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DHS releases names of skilled nursing facilities in Wisconsin with active COVID-19 Public Health InvestigationsSubmitted: 05/13/2020
DHS releases names of skilled nursing facilities in Wisconsin with active COVID-19 Public Health Investigations
Maya Reese
Maya Reese
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mreese@wjfw.com

RHINELANDER - The Wisconsin Department of Health Services released a list Wednesday with the names of skilled nursing facilities that have active COVID-19 facility-wide public health investigations.

As of May 13, 2020, there are 38 nursing homes with active public health investigations in Wisconsin.

Health officials say people who live in nursing homes are some of the most vulnerable when it comes to COVID-19 infections. Long-term care facilities are proactively informing residents, family members, and local & state health departments about positive cases in their facilities. Listing nursing homes provides additional transparency about where infections may be occurring.

"As we continue to see cases of COVID-19 in nursing homes, it is important to be transparent and list the locations where they are occurring," said DHS Secretary-designee Andrea Palm. "We have opted to publish the names of nursing homes in order to provide peace of mind to families who cannot visit or check on their loved ones during these unprecedented times."

Palm says they are grateful for the important work that nursing homes do when aiming to prevent spread, while facilitating communication among families, loved ones and the residents in their care.

In Wisconsin, a single case of a resident or staff testing positive for COVID-19 leads to a facility-wide public health investigation in the nursing home. Weekly updated will be provided on Wednesdays and is subject to change as new investigations are initiated and resolved.

Representatives from DHS says detecting COVID-19 in a nursing home indicates the nursing home is following proper procedures and working with public health experts to test and protect their residents and employees by using appropriate isolation and infection control practices. Proactive testing helps address outbreaks early on while they're easier to isolate and manage.

DHS has released various data about COVID-19 in Wisconsin, including:

  • Summary data
  • Case data
  • Deaths data
  • County-level data
  • Facility-wide investigations data
  • Hospital capabilities data
  • Badger Bounce Back dashboard

For up-to-date information about Wisconsin's COVID-19 response, visit the DHS COVID-19 webpage.


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