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COVID-19 Response and Recovery

Phases for Continued Reopening / Progression

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services outlines four levels of community mitigation measures meant to limit the transmission of COVID-19. The purpose of the mitigation levels is to outline a path to reduce the risk of resurgence in COVID-19 illness and protect vulnerable populations. The guidelines propose indicators (based on symptoms, cases, and local hospital capacity) to assess when to move through four community mitigation levels (Very High, High, Medium, Low).

Decisions to move between the mitigation levels will be informed by the composite level of Disease Activity and Disease Burden within Wood County. Disease Burden is determined by the identified metrics (see Metrics below).

Special consideration for metrics and mitigation strategies will be given to infections identified in populations and settings such as healthcare personnel, patients in healthcare facilities (e.g. nursing homes, dialysis centers, long-term care facilities), and residents of congregate living settings (e.g. prisons, youth homes, shelters, recreational camps), underserved populations, and people at higher risk of disease.

Goals and Objectives

GOAL: To reduce morbidity and mortality related to novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and its economic impacts among all residents of our respective county.

  • Objective 1: To prevent cases of COVID-19 (primary prevention).
  • Objective 2: To identify and isolate cases early while quarantining close contacts to prevent further disease transmission (secondary prevention).
  • Objective 3: To improve outcomes for those who do contract COVID-19 (tertiary prevention).
  • Process Objective: To maximize economic functions within the County.

Wood County Metrics Status

Updated Thursday, June 10, 2021.

Wood County Mitigation Level

High

Please see Guidance Based on Mitigation Level for High below.

Wood County Gating Metrics

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Adequate PPE available for all health care and public health personnel as measured by WHA and Emergency Management (EM)

Disease Control

All positive cases and their contacts can be contacted quickly to facilitate rapid isolation and quarantine for disease control.

Cases

Downward trajectory of positive tests as a percent of total tests within a 14-day period.

Disease Activity

Reviewing the Disease Burden Map from DHS to understand the current disease activity level of COVID-19

Hospitals: Treatment Capabilities

Understanding the treatment capabilities among the local Health Systems within Wood County.

Hospitals: Staffing

Understanding the staffing capabilities among the local Health Systems within Wood County.

Testing

Testing supplies and staff facilitate adequate testing for disease control and surveillance.

Surveillance: Influenza-Like Illness and COVID-Like Illness

Observe reduction in influenza-like illnesses (ILI) and COVID-like illness reported within a 14-day period

COVID-19 Vaccine: Community Vaccinations

Track the rate of inoculation and measure the proportion of the community who is immune through these prophylactic measures. https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/vaccine-data.htm

Hospital Capacity

Hospitals have ICU bed capacity and sufficient ventilators to care for all hospitalized critical patients.

COVID-19 Vaccine: Local Health Department

Track the Wood County Health Department’s progress in reaching its vaccination goal of fully inoculating 14% of Wood County residents as suggested by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS).

Status Symbols
= Green Status
= Yellow Status
= Red Status

Weekly Mitigation Plan

Mitigation Plan for February 4, 2021.

Metrics and Mitigation Level Strategy Considerations

Mitigation Levels will feature varying guidelines for specific populations and settings throughout the county. Specified thresholds that take Disease Activity and Disease Burden into account will determine which of the Mitigation Levels Public Health recommends following. Given the ever-changing nature of the pandemic, active monitoring of real-time data-based metrics is critical. If metrics are not being met, mitigation strategies may be needed at the local level, or an even smaller scale (municipality or business) to address an identified hotspot. The following table (Table 1) describes these indicators based on available data for the health department and its essential governmental bodies to provide guidance for “tightening” or “loosening” mitigation strategies found in (Table 3).

Note: Measures and thresholds may be modified as COVID-19 response evolves.

Guidance Based on Mitigation Level

For current best practice guidance see http://www.co.wood.wi.us/Departments/Health/CovidHub.aspx

Guidance for Everyone in Wood County

High and Medium Mitigation Best Practices
  • Wash hands often
  • Cover coughs, sneezes
  • Stay home when sick
  • Wear a face mask when in public
  • Frequent cleaning of surfaces
  • Isolation of positive cases
  • Quarantine of close contacts of positive cases
  • Physical distancing of 6 feet whenever possible
  • Visitor restrictions in place for nursing homes, congregate facilities, hospitals, and schools
Low Mitigation Best Practices
  • Wash hands often
  • Cover coughs, sneezes
  • Stay home when sick
  • Wear a face mask when in public
  • Frequent cleaning of surfaces
  • Isolation of positive cases
  • Quarantine of close contacts of positive cases

Guidance for Specific Settings and Activities in Wood County

Please refer to our Wood County Mitigation Level Guidance by Activity document for specific guidance based on the setting or activity.

More Resources

Please refer to our Wood County Reopening Resource Guide for more information on reopening locally and nationwide.