COVID-19 Situation Report May 28, 2020

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May 19, 2020 Guidelines and Recommendations Effective immediately 
[In full force and effect from and after May 19, 2020] 

CONTACT: Susan Powers, RN, BSN, Health Officer/Public Health Manager,
Email: Telephone: 920-746-2234 

These guidelines and recommendations supersede and replace the May 14, 2020, Order of the Door County Health Officer, the April 22, 2020 Revised Health Order: Modified Campground Operations in Door County, and the April 15, 2020 Health Order: Temporary Closure of all Campgrounds Within Door County. The goals are to safely re-open Door County, minimize exposures to COVID-19, and slow the spread of the disease. It will require all persons within Door County to take responsibility, work cooperatively together, and support best practices if these goals are to be achieved. 

It’s important to remember that at present, the COVID-19 pandemic continues. 

Background information:

1.    COVID-19 is an easily transmittable communicable disease spread mainly through close contact from person-to-person which has achieved worldwide pandemic status. There are approximately 4.4 million confirmed positive cases and 300,000 deaths worldwide, 1.4 million confirmed positive cases and 88,000 deaths in the United States and 12,000 positive cases and 450 deaths in Wisconsin.

2.    COVID-19 is currently present and being actively transmitted in Door County, Wisconsin. As of May 19, 2020, there are 34 confirmed positive cases, with 14 cases recovered, and 3 deaths.

3.    Wisconsin saw meaningful benefits from the statewide "Safer at Home Order". These benefits included flattening the curve of COVID-19 infection (i.e., slow the spread of the virus, preservation of healthcare resources, and save lives) in Wisconsin.

4.    May 13, 2020, the Wisconsin Supreme Court issued a decision declaring "Safer at Home" unlawful, invalid and unenforceable. The State Legislature and Governor have not, to date, worked together to establish a lawful rule that addresses COVID-19. County and municipal governments have been left to local control. 

5.    Door County is a popular tourist destination and home to many seasonal residents. Local businesses rely on seasonal workers, many who travel from out of state and county to work in Door County. The expected influx of these individuals has the potential to further the spread COVID infection, and tax our health care system.

6.    Door County has approximately 30% of its population that is age 65 or older, and data demonstrates that the aged population is particularly vulnerable to the severe symptoms associated with COVID-19 virus along with all groups those that have underlying health issues.

Basic recommendations for everyone:

  • Physical distance, maintaining six (6) feet between people.
  • Wear cloth face coverings (masks) when out in public.
  • Practice good hand hygiene: wash your hands with soap and water, or use hand sanitizer, especially after touching frequently used items/surfaces.
  • Clean/sanitize frequently touched surfaces.
  • Avoid going to places where safety measures are not in place.
  • If you are sick, stay home and call your healthcare provider about testing.
  • Limit travel to reduce the potential for virus transmission.

Community Gatherings: 

Follow social distancing, cloth face coverings and sanitation guidelines when in public settings and consider the following guidance for planning, scheduling or attending events and gatherings.

Low Risk

Staying at Home
Moderate Risk

Gatherings Under 10 People

High Risk

Gatherings of 10-50

Not Advisable

Gatherings of 50 or more

The Door County Health Officer offers the following as guidelines and recommendations: 
Persons (e.g., businesses and individuals) are strongly encouraged to review, become and remain familiar with, and comply with the WEDC, CDC, WDHS and OSHA guidelines and recommendations.
These may be found at:

A.    The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation ("WEDC"} has compiled a series of industry­ specific documents to help businesses reopen. These may be found at:

B.    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ("CDC") has developed guidance for businesses related to COVID-19. This guidance may be found at:

C.    The Wisconsin Department of Health Services ("WDHS") has developed guidance for businesses related to COVID-19. This guidance may be found at:

D.    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration ("OSHA") has developed guidance for businesses related to COVID-19. This guidance may be found at:

These references may change as we learn more about COVID-19 and we encourage checking for updates. Doing so will help you get back to business while taking the necessary precautions to maximize safety and minimize the spread of COVID-19. 

Enforcement: Compliance with these guidelines and recommendations by persons (businesses or individuals) are encouraged, but voluntary. Non-compliance may have serious repercussions to the health and safety of our residents and visitors. Verified complaints of persistent non-compliance may be investigated. If substantiated, a notice and an opportunity to correct will be provided. If non-compliance persists a targeted order may be issued under Sec. 252.03, Wis. Stats. 

Duration: This communication shall become effective May 19, 2020 and shall remain in effect until revoked or superseded by subsequent recommendations or order. 

As Door County Health Officer, I recognize this situation will continue to evolve and may require future orders to suppress, prevent and control the spread of communicable disease, as well as protect the public’s health and safety. The expectation is that individuals and businesses will voluntarily follow guidance and recommendations from public health to protect each other. Future decisions will be consistent with established legal authority granted to Local Health Officers, pursuant to Sec. 252.03, Wis. Stats. Considerations include scientific data, local information, and the benefits associated with continuation/resumption of local personal activities and business. 

Thank you all for your previous and anticipated ongoing cooperation to keeping our community safe as we navigate this in the coming months. It is my hope that our community will continue to take the threat of the virus seriously and take precautions to slow its spread as we enter this next phase of reopening our County. 

Your efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19 are appreciated by those who live, work and enjoy Door County. 

Dated this 19th day of May, 2020. 


Susan Powers, RN, BSN
Door County Health Officer/Public Health Manager 

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May 27, 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. 

COVID-19 Confirmed Cases as of 5/27/2020 - 2:00 pm

Door County
Positive Cases38Positive Cases

Recovered18Negative Cases
Negative Cases
Tests Pending189

Tests Performed

COVID-19 is still spreading across our Wisconsin communities. Staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others from getting sick. 
DHS recommends Wisconsinites cancel or postpone all travel, including travel within the state.
DHS does not recommend travel between your private homes within the state. For example, do not travel to seasonal homes or rental cabins. 
You may spread COVID-19 to areas with few doctors or hospitals.
This is for your safety and wellbeing as well as the safety of our rural counties and tribal communities.

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.

 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

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

Door County Medical Center is the Door County Testing Facility

Open to the Public

No referral, insurance or doctor’s order needed

Testing is FREE- No Insurance Required-

Call 920-746-3700 for an appointment to be tested for COVID-19
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


Mask Information

Printable Version

Frequently Asked Questions

about COVID-19 in Door County

Mental Health

Daily Life and Coping
Learn how you can plan, prepare, and cope with stress before and during a COVID-19 outbreak. 

Mental Wellness in the Face of COVID-19

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 useCloth 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.

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.


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.


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 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.

  • ·       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.
    WI Department of Health Services Travel Recommendations

    List of states with Community Transmission
    (click the + under the map)

FREE Drive-Up Wireless- Door County’s residents will have free access to the Internet during the COVID-19 outbreak.  County Facilities, Libraries and Sawyer Park in Sturgeon Bay will provide outside parking lot access See Map Here