Welcome to the Polk County, Wisconsin       Health Department Website

Our agency provides services with the goal of protecting, promoting and preserving the health of our communities through partnerships with a diverse group of stakeholders. Our primary focus is the delivery of high quality public health services to the citizens of Polk County, Wisconsin. Please explore our department's website to learn more about what we do or to connect to a program that may be of benefit to you and your family. We value your comments and input on any of the posted reports and program services you have the opportunity to use or experience.

Blue Green Algae Information

Harmful algal blooms result from the rapid growth, or bloom, of algae that can cause harm to animals, people or the local environment. They can look like foam, scum, or mats on the surface of water and can be different colors. Harmful algal blooms can occur in warm fresh waters with abundant nutrients. Click here to view a fact sheet on blue green algae.

        Staples Lake Algae Bloom

Staples Lake in Polk County is experiencing extensive algae blooms which are capable of producing toxins that can be dangerous to humans and pets. Click here to view the Press Release issued July 3, 2019.

RIsks of Vaping for Kids, Teens
and Young Adults

The health risks of vaping might surprise you, as many people think of the practice as a healthy alternative to cigarette smoking. Research has found that common flavoring substances found in vape liquid caused permanent and sometimes fatal scar buildup in the lungs. Click here for the September 10, 2019, Health Department Press Release.


Staff - Contact us:





Closed on Holidays



Polk County Health Department 

100 Polk County Plaza
Suite 180
Balsam Lake, WI 54810








After Hours Emergency Phone Number

Call 715-485-8300 or 911 in an Emergency to report:

  • Public Health Emergencies
  • Communicable Disease Outbreaks
  • Environmental Health Hazards
  • Bioterrorism Incidents

Why does the Polk County Health Department (PCHD) need this information?  The Polk County Health Department is required by law to report and investigate events that may affect the public's health.  This is why it is important for us to hear from you when you suspect an uncommon illness or event.  To learn more about the health department's requirements, please click here.



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