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 Wednesday, August 5th the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) confirmed that in the state of Wisconsin there were 56,940 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 944,984 have tested negative, there were 970 deaths, and 4,826 hospitalizations due to COVID-19.  Of those that tested positive for COVID-19 in the state of Wisconsin, 8% have been hospitalized.  There are now 36 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Richland County, 15 individuals remain in quarantine, 2,800 have tested negative, there have been 4 deaths, and 17 individuals who had tested positive have been released from quarantine.  Of those 36 individuals who tested positive, 4 were hospitalized and the remaining 32 individuals have been recovering at home.

The Richland Hospital Clinic campus continues to offer voluntary medical procedures and Primary Care visits, while also continuing to offer Tele-Health patient visits.  Richland Hospital Clinic patients needing hands-on medical care should call the hospital main number (608) 647-6321 or clinic main number (608) 647-6161 before coming to the facility.  Anyone entering the facility will be asked to wear a mask.  If possible, please bring your own mask with you.

Richland School District Administrator, Jarred Burke announced that the current plan for the Richland School District is to offer in person classes 4 days per week and 1 day of virtual learning OR parents can choose 100% virtual learning for their children.  Other area school districts continue to review all considerations for safely and successfully reopening schools for the 2020-21 school year amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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/.   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.  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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