Public Health Orders & Press Releases

The 2019-2021 COVID-19 Pandemic has challenged towns, municipalities, counties, tribes, states and governments across the globe. In the United States and in Wisconsin in particular, local decision makers and government officials are faced with the very difficult task of determining which health regulations are reasonable and necessary to curb the spread of a communicable disease that has reached the status of global pandemic. Public Health Orders are put in place with great consideration for local circumstances and situations that would affect the greater health of the community.

There are no current Public Health Orders in place in Bayfield County related to COVID-19 or the pandemic response to the broad community or to individual communities. 

Background on Health Officer Authority

Local health officers are vested with certain powers to curtail the spread of communicable disease. These responsibilities and powers are outlined under Wisconsin State Statute 252, and include areas such as:
     1. Investigation and reporting; 
     2. Isolation and quarantine to a specific individual; 
     3. Orders that apply to specific persons, a group of persons or gathering spot, including businesses, that are deemed necessary to 
         immediately control the potential spread of a communicable disease; and 
     4. General orders impacting the public at large.

Previous press releases (2020-2021)

DECEMBER 2021

PRESS RELEASE - December 7, 2021 - Increases in COVID Deaths in Bayfield County

OCTOBER 2021

PRESS RELEASE - October 14, 2021 - COVID Cases Increasing in Bayfield County

September 2021

PRESS RELEASE - SEPTEMBER 1, 2021 - BAYFIELD COUNTY ISSUES ADVISORY - FACE MASKS STRONGLY ENCOURAGED

jULY 2021

PRESS RELEASE - JULY 31, 2021 - NEW GUIDELINES ON FACE MASK USE

june 2021

PRESS RELEASE - JUNE 17, 2021 - ASHLAND AND BAYFIELD COUNTY ISSUE NEW GUIDELINES REGARDING FACE MASK USE

March/April 2021

PRESS RELEASE - APRIL 13, 2021 - BAYFIELD COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT TEMPORARILY CANCELS JANSSEN COVID-19 VACCINE APPOINTMENTS

PRESS RELEASE - MARCH 25, 2021 - BAYFIELD COUNTY COVID-19 CASES ON RISE DESPITE VACCINATION EFFORTS

January/February 2021

Press Release - February 2, 2021 - Vaccine Update - Preregistration Information

Press Release - January 21, 2021 - Update on COVID-19 Vaccination Plan - Bayfield County


November

November 23, 2020 - NEWS RELEASE - Bayfield County Reports Seventh and Eighth Death from COVID-19

November 14, 2020 - NEWS RELEASE - Bayfield County Records Sixth Death from COVID-19

November 13, 2020 - NEWS RELEASE - Bayfield County Records Fourth and Fifth Death from COVID-19

November 5, 2020 - NEWS RELEASE - Bayfield County Reports Third Death From COVID-19

OCTOBER

October 30, 2020 - PRESS RELEASE - Call to Action for COVID-19 Prevention 

October 27, 2020 - PRESS RELEASE - Second Death of Bayfield County Resident due to COVID-19

October 26, 2020 - Bayfield & Ashland Counties Issue Small Gathering Advisory

October 8, 2020 - WISCONSIN DEPARTMENT OF  HEALTH  - PRESS RELEASE - Emergency Order to Limit Gatherings 10/8/20 to 11/6/20

October 7, 2020 - PRESS RELEASE - Bayfield County Revised Limitation on Interscholastic Competitions Order

September

September 22, 2020 - PRESS RELEASE - Drummond Area School District Moves to Virtual Schooling

September 4, 2020 - PRESS RELEASE - Bayfield County Health Issues Mass Gathering Limitation Order

September 4, 2020 - PRESS RELEASE - Community Exposure Event in Washburn, WI on August 29, 2020

JULY

July 13, 2020 - PRESS RELEASE - Ashland  and Bayfield Counties Issue Mask Advisory

July 9, 2020 - PRESS RELEASE - COVID-19 Exposure in Port Wing Community

 July 6, 2020 - PRESS RELEASE - 4th COVID-19 Case in Bayfield County

July 2, 2020 - PRESS RELEASE - National Guard Returns to Iron River, Wisconsin for COVID-19 testing

June

JUNE 5, 2020 - PRESS RELEASE - Free COVID-19 Testing Events Coming to Bayfield County

may

MAY 29, 2020 - Press Release - Bayfield County Health Department Launches COVID-19 Prevention Plan Project

May 14, 2020 - Press Release - Bayfield and Ashland County Issues Travel Safer Advisory

May 13, 2020 - Press Release - Wisconsin Supreme Court Decision Safer At Home 5-13-2020

May 1, 2020 - Press Release - Wisconsin National Guard Testing Clinic - Ashland, WI

May 1, 2020 - Press Release - Wisconsin National Guard Testing Clinic - Solon Springs, WI

APRIL

April 24, 2020 - Press Release - No Garage Sales in Bayfield or Ashland Counties 

April 17 - Press Release - First death from COVID-19 of a Bayfield County Resident

April 7- CDC Announces all Americans should Use Cloth Face Coverings when out in Public - Guidance Document on Using and Making Cloth Face Coverings

MARCH

March 31 - Press Release - Third COVID-19 Case Reaffirms Community Spread in Bayfield County

March 29 - Press Release - Chequamegon Bay Community Care is working to collect sewn masks for distribution.

March 26 - Press Release - Second COVID-19 Case in Bayfield County and Confirmed Community Spread

March 24 - Governor Evers Safer at Home Emergency Order #12 - Prohibiting Non-Essential Travel and Closing Non-Essential Businesses

March 22 - Press Release - Bayfield County Issues Travel Advisory

March 22 - State of WI Announces New Webpage Resource for COVID-19 

March 21 - Updated Guidance from Wisconsin Dept. of Agriculture for Businesses:

March 20 - Updated Mass Gathering Ordinance - Now Includes Salons and Tattoo Parlors

March 19 - Press Release - Bayfield County Has First Confirmed COVID-19 Case

March 18 - Child Care Providers - Order Restricting Size of Child Care Settings

March 16 - Wisconsin Department of Health Guidance for Childcare, Head Start and 3 - 4 Yr Old Kindergarten

DECEMBER 2021

PRESS RELEASE - December 7, 2021 - Increases in COVID Deaths in Bayfield County

OCTOBER 2021

PRESS RELEASE - October 14, 2021 - COVID Cases Increasing in Bayfield County

September 2021

PRESS RELEASE - SEPTEMBER 1, 2021 - BAYFIELD COUNTY ISSUES ADVISORY - FACE MASKS STRONGLY ENCOURAGED

jULY 2021

PRESS RELEASE - JULY 31, 2021 - NEW GUIDELINES ON FACE MASK USE

june 2021

PRESS RELEASE - JUNE 17, 2021 - ASHLAND AND BAYFIELD COUNTY ISSUE NEW GUIDELINES REGARDING FACE MASK USE

March/April 2021

PRESS RELEASE - APRIL 13, 2021 - BAYFIELD COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT TEMPORARILY CANCELS JANSSEN COVID-19 VACCINE APPOINTMENTS

PRESS RELEASE - MARCH 25, 2021 - BAYFIELD COUNTY COVID-19 CASES ON RISE DESPITE VACCINATION EFFORTS

January/February 2021

Press Release - February 2, 2021 - Vaccine Update - Preregistration Information

Press Release - January 21, 2021 - Update on COVID-19 Vaccination Plan - Bayfield County


November

November 23, 2020 - NEWS RELEASE - Bayfield County Reports Seventh and Eighth Death from COVID-19

November 14, 2020 - NEWS RELEASE - Bayfield County Records Sixth Death from COVID-19

November 13, 2020 - NEWS RELEASE - Bayfield County Records Fourth and Fifth Death from COVID-19

November 5, 2020 - NEWS RELEASE - Bayfield County Reports Third Death From COVID-19

OCTOBER

October 30, 2020 - PRESS RELEASE - Call to Action for COVID-19 Prevention 

October 27, 2020 - PRESS RELEASE - Second Death of Bayfield County Resident due to COVID-19

October 26, 2020 - Bayfield & Ashland Counties Issue Small Gathering Advisory

October 8, 2020 - WISCONSIN DEPARTMENT OF  HEALTH  - PRESS RELEASE - Emergency Order to Limit Gatherings 10/8/20 to 11/6/20

October 7, 2020 - PRESS RELEASE - Bayfield County Revised Limitation on Interscholastic Competitions Order

September

September 22, 2020 - PRESS RELEASE - Drummond Area School District Moves to Virtual Schooling

September 4, 2020 - PRESS RELEASE - Bayfield County Health Issues Mass Gathering Limitation Order

September 4, 2020 - PRESS RELEASE - Community Exposure Event in Washburn, WI on August 29, 2020

JULY

July 13, 2020 - PRESS RELEASE - Ashland  and Bayfield Counties Issue Mask Advisory

July 9, 2020 - PRESS RELEASE - COVID-19 Exposure in Port Wing Community

 July 6, 2020 - PRESS RELEASE - 4th COVID-19 Case in Bayfield County

July 2, 2020 - PRESS RELEASE - National Guard Returns to Iron River, Wisconsin for COVID-19 testing

June

JUNE 5, 2020 - PRESS RELEASE - Free COVID-19 Testing Events Coming to Bayfield County

may

MAY 29, 2020 - Press Release - Bayfield County Health Department Launches COVID-19 Prevention Plan Project

May 14, 2020 - Press Release - Bayfield and Ashland County Issues Travel Safer Advisory

May 13, 2020 - Press Release - Wisconsin Supreme Court Decision Safer At Home 5-13-2020

May 1, 2020 - Press Release - Wisconsin National Guard Testing Clinic - Ashland, WI

May 1, 2020 - Press Release - Wisconsin National Guard Testing Clinic - Solon Springs, WI

APRIL

April 24, 2020 - Press Release - No Garage Sales in Bayfield or Ashland Counties 

April 17 - Press Release - First death from COVID-19 of a Bayfield County Resident

April 7- CDC Announces all Americans should Use Cloth Face Coverings when out in Public - Guidance Document on Using and Making Cloth Face Coverings

MARCH

March 31 - Press Release - Third COVID-19 Case Reaffirms Community Spread in Bayfield County

March 29 - Press Release - Chequamegon Bay Community Care is working to collect sewn masks for distribution.

March 26 - Press Release - Second COVID-19 Case in Bayfield County and Confirmed Community Spread

March 24 - Governor Evers Safer at Home Emergency Order #12 - Prohibiting Non-Essential Travel and Closing Non-Essential Businesses

March 22 - Press Release - Bayfield County Issues Travel Advisory

March 22 - State of WI Announces New Webpage Resource for COVID-19 

March 21 - Updated Guidance from Wisconsin Dept. of Agriculture for Businesses:

March 20 - Updated Mass Gathering Ordinance - Now Includes Salons and Tattoo Parlors

March 19 - Press Release - Bayfield County Has First Confirmed COVID-19 Case

March 18 - Child Care Providers - Order Restricting Size of Child Care Settings

March 16 - Wisconsin Department of Health Guidance for Childcare, Head Start and 3 - 4 Yr Old Kindergarten