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.
At a glance, fireworks are a beautiful sign of summer. But, when done incorrectly, they can be extremely dangerous. Fireworks can cause serious burns and eye injuries. Hands, fingers and legs are the most susceptible to burns, and severe eye injuries include corneal abrasions and retinal detachment. While these injuries are enough to scare you, they're totally preventable. Follow this link for more injury information and safety tips. Have a safe 4th of July!
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.
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.
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
Balsam Lake, WI 54810
After Hours Emergency Phone Number:
Call 715-485-8300 or 911 in an Emergency to report:
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.