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COVID-19 Update #22


Dear Friends and Neighbors, 

Please find my attached update. I thank each of you taking action to protect yourselves, and health of our community. Our vulnerable neighbors, frontline health care workers, children’s education, and small businesses are counting on you to do your part. 

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, you can reach out to my Madison office at 608-266-2254, my home at 920-232-0805, or my email at




October 15, 2020 Winnebago County Health Department Weekly Data Summary

• Oshkosh-Neenah is listed by the NY Times as the #2 worst outbreak area in the Nation. Appleton and Green Bay are in the top 5. We have uncontrolled spread that is threatening all aspects of community life. Reliance on voluntary compliance to slow the spread of disease continues to fail.

• Stay at Home. There are thousands of people currently infected with COVID-19 in Winnebago County and thousands more that have been exposed and may develop the disease. Many do not know they are infected and others are knowingly breaking isolation and quarantine. Assume that every public place you are in has a risk of exposure to you. Wear a mask and keep your distance at all times in public, minimize your time in any indoor environment outside your home. Assume household members that are active outside of the home can infect you. If you have been tested, please stay home until you receive your test results and then follow recommendations for isolation if positive and quarantine if negative and a close contact to a case.

• Deaths are on the rise. One-third of the 39 confirmed COVID-19 deaths in our jurisdiction have occurred in the past 2 weeks.

• COVID-19 hospitalizations are at record levels across the state. In our region, COVID-19 hospitalizations are at the highest level to date – almost 3 times as high as they were one month ago. As of 10/14/20, Fox Valley Area hospitals had 150 COVID-19 patients hospitalized, an increase from the 138 hospitalized patients last week. The Wisconsin State Fair Park Alternate Care Facility was opened on Oct. 14 to start accepting overflow. Elective procedures are being cancelled.

• The extraordinarily high rates of cases have caused school closings, business closings and are challenging available hospital capacity. We need everyone to stay home when ill, wear a mask, and physically distance.
• The number of new cases continues to increase and continues to exceed the ability of testing and case investigation to control the spread of illness. The number of cases in the first week of this 2-week timeframe was 910 and for this most recent week is 992.

• The confirmed case rate over the past 2 weeks for our jurisdiction is 1237.1 cases per 100,000, a small increase from the 1225.6 per 100,000 reported last week, and the highest biweekly case rate for our jurisdiction to date. The doubling time for our cases is 23.7 days. For all of Winnebago County, the case rate over the past 2 weeks is 1,458.0, and for the Fox Valley HERC region it is 1,316.1*, putting both at a very high burden level.

• Individuals aged 25-29 had the highest confirmed case rate of 1,786 per 100,000 over the past 2 weeks. Case rates among the 18-24 age group have declined across recent weeks.

• Testing percent positivity is at 12.4% for the past 2 weeks, which is the same as last week and still far from our goal of remaining below 5% positivity. The regional COVID-19 testing site at Sunnyview Expo Center in Oshkosh has averaged performing 868 tests per day over the past 2 weeks. Regional testing capacity is increasing with additional National Guards site open in other counties. If you have been tested, please stay home until you receive your test results and follow the guidance provided.

• Contact tracing capacity has been overwhelmed. Our goal is to reach out to all confirmed cases within 24-48 hours of being reported to the health department. Given the current surge in positive cases, our ability to do contact tracing has been strained. Only the highest risk close contacts are being contacted directly by public health – we are asking confirmed cases to reach out to all other close contacts themselves. This is despite our department having expanded our COVID -19 contact tracing staff more than five-fold to over 25 FTE.

• Older adults and people with underlying medical conditions are most at risk. If you have cancer, chronic kidney disease, COPD, obesity, serious heart conditions, sickle cell disease, or diabetes, you should take these warnings very seriously and take extra precautions to stay safe.


COVID-19 Testing Available

Sunnyview Expo Center, 500 E County Road Y, Oshkosh, WI 54901


Monday: 10am-6pm

Tuesday: 10am-6pm

Wednesday: 10am-6pm

Thursday: 10am-6pm

Friday: 10am-6pm

Saturday: 8am-4pm

Sunday: Closed


Please use your full legal first and last name when registering.

For questions on the testing site, please contact the Winnebago County Health Department COVID-19 Hotline at 920-232-3026 or (link sends e-mail)


Additional $100 Million for Wisconsin Small Business and Economic Stabilization

If you are a small business that has been impacted by COVID-19, I encourage you to apply for the second phase of the We're All in Small Business Grant. Grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded based upon the business’s annual revenue.  Please help spread the word!

The application opens on Monday, October 19th at 8AM, and closes Monday, November 2nd.

To be eligible:

  • You must be a Wisconsin-based, for-profit business.
  • Employ one to 50 full-time equivalent employees (FTEs) in 2019.
  • You started operating prior to January 1, 2020, operated in 2020, and suffered an economic loss as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Earn greater than $0 but less than $1 million in annual revenues (gross sales and receipts).

Over $5,000 of We’re All In Grants for more than 10,000 Wisconsin small businesses, $20 million for the Wisconsin lodging industry, $15 million for live and music performance venues throughout Wisconsin, $10 million to support privately owned movie theaters, $10 million in additional support for non-profit cultural venues, and $4 million in additional investments for destination marketing organizations and tourism drivers will be available. Visit HERE for more details.

Wisconsin Limits Indoor Mass Gatherings

On October 6th, Governor Tony Evers ordered the Department of Health Services (DHS) to issue Executive Order #3 to limit public gathering to no more than 25% of a room or building’s total occupancy. This limitation of public gathering applies, with exceptions, to any gathering locations that are open to the public such as stores, restaurants, and other businesses that allow public entry, as well as spaces with ticketed events. 

On Monday, October 12th, a Circuit Court Judge in St. Croix County denied a request by the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty (WILL) to block Governor Evers’ statewide requirement to wear masks in public. This ruling reaffirms that the Executive Branch has the power to implement reasonable measures to protect the public in Wisconsin. This is a victory for public health and for the safety of families across Wisconsin at a crucial time when we are dealing with a record number of people who have contracted the coronavirus.

While the hope is that voluntary actions throughout the state would minimize the spread of the virus, the reality is that it has not.  Hospitals, especially in the Fox Valley, are being overwhelmed and utilizing beds normally used for normal care.  The DHS order hopes that limiting indoor public gatherings will slow down the spread of COVID-19 and help us get control of the virus and allowing the economy to bounce back sooner. Wisconsin has ranked third in regards to the highest number of new COVID-19 cases and is also third in the nation in regards to new cases per 100,000 residents. The order was scheduled to end November 6, 2020. 

The full order and list of exemptions are provided HERE.

Frequently asked question documents regarding the order are available for your review HERE.


Gov. Evers announced Wisconsin State Fair Park Alternate Care Facility to accommodate COVID-19 Patients

Due to the shocking, increasing rate of COVID-19 cases in Wisconsin, a number of hospitals are now overwhelmed and are reaching their capacity to accommodate patients. As a consequence, Governor Tony Evers made an announcement that the Wisconsin State Fair Park Alternate Care Facility will be opening and begin accepting COVID-19 patients as of October 14. Still, the Wisconsin State Fair Park facility is not considered a hospital and therefore will not accept walk-in patients.

The alternative care facility will cooperate with hospitals and will accept those patients who are not seriously ill and will serve as a transitional facility to provide oxygen and other medical treatments for patients who do not necessarily need hospital-level medical care. Please click HERE to find Gov. Evers’ announcement and more details. Click HERE to find more information about the Wisconsin State Fair Park Alternate Care Facility.


GO Transit Free Fare Day 

The City of Oshkosh has recently announced that GO Transit will offer a “Free Fare Day” for fixed route transit service on Election Day, November 3, 2020. Normally, GO Transit would hold a “Free Fare Day” once a year on the Friday before school starts to help students and parents get familiar with GO Transit. However, due to the COVID-19, the Transit Advisory Board with the support of the staff have decided to move it to the election day so that people could get to the polls and also experience the safety, security and convenience of public transit. For any questions about “Free Fare Day”, please contact Transportation Director Jim Collins at (920) 232-5342. 


Truck or Treat Drive-Through Event

The City of Oshkosh is holding the Truck-or-Treat event in Menominee Park tomorrow, Saturday, October 17. In response to COVID-19 situation, Oshkosh has put together the Zooloween Boo and Touch a Truck events and turned them into a safe, drive-through trick-or-treat event. Menominee Park will be filled with sponsored treat stations and attendees will not need to get out of their vehicles as a number of volunteers will be assisting in bringing candies to the cars. Tickets are limited, so attendees are asked to make their purchase early. Two time slots are being offered, 11:00a.m. to Noon, or Noon to 1:00p.m.

Ticket cost is $10.00 per family and must be  purchased online at on the Zoo event page.

Click HERE to find more information about the event.



 If you have any comments regarding the subject of this E-Newsletter, please feel free to contact me.   

Rep. Hintz
State Capitol, Room #201 W
PO Box 8952
Madison, WI 53708

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