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Communicable Diseases

A communicable disease (or infectious disease) is an illness that can be transmitted from person to person. Communicable disease surveillance and control involves investigation of cases/contacts, provision of needed health care services, immunizations and education.  Public Health Nurses provide follow-up services on reportable diseases to ensure the safety of Marinette County residents and to decrease the transmission of disease.  
Preparing for Influenza and Other Respiratory Illnesses, such as COVID-19
There has recently been an increase in media attention on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Marinette County Public Health wants to point out that the risk to the general population in Wisconsin and the United States remains low.  It is believed that the main way COVID-19 spreads to others is when someone with the virus coughs or sneezes, and this is the same way influenza and other respiratory illnesses spread. Because of that, Marinette County Public Health wants to take this opportunity to remind the public of important steps they can take to protect themselves and their families.
At this time the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS), and local Public Health are recommending the following precautions to remain healthy:
Cover your coughs and sneezes with your sleeve or a disposable tissue, and wash your hands after coughing or sneezing.

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially before eating, after going to the bathroom, and after sneezing, coughing, or blowing your nose.  If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
People who are sick should stay home from work, school, or childcare until they are fever free for 24 hours without medicine.

Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

Wipe down frequently touched surfaces (i.e., doorknobs, tabletops, phones, keyboards) with a disinfectant regularly, both at home and in the workplace.

Employers should emphasize with their staff the importance of staying home when sick. Employers may want to explore tele-commute, other work-from-home options, or changing their attendance/sick-leave policies temporarily. 

Marinette County Public Health wants you to know that we are working with state and national experts to continuously monitor the COVID-19 situation. We are working to quickly identify and test anyone who may be infected to ensure they receive the right level of care, and are isolated to prevent any additional transmission.  As the situation evolves, we will keep the public informed of any changes to these recommendations.  Included below are links to trustworthy sources for information about COVID-19.
Additional Information:
Wisconsin Department of Health Service -
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention -
World health Organization -

Additional Information:
Wisconsin Department of Health Services – Diseases and conditions

Center for Disease Control and Protection – Diseases and Conditions

Washing Hands