CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

For non-emergency Coronavirus (COVID-19) questions, you can call our COVID-19 Information Line at (715) 373-3324 OR email us at health@bayfieldcounty.wi.gov



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SITUATIONAL REPORT - UPDATED November 30, 2021

Bayfield County is at the "critically high" case rate according to the Wisconsin Department of Health .   In addition, the Wisconsin Hospital Association has listed Northwest Wisconsin with only limited hospital bed availability over the last few weeks.    The Delta variant continues to be the predominant strain across Wisconsin.   

We strongly encourage all residents to  wear face masks when out in public and to avoid spending more than a few minutes in areas where social distancing is not possible.   We have also seen an increase in the number of deaths in Bayfield County over the last 3 weeks.    

Over the weekend, the CDC and World Health Organization (WHO) identified a new variant of concern.  So far there is not much information coming out on whether it is more contagious or more dangerous or if the current vaccines will offer continued protection against it.   At this time we advise that continuing to social distance, masking and frequent and thorough handwashing are the best ways to prevent most illnesses, this new Omicron variant included.   This is especially important at this time with our hospitals starting to see very high inpatient rates, along with limited COVID-19 treatments available.    

While many of the cases over the last few weeks are among both vaccinated and un-vaccinated individuals, vaccination is still protecting from severe illness, including hospitalizations and death.

The FDA is moving forward with recommending COVID-19 booster shots for all adults and immunizations for persons age 5 - 11 this fall.  

COVID-19 VACCINE APPOINTMENTS 

The following area medical clinics and pharmacies have indicated they currently are taking appointments for patients wanting to get a COVID-19 vaccination:.

Brownstone Pharmacy  715-373-5588

  • PFIZER Vaccinate on Monday’s 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and Saturday’s 10:00 am to 1:30 pm. 
  • Pharmacist prefers a call to schedule an appointment.

 Walgreens Ashland  715-685-0202  

  • PFIZER Vaccinate every day. Prefer to schedule appointments on line walgreens.com and click on main option COVID-19 vaccine. 
  • They do allow you to call or walk in for an appointment.

Walmart Ashland  715-682-3660  

  • Walmart only has MODERNA vaccine (not approved for persons under 18 at this time).  
  • They do allow a call or walk in to schedule an appointment.

Bayfield County Health Department 715-373-3312

  • Currently scheduling pediatric Pfizer vaccines for persons age 5-11 years of age.

Concerned about A possible exposure to COVID-19 In Your Community?

Please check our regularly updated webpage on Community Exposure to COVID-19 over the past 14 days.

UPDATES FROM STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT

OCTOBER 2021

PRESS RELEASE - October 14, 2021 - COVID Cases Increasing in Bayfield County

September 2021

PRESS RELEASE - SEPTEMBER 1, 2021 - BAYFIELD COUNTY ISSUES ADVISORY - FACE MASKS STRONGLY ENCOURAGED

jULY 2021

PRESS RELEASE - JULY 31, 2021 - NEW GUIDELINES ON FACE MASK USE

june 2021

PRESS RELEASE - JUNE 17, 2021 - ASHLAND AND BAYFIELD COUNTY ISSUE NEW GUIDELINES REGARDING FACE MASK USE

March/April 2021

PRESS RELEASE - APRIL 13, 2021 - BAYFIELD COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT TEMPORARILY CANCELS JANSSEN COVID-19 VACCINE APPOINTMENTS

PRESS RELEASE - MARCH 25, 2021 - BAYFIELD COUNTY COVID-19 CASES ON RISE DESPITE VACCINATION EFFORTS

January/February 2021

Press Release - February 2, 2021 - Vaccine Update - Preregistration Information

Press Release - January 21, 2021 - Update on COVID-19 Vaccination Plan - Bayfield County


November

November 23, 2020 - NEWS RELEASE - Bayfield County Reports Seventh and Eighth Death from COVID-19

November 14, 2020 - NEWS RELEASE - Bayfield County Records Sixth Death from COVID-19

November 13, 2020 - NEWS RELEASE - Bayfield County Records Fourth and Fifth Death from COVID-19

November 5, 2020 - NEWS RELEASE - Bayfield County Reports Third Death From COVID-19

OCTOBER

October 30, 2020 - PRESS RELEASE - Call to Action for COVID-19 Prevention 

October 27, 2020 - PRESS RELEASE - Second Death of Bayfield County Resident due to COVID-19

October 26, 2020 - Bayfield & Ashland Counties Issue Small Gathering Advisory

October 8, 2020 - WISCONSIN DEPARTMENT OF  HEALTH  - PRESS RELEASE - Emergency Order to Limit Gatherings 10/8/20 to 11/6/20

October 7, 2020 - PRESS RELEASE - Bayfield County Revised Limitation on Interscholastic Competitions Order

September

September 22, 2020 - PRESS RELEASE - Drummond Area School District Moves to Virtual Schooling

September 4, 2020 - PRESS RELEASE - Bayfield County Health Issues Mass Gathering Limitation Order

September 4, 2020 - PRESS RELEASE - Community Exposure Event in Washburn, WI on August 29, 2020

JULY

July 13, 2020 - PRESS RELEASE - Ashland  and Bayfield Counties Issue Mask Advisory

July 9, 2020 - PRESS RELEASE - COVID-19 Exposure in Port Wing Community

 July 6, 2020 - PRESS RELEASE - 4th COVID-19 Case in Bayfield County

July 2, 2020 - PRESS RELEASE - National Guard Returns to Iron River, Wisconsin for COVID-19 testing

June

JUNE 5, 2020 - PRESS RELEASE - Free COVID-19 Testing Events Coming to Bayfield County

may

MAY 29, 2020 - Press Release - Bayfield County Health Department Launches COVID-19 Prevention Plan Project

May 14, 2020 - Press Release - Bayfield and Ashland County Issues Travel Safer Advisory

May 13, 2020 - Press Release - Wisconsin Supreme Court Decision Safer At Home 5-13-2020

May 1, 2020 - Press Release - Wisconsin National Guard Testing Clinic - Ashland, WI

May 1, 2020 - Press Release - Wisconsin National Guard Testing Clinic - Solon Springs, WI

APRIL

April 24, 2020 - Press Release - No Garage Sales in Bayfield or Ashland Counties 

April 17 - Press Release - First death from COVID-19 of a Bayfield County Resident

April 7- CDC Announces all Americans should Use Cloth Face Coverings when out in Public - Guidance Document on Using and Making Cloth Face Coverings

MARCH

March 31 - Press Release - Third COVID-19 Case Reaffirms Community Spread in Bayfield County

March 29 - Press Release - Chequamegon Bay Community Care is working to collect sewn masks for distribution.

March 26 - Press Release - Second COVID-19 Case in Bayfield County and Confirmed Community Spread

March 24 - Governor Evers Safer at Home Emergency Order #12 - Prohibiting Non-Essential Travel and Closing Non-Essential Businesses

March 22 - Press Release - Bayfield County Issues Travel Advisory

March 22 - State of WI Announces New Webpage Resource for COVID-19 

March 21 - Updated Guidance from Wisconsin Dept. of Agriculture for Businesses:

March 20 - Updated Mass Gathering Ordinance - Now Includes Salons and Tattoo Parlors

March 19 - Press Release - Bayfield County Has First Confirmed COVID-19 Case

March 18 - Child Care Providers - Order Restricting Size of Child Care Settings

March 16 - Wisconsin Department of Health Guidance for Childcare, Head Start and 3 - 4 Yr Old Kindergarten

COVID-19 Prevention Plan

The Bayfield County Health Department is working with the Bayfield County Tourism and Land Records Departments to recognize businesses that have implemented COVID-19 Prevention Plans.  As businesses begin to open it is more critical than ever to highlight those that are dedicated to preventing the spread of COVID-19 at their establishments.


When creating your plan, you can use the templates provided by our Department or another template. 


DATCP Guidance:   Lodging, Restaurants, Campgrounds, Recreation and Educational Camps, Swimming Pools

Our Environmental Health Specialists have reviewed guidance documents from the CDC, OSHA, Wisconsin Dept of Health, DATCP and other sources to develop a short COVID-19 Best Practices Checklist to help prepare area businesses, workplaces and families to keep safe from COVID-19.

Secondary Contacts

If you have been notified by the Health Department that you had contact with a Coronavirus case, please follow self-quarantine measures for High Risk Exposure and Self-Isolation Procedures for individuals being evaluated for COVID-19.

For All other bayfield county residents

To protect your family and our communities, please take the following precautions.

  • Avoid unnecessary trips.
  • Practice social distancing any time you must leave your house.
  • Stay home if you are sick and practice self-isolation (separate bedroom/bathroom) from your family members if possible.
  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Follow our Tips for Healthy Communities.
  • Help prevent the spread of Coronavirus in your community and other other settings by following these Guidance Documents.