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, December 16th the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) confirmed that in the state of Wisconsin there were 444,798 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 2,266,641 have tested negative, there were 4,196 deaths, and 19,656 hospitalizations due to COVID-19. Of those that tested positive for COVID-19 in the state of Wisconsin, 4% have been hospitalized.
Emergency Operations partners have decided to offer more up-to-date local data on the condition of our county that might not match the numbers offered by the State. Public Health Manager/Local Health Officer, Rose Kohout announced that as of 8:00am Thursday, December 17th there are 985 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Richland County, 7,820 have tested negative, there are 333 active cases, and 639 individuals who had tested positive have been released from quarantine. Of those 985 individuals who tested positive, 972 individuals have been recovering at home, 49 have been hospitalized at some point, and there were 13 COVID-19 related deaths.
The final FREE COVID-19 drive-thru community testing event will be offered MONDAY, December 21st from 9am-Noon (or until all tests are administered) at the Richland County Fairgrounds. Appointments are not required, but it is requested that those who wish to be tested pre-register at https://register.covidconnect.wi.gov. Tests will be available on a FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVE basis. There are NO FREE COVID-19 testing events being offered in Richland County the week of December 28th. The FREE COVID-19 Testing schedule for events offered in Richland County are as follows (this schedule is tentative and subject to change):
|Monday, December 21st||9am-Noon||Richland County Fairgrounds||Richland County Event|
|Monday, January 4th||9am-Noon||Richland County Fairgrounds||Richland County Event|
|Thursday, January 7th||9am-3pm||Richland County Fairgrounds||WI National Guard Event|
|Monday, January 11th||9am-Noon||Richland County Fairgrounds||Richland County Event|
|Thursday, January 14th||9am-3pm||Richland County Fairgrounds||WI National Guard Event|
|Monday, January 18th||9am-Noon||Richland County Fairgrounds||Richland County Event|
|Thursday, January 21st||9am-3pm||Richland County Fairgrounds||WI National Guard Event|
|Monday, January 25th||9am-Noon||Richland County Fairgrounds||Richland County Event|
|Thursday, January 28th||9am-3pm||Richland County Fairgrounds||WI National Guard Event|
Richland County residents are encouraged to sign-up for NIXLE alerts by texting 53581 to 888777 or go to www.nixle.com to sign-up to receive emails. You will then receive up-to-date alerts regarding local COVID testing sites and clinics, severe weather, public safety, criminal activities, missing persons, traffic issues, and local events.
The Richland Hospital continues to offer COVID-19 drive-thru testing from 11 am to 4 pm Monday thru Friday for hospital & clinic patients displaying COVID-19 symptoms or to those that have a confirmed exposure. All persons requesting testing will need to call the Richland Hospital and be registered BEFORE arriving at the drive-thru. 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 for any COVID-19 symptoms should call the hospital main number (608) 647-6321 or clinic main number (608) 647-6161 BEFORE coming to the facility.
Individuals who have been tested for COVID-19 WILL receive their results from a testing site or healthcare provider. However, due to record high numbers of COVID-19 cases, Public Health has reached capacity and may not call you to complete a contact tracing investigation. For this reason, we ask that any newly diagnosed person with COVID-19 begin to isolate themselves immediately and go to the Richland County COVID-19 webpage at https://covid.co.richland.wi.us/if-you-are-sick-or-have-been-exposed/ in order to receive isolation and contact tracing notification guidance.
Richland County Community Partners shared the status of their individual organization’s emergency response, reviewed staffing levels and PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) inventory, and discussed priority topics to assist with preventing the further transmission of COVID-19 in our community.
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:
- Richland County: https://covid.co.richland.wi.us
- The Greater Richland Area Chamber of Commerce: www.gorcchamber.com
- Wisconsin Department of Health Services: www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/