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Latest News Updates on the Coronavirus in the Marshfield Area

What is the Coronavirus?

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

Hunters Reminded Of COVID-19 Safety Measures During Deer Season

MADISON, Wis. – With deer season underway, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is urging hunters to keep COVID-19 safety measures in mind and...

COVID-19 in Our Own Backyard: Local doctors speak candidly on the...

Submitted to OnFocus - By Aspirus Doctors Clinic physicians, Dr. Amy Falk, pediatrics and Dr. Lisa Olson, family medicine: As local doctors who really care...

Marshfield School District Prepares for Possible Return to Virtual Learning

OnFocuse - In a letter to families and staff, Marshfield School District Superintendent Dr. Ryan Christianson provided an update as the COVID-19 pandemic continues...

New Marshfield Library Hours Begin Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020

Submitted to OnFocus - Due to the increase in COVID-19 cases in Wood and neighboring counties the Everett Roehl Marshfield Public Library is implementing...

Wisconsin Rapids Announces Limited Public Access to City Buildings

Decision Made in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic Submitted to OnFocus - WISCONSIN RAPIDS – To further prevent the spread of COVID-19, the City of Wisconsin...

Regional Health Systems Issue Joint COVID-19 Statement

Submitted to OnFocus - Our regional health systems are continuing to see an increase in COVID-19 related hospitalizations and patients testing positive, particularly in...

Governor Evers Extends Mask Mandate

MADISON — Gov. Tony Evers today declared a new public health emergency in Wisconsin due to recent surge in cases among young people and...

Wisconsin National Guard Surpasses Half-million COVID-19 Tests Today

Submitted to OnFocus - Wisconsin National Guard specimen collection teams’ will top 500,000 cumulative total COVID-19 tests gathered as teams continue to operate across...

Marshfield High School, Neillsville Schools See COVID Cases Increase

OnFocus - A case of COVID-19 was reported in the Neillsville school district today and Marshfield High School reported a second COVID-19 case. "The school...

MHS Graduate at UW-Madison Shares COVID Experience

OnFocus - Marshfield High School alumna Lilly O'Brien is currently attending UW-Madison, scheduled to graduate in December with a major in Biochemistry with a...

School District of Marshfield Reports First COVID Case

Submitted to OnFocus - The School District of Marshfield was notified by the Wood County Health Department (WCHD) that one student who attended classes...

DHS Releases School Guidance to Assist During Pandemic

Submitted to OnFocus - The upcoming start of the 2020-2021 school year during the COVID-19 pandemic brings a unique set of challenges to Wisconsin...

DHS Launches COVID-19 Individual Decision Tool to Help Wisconsinites Keep Each...

Shared With OnFocus - Wisconsin is seeing significant COVID-19 activity, and data show that this is at least partly due to activities like gatherings....

NFL Sees 67 Players Opt out of Season

OnFocus - The NFL and the NFL Players Association agreed to a plan that allows players to opt out of the upcoming season if they...

Marshfield COVID-19 Task Force to Discuss Potential Mask Mandate in City

No Recommendations Formally Proposed Yet Marshfield (OnFocus) - At the City of Marshfield Common Council meeting Tuesday night, City Administrator Steve Barg shared that he...

Target to Require Face Masks

Marshfield (OnFocus) - Target is the latest in a line of retailers to require face masks in their stores, joining Walmart, Kroger, and Kohl's. Target's...

Walmart and Sam’s Club Require Shoppers to Wear Face Coverings

Requirement Takes Effect on Monday, July 20 Walmart announced on Wednesday that effective Monday all shoppings would be required to wear face coverings in their...

Marshfield School District Considers Three Options for 2020-21 Year

Marshfield (OnFocus) - The School District of Marshfield provided an update regarding the school district’s ongoing planning and preparations to reopen schools for the 2020-21...

Wisconsin COVID-19 Cases Rise Significantly in Last Two Weeks

Department of Health Services Urges Residents to Stay Home Ahead of July 4th Weekend Since OnFocus' last COVID-19 update on June 15, the Wisconsin Department...

WI Department of Public Instruction Releases School Reopening Guidance

Marshfield (OnFocus) - On Monday, June 22, 2020, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction published Education Forward, a guidance document for Wisconsin district and...

Two More Die from COVID-19 in Clark County

REPORTING FIFTH & SIXTH COVID-19 DEATHS IN CLARK COUNTY The Clark County Health Department (CCHD) is confirming two additional Clark County residents have died due...

Active COVID Cases Increase Over Weekend

Marshfield (OnFocus) - The Wisconsin Department of Health is reporting an increase in local COVID-19 cases, with Wood County now at 23 total positive...

Five Abbyland Employees Recovered from COVID-19, Three are Active Cases

Facility Continues to Work Closely with Marathon & Clark County Health Departments (Wausau, WI) – OnFocus -  As of today, (6/11/20), a total of 8...

Wisconsin Awarded Crisis Counseling Response Grant

Funding will support services for people impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic Through a $675,526 grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) awarded to Wisconsin...

Gov. Evers Announces $40 Million in Financial Assistance to Hospitals to...

MADISON – Gov. Tony Evers today announced hospitals across Wisconsin will receive direct payments from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) to assist...

Marathon County to Consider Ordinance, Penalties for COVID Infractions

OnFocus - The Marathon County Executive Committee will consider a draft ordinance at their meeting on Thursday, June 11th that would help to clarify...

Marshfield YMCA Child Care Participant Tests Positive for COVID-19

Marshfield Clinic Health System YMCA Child Care Participant Asymptotic, Isolating at Home Marshfield (OnFocus) - According to a statement from Marshfield Clinic Health System YMCA,...

2020 Warrens Cranberry Festival Cancelled

48th Annual Festival Cancelled Due to Pandemic Marshfield (OnFocus) - The Warrens Cranberry Festival Board of Directors based on "an abundance of caution" has decided...

Results of National Guard Testing in Marshfield

Wisconsin Rapids, WI – On Tuesday, June 2, the National Guard assisted the Wood County Health Department to provide community testing in Marshfield for...

Visitation Restrictions Updated for Marshfield Clinic Health System

Submitted Piece, MARSHFIELD – We continue to focus on efforts to protect patients, visitors and staff as concerns about the spread of COVID-19 continue. Effective...