COVID-19 Situation Report May 14, 2020

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May 14, 2020

Please note: The Door County numbers reported include only the positive cases reported to the Public Health at the time of this report.  COVID-19 statistics are changing rapidly and are not intended to represent real time statistics. 

Press Release May 14, 2020


EMERGENCY ORDER #28 - Safer at Home Order

EMERGENCY ORDER #34 Interim Order to Turn the Dial

EMERGENCY ORDER #36 Interim Order to Turn the Dial

COVID-19 Confirmed Cases as of 5/14/2020 - 2:00 pm

Door County
Positive Cases29Positive Cases

Recovered12Negative Cases
Negative Cases
Tests Pending133

Tests Performed

Through Public Health’s investigation it has been determined that community spread of COVID-19 is now present in Door County.  Community spread means spread of an illness for which the source of infection is unknown.
The positive Door County cases are not concentrated in any one locality, they are scattered throughout the county.

Please continue to adhere to the "Safer at Home" guidelines. We know that COVID-19 is spreading throughout the United States and Wisconsin.

Travel to and from Door County is highly discouraged at the time.  

If you choose to return to Door County, Door County Public Health requests that you self-quarantine for a full 14 days. 

If you have immediate questions, you may contact Public Health during business hours. 
Monday-Friday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Phone: (920)-746-2234

Please take the “Safer at Home” guidelines seriously.  COVID-19 is spreading throughout Wisconsin.
Our best defense against COVID-19 is washing our hands frequently; avoiding touching our eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands; wearing a cloth face covering in public; avoiding being around sick people; and physically distancing by staying at home.

Door County Testing Facility
Door County Testing Facility

Think you’ve been exposed to COVID-19?

Call the COVID-19 Screening Hotline 7 days a week between 8AM – 4:30PM at 920.746.3700
For other times, please call Prevea After Hours at 1-877-746-0003
Virtual COVID-19 Screening Now Available

NEW!! Guidance for Businesses


WEDC has compiled a series of industry-specific documents to help you get back to business while taking the necessary precautions to maximize safety. Following these guidelines will help us all get Wisconsin’s economy back on track. 

Scroll down for industry specific guidelines


Frequently Asked Questions
about COVID-19 in Door County

Governor Evers Extends Wisconsin’s “Safer at Home” Order

What is “Safer at Home”

All individuals in the state of Wisconsin are ordered to stay at home or at their place of residence, with limited exceptions. Individuals who are using shared or outdoor space other than their home or residence, must, at all times and to the extent possible, maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet from another person. Individuals do not need to maintain social distancing between family members in a single living unit or with other household members.

All individuals may leave their home or residence for a number of essential activities and functions including health and safety, such as picking up medications, visits with health care providers; obtaining groceries and food, buying gas or pet food, and other activities necessary to maintain the home or residence; outdoor activities, such as walking, biking, hiking or running while maintaining social distancing (does not include contact sports such as basketball); taking care of others, including friends and pets; and the travel associated with such tasks. See Emergency Order #28 for additional information.

See the Understanding "Safer at  Home" flyer and Safer at Home FAQs for more information.

Door County Public Health COVID-19 Response

The first case of COVID-19 was reported in Door County on March 30, 2020.  According to experts, case counts only reflect a fraction (estimated 10%) of the total positive cases of COVID-19 present across the state.  Door County Public Health is actively responding to all cases of COVID 19 and completes contract tracing on every case.  You will be contacted if it has been determined that you may have been in close contact with an infected person.

Mental Health

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DHS recommends Wisconsin residents cancel or postpone all nonessential travel, including travel within the state, due to widespread community transmission of COVID-19.

Cloth Face Covers

Are recommended when individuals must leave the home to conduct essential activities, when sick, and for those who have seasonal allergies.

How to wear and use Cloth face coverings

Badger Bounce BackIn order to turn the dial on Safer at Home and supercharge the Badger Bounce Back, we must have access to more testing and labs, expand contact tracing, aggressively track the spread, have access to more personal protective equipment and supplies, and increase health care system capacity.

None of these steps is possible without the others.

  • Positive lab tests require timely contact tracing to be sure people quarantine when ill.
    • Personal protective equipment is required to conduct lab tests and to protect health care workers.
    • Tracking the spread of the disease is required to understand our health care needs.

We want to take steps forward, and we will work diligently and as quickly as possible. At the same time, if one part of this plan takes a fall, every part takes a step back.

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Watch DHS Video #Safer at Home - It is working



Click on the map to visit  Centers of Disease Control and Prevention site.
Current Situational Report from the Centers of Disease and Control and Prevention
New COVIDView - A weekly surveillance summary of U.S. COVID-19 activity.
Weekly Update DHS Response to Covid-19

Guidance for Businesses


Wisconsin businesses look forward to a future when they can return to providing the products and services their customers need and crave, unencumbered by threats to the health of their employees and those they serve. Working toward that future will require the gradual adoption of new business practices that reflect the evolving reality of the COVID-19 pandemic and our success in mitigating the effects of this unprecedented global health emergency.

With input from national and state health and industry experts and in partnership with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, the Wisconsin Department of Tourism and our regional economic development partners, WEDC has compiled a series of industry-specific documents to help you get back to business while taking the necessary precautions to maximize safety. Following these guidelines will help us all get Wisconsin’s economy back on track.


Patients with COVID-19 can experience mild to severe respiratory illness.   Symptoms of COVID-19

If you are experiencing MILD or MODERATE symptoms, such as fever, runny nose or cough, do NOT go to the Emergency Room. Call your primary health care provider prior to going to a clinic. 
Your primary care provider will evaluate if testing is necessary, and direct you to a facility that can conduct sampling.
This will ensure that healthcare professionals can prepare in advance should you need to receive testing or treatment. Seeking the most appropriate level of care will help protect the community and minimize exposure to other patients and staff.

If you have symptoms and feel you need testing call Door County Medical Center COVID-19 Screening Hotline at 920-746-3700.

If you are experiencing SEVERE illness, call your doctor’s office immediately or go to the Emergency Room.  Call ahead and let them know you may have COVID-19 so they can be prepared.

Symptoms of SEVERE illness can include*:

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or inability to arouse
  • Bluish lips or face

*This list is not all inclusivePlease consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.

If you are experiencing a medical emergency (you cannot breathe) call 911 and tell them if you believe you may have COVID-19.

If you do not have symptoms of COVID-19, you DO NOT need to be tested. 

CDC recommendations for what to do if you are sick
Caring for yourself at home: 10 things to manage your health at home
Information for people at high risk of serious illness from COVID-19


See CDC’s advice on how to protect yourself from COVID-19.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. Use hand sanitizer if you do not have soap and water
  • Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze, and then throw the tissue away. If you do not have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your sleeve.
  • Do not have close contact with people who are sick and stay home if you are feeling sick.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces thoroughly.
  • Practice social distancing which includes avoiding crowded places, increasing interpersonal space (ideally separation of 6 feet) and not shaking hands. 
  • Don’t touch eyes or mouth with hands.
  • Everyone should wear a cloth face cover when they have to go out in public, for example to the grocery store or to pick up other necessities


  • DHS recommends Wisconsin residents cancel or postpone all nonessential travel, including travel within the state.
  • Travel between private homes within the state, including seasonal homes or rental cabins, is strongly discouraged.
  • Several counties in Wisconsin have issued travel advisories for seasonal and second homeowners. If you choose to travel to a second home in Wisconsin, you should be prepared to immediately self-quarantine for 14 days. You should bring your own groceries and essentials, as self-quarantine does not permit shopping at local stores for supplies.

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