Coronavirus Disease COVID-19

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July 29, 2020

Health Order

Read the full Advisory here: July 23, 2020 Public Health Advisory  

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 7/29/2020 - 2:00 pm   

Door County

Tests Performed:  4,458 (+34)
Positive: 84 (+1)
Negative: 4,110 (+46)
Deaths: 3
Active: 10 (-7)
Recovered: 71 (+8)
Tests Pending: 262


Tests Performed:  902,440 (+14,694)
Positive: 51,049 (+870)
Negative: 851,391 (+13,824)
Deaths: 911 (+5)

Wisconsin Summary Data

COVID-19 is still spreading across our Wisconsin communities.
Staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others from getting sick.
Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) recommends Wisconsinites cancel or postpone all travel, including travel within the state.
Scientific evidence shows that masks, partnered with social distancing, play an important role in reducing the spread of COVID-19.

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

Updated! Frequently asked Questions

On July 23, 2020 the Door County Public Health Department issued an Advisory requiring the use of cloth face coverings in public spaces.   This advisory is meant to serve as a strong message to the public explaining the need to wear face coverings when in public spaces to prevent further spread of COVID-19 in our community.

How effective are masks at preventing the spread of the virus?

Scientific evidence shows that masks play an important role in reducing the spread of COVID-19. Their primary role is to reduce the release of infectious particles into the air when someone speaks, coughs, or sneezes, including someone who has COVID-19 but feels well. Cloth face coverings are not a substitute for physical distancing and washing hands and staying home when ill, but they may be helpful when combined with these primary interventions.

What are “public spaces”?

Public spaces include any  space (indoors or out) where you are in contact with members outside of your own household.  Especially, when social distancing of at least six feet cannot be maintained.

Why should we wear a face covering when we are outside?

There is no evidence to date that demonstrates that outdoor gatherings are completely safe.  The more people an individual interacts with and the longer that interaction lasts, the higher the potential risk of becoming infected with COVID-19 and COVID-19 spreading.

Summer in Door County brings many guests.  Many areas including beaches, streets, shops and parks are often crowded.  In some of these instances, it can be difficult to predict when you may come within six feet of others. Best practice dictates wearing a cloth face covering in these situations.

How is the advisory enforced?

This advisory is not an order or mandate that can be enforced by law enforcement or by any Public Health Official.   It is intended to serve as strong messaging to the community that these practices are our best defense in preventing the spread of COVID-19.  Individual businesses do have the right to require face coverings of their customers and are encouraged to make other arrangement for those unable to comply.

Fight Coronavirus this Summer

#COVIDStopsWithMe  Surgeon General Jerome Adams shares an important message for Americans this summer: To slow the spread of coronavirus, each of us must continue to take personal responsibility to protect ourselves and our loved ones. By doing just a few simple things, we can make a big difference.

COVID-19 Prevention

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The purpose of these guidelines is to limit the spread of COVID-19. COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that spreads through person-to-person contact, or (less likely) by contact with surfaces contaminated with the virus. People infected with COVID-19 may become symptomatic anywhere from 2 to 14 days after exposure. Limiting the number of people gathered in one area limits the spread of disease, reduces the number of people who become severely ill and protects our health care system.

These guidelines apply to all public and private gatherings. A “gathering” is any event that brings together people in a single room, or space at the same time such as auditoriums, stadiums, large conference rooms, meeting halls or any other indoor or outdoor space.

There is no evidence to date that demonstrates that outdoor gatherings are completely safe.  The more people an individual interacts with at a gathering and the longer that interaction lasts, the higher the potential risk of becoming infected with COVID-19 and COVID-19 spreading.

 The impact of a pandemic—such as that presented by COVID-19—can be best managed through limiting exposure to the virus. This imperative requires public health to recommend that all citizens and businesses limit the situations where the virus can spread rapidly

By “social distancing,” and not offering or attending events that bring large groups of people together, we will save lives, particularly of those most vulnerable to the virus, such as older residents.

Let’s all do our part to keep our community and visitors safe!

CDC Considerations for the Events and Gatherings


The next generation of Badger Bounce Back: determining COVID-19 activity level in our communities
COVID-19: Activity Level Door County

This data is updated weekly on Wednesday

Door County has a High Activity Level of COVID-19

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Badger Bounce Back

The state is using data to make recommendations that protect the health and safety of Wisconsinites.  Badger Bounce Back is Wisconsin’s plan to reopen and contains the recommendations of our public health experts. Based on the science of the virus and public health practices, a gradual, phased process continues to be the safest way to open Wisconsin. 

How are we doing today? 

Door County Medical Center is the Door County Testing Facility
Open to the Public
No referral, insurance or doctor’s order needed
Testing will be submitted to insurance. You will not be billed for testing regardless of coverage

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

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

Your cloth face covering should:

✔️ Reach above the nose, below the chin, and completely cover the mouth and nostrils

✔️ Fit snugly against the sides of the face

✔️ Be made of multiple layers of fabric that you can still breathe through

✔️ Be able to be laundered and machine dried without damaging the material or shape

Do not buy surgical masks to use as a face covering. Those are intended for healthcare workers and first responders. Many items you may already have in your home can be used to create face coverings.

Try creating a cloth face covering using bandanas, ski masks, washable napkins, or dish towels.

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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

COVID-19 Travel Recommendations by Country
If you must travel, take these steps to protect yourself & others from COVID-19 during your trip.

State Provides Guidance Regarding Beaches

As summer approaches, many Wisconsinites are excited to spend time at our state’s many beaches. We are providing guidance to help you enjoy beaches while still protecting yourself from COVID-19.

Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection

Guidelines for Reopening Pools and Water Attractions

Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection

Guidelines for Reopening Pools and Water Attractions

image049Protect yourself from COVID-19 while getting gas:

  • If available, use disinfecting wipes on handles and buttons of gas pump before you touch them.

  • After you get gas and pay, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water when you get to your destination.

Business Resource and Guidance


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.

Mental Health Resources

COVID-19: Are you at a Higher Risk?

Coping tips for people facing greater risk

Adversity affects us all in different ways. That’s because our ability to manage and recover from stress is often impacted by the things that make us unique, like our background, medical histories, and the conditions in which we live, work, and grow. When the characteristics that make you unique also make you more vulnerable to health risks—like becoming severely ill from COVID-19—it can be hard to maintain your physical, emotional, and mental health. It’s natural for older adults, people with underlying health conditions, communities of color and other underserved populations, caregivers, and others facing greater risk to respond more strongly to stress during this pandemic. Learning how to gain the skills and support you need to care for yourself and the people around you can help.

Try these seven strategies

  • Know your status: Are you at greater risk for COVID-19?
  • Protect your physical health: Learn how to avoid illness
  • Know the signs of toxic stress: They include fatigue, illness, fear, withdrawal, guilt, and other intense physical and emotional reactions.
  • Step away from the news: It’s important to stay informed. But make sure to spend time in spaces where COVID-19 isn’t the only focus.
  • Do things you enjoy: Take the time for self-care activities, like staying connected with friends, exercising, reading, or playing a video game with your kids.
  • Talk it out: Try talking about your experiences and feelings with a trusted advisor, a loved one who’ll understand, or a mental health professional. It can help.
  • Ask for and accept help: It’s important to reach out if you feel overwhelmed or concerned that COVID-19 is affecting your ability to care for your family or the people you serve.

Mental Wellness in the Face of COVID-19

Resources to help you stay healthy, manage stress, and adapt to change

Helplines, Hotlines and Virtual Meetings

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Additional Resources