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COVID-19 Info and Updates

Due to the ever evolving situation regarding the coronavirus, please refer to the Clark County website (https://www.clarkcountywi.com/) or the following websites for the latest information:

1. For updates on COVID-19 in WI visit
https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/index.html

2. For updates and travel guidance visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html

To help policymakers and the public better understand the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Hospital Association Information Center, or WHAIC, has created a data dashboard related to daily COVID-19 hospitalizations and equipment capacity. The information is available at https://www.wha.org/COVID19Update, with data updated daily.

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation is asking for help in locating those that are able to or are already making Personal Protective Equipment or PPE. For any lead that has available inventory or is currently able to manufacture or source PPE, please go to: https://covid19supplies.wi.gov/Donations. For manufacturers who’ve indicated ability to retool, WCMP has created a webform to prequalify and assist in matchmaking. Please go to: https://forms.gle/XzYqcw7wAiyies4m8
For shields, please use the link to ensure they continue to scale and leverage an existing ecosystem: https://making.engr.wisc.edu/shield/ Any lead that doesn’t necessarily fall into the above categories such as ventilators or even facility providers, like construction, architect firms, etc., please send info to the WEDC. They are not at the point of needing facilities but they’ll keep these names on hand.

Two new flyers are available from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) for use in local communities. One flyer has tips for staying safe while shopping and the other has tips for staying safe while in a group setting like a homeless shelter or a correctional facility.

-Shopping tips: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/publications/p02620d.pdf

-Tips for group settings (homeless shelters, domestic violence shelters, correctional facilities) https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/publications/p02620e.pdf

Marshfield Clinic Health System established a COVID-19 Helpline dedicated to providing community members with information and answering questions about the virus. Call the information line at 877-998-0880, open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This free service will connect callers with a person who can answer questions and give facts and information about COVID-19.

All patients and visitors entering Marshfield Medical Center – Neillsville will undergo a brief screening each day to assure that they are healthy and do not have any indicators that suggest they may need further evaluation for Coronavirus upon entering the facility. Please call the nurse line first at 844-342-6276 to have your symptoms triaged, and if you are sick, please stay home. You can also go to our website at www.memorialmedcenter.org and click on the Coronavirus Disease link for more information. However, only certain visitors will be allowed in the hospital as Marshfield Health Systems has established new guidelines for visitors. Only essential visitors are allowed at this time.

There are some changes to Marshfield Medical Center's Hours of Operation. Marshfield Medical Center in Marshfield states the hospital services remain open 24/7, with potential modifications to select services. Majority of medical offices will remain open Monday thru Friday. Cancer Care Services remain Monday-Friday. Marshfield Medical Center-Neillsville’s hospital services remain open 24/7, with potential modifications to select services. For their clinics, Colby will remain open as a walk-in clinic Monday thru Friday 6:45 a.m. – 5 p.m.; the Greenwood Center is temporarily closed and patients will be redirected to MMC-Neillsville or the Colby Center; the Loyal Center is temporarily closed with patients redirected to Marshfield Medical Center-Neillsville. Physical Therapy closed. Occupational health continues to provide pre-employment services 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

As part of its reintroduction of services, Ascension Medical Group will relocate its Clark County COVID-19 Drive-Through testing location from Owen to Thorp on Monday, May 11. As of Monday, drive-through testing will be available from 9 a.m. - Noon Monday, Wednesday and Friday at Ascension Our Lady of Victory - Thorp, located at 704 Clark Street. Individuals who wish to be tested at drive-through locations must first be pre-screened by an Ascension Medical Group provider by appointment or virtually using Ascension Online Care. Those interested in drive-through testing in Thorp can call 715-644-5530 for appointment options. Ascension Online Care is available at: ascension.org/OnlineCare. This screening involves a series of questions about symptoms, travel history and any potential contact with COVID-19 patients. Patients who meet the criteria, which is based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, will schedule an appointment for drive-through testing at the appropriate site. At the testing site, patients will remain in their vehicle at all times. An Ascension associate will look up the patient’s information in the electronic health record to confirm that they have been screened and require testing.

As looser guidance is allowing the reopening of businesses and services, the Clark County Health Department would like to support the slow reopening of their essential services, to include some immunization clinics. At this time, the CCHD will be offering vaccinations to children and families by appointment-only, every Monday, from 2:30-4:00 PM, starting on Monday, May 4th . To request an appointment, individuals should call the CCHD’s main phone number at (715) 743-5105.

For small businesses needing help during these times, pleased head to the Small Business Development Center's website at https://wisconsinsbdc.org/services/covid-19/ They have numerous resources available for small business owners.

Clark County is offering various resources to provide information to assist residents with economic and mental health related needs which may arise. One such resource which is now available is Check In Clark County. Check in Clark County is offering phone support for community members looking for ways to connect with others. A friendly voice will call you to check in, daily or at whatever frequency you prefer. For more information on receiving a check-in call, please contact: Jeanine (715) 743-5204 or by email: jeanine.voigt@co.clark.wi.us. Please Note: This is not a mental health crisis line. If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis, please call our 24-hour crisis line at (715) 743-3400 or 1-800-863-3560.

Another concern people may need assistance with is economic support. Information regarding assistance such as Food Share, Health Care, Child Care and Energy Assistance can be found on the Clark County website at https://www.clarkcountywi.com/. Individuals within Buffalo, Clark, Jackson, La Crosse, Monroe, Pepin, Trempealeau and Vernon Counties may call The Western Region for Economic Assistance (WREA) at 1-888-627-0430 to apply for any of the above programs. Individuals may also apply online at https://access.wisconsin.gov/access/

The Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program provides financial resources to help assist households in reducing their energy burden. For more information on Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program head to http://homeenergyplus.wi.gov. You can apply in Clark County by calling 715-743-5233.

During this COVID-19 crisis, Workforce Resource Inc. continues to serve customers through remote services. To contact a Workforce Resource staff member, call toll free 855-792-5439 weekdays from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. or email them at inquire@workforceresource.org. Workforce Resource serves 21 counties in West Central and Northern Wisconsin. Services are provided through federal and state programs including FoodShare Employment & Training, Wisconsin Works, Affordable Care Act, Senior Community Services Employment Program, Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act, YouthBuild and Independent Living. All program services continue to be available throughout the region. Visit their website at www.workforceresource.org for more information.

The Clark County Extension Office has provided information if a dairy farmer may need to dump milk. The information discusses dumping milk for landspreading. If you have questions, please email richard.halopka@wisc.edu or call their office at 715-743-5121. Here are the links to information https://fyi.extension.wisc.edu/covid19/2020/04/08/considerations-for-landspreading-millk/ AND
https://ipcm.wisc.edu/download/pubsNM/UW-LandspreadingMilkConsiderations2020.pdf

For farmers or other ag related businesses, Senator Tammy Baldwin’s staff has created a page of resources for farmers. You can find that here: https://www.baldwin.senate.gov/cares/rural

Farmers can check these websites for help too:
Other helpful links:
-Farm Management Home Page: https://farms.extension.wisc.edu/
-Farm Management during COVID-19: https://farms.extension.wisc.edu/coronavirus/
-Extension COVID-19 Finances for farmers: https://farms.extension.wisc.edu/coronavirus/#finances
-PPP fact sheet for farmers: https://farms.extension.wisc.edu/ppp-and-farmers/
-PPP Video-What farmers need to know: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PCc6fATnA-w&feature=youtu.be
-Managing COVID-19 Risk on a Dairy Farm: https://farms.extension.wisc.edu/managing-covid-19-instigated-risk-on-the-dairy-farm-be-optimistic-but-plan/

When our lives are turned upside down, a to-do list can bring a sense of calm and control. University of Wisconsin-Madison Extension Specialists and Educators have created Stay At Home Tips on topics ranging from parenting a teen grieving with the loss of school activities, to connecting with isolated family and friends. These tips can be found on line at: https://clark.extension.wisc.edu/.

Sniteman Pharmacy's Lobby is closed, but they are still filling prescriptions. Just call 715-743-3500.

The School District of Neillsville office hours are now Monday through Thursday from 6AM-4:30PM to better serve everyone.

Those most at risk include the elderly and individuals with compromised immune systems, but younger and healthy people can still contract the virus. The Clark County Health Department recommends that organizations consider canceling any event or gathering due to the "Safer at Home" order.

The CDC stated some basic tips to keep yourself and others safe from the coronavirus include washing your hands often, avoid touching your eyes and face, cough/sneeze into your sleeve, clean and disinfect, practice social distancing, stay home if you're sick and wear a face mask if your sick.

You should get tested for the virus if you have fever or respiratory symptoms AND in the past 14 days you either had contact with a known COVID-19 case OR traveled to a country with a Level 2 or Level 3 advisory OR to a community with known spread. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER BEFORE GOING TO A CLINIC OR HOSPITAL.

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