COVID-WI Update: April 16, 2020
As we navigate through the ever-changing COVID environment, we will provide information on developments, regulations, statistics, and programs surrounding the outbreak.
Central Wisconsin county numbers
As of April 15, central Wisconsin county numbers were: Adams – positive cases, 3; negative cases, 94; deaths, 1. Clark – positive cases, 9; negative cases, 111; deaths, 0. Marathon – positive cases, 14; negative cases, 428; deaths, 1. Portage – positive cases, 4; negative cases, 199; deaths, 0. Wood – positive cases, 2; negative cases, 279; deaths, 0.
Transmission – 13 behavior s to embrace
Given the current evidence on mechanisms of transmission and action of COVID-19, Jagdish Khubchandani, health science professor at Ball State University, offers up 13 behaviors and habits to be embraced
Take regular showers. While people are sheltering in place, some may neglect daily routines, but showering is a must because COVID-19 can live on surfaces for days.
Keep your clothes clean. Don’t wear the same clothes for many days. Do laundry frequently.
Stop nail biting, thumb sucking, and rubbing eyes.
Stop scratching your head, face, or body.
Wash fruits and vegetables, and avoid eating them immediately in aisles, stores, or car.
Don’t litter the inside and around your house. This could increase risk for household members, while littering around the community can burden the sanitation workers. Recent instances of people throwing used masks and gloves in public places will increase risk for waste management workers and trash pickers.
Clean your car. Dispose of leftovers and edibles, trash, masks, and gloves.
Maintain hygiene while growing your hair, beard, or nails or using hair and face accessories.
Cover your face when you sneeze or cough.
Wash your hands after using restrooms, coming back from public places, after grocery shopping, pumping gas, using elevators, or using high traffic door knobs or electric switches.
Clean your desk space, cell phone, and computer devices.
Don’t rely on carryout or delivery as your sole source of food for every meal every day, and be sure to eat enough and consume healthy foods.