COVID-19 Community Updates

This page is designed for updates regarding the COVID-19 coronavirus and it's impact on the Whitewater community. The City of Whitewater continues to monitor regional, state and federal information and is taking steps to comply with best practices and direction provided by public health officials.


Focus Forward Podcast Ep 3: President Ray Cross and the UW System - Ray Cross, president of the University of Wisconsin system, discusses students’ desire to thrive despite COVID-19 university closures. WEDC Secretary and CEO Missy Hughes speaks with Cross about Wisconsin’s future and the investments we can make as we return from the pandemic.

COVID-19 Data & Statistics

COVID-19 statistics for Walworth, Jefferson, and Rock Counties are updated daily. Visit the following web pages to view the data for yourself:

  Walworth County Jefferson County Rock County
Positive Tests (Confirmed) Cases 691 291 940
Negative Tests 9,543 7,238 15,852
Currently Hospitalized 2 case 10% of cases 11% of cases
Isolating at Home 44 cases - -
Cases Recovered 577 166 690
Deaths 18 4 24

Sources:

Wisconsin DHS County-Level Data – Number of positive cases and deaths by county (https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/county.htm)
Wisconsin Summary Data (https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/data.htm)
County-Level Data (https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/county.htm)
Mapped Cases by County (https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/cases-map.htm)
Walworth County Division of Public Health – COVID-19 page (https://www.co.walworth.wi.us/856/COVID-19)
Walworth County COVID Response Hub (https://coronavirus-response-walworth-county-1-walco.hub.arcgis.com/)
Jefferson County – COVID-19 Dashboard (https://sites.google.com/view/jeffersoncountywicovid-19/home)
Rock County COVID-19 Data (https://infogram.com/1pv009gnlnrrprixvvk7j1x9wnfr7v1nkn1?live)

July 7, 2020- Key COVID-19 Updates for the Whitewater Community

July 6, 2020- Key COVID-19 Updates for the Whitewater Community

Key Walworth County Updates 

Community Testing

  • Two new community testing events have been planned. Additional details will be provided later this week.
  • Big Foot High School July 14th and 15th
  • Lake Geneva location TBD for July 28th and 29th

DHS Updated testing recommendations

  • The Wisconsin Department of Health Services has updated their recommendations for COVID-19 testing. Testing is now recommended for the following groups:
    • Individuals experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19
    • Individuals who have been in close contact with a person with COVID-19, regardless of symptoms
    • Asymptomatic individuals who have been instructed by a public health agency or a health care provider to get a COVID-19 test for the purpose of preventing the spread of infection

Evidence-based prevention Strategies

School Reopening

New Local Phased Guidance

  • Public Health has released a companion document of phased recommendations based on the Badger Bounce Back plan that can assist businesses and other public entities to move forward incrementally
  • The recommendations are broken down by sector and type of organization.
  • Based on our current disease status and metrics we recommend that guidance in Phase 2 be used to guide actions currently.
  • This guidance is available on the county website in both English and Spanish

Daily Frequently Asked Question(s)

Considering the increase in confirmed COVID-19 cases among people under age 30, what is the guidance regarding testing of asymptomatic persons?

Testing of Asymptomatic persons is now recommended for:

  • People who have been in close contact of a person with COVID-19, regardless of symptoms
  • People who have been instructed by a public health agency to get a COVID-19 test as part of a public health investigation, regardless of symptoms

Scenarios in which public health agencies may recommend testing for asymptomatic people include the following:

  • Investigation of outbreaks, such as multiple cases in a workplace, residential facility or correctional facility
  • Testing all residents and staff in high-risk congregate facilities to prevent or contain outbreaks
  • When testing is needed to contain an epidemic in a community with high-level transmission, and resources are sufficient for appropriate follow-up and case investigation, as determined in partnership with state and local health officials

Scenarios in which health care providers may recommend testing for asymptomatic people include the following:

  • As part of a test-based strategy to inform return-to-work decisions for individuals diagnosed with COVID-19
  • Outbreak investigations in health care settings, to understand prevalence among staff and patients
  • Screening before aerosol generating procedures, such as endoscopy, dentistry, or procedures requiring intubation

July 2, 2020- Key COVID-19 Updates for the Whitewater Community

Key Walworth County Updates

Release of Local Metrics

  • Public Health will be releasing today additional data on the website.
  • The data mirrors the information used by DHS and the Badger Bounce Back plan.
  • Data that was not available or reliable at the county level has been excluded.
  • Walworth County Information Systems is working on adding this information to the Coronavirus Case Dashboard.

New Local Phase Guidance

  • Public Health is releasing today a companion document of phased recommendations based on the Badger Bounce Back plan that can assist businesses and other public entities to move forward incrementally (Walworth County COVID-19 Phased Guidance).
  • The recommendations are broken down by sector and type of organization.
  • These are a tool to help empower businesses and organizations to implement solutions and practices that best meet their needs as we continue to operate with COVID-19 in our communities.
  • Based on our current disease status and metrics we recommend that guidance in Phase 2 be used to guide actions currently.
  • This guidance will be available on the county website in both English and Spanish

Stay Well in Walworth Campaign

  • Walworth County has launched a campaign promoting personal and corporate responsibility using the theme Stay Well in Walworth
  • This campaign calls on everyone to do what they can to help slow the spread and take precautions to protect their health

Cooling Centers

  • We are going to be experiencing a hot 4th of July weekend and the number of facilities usually open for cooling are much more limited
  • DHS has guidance for operating cooling shelters during COVID-19
  • If any of your areas are operating a cooling shelter we urge you to continue to focus on maintaining physical distance and encourage the use of masks in the shelter
  • The public can also call 2-1-1 to find out about cooling shelter locations.

Coronavirus Data Dashboard Update

  • Walworth County Information Systems has performed updates on the data on the Coronavirus Case Dashboard
  • The updates make the data easier to view and more visually appealing. If you haven’t visited the site lately, check it out.
  • IT is also working on making the site work on mobile devices, currently this site works best on a computer.

Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) Guidance

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) Guidance

June 29, 2020- Key COVID-19 Updates for the Whitewater Community

Key Updates

Public Health Update

  • Hospitalizations for COVID-19 remain low in Walworth County and health care continues to report adequate capacity.
  • Data snap shots will now be provide on Thursdays. This allows for better analysis and data quality.
  • Check out the Walworth County HHS Facebook page for continued updates and FAQ documents

State Guidance

Question and Answer

How do I know if my staff should come in to work?

  • The following is a flow chart that can help with discussions regarding returning to work. Going to Work Screener
  • We are seeing many people go to work with mild symptoms. It is very important that even if you have mild symptoms, like a headache or sore throat, you stay home and discuss with your health care provider. This can drastically help reduce transmission of many different illnesses.

Where can I find resources to support employers in my community to create and maintain safer workplace environments?

What information is being provided to restaurants that are closing due to positive cases?

  • Businesses with confirmed cases are receiving contact from Public Health
  • Public Health reviews the guidelines available from DHS, WEDC, and CDC specific to their industry and help businesses identify what steps they should take
  • Continuing to follow physical distancing practices and adhering to WEDC guidelines are best practices for most businesses as we move through this pandemic

June 25, 2020- Key COVID-19 Updates for the Whitewater Community

Key Walworth County Updates

Public Health Daily Updates

Summer Activities

Question and Answer from DHS

How long does a household contact of a confirmed or probable case need to quarantine?

  • The quarantine for a household contact is often more than 14 days because of continued exposure while the confirmed or probable case is ill. Day 0 of the mandated 14-day quarantine would be the day the confirmed or probable case ends their isolation.
  • If household contacts and cases are able to diligently follow the CDC’s Home Isolation Guidance at all times, Day 0 for the contact would be the last day they had close contact or were in the same indoor living environment. For many households, it will be impossible or very difficult to implement these guidelines at all times.

June 16, 2020- Key COVID-19 Updates for the Whitewater Community

June 15, 2020- Key COVID-19 Updates for the Whitewater Community

June 11, 2020- Key COVID-19 Updates for the Whitewater Community

June 10, 2020- Key COVID-19 Updates for the Whitewater Community

June 9, 2020- Key COVID-19 Updates for the Whitewater Community

June 5, 2020- Key COVID-19 Updates for the Whitewater Community

June 4, 2020- Virtual Town Hall Meeting Notice

June 3, 2020- Key COVID-19 Updates for the Whitewater Community

May 29, 2020- City of Whitewater Reopening Local Government Plan

May 26, 2020 Key COVID-19 Updates for the Whitewater Community

May 22, 2020 Key COVID-19 Updates for the Whitewater Community

May 15, 2020- Key COVID-19 Updates for the Whitewater Community

Municipal Facility Closures

Though the Wisconsin Supreme Court overturned the Governor’s Safer At Home order (Order #28), many of the practices outlined in the Governor’s order were of significant value in protecting the health and safety of employees. Because the dangers associated with the spread of COVID-19 remain, the City of Whitewater will continue with modified operations until further notice. As a result, municipal facilities will remain closed to the public until further notice. This standard will be reevaluated on or before June 1, 2020. Any updates or changes will be provided publicly via this page as well as the City’s other media outlets. 

May 14, 2020- Key COVID-19 Updates for the Whitewater Community

View the May 14, 2020 press release from City Manager, Cameron Clapper in reference to the changes made to the Safer at Home Emergency Order #28.

May 13, 2020 Key COVID-19 Updates for the Whitewater Community

May 8, 2020 Key COVID-19 Updates for the Whitewater Community

May 8, 2020- Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) – Reopen Guidelines for Businesses

Visit the WEDC website for relief and recovery resources for Wisconsin businesses.

May 5, 2020 Key COVID-19 Updates

May 1, 2020 Key COVID-19 Updates

April 24, 2020- City Services & Facilities Update

March 31, 2020- SBA Paycheck Protection Program

To All Whitewater Businesses:

Please see the below information regarding the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) which was signed into law by President Trump on Friday (March 27th). Special thanks to Knight Public Affairs for assembling this information.

Individuals with questions should contact their preferred lender for more details.

The CARES Act will put the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) for small businesses and nonprofits into action.

The SBA is finalizing the regulations and requirements for the PPP and banks are waiting for guidance on how to move forward, however it is important for you to get with your lender now to be prepared in every way you can.

The documents below will help you begin the process:

CARES Act FAQs

Small Business Owners Guide to the CARES Act

Here are more COVID-19 procedures and announcements that may be helpful to you:

DOR Tax Filing Deadline Extension

DOT Rest Areas Remain Open

OCI Guidance on Insurance Flexibility

DATCP Guidance for Food Supply and Delivery

DOT Emissions Testing Timeline

DWD Unemployment Information

DFI Federally Insured Financial Institutions

DPI Updates

March 24, 2020- Municipal Building Closure Update

March 24, 2020- In-Person Absentee Voting Hours

March 18, 2020- City Manager Declares City State of Emergency

March 17, 2020- Municipal Building Closure & In-Person Absentee Voting Hours