COVID-19 Information and Resources

For General COVID-19 Questions Contact 2-1-1:

  • Call: 2-1-1 or if you have an out of state number call 1-877-947-2211

For Polk County COVID-19 Questions Contact the Health Department:

 

To find vaccine availability near you, click the link below to visit the Wisconsin DHS Vaccine Finder:

 

https://www.vaccines.gov/search/

COVID TESTING:

No testing available at the Government Center on Labor Day

 

VACCINE CLINIC SCHEDULE:

 

 POLK COUNTY GOVERNMENT CENTER (East parking lot, follow signs):

September:

Tuesdays 9-4:00  

Wednesdays 9-6:30

Thursdays 9-4:00

 

 

MENARDS:

Sat. 9/18  10-3:00

Sat. 10/9   10-3:00

1285 208th St.

St. Croix Falls, WI 54024

 

FREE! No insurance or appointment needed, just stop by!

MODERNA, PFIZER, and J&J available.

 

** $100 incentive for first doses has been extended to September 19th!

BOOSTER SHOTS UPDATE:

 

People who are moderately to severely immunocompromised are recommended to get an additional dose of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) no sooner than 28 days after their initial two-dose mRNA COVID-19 vaccine series.

 

Polk County Public Health is not giving 3rd doses at this time. If you are moderately to severely immunocompromised please contact your medical provider to receive your 3rd dose. This includes people who have:

 

 

  • Been receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood.
  • Received an organ transplant and are taking medicine to suppress the immune system.
  • Received a stem cell transplant within the last two years or are taking medicine to suppress the immune system.
  • Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome).
  • Advanced or untreated HIV infection.
  • Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids, alkylating agents, antimetabolites, transplant-related immunosuppressive drugs, cancer chemotherapeutic agents classified as severely immunosuppressive, tumor-necrosis (TNF) blockers, or other drugs that may suppress your immune response.

 

If you have received Johnson & Johnson vaccine, an additional dose is not recommended at this time.

 

3rd doses are not recommended for the general public at this time.

 

Visit WI DHS for more information on 3rd doses here: COVID-19: Additional Vaccine Dose for People who are Moderately to Severely Immunocompromised | Wisconsin Department of Health Services

Isolation and Quarantine Guidance

If you have been diagnosed with COVID-19, you have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19, or you employ someone with COVID-19 please follow the links below:

 

You have been diagnosed with COVID-19: 

 

General Isolation Information:

 

Isolation Release Timelines: 

 

Notifying My Close Contacts:

 

You have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19: 

 

General Information: 

 

Quarantine Release Timelines:

 

For additional information regarding the Pfizer vaccine use the links below:

Pfizer - EUA for Recipients and Caregivers
EUA for Recipients and Caregivers Pfizer[...]
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Pfizer - Ages 12+ What Parents Should Know
Ages 12+ What Parents Should Know.pdf
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Pfizer - CDC Vaccine Guidelines for Children & Teens
COVID-19-Vaccine-for-Preteens_Teens-508.[...]
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Pfizer - Consent Form
Pfizer Consent form 7.2021 COVID.pdf
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It is important for everyone to do their part to help stop this pandemic:

  • cover your mouth and nose with a mask when around others
  • stay at least 6 feet away from others
  • avoid crowds
  • wash your hands often
  • stay home if you are sick and get tested

 

We will continue to update as more information becomes available. 

Testing:

Where can I get a COIVD Test?

All three of our local hospitals (Amery Hosptial and Clinic, Osceola Medical Center and St. Croix Falls Regional Medical Center) are doing COVID tests. Make sure to call the hospital before you arrive. The hospital will ask you some screening questions and based on thier availbilty of tests will give you further instructions and directions.

What to do after being tested for COVID-19
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Governor Evers announced an at home COVID testing option that mirrors what the State of Minnesota has been doing for the past couple months. 

 

This link includes information on when and how to get tested COVID-19: Testing | Wisconsin Department of Health Services

 

This link answers FAQ’s regarding saliva testing https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/collection.htm.

A Message from Polk County Supervisors
Polk County Supervisors ask that everyone does their part in stopping the spread of COVID-19.
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How to handle COVID-19 in the workplace:
Polk County Public Health offers a guide to handling COVID-19 exposures in the work place, including employees who test positive.
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Guidance for Family Video Chat
If you are not able to be with Friends and Family during this holiday season, Polk County has created this guide to help direct you some ways to stay in touch with them.
Family-Video-Chat-Applications.pdf
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Overview:

COVID19-symptoms.pdf
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How do I protect myself and others from getting COVID-19?

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention-H.pdf

The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.  To help prevent the spread of Coronavirus: Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

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What is COVID-19?

A novel coronavirus is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified. The virus causing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

 

How does COVID-19 Spread?

The virus that causes COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly from person to person, mainly through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

 

What are the signs and symptoms of COVID-19?

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms or combinations of symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

Or at least two of these symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain 
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

Assistance During COVID-19 Pandemic:

Local AA Virtual Meetings:

District 14 Covid-19 Zoom and Telephone Meetings
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Are you Unemployed because of COVID-19? Click HERE to apply for unemployment

For more information and frequently asked questions about unemployment benefits click HERE

 

Economic Support Information

The Polk County Economic Development Corporation (PCEDC) is working diligently along with local business leaders and governmental officials to be able to offer economic support resources during these difficult times. The contacts in the document below have resources to assist both individuals and business owners.

 

School Free Meals:

Amery School District: https://www.amerysd.k12.wi.us/district/freemealsignup.cfm

Clayton School District: https://www.claytonsd.k12.wi.us/district/covid-19-information.cfm

Clear Lake School District: https://www.clwarriors.org/

Frederic School District: https://www.fredericsd.org/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=1563357&type=d&pREC_ID=1852767

Osceola School District: https://www.osceola.k12.wi.us/staff/coronavirus---covid19-updates.cfm

St. Croix Falls School District: https://www.scf.k12.wi.us/district/covid19.cfm

Unity School District: https://www.unity.k12.wi.us/o/unity-school-district/page/covid-19--70

 

Healthcare and Economic Resources:

Polk County Ecomonic Development Corporation COVID Support Resources
PCEDC Virus Support Resources_3_23.pdf
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Internet Assistance:

For more information regarding this program click the links below:

 

Emergency Broadband Benefit | Federal Communications Commission (fcc.gov)

EBB Back to School Flyer2 (fcc.gov)

Infographic - EBB (fcc.gov)

Frequently Asked Questions:

Governor Evers Face Cover FAQ's
FaceCoveringFAQ.pdf
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Guidance:

Guidance for What Safety Precautions Businesses Should Take Upon Reopening:

Covid19 Reopening Guides.pdf
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Restaurant, Bar, Salon, Tattoo Parlor? Find the latest information, recommendations, and guidance on the Environmental Health Page

 

The Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA) has published Frequently Asked Questions - FAQs for homeowners, renters, housing providers in response to COVID-19 Find it Here

 

Stay up to date on the latest information from Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP):  Click HERE to visit DATCP

Resources include:

  • Operating Lodging Establishments Following Emergency Order No. 12
  • Guidance for Campgrounds to Slow the Spread of COVID-19
  • Guidance for Grocery, Retail Food Operations Following the 'Safer at Home' Order
  • And much more

 

Other Guidance Documents:

Guidance for Family Video Chat
If you are not able to be with Friends and Family during this holiday season, Polk County has created this guide to help direct you some ways to stay in touch with them.
Family-Video-Chat-Applications.pdf
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Guidance for Outdoor Recreation
COVID-19-Outdoor-Recreation-Guidelines.p[...]
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Guidance for Golf Courses
Golf Course Guidance 4-26-2020.docx.pdf
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Guidance for Dentists
Densits Info. 3-20-2020.pdf
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Guidance for Faith Based Organizations 4-9-2020
Options for Faith Based Organizations.pd[...]
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Guidance for Animal Shelters
Coronavirus Animal Shelters_Final.pdf
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Guidance for Pregnancy and COVID-19

 

COVID-19 Pregnancy and PostPartum (wisconsin.gov) 

Press Releases:

Polk County:

Press Release - Polk and Burnett County Drive-Thru Suspending J&J Vaccine
4-13-2021 Press Release - COVID.pdf
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Press Release - 4th and 5th COVID-19 Death of Polk County Resident
REPORTING FOURTH AND FIFTH COVID-19 DEAT[...]
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Press Release - 3rd COVID-19 Death of Polk County Resident
REPORTING THIRD COVID-19 DEATH - FINAL.[...]
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Press Release - 2nd Death of Polk County Resident
REPORTING SECOND COVID-19 DEATH - final[...]
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Press Release - 1st Death of Polk County Resident
PolK County 1st Death.pdf
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Polk County Statement
PR 5-15-2020 FINAL.pdf
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Interim Order to Turn the Dial - What does this mean for Polk County
PR 4-30-2020.pdf
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Polk County Emergency Declaration 3-16-2020
3.16.2020.Polk County Emergency Declarat[...]
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Joint Press Release Between Polk County Health Department and the School District of Osceola 3-11-2020
Joint Press Statement.pdf
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Wisconsin/Gov. Evers:

Press Release "Another Turn of the Dial" - Emergency Order #36
EM 36 Press Release.pdf
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4-27-2020: Gov. Evers Announces Expanded Opportunities for Certain Nonessential Businesses: Read Press Release Here

 

4-16-2020: Gov. Evers Extends Safer at Home Order through May 26th: Read Press Release Here.

Gov. Evers Emergency Orders:

"Another Turn of the Dial" - Emergency Order #36
EMO36-SAHDialTurn2.pdf
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"Turning the Dial" - Emergency Order #34
EM 34.pdf
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Gov. Evers Extends Safer at Home Order to May 26th
Safer At Home Extended Order 28.pdf
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Safer at Home Emergency Order #12
Health Order 12 Safer At Home.pdf
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Emergency Order #6 - Child Care
EM 6 Child Care.pdf
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