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Gov. Evers opens State Fair Park Healthcare Facility due to hospital load

Governor Tony Evers
October 7, 2020
 Record COVID-19 surges throughout the state increases pressure on Wisconsin health systems 

COVID-19 Media Briefing for 10/7/2020

COVID-19 Media Briefing - 10/07/2020

October 7, 2020

This is today's media briefing by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.


Governor limits indoor capacity of public places

Governor Tony Evers

COVID-19 Media Briefing - 10/06/2020

October 6, 2020

Early this afternoon Governor Evers directed Department of Health Services Secretary Designee Andrea Palm to issue an emergency order limiting the capacity of indoor venues to 25% of their rated capacity. Emergency order 3 limits the capacity of most sites that are open to the public such as stores, restaurants, and ticketed events. A full list of places that are covered and exempted is available in the full Emergency Order 3, which is attached below.

Bogus isolation and quarantine placards in Eau Claire

Fake Placard Photo
October 5, 2020

Fake quarantine and isolation notices have started appearing on businesses in Eau Claire. In a press release this morning the Eau Claire CIty-County Health Department attributed these placards to a  misinformation campaign related to the communicable disease ordinances being considered by the City Council and County Board this month. 

Wisconsin's Urgent, Imperfect, Transparent, Confusing, Essential COVID-19 Data

Wisconsin Positive Tests Graph
October 4, 2020

Alarmed by "near-exponential" growth in COVID-19 cases across Wisconsin, Gov. Tony Evers on Sept. 22 declared his during the pandemic and extended a statewide mask mandate to Nov. 21.

Dunn County COVID-19 Health Alert

COVID Statistics Image
October 2, 2020

This is a health alert from the Dunn County Public Health Department and includes this week's video update from KT Gallagher, Dunn County Health Director

COVID-19 update for 10/1/2020

Free COVID-19 Testing Graphic
October 1, 2020

Wisconsin again hit a new record for positive COVID-19 tests today. The numbers for today show 2887 new cases. Six of the last 7 days have been over 2000 new infections per day for the state. Locally in Dunn County, we now have another 21 new positive cases today, which in conjunction with the last few days will overtax the ability to do contact tracing. This will inevitably lead to still more infections in the county. There has still only been one death in the county.

Gov. Evers, Secretary-designee Palm Issue Order to Expand Healthcare Workforce

October 1, 2020
MADISON — In response to the current surge in cases and the growing strain on Wisconsin’s healthcare system, today Gov. Tony Evers and Wisconsin Department of Health Service (DHS) Secretary-designee Andrea Palm issued an emergency order to help address healthcare staffing needs.

Potential COVID-19 exposure in Eau Claire County

October 1, 2020
The Eau Claire City-County Health Department is alerting the public of potential COVID-19 exposure at Oliver’s Tavern on Sunday, September 27 from 7pm – 11pm. Post Date: 10/01/2020 9:46 AM

DHS Media Briefing for 10/1/2020

COVID-19 Media Briefing - 10/01/2020

October 1, 2020

This is likely to be an important media briefing as the number of cases, hospitalizations, and deaths in the state are reaching new highs. 


Dunn County confirms first COVID-19 death

Health Officer KT Gallagher
September 30, 2020

The Dunn County Health Department has confirmed the first death in the county from COVID-19. In a press release this afternoon Health Department Officer KT Gallagher announced that the fatality was an elderly person and that no further information would be released out of respect for the deceased and their loved ones. Gallagher stated that  “Our hearts go out to the family and friends for their loss.

Ask Dr. Hall - How can masks work?

Alexandra Hall M.D.
September 29, 2020

This is the first in a series of articles about public health and COVID-19 from Alexandra Hall, M.D. Dr. Hall is a physician in Student Health Services at UW-Stout where she also teaches in the Biology Department. You can learn more about Dr. Hall

Wisconsin DHS Media Briefing for 9/29/2020

COVID-19 Media Briefing - 9/29/2020

September 29, 2020


  • Governor Tony Evers
  • Secretary-designee Andrea Palm, Wisconsin Department of Health Services 
  • Dr. Ryan Westergaard, Chief Medical Officer of the Bureau of Communicable Diseases   
  • Ryan Nilsestuen, Chief Legal Counsel, Office of the Governor

When: Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at 1:30 p.m. 

Free COVID-19 testing in Augusta this Wednesday

lab testing photo
September 28, 2020

The Health Department is partnering with the Augusta Community Center to host a community COVID-19 drive-thru community testing site. The event will be on Wednesday September 30th from 2pm – 7pm at the Augusta Community Center, 616 W. Washington Street, Augusta, WI. Testing through the collection site will be free of cost.