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COVID-19 (Coronavirus  Disease 2019) 

Updated May 27, 2020

Vilas County Government has issued a Declaration to Re-open Businesses that went into effect on Thursday, May 14, 2020.  It is the responsibility of the business owner to make sure that any state and local licenses that are held are valid to open at this time.  Additionally, confirm that your insurance coverage, i.e. liability, fire, etc., will be valid if you choose to open.


WIsconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) Guidence for Reopening

Department of Safey and Professional Services

Please remember to continue to practice physical social distancing and personal hygiene.

General COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 2019) is a novel type of Coronavirus that was first found in Wuhan, China.  The first case was confirmed in the U.S. in Washington on January 21, 2020. The World Health Organization declared it a pandemic on March 11, 2020. Governor Evers declared this a Public Health Emergency in Wisconsin on March 12, 2020.

Vilas County Testing Results of COVID-19

Vilas County Public Health Department continues to monitor people being tested for COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 2019).  

Test Results for Vilas County (As of May 27 at 8:30 am)

  • 584 Tested
  • 544 Negative
  • 32 Pending
  • 4 Positive 
  • 4 Recovered

Why can’t we know more about individuals infected with coronavirus?

We are not sharing information about the person who has coronavirus because that is protected health information.  Breaking case information down any more specifically could lead to the release of personal identifiable information. If we think there is any exposure to a public place in the community, we would make that information public. Part of our role as public health is to do an investigation with contact tracing, including places where people congregate, and if anyone is considered a close contact they are notified.  Please remember public health departments must also comply with state laws regarding confidentiality of information according to Wisconsin Stat. § 146.82. See our latest Press Release on the topic.

Wisconsin COVID-19 Test Results

StatusNumber (%) of People as of 5/26/2020 as of 2:00 pm
Negative Test Results 200,874
Positive Test Results 15,863
Hospitalizations 2,362 (15%)
Deaths 517



Should you get Tested for COVID-19?

Symptoms for COVID-19 may include: fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, headache, or fatigue.  For a complete list, visit:  

Testing Sites for COVID-19

24/7 Hotline 1-833-981-0711

Ascension Online Care is available at:

  • Ascension Eagle River Hospital, 201 East Hospital Road, Eagle River, WI
  • Drive Through Testing Available (locations below): Prescreen required by Ascension Medical staff by appointment office visit, phone, or virtual.           
    • Woodruff (Howard Young) Monday - Friday, 9 am - 1 pm
    • Rhinelander (St. Mary's) Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 2:00 pm


24/7 Hotline 1-844-568-0701
* Contact hotline to obtain a prescreening evaluation
Hours: 7 am – 7 pm, Monday – Friday | 8 am – 5 pm, Saturday – Sunday

Marshfield Clinic

  • Marshfield Center - Minocqua
  • Call 715-358-1000 for symptom triage.
  • 24/7 Hotline 1-877-998-0880
  • No Drive Through Testing Available. 

Attention: Days and hours are subject to change. Before going to any of these sites, you must call the hotline. If you go to a drive up without calling you will be required to call the hotline.

If you have been tested for COVID-19 and are awaiting test results, you should self-isolate and self-monitor in order to protect yourself and your community from COVID-19. You should follow these recommendations for at least 10 days since symptoms first began AND for at least 3 days after symptoms resolve. If you receive a negative test result, you should follow these recommendations until at least 24 hours after your symptoms resolve (no fever and improvements in other symptoms). 

Learn more DHS What Should I Do if I was Tested for COVID-19 and Awaiting Results (English) 



The State provided updated travel advisory on 5/25/20:  COVID-19 is still spreading across Wisconsin communities. Staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others from getting sick. We recommend Wisconsinites cancel or postpone all travel, including travel within the state.

Update from DHS COVID-19 Travel page

Travel Guidance: If you traveled anywhere outside of your local community in the past 14 days, this includes coming to your seasonal home, you are being asked to stay home and monitor yourself for symptoms for 14 days after you returned. If you were able to practice social distancing during the entire time you were away (for example, you stayed in your car by yourself and kept at least 6 feet distance between yourself and others), you should still monitor your symptoms and practice social distancing. 

  • Stay home. It is important that you avoid contact with others to avoid spreading the infection to others (this is called “selfquarantine”).
  • Monitor your symptoms. Check your temperature twice daily, and write down any symptoms you have (this is called ‘selfmonitoring”).

If you develop symptoms of COVID-19 like fever, cough, shortness of breath, or others and need medical care, call your doctor or see testing information above.

Coronavirus Face Covering Do's and Don'ts:

CDC recommends that everyone use a cloth face covering in community settings to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. Wear a cloth face covering to slow the spread of coronavirus. Growing evidence suggests the virus can spread:

  • Before people show symptoms (pre-symptomatic) and
  • From people who have the virus but never show symptoms (asymptomatic).

Cloth face coverings help prevent spread of COVID-19 in these situations.


How to Protect Yourself 

  • Stay home.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Do not go by people who are sick
  • Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
  • Learn what to do if you are sick: CDC 10 Things Fact Sheet.

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Indoor Mold

The Key to Mold is Moisture Control

Tiny mold spores are all around us, both indoors and outdoors. Mold spores travel easily through the air and begin to grow indoors when moisture is present. There is no practical way to eliminate all mold and mold spores from the indoors, so the best way to control mold growth is to control indoor moisture. When indoor conditions are just right, mold spores can grow and become a problem. By taking important steps, you can prevent and control mold growth inside your home.

Mold spores need 3 things to grow:

  1. Moisture
  2. A nutrient source (i.e., wood, paper, or other materials)
  3. The right temperature

Of these three conditions, the most important to control is moisture. Indoor mold growth is really a sign that moisture is present. If indoor moisture is controlled, mold will not grow.

Fixing the Mold Problem

Since moisture is essential for mold growth, do all you can to quickly identify and fix any source causing too much indoor moisture. Common household problems that lead to indoor moisture issues include:

  • Roof leaks.
  • Leaking pipes or plumbing fixtures.
  • Condensation due to high indoor humidity.
  • Indoor flooding.

After all moisture and water problems have been fixed, clean the moldy area and keep the area dry.

If you cannot identify the moisture source, or if you are dealing with a large mold and water problem, consider a professional home inspection. Visit our Wisconsin Mold Contractor's page for a listing of indoor air consultants and mold remediation contractors.

Preventing Mold Growth

Important actions can be taken to prevent indoor mold from becoming a problem:

  • Keep indoor spaces well ventilated and dry. Air conditioners and dehumidifiers can help.
  • Keep indoor humidity levels below 50%.
  • Clean bathrooms often and keep surfaces dry. Run the bathroom ventilation fan during and after showers.
  • Promptly fix water leaks.
  • Clean up and dry your home fully and quickly (within 24-48 hours) after any flooding event.

Testing for Mold

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services does not recommend testing for mold because:

  • Federal standards or limits for airborne mold concentrations or mold spores do not exist.
  • Mold spores are everywhere around us, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold testing can be expensive.

If you see or smell mold, it is present. In any situation, your approach should be to find the moisture source, fix it, and clean what you can.

Fact Sheets:

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