COVID-19 Public Exposures

Updated August 7, 2020 at 4:25pm

This page is a resource for the public to understand the risk for all known places within Oneida County that the Oneida County Health Department knows are linked to a lab-confirmed COVID-19 case in the last 14 days. Close contacts that are able to be identified will continue to be contacted individually.  If you are contacted by the health department and told you are a close contact of a positive case, you should follow all guidance provided at that time.

Establishments remain on this list for 14 days after the last known positive case was present. Please note that an establishment appearing on this list does not necessarily mean they did something wrong nor does appearing on the list always mean that the establishment should be closed. Establishments have been contacted before their appearance on this list and guidance is provided about reducing future risk to staff and customers. You can see current guidance on Onward Oneida County.

Know that this list is about risk that has already occurred. We cannot know where people who will become positive in the next week are going right now and won’t know until the positive case is identified and the disease investigation process is complete. Oneida County has confirmed community spread. If you are in a public place, you should expect to come into contact with COVID-19. It remains important to protect yourself and others with frequent hand washing, physical distancing, fabric face coverings and staying home when you have any symptoms.

Learn how we decide which establishments are considered low or high risk.


HIGH: A positive case was known to be at an establishment, and there is a significant risk of contracting COVID-19 for members of the public at this establishment during a specific time period. In addition, all close contacts were not able to be identified (see definition below for close contact). All who had contact during the time period specified should complete the Self Screening Tool to be referred for testing and quarantine at home. Additionally, risk of community spread is still present.

LOW: A positive case was known to be at an establishment but there is low risk of contracting COVID-19 for members of the public at this establishment and all close contacts are able to be identified or there are zero close contacts. All who had contact with a low risk establishment should monitor themselves for symptoms. Risk is thought to be similar to the overall risk of community spread.

PUBLIC NOTIFICATION: This means we are actively seeking contacts of a positive case from an establishment or event. The public notification process will include outreach through social and traditional media to attempt to find all contacts.

CLOSE CONTACT: Individual who has been within six feet of a lab-confirmed positive case of COVID-19 for 15 minutes or more OR an individual who has direct exposure to bodily fluids (for example, through coughing, sneezing, spitting, or singing).

High Risk

If you were present during a high-risk time period, complete the Self Screening Tool

EstablishmentLocationDates of Known Positives
Island CafeMinocqua, WIJuly 31, Aug 1, 2 & 3, 2020
Hazelhurst PubHazelhurst, WIJuly 31
Low Risk

Please do NOT complete the Risk Screening and Referral Tool for low risk exposures.

EstablishmentLocationDates of Known Positives
WalmartMinocqua, WIJuly 22 & 27, 2020
Trig’sMinocqua, WIJuly 23, 2020
WalmartRhinelander, WIJuly 26 & 27, 2020
Cabaret CoveRhinelander, WIJuly 27, 2020
Minocqua County ClubMinocqua, WIJuly 29, 2020
Trig’sRhinelander, WIJuly 29, 2020
Otto’sMinocqua, WIJuly 29, 2020
The Thirsty GiraffeNokomis, WIAugust 1, 2020
ShamrockLake Tomahawk, WIAugust 3, 2020
Minocqua Brewing CompanyMinocqua, WIAugust 4, 2020
The BoathouseMinocqua, WIAugust 5, 2020

NOTE: We make every attempt at transparency and will update this page frequently. Know that given the influx of cases we are experiencing, this page may not have up to the minute information displayed. It is not necessary to contact us to add establishments to this list, they will be added as the disease investigation process is conducted.

*Statewide Data on Facility-Wide Public Health Investigations