News Release

Washburn County -- In consultation with county management, Washburn County Board Chairman, Thomas Mackie issued an emergency declaration on Tuesday, March 17, 2020, in regards to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

“This declaration ensures government leaders, first responders and the Washburn County Public Health Department have the necessary resources and assistance from state and federal authorities to provide an efficient and coordinated response to the citizens of Washburn County. Declaring a state of emergency now allows the county to track its spending early for compensation measures.”

At this time, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Washburn County. However, Wisconsin Department of Health Services is indicating there are signs of community spread in other parts of the state.

A virtual Emergency Operations Center has been opened under Unified Command of the Washburn County Health Officer and Emergency Management Director.

County offices remain open but are encouraging people to call or email their offices instead of coming in-person whenever possible.

The Washburn County Public Health website will be the official news source for information from the county and can be found at – under quick links on the home page.

Washburn County residents can now call 2-1-1 with questions and for guidance related to COVID-19 or visit for the most current information and guidance.

Last Update: Mar 18, 2020 12:48 pm CDT

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