Since the respiratory virus called Coronavirus Disease 2019, now known as COVID-19, was first identified in Wuhan, China in December 2019,  many individuals don’t know where to look for FACTUAL information.  Below you will find credible hyperlinks to some of the most trustworthy and research-based data available to the public. You may wish to come back to this page routinely as data about COVID-19 changes daily. The City of Jefferson is monitoring the situation in Wisconsin, Jefferson County and most importantly in the City of Jefferson.  As needs arise, you may see slight operational changes at City facilities that we may deem are in the overall best interest of all residents.  

Currently, the immediate health risks from COVID-19 to JeffersonCounty residents is low. However, if and when an elevated response is required, the City will respond.  You can help with prevention by covering your cough, staying home when you are sick and practicing good hand-washing. Please take a moment to review the CDC’s information on preventing spread in communities.

Current outbreak information for the State of Wisconsin,

Information and Guidance to Prepare and Prevent the spread of Coronavirus

Things you should know about Coronavirus

What is COVID-19 ?  

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a virus strain that began to spread in people in December 2019.

  • COVID-19 is a new (novel) respiratory virus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China.
  • COVID-19 is not the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold.
  • Formerly, this disease was referred to as “2019 novel coronavirus” or “2019-nCoV.”

How is COVID-19 spread ?

COVID-19 is typically spread to others when an infected person coughs or sneezes because the virus is found in droplets from the throat and nose. This is similar to how influenza is spread. When someone coughs or sneezes, other people near them can breathe in those droplets. The virus can also spread when an infected person touches an object (such as a common surface) followed by another person touching it then their mouth, face, or eyes.

Diseases can make anyone sick regardless of their race or ethnicity.

People of Asian descent, including Chinese Americans, are not more likely to get COVID-19 than any other American. Help stop fear by letting people know that being of Asian descent does not increase the chance of getting or spreading COVID-19.

For up-to-date information, visit CDC’s coronavirus disease situation summary page.

You can help stop the spread of COVID-19 by knowing the signs & symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

Seek medical advice (tele-medicine or via phone or email) if you feel sick.

Call ahead before you go to a doctor’s office, urgent care, or emergency room. 

You can do simple things to help keep yourself and others healthy.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. Practice good hand-washing hygiene.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Because influenza activity is still high, the CDC recommends you get a flu shot, if you haven’t yet, to protect yourself and those around you from getting the flu.

Situation Update

This is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation. Check out the following links to get the latest information on what’s occurring globally, nationally, and in Wisconsin:

Johns Hopkins COVID-19 Visual Dashboard

CDC Situation Summary

Wisconsin Department of Health Services COVID-19 Update

Press Releases

May 14, 2020

 Link to Press Release (pdf)

May 13, 2020

 Link to Press Release (pdf)

April 16, 2020

 Link to Press Release (pdf)

March 31, 2020

 Link to Press Release (pdf)

March 24, 2020

Link to Press Release (pdf)

March 16, 2020: 

Link to Press Release (pdf)

Miscellaneous Updates

May 13, 2020

Safer at Home Order

Safer at Home FAQs

April 27, 2020

Safer at Home Order

Safer at Home FAQs

Golf Course Guidance 4/26/20

April 16, 2020: 

Safer At Home Order

Safer At Home FAQs

April 13, 2020: 

Cloth Face Coverings FAQs

April 9, 2020: 

Food Resources in Jefferson County

Jefferson County Restaurants Offering Pick-up, Curbside, or Drive-Thru 040720
Grocery Store Information
Jefferson County Food Pantry List 040720AS
Food Pantry Home Delivery During COVID-19 Pandemic 040320
Company List of Fully-Cooked Meals Delivered to Your Door

March 31, 2020:  

Evers Safer at Home Order FAQs

March 24, 2020: 

*From Jefferson UtilitiesONLINE AND OVER THE PHONE PAYMENTS ARE NOW FREE! Consider paying your bill using one of these methods.

March 23, 2020: 

*From WWTP Superintendent Clark…We are asking for our residents help in dealing with the issue of flushable baby wipes, personal hygiene wipes, or disinfectant wipes. Many of these products have the wording “Flushable” on their packaging which is misleading. These items do not break down and cause plugging issues in our sewer mains and pump stations. They can also cause backups inside your home’s plumbing system. For your safety and the safety of Wastewater Utility personnel, we ask you to NOT flush the products down the toilet, but dispose of these wipes in your garbage. This is one more step we can take to minimize everyone’s risk of exposure to the COVID-19 virus.

March 16, 2020: 

*Senior Center is closed until further notice.
*Park & Rec Programming is suspended until further notice.
*Library is closed until further notice.
*Museum is closed until further notice.

Senior Center, Library and Park/Recreation Staff are still reporting to work. Please feel free to reach out to these departments via email and phone. Thank you for your understanding.

*Municipal Court – From Judge Miller

“The Municipal Court window will be closed at this time. Citizens can still use the drop box for payments or pay online or at the Police Department. All releases of license suspensions will be sent to the DMV on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, after receipt of payment or receipt of verification of payment through the State Debt Collection. Please check the DMV website to see when you are eligible to reinstate.

Court for March 19, 2020, will be rescheduled to May 7, 2020. Anyone wishing to enter a Not Guilty plea may do so by mailing or putting in the drop box your plea along with your name, address, and citation number. You will then receive notice of your pre-trial via mail.

Any questions can be directed to the Municipal Court Clerk at 674-0444.”

*City Hall is still open to foot traffic.
1) If you are ill, please do not visit the office, please contact us via phone or email so we may assist you.
2) Please use other methods to contact us before physically visiting our office. Please use phone, email or USPS when possible.
3) Absentee ballots can be obtained by using the Statewide website.
4) Pet licenses are due April 1, please feel free to use the drop box outside our door, mail or email (with online payment). We are still open to serve you in person, but our goal is also to keep everyone healthy!

Social distancing is difficult for many of us, but keeping the most vulnerable in our community healthy is our goal!

March 16, 2020: 

COVID-19 Fraud Alert for Seniors

Need Help?

Jefferson City Hall: (920) 674-7700
Jefferson Chamber of Commerce: (920) 674-4511