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COVID-19 Testing in Milwaukee: Click Here


The North Shore remains in Phase B of the NSHD reopening plan as of 6/4/20:

Businesses and organizations should continue to follow Phase B of the North Shore Health Department’s Guidelines for a Safe, Phased Reopening. These Guidelines are similar to those issued by other suburban health departments in Milwaukee County.  The North Shore Health Department’s Guidelines should be used in conjunction with sector specific guidelines by agencies like the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS), the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families (DCF) and others.  

The North Shore Health Department letter on the North Shore Reopening Plan. 


 

 

Daily Public Briefings on COVID-19

 


North Shore Health Department Highlights 6/2/2020: Cloth Face Coverings

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) highly recommends the use of cloth face coverings in public settings to slow the spread of COVID-19. Cloth face masks help reduce transmission “by preventing dispersal of droplets during talking, sneezing, and coughing, and also reduce the risk of environmental contamination” (Source). Using a cloth face mask also prevents touching of the nose and mouth with unclean hands, providing benefit to the wearer.

Studies show that cloth face masks are most effective in combination with other precautionary measures, suggesting it is critical to practice physical distancing of at least 6 feet even while wearing a cloth face covering, as well as washing your hands frequently. Another study suggested that cloth face mask wearing should be widespread because with “broad adoption of even relatively ineffective face masks” there is the potential for lowering community transmission (Source). Even when you feel completely healthy you should wear a cloth face covering, as it is possible to have the virus and spread it to others without even knowing.

Remember, when you choose to wear a cloth face mask, you are protecting those around you. When others choose to wear a cloth face mask, they are protecting you. We can all help protect and support one another in our communities by opting to wear a cloth face covering in public settings.

How to make a simple cloth face covering: Click Here

How to properly wear a cloth face covering: Click Here

For the most recent updates on COVID-19 in the North Shore, visit our website. We also encourage you to frequently monitor the DHS website and CDC website.


 


 

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North Shore Health News

We highly recommend anyone present at recent protest events monitor their signs and symptoms for COVID-19 for 14 days after they attended an event. If you develops any signs, please get tested for COVID-19 and isolate at home until you know your test results.
 
See the list of MKE testing sites here: www.impactinc.org/impact-2-1-1/testing/

The North Shore remains in Phase B of our reopening plan as of Thursday, June 4th. 

Businesses and organizations should continue to follow Phase B of the North Shore Health Department’s Guidelines for a Safe, Phased Reopening. 



Free COVID-19 drive-thru and walk up testing is now available at Custer Stadium across the street from Barack Obama School of Career and Technical Education: Testing is being done by the Wisconsin National Guard. The address is 4300 W. Fairmount Ave.

Hours:

Mon – Thurs  11am to 7pm 

Fri– Sat  11am to 5pm

Sunday Closed


UPDATE: The Ozaukee/Washington Public Health Department and North Shore Health Department COVID-19 Testing at Washington County Fair Park June 1-3 is full. The registration line is now closed. See here for other testing options.


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COVID-19 Test Results:

If you were tested for COVID-19 and directed to contact the North Shore Health Department for results, please email us at nshd@nshealthdept.org to request your results. Please include your full name, date of birth and address. 


COVID-19 Testing:

Ozaukee/Washington Public Health Department and North Shore Health Department COVID-19 Testing at Concordia University May 28-30 and Washington County Fair Park June 1-3: Click Here

Other testing in Milwaukee: Click Here


DATCP released guidance for reopening different community establishments:

Reopening Pools & Water Attractions

Reopening Lodging

Reopening Restaurants

These guidelines are to be used alongside the NSHD guidelines as well as other industry specific recommendations.


The North Shore is in Phase B of the NSHD reopening plan as of Friday, May 22:

 Businesses and organizations should begin to reopen following Phase B of the North Shore Health Department’s Guidelines for a Safe, Phased Reopening. 


Phased Reopening Update (5/19/20):

The North Shore Health Department released a Letter on the North Shore Reopening Plan. Moving forward, businesses and organizations should begin to reopen Friday, May 22, 2020 under the North Shore Health Department’s Guidelines for a Safe, Phased Reopening.  These Guidelines are similar to those issued by other suburban health departments in Milwaukee County.  The North Shore Health Department’s Guidelines should be used in conjunction with sector specific guidelines by agencies like the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS), the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families (DCF) and others.  


COVID-19 Test Results:

If you were tested for COVID-19 and directed to contact the North Shore Health Department for results, please email us at nshd@nshealthdept.org to request your results. Please include your full name, date of birth and address. 


Governor Evers and WI DHS released Emergency Order #36: Interim Order to Turn the Dial: This order allows all standalone or strip-mall based retail stores to offer in-person shopping for up to five customers at a time while maintaining required social distancing practices. Drive-in theaters are also now allowed to operate with some restrictions. The press release can be found here.


COVID-19 Testing in Milwaukee: Testing will be offered on Milwaukee's north and south sides -- at the Midtown parking lot near 57th Street and Capitol Drive, and at UMOS on S. Chase Avenue near Rosedale Avenue. Testing will take place between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. seven days a week, and you do not need to make an appointment, and do not need to be showing symptoms to be tested. 


Our very own Kala Hardy, BSN, RN was featured on WISN 12 News. Get a behind-the-scenes look at what the Public Health Nurses at the North Shore Health Department are doing to slow the spread of COVID-19: Click Here


Reopening Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting Public Spaces, Workplaces, Businesses, Schools, and Homes: The CDC released a general framework for creating and maintaining a cleaning and disinfecting plan: website and toolkit.


Governor Evers directed the Department of Natural Resources to re-open several state parks, forests, and recreational areas on May 1 with special pre-cautions in place to maintain social distancing. The full list of parks to re-open and additional information can be found here: Press Release


Governor Evers and WI DHS released Emergency Order #34: Interim Order to Turn the Dial, which allows additional businesses to operate under certain restrictions: The order will go into effect on Wednesday, April 29thOrder   Press Release   FAQ


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


Governor Evers and WI DHS announce their plan to reopen Wisconsin: Badger Bounce Back Plan

The Plan

Press Release Here

Order Here


Governor Evers extends Wisconsin's Safer at Home order through Tuesday, May 26:

Press Release Here

Order Here

FAQ Here


April 15th: Governor Evers released a statement following the Wisconsin State Senate's passage of COVID-19 response legislation.

“My pen has been waiting for weeks to sign legislation that guarantees Wisconsin will capture our fair share of federal dollars under the CARES Act and ensures workers experiencing unemployment and underemployment won’t be forced to wait an extra week for needed benefits to kick in. This bill is finally a step in the right direction, but there is much more work to be done."


Wisconsin is starting to see Safer at Home measures pay off – the curve is beginning to flatten: Thank you to everyone that is staying home and taking the proper precautions to slow the spread. We have seen fewer cases, hospitalizations and deaths because of the Safer at Home order than was projected at the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak. These measures are working, but we can't let up yet!


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.


 


ATTENTION:

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:

March 17th: ORDER RESTRICTING FOOD AND BEVERAGE SALES: Press Release Here

March 16th: ELEVEN MILWAUKEE COUNTY MUNICIPALITIES RESTRICT FOOD AND BEVERAGE SALE: Press Release Here


 

 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.


 


 

 


 


 


 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

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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. Please leave your name, phone number and/or email. 

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. 

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