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DHS Releases Guidance for Halloween During COVID-19 Pandemic


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For information and resources related to COVID-19 visit our COVID-19 Page Information Here

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.

Cooling Centers


A cooling center provides a place for you and your family to cool down during hot summer days. Open the pdf file below for a listing of local cooling center locations.

Polk County Cooling Centers
Polk County Cooling Centers.pdf
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Tips for a Safe Summer


If you want to make sure your day at the beach is just that and not a trip to the emergency room, you'll want to start with a good eye for warning signs of common summer bummers, including heat stroke, bug bites, sunburn and other health woes that occur more often during this season. Follow this link for tips to help make summer a safe one for your family and your pets.


Resources and Information


Please follow this link for a list of resources and information covering a variety of Coronavirus items, such as, education, staff resources, self-care, webinars, etc.

District 14 Covid-19 Zoom and Telephone Meetings
District 14 Covid-19 Zoom and Telephone [...]
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Know the Symptoms of Covid-19

COVID-19 is a lower respiratory tract infection, which means that most of the symptoms are felt in the chest and lungs. That’s different from colds that bring on an upper respiratory tract infection, where you get a runy nose and sinus congestion. Follow this link to learn more.



Child Care Providers


While the state has aggressively mobilized to slow the spread of COVID-19 through the Safer at Home order, many healthcare employees and essential workforce members still need child care to continue serving our communities. Find a map of available childcare in your area here.


Be Aware of Covid-19 Fraud


Please be aware that COVID-19 related fraud is on the rise. Scammers may offer COVID-19 testing or treatment through telemarketing calls, social media platforms, and door-to-door visits. Follow this link for more Covid-19 information and how to report suspected fraud.


Flu Symptoms

It's not always easy to distinguish between a common cold and the more serious influenza virus, but according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people who are feeling under the weather can watch out for some telltale signs. Follow this link to learn more about flu symptoms and complications.


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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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