Richland Center, WI:  A virtual Emergency Operations Center meeting was held 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 Monday, June 1st the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) confirmed that in the state of Wisconsin there were 18,543 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 253,595 have tested negative, there were 595 deaths, and 2,603 hospitalizations due to COVID-19.  Of those that tested positive for COVID-19 in the state of Wisconsin, 14% have been hospitalized.  There remain 14 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Richland County, 830 have tested negative, and there have been 4 deaths as a result of COVID-19 at this time.  Kohout also reported that 10 individuals who had tested positive for COVID-19 in Richland County have been released from quarantine.

The Richland Hospital Coronavirus Hotline (608) 604-9953 remains operational from 8am-Noon through the end of this week and the drive-thru respiratory care service has now been CLOSED.  It was noted that patients who are displaying COVID related symptoms will be served through Urgent Care.  The Richland Hospital campus continues to phase in a re-opening of their facility for voluntary medical procedures and Primary Care visits will continue to expand over the next few weeks.  Patients needing hands-on medical care should always call the hospital main number (608) 647-6321 or clinic main number (608) 647-6161 before coming to the facility.  Additional information about the online or telemedicine services being offered can be found at https://www.richlandhospital.com/online-services/.

The Badger Bounce Back Plan recommends COVID-19 testing of every nursing home resident and staff member in the State of Wisconsin.  The Pine Valley Community Village and Schmitt Woodland Hills facilities conducted their testing last week.  It was noted that the majority of the test results were received back and all results were negative at both facilities.

If you have a COVID-19 question that you want our community partners to answer, please call Richland County Health & Human Services at 608-647-8821 and submit your question to the receptionist or email the question to rchhs@co.richland.wi.us.  Citizens are encouraged to check out the Richland County COVID-19 Dashboard which offers helpful data to better understand the impact of the pandemic globally and locally:  https://covid.co.richland.wi.us/2020/04/21/richland-county-covid-19-dashboard/.  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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