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CORONAVIRUS RESOURCES

The Oshkosh Convention and Visitors Bureau continues to monitor the ever-evolving situation surrounding COVID-19 (also known as the novel coronavirus). Our top priority is the safety, health, and well-being of our community, its residents, and visitors.

 

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COVID-19 Updates for Winnebago County

April 16: Gov. Tony Evers directed Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) Secretary-designee Andrea Palm to extend the Safer at Home order from April 24, 2020 to 8 a.m. Tuesday, May 26, 2020, or until a superseding order is issued. The order implements some new measures to ensure safety and support the progress we've made in containing COVID-19, but also allows certain activities to start up again. The order is available here.

Most recent Emergency Order information: Order #36Order #36 FAQ

All essential and nonessential businesses must review and consider the Wisconsin Department of Economic Development guidelines on safe business practices, available here.

The CDC advises all citizens to avoid nonessential travel (Warning Level 3).

Traveling to seasonal homes is strongly discouraged. This is for your safety, as well as the safety of rural and tribal communities. Non-essential travel outside your current community may spread COVID-19 to areas with limited healthcare.

The CDC suggests that people wear cloth masks in public settings to slow the spread of COVID-19 and prevent people who may not know they have the virus from transmitting it to others.

 

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Event Cancellations

Locally, we are seeing events being postponed/canceled, as well as changes to the normal schedule for the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, as precautionary measures to restrict the spread. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and work with local and state public health officials to effectively respond as necessary.

The Oshkosh Convention and Visitors Bureau is doing our best to stay on top of event cancellations in the area. If you have any events that are canceled/rescheduled, please contact the Oshkosh CVB at 920-303-9200 or info@visitoshkosh.com so we can update our calendar. Please, check our site for up-to-date event listings.

The health and safety of our region's residents and visitors of the Oshkosh area is the highest priority. Travelers are encouraged to always exercise healthy travel habits and to follow guidelines issued by official sources of public health information. To ensure that all visitors and residents remain safe we have compiled resources to keep everyone informed. 

Learn more about the Coronavirus (COVID-19), including; how it spreads, the symptomsprevention & treatment, as well as frequently asked questions. Before deciding to travel, review the current CDC recommendations for travel.

Local Resources

The City of Oshkosh continues to follow recommendations from local, state and federal agencies in order to establish preemptive measures to assist in reducing the spread of COVID-19. For the most current information regarding COVID-19 outbreak, please visit www.ci.oshkosh.wi.us.

If you are looking for more information, the Winnebago County Public Health Department has a COVID-19 hotline: 920-232-3026.

Another great resource is 2-1-1, supported by United Way. It is a free and confidential service that helps people find local resources 24/7.

Many individuals have inquired about volunteering during this pandemic. If you are interested in volunteering please visit www.volunteeroshkosh.org.

Additional Resources

Wisconsin Department of Health Services

Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

U.S. State Department

World Health Organization

Best Practices

Washing your hands has never been more important. One of the best ways to keep you and your family healthy is by properly washing your hands. Despite being taught to wash our hands as children, many of us don’t know the proper techniques for washing our hands correctly, or how often we should be performing this important task. Take the proper steps as laid out by the leading health organizations around the globe such as the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization.

Many of our large Accommodations receive guidance from corporate as to the proper sanitation and disinfecting protocol during times like this. For others, follow CDC guidance located here. Ensure you clean items including (but not limited to): door handles, telephones, toilets, light switches, remote controls, blowdryers, HVAC controls, faucet handles, and other surfaces frequently. Here is ECOLab’s full guidance for Hospitality.

Restaurants may consider moving items touched by consumers to behind the counter. This keeps customers from touching multiple cups, coffee lids, straws, utensils, and other items and the potential spread of germs where multiple items are handled. By handing one to a customer it may help the spread of germs. Also offering a separate new cup for a refill may be feasible. A link to ServSafe’s Coronavirus information is located here. More resources as they become available for restaurants by the National Restaurant’s Association are online at this link. ECOLab has industry-specific information online here.

Airbnb and VRBO: Airbnb and VRBO Guidance for hosts and guests.

Posters: There are a number of informational posters for Coronavirus on the CDC’s website here. Two that you may want to display for your employees can be downloaded right here... Stop the Spread of Germs poster & Germs: Wash hands poster