CORONAVIRUS / COVID-19 HOTLINE: 608-742-9253
Providing accurate, up-to-date information. Please visit the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and CDC Coronavirus pages for accurate, up to date information.
Monitoring people with coronavirus. When someone has tested positive for coronavirus, we interview them to ask about places they have been and who may have had close contact with them. We are in contact with them daily to monitor their symptoms and ensure they are following isolation instructions.
Monitoring people who may have come in contact with someone who tested positive for coronavirus. This is called contact monitoring or contact tracing. We are following standard contact investigation for any communicable disease, which includes letting them know they may have been exposed, giving them information about symptoms to watch for, and making sure they quarantine themselves if they meet certain Wisconsin Department of Health Services criteria.
Staying up-to-date on the latest guidance. Since the coronavirus response is constantly changing, we attend webinars and teleconferences with partners and the CDC to stay updated on the latest information.
Coordinating with partners. Responding to large-scale public health issues like coronavirus is complicated. We meet and speak with our local, state, and national partners in public health, local hospitals, medical clinics, schools, nursing homes and long-term care facilities, law enforcement, fire, EMS, mental health providers, home health agencies, pharmacies, churches and Columbia County Emergency Management —sometimes daily—in order to discuss our unique roles and share information.
Helping communities prepare. We share social media posts, website content, and other resources to the public and our partners.