Richland Center, WI:  A virtual Emergency Operations Center meeting was held again this morning to share information between Richland County officials and community partners in a joint response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Public Health Manager/Local Health Officer, Rose Kohout announced that as of 2:00pm Thursday, April 9th the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) confirmed that in the state of Wisconsin there were 2,885 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 31,424 have tested negative, there were 111 deaths, and 843 hospitalizations due to COVID-19.  Of those that tested positive for COVID-19 in the state of Wisconsin, 29% have been hospitalized.  There are 4 confirmed case of COVID-19 in Richland County and 151 have tested negative at this time.

The Richland Hospital Coronavirus Hotline remains available 24 hours/day and patients should call (608) 604-9953 BEFORE coming to the hospital.  The Richland Hospital continues to offer COVID-19 testing out of their “Respiratory Illness Evaluation” drive-thru service every day from 8am-5pm, even on weekends and holidays, for Tier 1 and Tier 2 priorities only.  Patients needing hands-on medical care should always call the hospital main number (608) 647-6321 before coming to the hospital.  Additional information about the online or telemedicine services being offered can be found at

Richland County Emergency Management Director, Darin Gudgeon announced that SWCAP will be hosting a “Pop-up Pantry” in select areas on Wednesday, April 15th.  Those in need in the ROCKBRIDGE area can receive food totes from 10:30am-Noon at the Natural Bridge Grocery Store, 17520 State Road 80.  Those in need in the CAZENOVIA area can receive food totes from 1-2pm near Alibi’s Bar & Grill on East Main Street.  SWCAP representatives will need to collect your first and last name, city of residence and household size.

Richland County Community Partners shared the status of their individual organization’s emergency response, reviewed PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) needs and local inventory, considered disinfection options utilizing UV lights, continued efforts to assist small business owners, and discussed priority topics to support the community through the recovery process.

For the most up-to-date COVID-19 information, follow Richland County Health & Human Services on Facebook or consult the following websites:



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