joins other counties in the state with its first confirmed case of COVID-19.
The Grant County Health Department announced today that one confirmed COVID-19 case has been identified in Grant County. The person, who is in their 20’s, was likely exposed to a positive traveler and developed symptoms shortly afterwards. The person has not been hospitalized and has remained home under isolation since being tested, as requested by local, state, and federal recommendations.
“We will remain in frequent contact with the individual to monitor their health care needs and to ensure that they are able to remain isolated at home while they are ill” said Jeff Kindrai, Director/Health Officer for Grant County Health Department.
The Grant County Health Department and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) responsibilities include:
- Identifying and contacting anyone who has been in close contact with a person who has COVID-19. These people are asked to quarantine themselves for 14 days from their exposure and will be monitored for fever and respiratory symptoms.
- Determining when a person can be released from isolation or quarantine.
- Providing guidance to clinicians regarding testing.
- Preparing our communities to control the spread of COVID-19.
The Grant County Health Department has staff working 7 days a week to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak. They are working with local, state, and federal partners to identify and provide guidance to people who have symptoms of COVID-19 or to individuals who have been around people that have been infected with the new coronavirus.
The Grant County Health Department asks that all individuals do their part and abide by the Safer at Home order issued by the State earlier on Tuesday. Just stay home if you can.
To protect yourself follow these tips:
- Frequent and thorough handwashing with soap and water.
- Cover all coughs and sneezes.
- Avoid touching your face.
- Stay home when sick.
- Practice social distancing
- Avoid unnecessary contact with others.
All individuals should monitor their health for symptoms of COVID-19 like illness which include any of the following:
- measured temperature >100.0F*
- new or worsening cough
- new or worsening shortness of breath
- sore throat
- body aches
If someone becomes ill, even with relatively mild respiratory illness, they should:
- Stay home. This means do not go to work, school, or public areas. If you need medical care, it is important you call first.
- While at home separate yourself from other people in your home (as you would if you had the flu).
- Avoid sharing personal household items. After using these items, they should be washed thoroughly with soap and water.
- Wash your hands often and practice good hygiene.
- Monitor your temperature.
- Watch for a worsening cough or difficulty breathing. If breathing becomes difficult contact your primary health care provider by phone for instruction first unless experiencing an immediate life threating emergency, then dial 911.
You should stay home and separated from others until symptom free for 72 hours without the use of medication and at least 7 days from onset of symptoms whichever is longer.
This is a rapidly evolving situation. For the latest information, visit www.co.grant.wi.gov or https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/index.htm. or call the Grant County Health Department at 608 723-6416.