13 Mar 2020
Pierce County Businesses,
Pierce County Public Health would like to share some information as well as resources with you in regards to Coronavirus (COVID-19). As most of you may be aware, Pierce County received one positive adult case of COVID-19 at approximately 3:30pm on Monday, March 9th.
We want to emphasize that this is a travel-related case and we do not currently have another case in Pierce County, but we are closely surveying in coordination with our clinical partners. At this time, our general Pierce County residents have no identifiable risk.
We have created the resources (see below) that you can utilize in the workplace for COVID-19 prevention and preparation, as well as FAQ’s Pierce County Public Health Department is receiving.
We continue to recommend the following CDC measures for all community members:
- Voluntary Home Isolation: Stay home when you are sick with respiratory disease symptoms. At the present time, these symptoms are more likely due to influenza or other respiratory viruses than to COVID-19-related virus. Please do everything you are able to do to support sick employees in isolating themselves
- Respiratory Etiquette: Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw it in the trash can.
- Hand Hygiene: Wash 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.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with 60%-95% alcohol.
- Environmental Health Action: Routinely clean frequently touched surfaces and objects. We want to emphasize that at this time, there is no identifiable risk of COVID-19 among WI residents.
We are committed to keeping you updated. You can find our most recent press releases on the Pierce County homepage. Guidance is continuously changing so please ensure you also check the CDC website for businesses at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/guidance-business-response.html
In Wisconsin, please call 211 if you have questions for the health department. For Minnesota based cell phones (those without a 715 area code) please call 1-877-947-2211.
Thank you for your time!
Public Health Specialist – Planning and Preparedness