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Weekly update: as of 12/2/22, Brown County remains at a low COVID-19 community level. Along with staying up to date on COVID-19 vaccines and boosters, we still encourage everyone to get tested if you were exposed to someone with COVID-19 and are experiencing symptoms.



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Dec. 2, 2022
To help ease access to COVID-19 treatment, Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) has partnered with telehealth vendor, Color Health, to launch the initial phase of a COVID-19 Treatment Telehealth program.

Click on the image to the left for more information. 

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Nov. 1, 2022
Brown County Public Health will be offering COVID-19 boosters to children 12-18 years of age at today's Vaccines for Children immunization clinic at the Brown County Central Library. Call 920-448-6400 or visit https://hipaa.jotform.com/221926717716058 to register. Appointments are limited and registration is required.

You can learn more about Brown County Public Health's Vaccines for Children program by visiting https://www.browncountywi.gov/departments/public-health/general-information/immunizations

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Oct. 27, 2022
The updated (bivalent) COVID-19 booster is now available for children 5-11 years of age, in addition to individuals 12 years of age and older. These updated boosters provide greater protection against COVID-19, including the Omicron variant. Visit www.vaccines.gov to schedule your booster today.
Oct. 17, 2022
The new, updated COVID-19 boosters provide greater protection against COVID-19, including the Omicron variant. Visit www.vaccines.gov to find a location and schedule your booster today!

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Sept. 29, 2022
On August 31, the FDA removed emergency use authorization of the Pfizer COVID-19 monovalent vaccine and Moderna COVID-19 monovalent vaccine for individuals 12 years of age and older as booster doses, however they continue to be authorized for use as a primary vaccine series for individuals 6 months of age and older.

The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine remains authorized as a single booster dose for individuals 5-11 years of age at least 5 months after completing a primary series of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.

If you are 12 years of age or older and currently have an appointment scheduled for either the monovalent Pfizer or Moderna booster, you need to reschedule for when locations have the new COVID-19 bivalent vaccines available. Please speak with your healthcare provider.

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Sept. 6, 2022
Wisconsin residents can now order a round of 5 free at-home COVID-19 rapid antigen tests through the Wisconsin Department of Health Service's newest program, Say Yes! Covid Test. Visit www.sayyescovidhometest.org to order yours today!

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Sept. 1, 2022
It's just about that time! Let's make this a happy and healthy school year for everyone.

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Aug. 25, 2022
On August 11, 2022, the CDC released their new guidance and recommendations for COVID-19. Brown County Public Health continues to align with the CDC's recommendations, but still encourages individuals to speak with their health care provider if they are considered high risk for infection.

Key changes:
  • Social Distancing: due to the increased number of vaccinated individuals and those with immunity as a result of previous COVID-19 infections, the CDC no longer recommends staying at least 6 feet away from other people to reduce the risk of exposure.
  • Quarantine: unvaccinated individuals no longer need to quarantine for 5 days after exposure to COVID-19. Instead, they should wear a mask for 10 days and get tested on day 5. Stay home if you develop symptoms and test again.
  • Test to Stay: if an individual was exposed to COVID-19, they no longer need to receive a negative test to stay in school as long as they are not experiencing any symptoms.
  • Contact Tracing: should be limited to high risk situations, such as hospitals and group-living settings (nursing homes, shelters, prisons).
Aug. 15, 2022
This week, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) authorized the use of the Pfizer vaccine for children 6 months through 4 years of age as well as the Moderna vaccine for children 6 months through 5 years of age. This means that everyone 6 months and older is now eligible to receive vaccination against COVID-19. Both the Wisconsin Department of Health (DHS) and Brown County Public Health support the recommendation that children ages 6 months through 5 years should be vaccinated against COVID-19. ​

COVID-19 vaccines remain available to all Wisconsinites at no cost regardless of immigration or health insurance status. Parents and guardians can schedule an appointment for the vaccine using a variety of options, including with their health care provider, at community-based vaccination clinics, local and tribal health departments, or pharmacies. Vaccination sites across Wisconsin may choose to provide vaccines to specific age groups. Parents and guardians are encouraged to check with their local health clinics or visit www.vaccines.gov to find vaccination sites for specific age groups.

DHS Recommends COVID-19 Vaccines for Everyone Age 6 Months and Older | Wisconsin Department of Health Services
June 22, 2022
Positive means positive!

Whether it’s a PCR test or a rapid antigen test, if you test positive for COVID-19 stay home and isolate for at least five days.

If you have symptoms, play it safe and do not attend gatherings, go to work, or participate in other activities while you wait for a test result.

Learn more here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/steps-when-sick.html
Jan. 12, 2022
As of yesterday, Brown County's COVID-19 community level was downgraded to low. We understand that there are questions regarding why this level changes as often as it does and hope that this helps to provide answers to some of those questions. The CDC uses the following 3 metrics to determine each county's current risk level, which is updated every Thursday:
  • Total new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 population in the past 7 days
  • New COVID-19 hospital admissions per 100,000 people in the past 7 days
  • The percent of staffed inpatient hospital beds occupied by COVID-19 patients
These numbers can vary week by week, and it's not uncommon to shift from a low to medium or high level and then back to a medium or low level again. Based on this information, Brown County expects to see our COVID-19 community level continue to fluctuate weekly and will continue to keep you updated with the most current information.

Please visit CDC COVID Data Tracker: County View for a breakdown of our weekly metrics.

You can also call Brown County Public Health at 920-448-6400 Monday-Friday from 8:00am-4:30pm.
June 17, 2022
As of June 3, 2022, Brown County shifted from a medium to a low COVID-19 community level. This means that a decrease in both cases and hospitalizations has occurred according to the CDC data: COVID-19 Community Levels | CDC.

CDC COVID-19 community levels are based on three key metrics:
  • New COVID-19 Cases
  • New COVID-19 Hospital Admissions
  • Percentage of Inpatient Hospital Beds Used by COVID-19 Patients
With a low COVID-19 community level, wearing a well-fitting mask or respirator is not required, however residents may consider wearing them in public indoor spaces to further reduce their risk at their own discretion. 
 
Along with ensuring that you are up-to-date on COVID-19 vaccines, residents are encouraged to take additional precautions to stay healthy by:
  • Getting tested for COVID-19 if you have symptoms or were exposed to someone with COVID-19
  • Staying home when you are sick
  • Seeking treatment if you are at high risk or experiencing severe illness 
June 6, 2022
The COVID-19 vaccines are extremely effective at preventing serious illness, hospitalization, and death. Fully vaccinated people who test positive for COVID-19 more than 2 weeks after their completed vaccine dose series are called "breakthrough infections." No vaccine is 100 percent effective, and as such we expect to see some fully vaccinated people test positive for COVID-19, but breakthrough cases typically report mild illness or no symptoms.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) and The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) monitor rates of COVID-19 cases and deaths by vaccination status. The graph below illustrates the rates of COVID-19 cases among fully vaccinated people with and without an additional or booster dose and compare them to rates among unvaccinated people.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) will be updating this data monthly. Visit COVID-19: Illness After Vaccination | Wisconsin Department of Health Services or CDC COVID Data Tracker: Rates of COVID-19 Cases and Deaths by Vaccination Status for more information.

May 27, 2022
Residential households in the U.S. are now eligible to order another round of free at-home COVID-19 tests. All orders now include 8 rapid antigen COVID-19 tests and will come in 2 separate packages (4 tests in each package), each with its own tracking number. 
  • Packages will ship for free through the U.S. Post Office
  • No need to provide your social security number
  • You can order a third round, even if you've already received your first two
Visit www.covidtests.gov to order your free tests today.
May 17, 2022
As of May 12, 2022, Brown County shifted from a low to a medium COVID-19 community level. This means that an increase in both cases and hospitalizations has occurred according to the CDC data: COVID-19 Community Levels | CDC.

CDC COVID-19 community levels are based on three key metrics:
  1. New COVID-19 Cases
  2. New COVID-19 Hospital Admissions
  3. Percentage of Inpatient Hospital Beds Used by COVID-19 Patients
With a medium COVID-19 community level, wearing a well-fitting mask or respirator in public indoor settings is not required, however residents may consider wearing them in public indoor spaces to further reduce their risk. Individuals at high risk for severe illness can talk with a healthcare provider about taking additional precautions, including wearing a well-fitting mask or respirator and using COVID-19 at home tests before getting together with friends and family.
 
Along with ensuring that you are up-to-date on COVID-19 vaccines, residents are encouraged to take additional precautions to stay healthy by:
  • Getting tested for COVID-19 if you have symptoms or were exposed to someone with COVID-19
  • Staying home when you are sick and seeking treatment if you are at high risk or experiencing severe illness 
May 10, 2022
All households can now order additional free at-home COVID-19 rapid tests. Visit www.covidtests.gov to learn more or place your order today! 
Mar. 16, 2022
On February 25, 2022, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced their new guidance and recommendations regarding COVID-19. This updated guidance put Brown County at a medium level of community spread of COVID-19, which means that individuals should talk to their healthcare provider about whether they need to wear a mask and take other precautions. Brown County Public Health continues to recommend that everyone get vaccinated, get tested, and stay home when you are sick.

For more information and to check Brown County's current COVID-19 Community Level (which may fluctuate), visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/covid-by-county.html.
Mar. 3, 2022
Isolation & quarantine guidance may have changed, but your circle of influence has not.
Don’t wait for a test! When you start experiencing symptoms, stay home and immediately start telling people you’ve come in contact with. We can all play a part of slowing the spread here in Brown County.
You can find the most up-to-date quarantine and isolation guidance here:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/quarantine-isolation.html
Jan. 6, 2022
To reduce the risk of becoming infected COVID-19 including the Delta variant, and potentially spreading it to others, Brown County Public Health (BCPH) recommends that fully vaccinated people wear a mask indoors in public if they are in an area of substantial or high transmission.  BCPH also recommends that you get tested if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.

Currently, all counties in Wisconsin are experiencing high transmission of COVID-19.  

Learn more information here: https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#county-view
Dec. 1, 2021
Brown County Public Health updated their contact tracing process to better meet the needs of our community.

Now, instead of a phone call, you may receive a survey that’s sent to your e-mail. This survey is HIPAA protected, and it’s a quick and easy process.

If you test positive for COVID-19 and receive a JotForm survey e-mail from us, don’t be alarmed! It’s not spam. By filling out our survey, you’re helping to keep our Brown County community safe and healthy.

If you have questions or need more information, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us! We can be reached the following ways:
Phone: 920-448-6400
Email: BC_Health@browncountywi.gov.

You can learn more about COVID-19 and contact tracing here: COVID-19 Contact Tracing | CDC
Nov. 5, 2021
#DYK? Everyone five (5) years and older is now eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccine!

Help protect your family and make a plan to get everyone who’s eligible vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as you can.

Widespread vaccination is a critical tool to help stop the pandemic and get back to the things we love.

Learn more here: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/parents.htm
Nov. 4, 2021
COVID-19 Vaccinations (Pfizer only) will be offered on October 29th at the Brown County Sophie Beaumont Building at 111 N Jefferson St, Green Bay, WI 54301. We will offer first, second, and booster/additional shots at this clinic. Appointments are encouraged but not required. To reserve your timeslot please visit: www.stayhealthybc.com 

Oct. 27, 2021
Do you work in the downtown Green Bay area? Are you a Brown County or City of Green Bay employee? Brown County Public Health is offering a COVID-19 vaccine clinic at the Sophie Beaumont building downtown Green Bay!

Check out this graphic for more details and share with someone you know! Appointments are recommended but not required. Pfizer vaccine will be offered. Visit www.stayhealthybc.com to sign up for a timeslot.
Sept. 29, 2021
Brown County Public Health (BCPH), in partnership with Edge Barbershop, We All Rise AARC and African Heritage, Inc. will be hosting a Friday Night Out this Friday October 1st from 4-6 p.m. Food and music will be provided by Jamaica Mi Krazy and BCPH nurses will be onsite to give COVID-19 vaccinations.

BCPH will be offering first and second doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine free of charge. If you haven’t gotten vaccinated yet, or are in need of your second dose, please come see us at Edge Barbershop: 402 S Broadway Green Bay, WI 54303.

A $25 gift card to Walmart will be given to everyone receiving their COVID-19 vaccine courtesy of UnitedHealthcare.
Sept. 29, 2021
Mark your calendars! Brown County Health and Human Services Department is planning a FREE Fall Health Day on Saturday 9/11/21 from 10am-3pm at the Resch Expo. Immunizations, COVID-19 vaccines, and free hearing and vision screenings will be available to attendees. 

For more information, visit stayhealthybc.com.
Sept. 2, 2021
Did you hear? Wisconsin residents who get their first dose of any #COVID19 vaccine from an in state vaccinator can get a $100 Visa gift card from now until September 6th! Wisconsinites 12 years old and older are eligible and no proof of insurance, citizenship, or ID is required. Get more details at dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/100.htm
Aug. 25, 2021
Are you planning on attending our Brown County Health Expo?

We’re excited to spotlight some of our amazing vendors that will be there on Saturday September 11th. Stay tuned for weekly highlights and more information!

This week we’re spotlighting our Vaccines For Children (VFC) and COVID-19 vaccine clinics! You can learn more about VFC clinics and vaccines & why they’re important here: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/programs/vfc/

Check out www.stayhealthybc.com for more Expo/Vendor information!

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Aug. 11, 2021
Brown County is now experiencing a substantial level of community transmission. Our public health departments are strongly recommending masking in indoor settings even if you are vaccinated. This new guidance has been put in place to protect those who are unvaccinated and those who are immunocompromised.

For more information, click here.

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Aug. 3, 2021
DYK? Brown County Public Health is hosting a #COVID19 vaccine clinic with our friends at N.E.W. Community Clinic. Check out this flyer for more information and share with someone you know!
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July 7, 2021
Did you hear? The Lambeau Field Community Vaccination Site will be closing on June 30th. Don’t miss out on getting your COVID-19 vaccine with a view of Lambeau Field!

Schedule your Lambeau Field vaccine appointment today at MyBellinHealth.org. The staff at Lambeau will help you schedule your second vaccine.
 
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June 16, 2021
Brown County Public Health, Prevea Health, Bellin Health, N.E.W. Community Clinic, Aurora BayCare Medical Center, and Green Bay Metro Public Transportation are excited to announce the launch of a mobile COVID-19 vaccine clinic that will be hosted on a city bus. This program is part of the collaborative effort to promote vaccine equity by making COVID-19 vaccines more accessible for everyone in Brown County. To view the press release, please click here
June 9, 2021
It’s tick and mosquito season! Learn how you can #FightTheBite at dhs.wisconsin.gov/tick/bite-prevention.htm
June 2, 2021
Brown County Public Health (BCPH) and the Aging & Disability Resource Center (ADRC) of Brown County, in partnership with Bellin Health and De Pere Public Health, are excited to announce the start of in-home vaccinations for people in our community who face barriers leaving their homes. To view the press release, please click here
May 26, 2021
Brown County Public Health, De Pere Health Department, and Oneida Nation Health Department released a statement regarding the new CDC guidance for fully vaccinated individuals. To view the press release, click here. 
May 18, 2021
Scheduled your COVID-19 vaccine at Lambeau Field? Great! We can’t wait to see you!
 
Don’t forget that the Lambeau vaccine clinic has moved to a new spot in the stadium. Take your seat for your vaccine by entering through the South Gate and taking the elevators to the Terrace Suites on Level 5.
 
Other vaccine clinic options can be found here or at www.stayhealthybc.com
May 13, 2021
Brown County Public Health shares resources on COVID-19 vaccination and testing on stayhealthybc.com. These resources are available in English, Spanish and Hmong languages.

For testing information: https://www.browncountywi.gov/community/covid-19/general-information/covid-19-testing/
For vaccination information: https://www.browncountywi.gov/community/covid-19/general-information/
 
Apr. 28, 2021
“We are pausing administration of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine out of an abundance of caution. While adverse events appear to be extremely rare, Wisconsin vaccine providers will stop administering the J&J COVID-19 vaccine until a federal review is complete.”

Click here to view the entire statement.
 
Apr. 15, 2021
Brown County Public Health (BCPH) continues to strongly encourage individuals to wear masks to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Effectively immediately, BCPH is issuing a Health Advisory to further communicate to the public the importance of wearing masks to fight the pandemic. This advisory is not an order or mandate, as BCPH cannot currently issue an enforceable mask order without authority from the County Board being provided in the form of an Ordinance.

To view the full Health Advisory click here
 
Mar. 31, 2021
If you are curious, or need more information on the eligible groups, please check out the graphic included in this post and share with someone you know! Remember that anyone who is part of phase 1A, 1B, or IC are eligible to receive the vaccine right now.

You can learn more and stay up to date on all information related to the COVID-19 vaccine the following ways:
 
DHS: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/vaccine.htm or
BCPH: https://www.browncountywi.gov/.../covid-19-vaccination/
 
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Mar. 25, 2021
The Brown County Community Health Assessment and Improvement Plan (CHA/CHIP) is a tool used to help understand and improve the health and well-being of our community. 
 
Now we are asking the community to share their feedback with us!  We would like feedback on the Assessment as well as input into the proposed priorities and actions steps. To view the CHA/CHIP, two page summary document, and the survey, please click here. Thank you for sharing your feedback with us! 
Mar. 12, 2021
Did you know DHS offers a call center to answer COVID-19 vaccination questions!

Call 1-844-684-1064 (toll free) for information.

 
Mar. 10, 2021
This week, the Wisconsin Department of Health Service (DHS) announced that new groups of individuals are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine!
 
We also learned that the state of Wisconsin will be receiving doses of the newly approved Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
 
You can check out all the latest news and information here: https://www.browncountywi.gov/community/covid-19/general-information/covid-19-vaccination/
 
Brown County Public Health will be sure to keep our community updated as more information becomes available.
Mar. 3, 2021
You are never alone! Don’t be afraid to ask for help or reach out for support.
 
Learn how to cope, and help others cope, with grief, stress or anxiety caused by COVID-19.
 
Learn more here:  https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/resilient/index.htm
 
Feb. 24, 2021

If you have symptoms of #COVID19 or were in close contact with someone who was diagnosed, you should get tested!

Talk to your doctor, go to a testing site, or order an at-home testing kit!

You can find more information and resources here:
BCPH: www.stayhealthybc.com
DHS: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/testing.htm
 
Feb. 18, 2021

Getting to this point was possible thanks to the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

There were a number of steps that needed to happen to ensure the vaccine was safe for use before it gets to you.

You can learn more about this process here:
U.S. Vaccine Safety - Overview, History, and How It Works | CDC
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Dec. 17, 2020

In response to new guidelines released by the CDC and Wisconsin Department of Health Services Brown County Public Health has updated quarantine guidance for close contacts of someone diagnosed with COVID19.

While 14 days is still the safest option, quarantine can end:
• After 10 days with no symptoms
• After 7 days with no symptoms and a negative test

Get details you need to protect yourself and your community:
BCPH: www.stayhealthybc.com
DHS: dhs.wisconsin.gov/news/releases/120420.htm
CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/.../if-you-are-sick/quarantine.html
Dec. 9, 2020
COVID-19 Update Confirmed Case in Brown County
Click here to review the entire press release
 
Mar. 19, 2020
COVID-19 Update: Confirmed Cases in Brown County
Click here to read the entire press release.
Mar. 19, 2020