Order via Federal Government Program Amid Record Infection Rates
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Americans may now request four free rapid antigen tests from the federal government. The tests will take seven to 12 days to arrive, and each household will be limited to four free tests. The U.S. Postal Service will handle shipping and delivery through first-class mail.
Related, according to a new federal policy, private insurers must cover the cost of eight at-home tests per member per month. The new policy does not apply to at-home tests purchased before January 15, 2022. Please contact your insurer to learn more about how you can be reimbursed.
Free rapid tests may be requested here: https://www.covidtests.gov/
How to get your At-Home Over-The-Counter COVID-19 Test for Free (Frequently Asked Questions): https://www.cms.gov/files/document/11022-faqs-otc-testing-guidance.pdf
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently updated its mask guidance to acknowledge that cloth masks do not offer as much protection as surgical masks or respirators. N95 respirators, so named because they can filter out 95 percent of all airborne particles when used correctly, offer the highest level of protection. The federal government will begin making 400 million N95
masks available for free to U.S. residents starting next week. The masks will begin shipping this week and will be available for pickup at select pharmacies and community health centers across the country. More details will be released on JCHD websites and social media when they are available.
Read more from CDC regarding masks and respirators:
Getting vaccinated for COVID-19 is the best way to protect yourself and others around you. JCHD will be administering COVID-19 vaccine at the health department Monday through Friday by appointment only. Appointments can be made by calling the health department at 920-674-7275.
To find a COVID-19 vaccination site, visit www.vaccines.gov, text your zip code to 438829, or call 211.
You can also call 844-684-1064 or 800-232-0233.
Press Contact: Sjakvani@jeffersoncountywi.gov
Public Contact: Vaccine@jeffersoncountywi.gov
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) has published the recommendation that certain populations who received the Moderna or Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccines can receive a booster shot of COVID-19 vaccine after completing their primary vaccine series. People are still considered fully vaccinated two weeks after completing their primary series: two-dose series of Pfizer or Moderna or one-dose series of Johnson & Johnson. In addition, individuals eligible for a booster dose may receive any brand of vaccine for their booster dose. Detailed below are recommendations regarding who should, and who may, receive a booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Side effects of the booster dose are similar to those experienced after a second dose of vaccine.
For individuals who received the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, booster doses are also recommended for those who are 18 and older and who were vaccinated two or more months ago. There are no other requirements to receive a J&J booster.
For individuals who received the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, the following groups are eligible for a booster dose at 6 months or more after their initial series:
• Age 65 years and older
• Age 18+ who live in long-term care settings
• Age 18+ who have underlying medical conditions
• Age 18+ who work or live in high-risk settings
• This list may be subject to updates in the future as additional information and evidence is assessed.
A "booster dose" refers to another dose of a vaccine that is given to someone who built enough protection after their initial vaccination, but then that protection decreased over time – also referred to as waning immunity. Evidence suggests that immunity is waning over time for some people who were initially well-protected by the vaccine. For those people, a booster dose will strengthen and extend their protection against infection, serious illness, hospitalization, and death from COVID-19. Protection from the initial series of COVID-19 vaccination against severe illness and death remain high.
For additional information about booster doses, additional doses, or help accessing your COVID-19 vaccine record to determine when you may be recommended for a booster, visit the DHS Additional Doses and Booster Doses webpage.
Jefferson County Health Department will be administering COVID-19 vaccine at the health department Mondays through Fridays from 8:30AM to 4:00PM by appointment only. Appointments must be made by calling the health department at 920-674-7275. Please visit the JCHD COVID-19 Dashboard, website, and our social media for more information. At this time, JCHD will only administer Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine due to ordering and storage constraints, and to reduce waste. To find a COVID-19 vaccination site, visit www.vaccines.gov, text your zip code to 438829, or call 211. You can also call 844-684-1064 or 800-232-0233.
If you have any questions regarding COVID-19 vaccination, please email email@example.com
HEALTH ALERT FROM JEFFERSON COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT
Jefferson County is currently experiencing significant and uncontrolled spread of COVID-19 in our communities. We have seen a rapid increase in the number of daily new cases in past weeks, and the number of cases continues to accelerate upwards. Our capacity for testing, case investigation, and contact tracing to effectively identify and control the spread of the virus has become increasingly strained.
Our goal remains to contact all confirmed cases within 24 hours of being reported to the health department, but due to the current surge in cases and our capacity, we are not able to consistently meet this objective.
At this time, we will no longer be calling those individuals who are close contacts of a positive case. We will now ask positively confirmed individuals to notify their close contacts of their exposure to COVID-19.
WE ARE SEEKING HELP FROM THE COMMUNITY AS A WHOLE.
Currently, test results are taking up to 5-7 days. To keep our community safe, we ask you to remain isolated while awaiting your test results. You will be notified of ALL results, positive or negative, by your healthcare provider or testing facility.
If you have tested positive, we need you to do the following:
• Stay home and isolate for a minimum of 10 days after symptom onset. If you did not have symptoms and were tested, remain isolated for 10 days from the date of testing. For detailed instructions go to : https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/publications/p02627.pdf.
• Notify your employer.
• Notify your close contacts asking them to quarantine for 14 days from the last day of contact with you.
The Public Health Guidelines we know to be effective in reducing the spread of COVID-19 remain unchanged. We are urging the community to follow these guidelines to reduce the further spread of COVID-19 in our community.
• Stay home, wear a face covering, and maintain physical distance from others (at least 6 feet) Stay at home as much as possible and especially if you are sick. Cancel events and avoid groups, gatherings, play dates, and nonessential appointments.
• Avoid unnecessary activities and travel within the community that puts you in contact with others and stay away from group gatherings. Cases are resulting from a variety of situations in which people move about the community and gather, including parties, reunions, weddings, places of work and school.
Please see the Jefferson County websites for additional information and resources: