(Waukesha, WI) – As of October 20, 2020, Waukesha County Public Health has modified its standards of practice within disease investigation, contact notification, and symptom monitoring to be able to meet the current demands on disease containment in a sustainable way.
“Waukesha County Public Health is streamlining its internal processes in order to continue an aggressive public health response to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Waukesha County Health Officer Benjamen Jones. “Our team of 200 contact tracers, disease investigators, and other public health staff is adopting procedures that will allow investigations to be completed in less time.”
Waukesha County’s modifications to the disease investigation process includes:
These modifications were developed in alignment with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services’ September 15, 2020 memo, “Crisis Standards of Practice for COVID-19 Contact Tracing and Symptom Monitoring,” which provides flexible guidance for local public health departments during times of great strain on public health resources. Disease investigation processes may continue to be modified in the future due to caseload, staffing levels, and prevalence of the virus in the community.
“These new measures are in direct response to current COVID-19 positive cases in Waukesha County and our request to the public to help us contain the virus by taking proactive measures to stop its spread,” said Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow.
Waukesha County is working in partnership with all local public school districts, with private and parochial schools, and with colleges and universities in the county to engage staff in mitigation efforts and initial contact tracing to ensure a faster response to positive cases. Schools have direct access to Disease Investigators working within the Waukesha County Public Health School Strike Teams. The county has also worked with school boards and superintendents to develop guidelines and a framework that provide flexibility for school districts and schools to meet the distinct needs of their student population and campus footprint. These guidelines are available at: www.waukeshacounty.gov/safeschools
Waukesha County remains committed to the health and wellbeing of the citizens of our county and continues to work diligently to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. More information about Waukesha County’s response to COVID-19 is available at www.waukeshacounty.gov/covid19