Updated: Apr 15, 2020
NEILLSVILLE, WI—The Clark County Health Department is confirming that one person in Clark County has tested positive for Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19). The individual is currently isolated at home. County health officials are working to determine how the person may have become infected and is contacting individuals with whom the patient had close contact with.
“The best thing that Clark County residents can do is to follow Governor Evers’ Safer At Home Order. All Clark County residents and Wisconsinites should stay at home as much as possible. This is in addition to taking standard precautions and practicing good health habits—including covering coughs and sneezes and washing hands often. The COVID-19 situation is continuously evolving. We encourage residents to monitor the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) websites for the latest information and guidance,” said Brittany Mews, Clark County Health Department Director/Health Officer.
Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. If you think that you may have COVID- 19, you should stay home, practice self-isolation, and call your medical provider—do not go directly to a hospital or clinic without first calling. Emergency lines should be reserved only for those needing emergency medical attention.
To prevent the spread of COVID-19, individuals should practice everyday prevention measures like:
· Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
· Carry and use a hand sanitizer that is at least 60% alcohol if hand washing is not an option.
· Do not touch your face (eyes, nose, mouth, etc.).
· Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
· Do not share eating utensils, water bottles, beverages, or other personal items.
· Stay home.
· Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
“The Clark County Health Department will continue to monitor and will follow-up with individuals who test positive for COVID-19. We will also continue to work with the Wisconsin DHS and our local healthcare providers to limit the spread of COVID-19 in our communities. Additional information will be released through the media as it becomes available,” Mews added.