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 19th the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) confirmed that in the state of Wisconsin there were 67,493 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 1,084,163 have tested negative, there were 1,060 deaths, and 5,430 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 39 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Richland County, 3,176 have tested negative, there are 5 active cases, and 30 individuals who had tested positive have been released from quarantine.  Of those 39 individuals who tested positive, 30 individuals have been recovering at home, 5 have been hospitalized, and there were 4 COVID-19 related deaths.

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.

UW-Platteville/Richland, the Richland School District, and the Ithaca School District 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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