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Hours of Operation

8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Monday - Friday

Florence County Courthouse will be closed the following holidays:

New Years Day
Presidents' Day
Friday before Easter
Memorial Day
Independence Day
Labor Day
Day after Thanksgiving
Christmas Eve
Christmas Day
New Year's Eve

If any of the above mentioned holidays falls on Saturday, it shall be observed the preceding Friday and if a holiday falls on Sunday, it shall be observed on the following Monday.

General Information

To Book a COVID Vaccine please visit our new website:  https://florencewipublichealth.com/

Each week the health department will post and open a link on the health department website and Facebook page allowing individuals who are currently eligible for COVID-19 vaccine to schedule their own appointment online. Check the website and Facebook for the weekly openings. As April 5, 2021, The State of Wisconsin has opened up eligiblity to any individual 16 years and older.

For those individuals who do not have computer or smart phone access and are over the age of 65 or have a disability, please call the Aging and Disability Resource Center at 715-528-4890 for assistance in scheduling your appointment. Appointments will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. The number of appointments available is based on the quantity of vaccine supplied from the State. Individuals must be Florence County residents to receive the vaccine at this time. The sign-up may be filled quickly each week.
People are encouraged to stay up to date by visiting Florence County Health Facebook page: @FlorenceCountyHealthDept, on our webpage at www.florencewipublichealth.com , radio, local newspapers or by visiting the DHS Website.

“FCHD encourages the use of face masks in businesses to decrease the spread of COVID-19 in our community.  We have experienced a sharp rise in cases many with links to gatherings or outings in the last week.  Wearing a face mask while you are out buying groceries, walking to your seat in a restaurant, going to the post office or dollar store protects others around you.  Don’t let it be a political statement either way.  Make the choice to protect your friends and neighbors.  Finally, be kind and nonjudgmental to those who may not be able to wear a face mask.  We are a strong, positive community.  Let’s stay that way.”

Face Covering FAQ

Due to the local COVID response efforts, posting upddates will be done on a three times a week basis.  Thank You for your understanding as we provide accurate local data to reflect community spread and pandemic planning.

If you are intersted in receiving the vaccine please contact Rachael at the Florence County Health Department 414-253-2898 x1808

What symptoms should school staff take into consideration when deciding to send a student home?

In children, symptoms of COVID-19 infection are non-specific and illness may mimic a number of other childhood viral infections. If a child is displaying mild symptoms, it may be best to send them home in case it is the beginning of a COVID-19 infection.
School-based healthcare providers or teachers should send a student home if within the last 24 hours, they have experienced the following symptoms above their baseline:
One of the following:
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Difficulty breathing
  • New loss of taste or smell   
OR two or more of the following:
  • Fever or chills or rigors
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • Sore Throat
  • Fatigue
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
OR if any of the following circumstances apply to the student:
  • They have taken any medications (such as ibuprofen or Tylenol) to reduce fever in the last 24 hours.
  • They have tested positive for COVID-19, with or without having symptoms, and have not yet finished their isolation period per public health recommendations.
  • Have been diagnosed with COVID-19 by a healthcare provider, and have not yet finished their isolation period per public health
  • Within the last 2 weeks, they have come in close contact with anyone who has COVID-19.
Close Contacts

Virtual Career Day Interviews
Ecology-Ashley Reitter
Emergency Prepardness Coordinator and Community Health Specialist-Amber Kolberg
Interior Design-Francie Rochon
Marine Corps-Sgt Truttmann
Denistry-Chris Selden
Nursing-Abbie Waliczek
Physical Therapy Aid-Amy Giesen
Lawyer-Greg Seibold
Forestry-Pat Smith
Police Work-Sheriff Dan Miller
Teaching-Pam Smith
Social Worker-Mallori Kendall

COVID-19:  What Older Adults Need to Know

Guidance for Establishments

TRH Best Practices Checklist
Hotel-Motel Best Practices
Bed and Breakfast Best Practices Checklist
UW EOH Foodservice Operations Checklist
UW EOH Building Reopening Checklist

Press Releases regarding COVID-19

02/05/2021 Vaccine Distribution
01/12/2021 New Florence County Health Department Website
01/05/2021 COVID Tier 1A

Mission Statement:

Protecting & promoting the health and safety of the people of Florence County in cooperation with our community partners.

What is 2019 novel coronavirus?
The 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is a new virus that causes respiratory illness in people and can spread from person-to-person.  The virus was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.

Can people in the U.S. get 2019-nCoV?
This 2019-n-CoV Virus does seem to be able to spread from person-to-person although it's not clear how easily this happens.  CDC continues to closely monitor the stituation.

Have there been cases of 2019-nCOV in the United States?
Yes. The first infection with 2019-nCoV in the United States was reported on January 21, 2020.  The current count of cases of infection with 2019-nCoV in the United States.

What are the symptoms of 2019-nCoV?
Patients with 2019-nCoV have reportedley had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:
  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of Breath?
How can I help protect myself?
 There are simple everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respitory viruses.  These include:
  • Avoid close contact with people that are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.  If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and services
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has detailed information about the Coronavirus, including a page with information specific to schools, workplace and communities.  At this time, much of the information available is about prevention, including distancing measures and good hygiene practices.
For questions about students who plan to travel, or have recently traveled, to areas with community spread of COVID-19, refer to CDC’s FAQ for travelers. Schools can also consult with state and local health officials. Schools may need to postpone or cancel trips that could expose students and staff to potential community spread of COVID-19. Students returning from travel to areas with community spread of COVID-19 must follow guidance they have received from health officials. COVID-19 information for travel is updated regularly on the CDC website.   Here is the Updated Travel Guidance for Self-Quarantine.

Travel between private homes within the State of Wisconsin

Travel for seasonal and second home owners

Disinfecting your home

CDC Fact Sheet

Handwashing:  Clean Hands Save Lives

CDC Guidance for Business & Employers 

Home Alone

Shopping Tips

Safety Tips

Why Social Distancing?

Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19

How to properly put on (Donning) and take off (Doffing) a mask

Appropriate Use of COVID-19 Information by Law Enforcement, First Reponders, and Public Safety Workers

Health Alert-Chloroquine Product

CDC Communications Resources

Some Hand Sanitizers may cause Blindness or Death

Contact:  Annette Seibold - RN, MS, Health Officer
Phone: 715-528-4837
Fax: 715-528-5269
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Mailing Address:  PO Box 410, Florence, WI 54121
Physical Address:  501 Lake Avenue, Florence, WI 54121
Hours:  8:30 - 12:00 & 12:30 - 4:00 Monday - Friday
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