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Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. There are many types of human coronaviruses, including some that commonly cause mild upper-respiratory tract illnesses. COVID-19 is a new disease, caused by a novel (or new) coronavirus that has not previously been seen in humans. Current symptoms reported for patients with COVID-19 have included mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough, and difficulty breathing.

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A lot of decisions about how we respond today are being made each hour. As leaders, we have a responsibility to our organization, our co-workers, and our community.

We are faced with these decisions and how we choose to move forward will define our ability to lead and where our organization will stand.

Often in times of such uncertainty, we reflect on historical timelines of when we faced similar challenges. Many of our readers have asked how how they should proceed with their communication. Here is an introductory segment. As we move forward we will be providing free advice on marketing and communication for you. READ MORE

Latest COVID-19 Coverage

Free COVID-19 Testing in Marshfield on June 2

The Wood County Health Department has requested assistance from the Wisconsin National Guard to scale up COVID-19 testing. The National Guard will be providing drive-through...

Wisconsin State Fair Canceled

West Allis - For several months the Wisconsin State Fair Park Board of Directors and staff have been working tirelessly analyzing all facets of...

Taylor County Announces Second Case of COVID-19

Taylor County Confirms Community Transmission of COVID-19 Taylor County Public Health announced today that Taylor County has received a second confirmed case of COVID-19, the...

Wildwood Zoo to Reopen to Public

Open Hours for Wildwood Zoo Marshfield, WI (OnFocus) The Wildwood Zoo will reopen its gates on June 1. "Our animals and staff are so excited to...

3 Abbyland Foods, Inc. Employees Test Positive for COVID-19

Wausau, WI – The Clark County Health Department is reporting three employees of Abbyland Foods Inc. have tested positive for COVID-19. Clark and Marathon County...

Hefko Pool Gets Opening Date for 2020 Season

Marshfield, WI (OnFocus) Hefko Pool will move forward with opening for the 2020 summer season. The decision was made with direction from the Common Council...

Marshfield Council Votes to Reopen City Facilities in June

Marshfield - The Common Council voted 6-4 Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at their regular Common Council meeting to open up City facilities and resume...

Free COVID-19 Testing in Abbotsford with National Guard Assistance

Wausau, WI – Marathon County Health Department and Clark County Health Department are coordinating with the Wisconsin National Guard to provide free COVID-19 testing...

Everett Roehl Marshfield Public Library to Reopen

The Everett Roehl Marshfield Public Library will reopen to visitors at 9 a.m. on Friday, May 29th. Because the Coronavirus is still with us and...

Updated Information Regarding First COVID-19 Death in Wood County

Wisconsin Rapids, WI – The Wood County Health Department and Wood County Coroner would like to correct information on the release shared earlier regarding...

Columbus Catholic Schools Celebrate End of School Year

Marshfield, WI (OnFocus) Friday marks the official last day of school for Columbus Catholic schools. While the start of summer vacation looks different this year...

Wisconsin Rapids Announces Reopening Plans, Postpones July 4th Fireworks

WISCONSIN RAPIDS -- The City of Wisconsin Rapids is pleased to announce plans for reopening municipal parks and properties. City parks, including playgrounds, are...

First COVID-19 Death in Wood County

Wisconsin Rapids, WI – One person has died in Wood County of complications surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19), health officials confirmed today. A person in...

Wood County Reports 9 Positive COVID-19 Cases – May 21

(OnFocus) There are 9 positive COVID-19 cases in Wood County and 1,406 negative test results as of Thursday afternoon. Four individuals in Wood County...

Gov. Evers Announces $100 Million for Long-Term Care, Home and Community...

Two-part funding stream will support providers most vulnerable during COVID-19 pandemic MADISON — Gov. Tony Evers today announced a grant program funded by the federal...

Auburndale Music Fest Canceled June 26-28

Softball and Volleyball Tournament to be Held Auburndale Music Fest, scheduled for June 26-28, has been canceled due to COVID-19. "This was a very hard decision...

NFHS Releases Guidelines for Resuming High School Sports

(OnFocus) The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) has released guidelines for resuming high school sports in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. "The...

Gov. Evers Announces $25 Million Rental Assistance Program

  MADISON — Gov. Tony Evers today announced the launch of a $25 million Wisconsin Rental Assistance Program for Wisconsinites who have experienced income loss...

Churches Prepare to Return to In-Person Services

Churches Stay Virtual While Preparing to Return to In-Person Worship Marshfield, WI (OnFocus) Now that restrictions placed on gatherings have been lifted, area churches are...

Immanuel Lutheran 8th Graders Commemorate Education with Graduation Video

When Immanuel Lutheran School realized that they wouldn’t be able to host a traditional graduation service for their 8th grade students, Principal Karen Bahn...

First Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Case Confirmed in Taylor County

Taylor County Public Health Department is confirming today that a person has tested positive for COVID-19. The person had contact with a positive case...

Wood County Reports 8 Positive COVID-19 Cases

COVID-19 Update - May 19, 2020 Update from Wood County Health Department: The patients remain isolated at home. A contact investigation was initiated promptly and...

Gov. Evers Announces $1 Billion Statewide Effort to support COVID-19 Testing,...

MADISON—Gov. Tony Evers today announced a robust $1 billion statewide effort to support COVID-19 testing, contact tracing, acquisition of needed supplies, emergency operations, and...

Wood County Park Facilities and Recreation Areas to Open

The Wood County Parks & Forestry Department announced that all remaining facilities and recreation areas will be open on Friday, May 22. The areas that...

Free COVID-19 Testing in Wausau on May 19

Wausau, WI – Marathon County Health Department and Lincoln County Health Department are coordinating with the Wisconsin National Guard to provide free COVID-19 testing...

What It’s Like to Get Tested for COVID-19 in Wood County

Sometimes the scariest part of life is the unknown. In an effort to shed some light on various aspects of COVID locally, we're sharing...

Gov. Evers Announces $75 Million Grant Program for Economic Recovery, Safe...

MADISON—Gov. Tony Evers today announced $75 million in assistance for small businesses as part of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation’s We’re All In initiative,...

Spencer and Loyal Seniors Honored with Banners, Signs

(OnFocus) High school seniors in Loyal and Spencer are being placed front and center with special banners to honor their accomplishments. The banners featuring senior...

Custom Signs Line High School Sidewalk to Honor Seniors

Nearly 300 signs currently border the sidewalk around Marshfield High School, honoring graduating seniors. An effort spearheaded by MHS Counselors Renae Guldan and Jane...

Community Effort Results in Donation of 3,000 Pounds of Meat to...

Minnesota Farmer Donates Pigs to Cause (OnFocus) Area food pantries and nonprofits were delivered 3,000 pounds of pork sausage this week thanks to a collaborative...