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We do not provide testing for COVID-19 at the health department. Contact your healthcare provider to discuss your risk level and they will determine if testing is appropriate.

If you have no symptoms or are experiencing mild, upper respiratory symptoms, testing is not recommended according to the WI Department of Health Services (DHS). Self-isolate in your home to prevent further spread until your symptoms improve. It is recommended to isolate for at least 7 days from symptom onset AND be fever and symptom free for 3 days (72 hours) before ending isolation.

For additional testing info: Click Here

North Shore Health Department Highlights - 4/7/2020: COVID-19 Update

Community transmission of COVID-19 is occurring in the communities of the North Shore. Everyone should assume they could be at risk of exposure to COVID-19 when out in public settings. The NSHD highly recommends, under the guidance of the WI Department of Health Services (DHS) and the CDC, that North Shore residents stay home unless it is absolutely necessary to leave for essential functions, such as grocery shopping, pharmacy visits or medical appointments.

When conducting essential tasks, take the proper precautions to reduce your risk and prevent further spread:

  • Keep 6 feet of physical distance between yourself and others.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water. Hand sanitizers of at least 60% alcohol should be used in situations where soap and water are not available.
  • Wear a cloth face covering to keep infectious particles from entering the air when you speak, cough or sneeze. For more on cloth face coverings, click here.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces before you touch, such as shopping carts and basket handles.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

You could be sick with COVID-19 and not even know it. The infectious period begins approximately 2 days before symptoms appear, meaning you can get others sick before you are actually feeling unwell. Some cases of COVID-19 have had no symptoms at all or only displayed minor symptoms.

Even if you do not feel sick it is important to take the necessary precautions, as you may be unknowingly spreading the virus. Community transmission in the North Shore can be reduced if everyone acts as if they could be spreading the virus to others AND everyone assumes they are at risk of being exposed every time they are out on public. Please do your part and just stay home!


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North Shore Health News

Governor Evers reminds Wisconsinites of options for religious gatherings and services: Press Release

Community transmission of COVID-19 is occurring in the communities of the North Shore: Everyone should assume they could be at risk of exposure to COVID-19 when out in public settings. The NSHD highly recommends, under the guidance of the WI Department of Health Services (DHS) and the CDC, that North Shore residents stay home unless it is absolutely necessary to leave for essential functions, such as grocery shopping, pharmacy visits or medical appointments.

Bayside Buzz Newsletter on Election

UPDATE on Absentee Ballots:

In order to be counted in this election a voter’s absentee ballot must be either (i) postmarked by election day, April 7, 2020, and received by April 13, 2020, at 4:00 p.m., or (ii) hand-delivered as provided under state law by April 7, 2020, at 8:00 p.m.


Letter from Local Public Health Officers to the State of Wisconsin Legislators supporting the postponement of the April 7th election and promotion of mail-in ballots: Click Here

Update on Absentee Voting: You must obtain a witness signature on your absentee ballot. The option for an absentee voter to submit a statement indicating they were unable to obtain a witness signature has been removed as of April 3. All voters MUST have a witness signature on their ballot for it to be counted. Visit the Wisconsin Elections Commission website for more information.

The NSHD has ordered the closure of public beaches throughout the North Shore: This order is effective as of April 3rd, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. and will be in effect for the period of time concurrent with any Order of the State of Wisconsin requiring “safer at home” practices. This is to slow the spread of the virus and preserve the health of our community.

Order Here and Press Release Here

We ask that you move through the parks for walking, running and biking – don’t stay and play! Follow the guidelines presented in this graphic from Public Health Madison and Dane County to #StopTheSpread. We are all #SaferAtHome.

Milwaukee’s NPR station, WUWM, took a deeper look into the response of the NSHD to COVID-19: Check out the story on their website.

Health Officer Ann Christiansen was interviewed by WUWM’s Susan Bence: Listen to the full interview here.

Today is Census Day!

April 1st earns this title because it is reference day for the 2020 U.S. Census., meaning today is used as the marker to determine who is counted and where. Your response to the Census will indicate where you live as of April 1, 2020, and include everyone who usually lives or sleeps in your home. Don't forget to respond to get counted in the 2020 U.S. population! To respond to the census, visit https://2020census.gov/.

Updated Playground and Tennis Court Closure Notice: Here

March 24th: Gov. Tony Evers directed Department of Health Services (DHS) Secretary-designee Andrea Palm to issue a Safer at Home order that prohibits all nonessential travel: with some exceptions as clarified and defined in the order. The order is available here.

The order is effective at 8 am on Weds., March 25, 2020 and will remain in effect until 8 am Fri., April 24, 2020, or until a superseding order is issued. 

More info on our website: Click Here

Governor Evers to issue “Safer at Home” order on Tuesday, March 24th: Governor Evers notified the residents of Wisconsin of a new “Safer at Home” order that will be officially released Tuesday, March 24th and will go into effect at 8:00am on Wednesday, March 25th. This order will close all non-essential businesses throughout the state in an effort to minimize social contact and stop the spread of COVID-19.

Press Release Here

More information will be provided tomorrow (Tuesday, March 24th) when the official order is released.

Community Letter from Health Officer Ann Christiansen on March 22, 2020: Click Here

If you have questions or immediate needs related to COVID-19 over the weekend:

Call volumes are high. Please be patient and try to use the text or online options first. If you are experiencing signs and symptoms of COVID-19, please call your health care provider.



PHONE SPAM on 3/19/20:

If you received a phone call from our main number, (414) 371-2980, and there was no voicemail or identification of the number belonging to the North Shore Health Department (NSHD), this call was likely a spam call. We will always identify ourselves as the NSHD and leave a directive to call us back in a voicemail. There is no need to call the number back unless you received a voicemail. Thank you for your understanding.

March 18th: HEALTH ALERT - North Shore playgrounds are now closed: Click Here

March 17th: Governor Evers orders statewide ban of all public gatherings of 10 or more people: Click Here

COVID-19 Press Releases:




 COVID-19 Press Release on 3/13/20: 

The North Shore Health Department received notification from the State of Wisconsin Department of Health Services that a person in Milwaukee County has tested positive for the novel coronavirus infection (COVID-19). CLICK HERE for the press release. 

Regarding Coronavirus testing

You need to contact your medical provider to have the test conducted. The medical provider will then send the sample to a lab for processing.

Please do not come to the Health Department for testing.

Steps to avoid getting sick with respiratory diseases like the flu and COVID-19!


*Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

*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.


*Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.


*Stay home when you are sick. Keep children home from school if they are sick. Children should be free from fever for 24 hours without fever-reducing medications for 24 hours prior to returning to school.


*Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

*Routinely clean frequently touched surfaces and objects with regular household cleaners.

Check out CDC's website for the latest information on COVID-19: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

COVID-19 - February 28th, 2020

North Shore Health Department is continuing to work with CDC and Wisconsin DHS on obtaining the most up to date information on the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. As of Feb. 28th there has only been one confirmed case in Wisconsin.  The risk to the general public is still low at this time. 

Wisconsin continues to report high influenza like illness activity. To prevent the spread of influenza and other viruses remember to cover your coughs and sneezes, wash hands frequently, stay home when you're sick and get your flu shot. The North Shore Health Department still has flu vaccine available. Please call 414-371-2980 to schedule an appointment.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services encourage travelers returning from China, Iran, Italy, Japan, and South Korea or contacts of patients with a confirmed case who become ill to let their health care providers know of their possible exposure before arriving at a health care facility.

January 15th, 2020 - Romaine Lettuce Outbreaks Declared Over - Consumer Advisory Lifted


The FDA is lifting the consumer advisory to avoid romaine lettuce from Salinas as the growing season for this region is over, and there is no longer a need for consumers to avoid it. There is also no need to avoid other produce products from Salinas.




 The FDA and CDC have been tracking two multi-state romaine lettuce outbreaks. Today, federal health officials are declaring both multi-state romaine lettuce outbreaks over. One of the outbreaks sickened 167 people in 27 states. The other outbreak, linked to Fresh Express salad kits, sickened 10 people in five states. See the FDA's website for more details.


Fisher-Price Recalls Rock 'n Play Sleepers Due to Reports of Deaths


Hazard: Infant deaths have occurred in Rock 'n Play Sleepers, after infants rolled from their back to their stomach or side while unrestrained, or under other circumstances. Full details on the recall and remedy are available on the Consumer Product Safety Commission's website.


Severe Pulmonary Disease Among Adolescents who Reported Vaping

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services and local health departments are investigating a cluster of people with severe lung disease who all reported recent vaping. Learn more about the investigation at: https://www.dhswisconsin.gov/outbreaks/index.htm.

Documentary on youth mental health produced in partnership with the USA Today Network-Wisconsin and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Four young people share their mental health journeys in hopes of encouraging others to get help for their mental health challenges. See video at PBS.org.


Business Owners:


We have learned of recent cases where people, posing as health inspectors, obtain financial information or force payment of unpaid fees. In some cases, the impostor has cited inspection reports. As always, it is important to verify that a health inspector is who they claim to be by checking their ID and obtaining a business card. As a reminder, we will not ask for financial information, nor will we accept payment by credit or debit card in person or over the phone. If you encounter potentially fraudulent activity by an individual claiming to work for the North Shore Health Department or North Shore Environmental Health Consortium, or if you would like to verify identity of an inspector, please call us at 414-371-2980.


State Health Agency Announces Free HIV Testing Now Available at Select Walgreens Pharmacies in Milwaukee

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) today announced a collaborative effort with Walgreens to provide free rapid HIV testing for anyone 18 years of age or older, with or without health insurance, at five Walgreens pharmacies in Milwaukee.
































The rapid HIV testing is now available at the following Walgreens pharmacy locations in Milwaukee:
































7171 N Teutonia Ave.370 E Capitol Dr.2826 N MLK Dr.3522 W Wisconsin Ave.2625 W National Ave.Find out more about the importance of getting tested for HIV at GetTestedMKE.com.

































































































































Our Mission

In partnership with the communities we serve, the North Shore Health Department assures, promotes, and protects the health and safety of the people in the North Shore.

Contact NSHD

The North Shore Health Department offices are staffed Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 4:30pm. Please contact us at (414)371-2980 during our regular business hours or e-mail us at nshd@nshealthdept.org

If you have an urgent public heath need during non-office hours, please call the Bayside Communications Center's non-emergency number at (414) 351-9900 and the appropriate public health authorities will be notified.