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.
Links to Register for the Drive-Thru Vaccine Clinic:
September 27: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/Sept_27th
September 29: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/Sept_29th
October 5: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/Oct_5th
Please read before registering:
How to Report a blue-green algae bloom:
Report significant blue-green algae blooms to DNRHABS@wisconsin.gov. Please include the location of the bloom, the name of the water body, nearest town, county, the size and duration of the bloom, and overall and close-up photographs for verification. For more information visit: https://dnr.wisconsin.gov/topic/lakes/bluegreenalgae
How to Report potential heath effects caused by a blue-green algae bloom:
Report potential health effects caused by a blue-green algae bloom by visiting the Department of Health Services website https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/water/bg-algae/index.htm.htm or contact the Bureau of Environmental and Occupational Health at 608-266-1120
If you think you are experiencing symptoms related to exposure to blue-green algae (e.g., stomach cramps, diarrhea, vomiting, headache, fever, muscle weakness, difficulty breathing), contact your doctor or the Wisconsin Poison Center (1-800-222-1222) right away
High concentrations of blue-green algae are sometimes detected in Polk County lakes. When this occurs, the Polk County Health Department issues a health advisory regarding recreational use of the lake. Blue-green algae is a toxin producing photosynthetic bacteria. Potential health concerns to humans and pets include skin rashes, gastrointestinal disturbances, headaches, irritation of mucous membranes, liver damage, kidney damage, seizures, paralysis, respiratory failure, and in some cases death.
To avoid health risk, you and your pet should avoid swimming in water that looks like "pea soup", green or blue paint, or has a scum layer of puffy blobs floating on the surface. Do not let pets drink water from these areas. Do not let children play with the slimy water even if on shore. Always take a shower or bath after coming in contact with surface water and avoid hand to mouth contact.
It is also important to NOT try to kill the blue-green algae with any herbicide or algaecide such as copper sulfate. The dangerous toxins will be released into the water when the algae dies. A large scale die-off would produce extremely high levels of toxin.
To help reduce future blue-green algae blooms you should maintain native vegetation along shorelines as buffer areas, minimize activities that result in erosion, and reduce the amount of fertilizer on lawns.
Polk County Health Department has rapid antigen and PCR tests available.
Pre-Registration is strongly encouraged for COVID-19 testing.
Click on this link to pre-register: https://register.covidconnect.wi.gov/en-US/
A new registration is required for every visit to the testing site.
For information and resources related to COVID-19 or the COVID-19 Vaccine visit our COVID-19 Page Information Here
Did you know in 2010 a Wisconsin Law was passed allowing providers to prescribe Expedited Partner Therapy (EPT) to partners of their patients who test positive for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) without having to examine or see their partners first?
Since 2017 Polk County has had over 500 STI cases reported. Of these cases, providers only reported that 59 were offered EPT.
The Polk County Health Department is launching an EPT campaign this week to raise awareness of the importance within our community to not only test patients for STD/STI’s and educate on prevention, but to also provide confidential, low-cost EPT treatment to those most at risk of further spreading these infections. Learn more at:
The Polk County Transit Feasibility survey is now LIVE! Polk County has partnered with the West Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission to investigate the demand for public transit and to develop proposal and potential funding sources for the solutions to meet those needs. Take the survey below to share your thoughts on what our community needs, and how public transit would impact you.
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.