Calumet County Public Health officials announced today (Thursday, March 19) that there is now one confirmed case in Calumet County, under the jurisdiction of City of Appleton Public Health.
This individual contracted the virus through domestic travel, to an area already experiencing community spread. The individual remains home in isolation.
City of Appleton Public Health is currently conducting contact investigations to identify and follow-up with any people who had close contact with the ill individual. Close contacts will be educated about self-monitoring their health status by the Appleton Health Department nurses.
To minimize the spread of the virus, Calumet County Public Health recommends people postpone or cancel travel to areas experiencing community spread of COVID-19. This includes both international and domestic travel to states and communities with high rates of transmission.
During this time, officials strongly recommend that high-risk individuals 60 or older, or those with heart disease, diabetes, or lung disease, stay at home, except for physician visits, to get food, or to go outdoors for exercise.
For all other community members, they recommend minimizing contact with individuals in the high risk group as much as possible and maintaining a six-foot distance from others.
This is a rapidly evolving situation and they recommend residents follow the guidelines from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the CDC to protect themselves and help slow the spread of the virus.
For the latest information about COVID-19 in Calumet County, visit www.calumetcounty.org/COVID-19.