Brown County, local health departments issue alert about COVID-19

Green Bay, Wisconsin (WBAY) – Multiple agencies have come together in northeastern Wisconsin to issue a joint public health emergency alert about COVID-19.

Late on Saturday morning, officials at Brown County’s Department of Health and Human Services, as well as the De Beer and Oneida Health Departments, declared a state of alert due to what they say are very high levels of COVID-19 cases leading to an increase in COVID-19. Hospitalization and related deaths.

This comes a day later A public health emergency alert about COVID-19 has been issued by the health departments of Appleton, Minasha, Calumet County, Otagame County and Winnebago County.

According to the warning announcement, district health officials say the recent increase in cases has reduced their ability to report positive cases and their close contacts in a timely manner.

Additionally, health officials say hospitals are enacting their own emergency plans.

As Action 2 News previously reported, 250 Green Bay doctors have signed an open letter to elected officials and the community at large, saying they are overwhelmed by the matter, and appealing to everyone to practice and promote the health practices that have been repeated throughout the pandemic. These practices can be found below.

Related: 250 Green Bay doctors sign open letter to elected officials: “We are overwhelmed”

Corporations and community organizations in Brown County are required to use the WEDC Guidelines, which can be found Click here.

Health officials are asking everyone to take immediate action to stop the spread of uncontrolled society.

The alarm comes After the Wisconsin Department of Health Services announced more than 20 deaths for two consecutive days in the state. As of Friday, the state averaged 2,440 cases per day for the past seven days.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has identified these symptoms as possible symptoms of COVID-19:

  • Fever of 100.4 or higher
  • cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • shudder
  • Frequent shivering with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of sense of taste or smell


  • Coronavirus is a new or “new” virus. Nobody has a natural immunity to it. Children and teens seem to recover better from the virus. Older adults and those with underlying health conditions (heart disease, diabetes, and lung disease) are at high risk, according to the CDC. Precautions are also needed around people with a weak or developing immune system.
  • To help prevent the virus from spreading:
  • Stay at least six feet from others
  • Avoid close contact with people who appear ill or who appear ill
  • Stay home as much as possible
  • Cancel events and avoid unnecessary groups, gatherings, play dates and appointments
  • Stay home when sick, except to get medical care
  • Wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds. When soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a mask. At the very least, use a tissue when coughing or sneezing or use the inside of your elbow.

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