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5/20/20: Free COVID-19 Testing in Waupaca Co on 5/28/20
5/14/20: Waupaca Co Health Order for Reopening & Mass Gatherings
5/8/20: Best Practices & Safety Guidelines for Businesses
5/7/20: Find Community Testing Sites

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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

COVID-19 Testing  5.28.20

Testing is for any Wisconsin resident with COVID-19 symptoms or concerns.
Members of the Wisconsin National Guard will conduct the testing.

General information:
  • Stay in your vehicle; testing is done within your vehicle
  • Testing is available for ages 5 and older (parent or guardian must accompany any minor age 5-17)
  • Wear a mask (cloth or surgical) to the testing site
  • Capacity is 400 tests

Waupaca County Health Order for Reopening and Mass Gatherings
Waupaca County Public Health has issued the following order:

Businesses: All Waupaca County businesses are allowed to open and shall follow the reopening guidelines developed by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC). Businesses are also advised to follow any guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Religious, Non-profit, and other Organizations: All religious, non-profit, and other organizations shall comply with WEDC’s “General Guidelines” for reopening and follow related CDC guidelines.

Mass Gatherings: Mass gatherings shall be limited to 50 individuals. “Mass gathering” means any planned or spontaneous, public or private event or convening confined to a close space, whether inside or outside, at the same time. Additional recommendations for mass gatherings are provided by the WEDC and CDC.

This Health Order dated May 14, 2020, will remain in effect until June 15, 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic is a rapidly evolving situation. Conditions and Orders are subject to change.

Click here to see the full order.

Click here to open the Waupaca County COVID-19 Dashboard in a new window.

Symptoms of COVID-19
Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus.

People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
Or at least two of these symptoms:            
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  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Body or muscle aches
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of smell or taste  

NOTE: Not everyone with COVID-19 has all of these symptoms. For many, symptoms are mild, with no fever. Some people may also experience fatigue, vomiting, or diarrhea. You can still spread the virus to others even if you have mild or no symptoms.

  • Stay home!
  • Limit your physical interactions to the same people during this time (less than 5 people total to keep the virus from spreading). Keep at least 6 feet apart from others and avoid direct physical contact.
  • Limit the amount of time you spend making essential trips to the grocery store or to pick up medication, and make essential trips no more than once per week.
  • CDC recommends wearing simple cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores, pharmacies). Surgical masks or N-95 respirators are NOT recommended as these are crititcal supplies needed by healthcare workers.
Practice good hygiene:
  • Wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds. If soap and wwash hands 3.19.20ater are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow. Wash your hands immediately.
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects daily (e.g., tables, counter tops, light switches, doorknobs, and cabinet handles).
If you start to feel sick:
  • If you become sick, stay home.
  • If you develop emergency warning signs get medical attention immediately. CALL your doctor BEFORE going to the hospital/clinic if possible.
  • Use telehealth as much as possible to keep visits to clinics and hospitals to a minimum--again for your protection, and for the safety of our healthcare providers. 
Stay in touch with your family and friends as much as possible. We all need support through this time!

Contact Us
Call 211 for general inquiries or contact Public Health during business hours (Monday-Friday, 8 AM-4 PM).

In-person appointments are suspended until further notice.

Public Health:


Health and Human Services:


Email: publichealth@co.waupaca.wi.us

Jed Wohlt, Health Officer

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