Being Calm and Prepared for COVID-19

For the most up-to-date health information on COVID-19 (coronavirus), please visit the Dunn County Health Department website on the virus. That is where you will find the most recent information on the virus and the most current health advisories and recommendations.

Don’t rely on rumors and hearsay, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services provides updated information on Current Cases in Wisconsin.  Being accurately informed is the first step toward being able to make good decisions.

The Department of Health Services (DHS) continues to provide the most up-to-date information regarding COVID-19 and you are encouraged to monitor the site for updated guidance as the situation continues to evolve

You may also visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Coronavirus web resource page for more information.

This page is a work-in-progress!  Please return often to see what new information has been gathered to help us all through this new and challenging time!


Click on a subject below to be taken to the resources we have available:

Financial Resources

Extension has an entire page dedicated to Financial Resources to Help Get Through COVID-19.

For financial resources dealing with specific situations:

Food Resources

Extension has an entire page dedicated to Food Resources to Help Get Through COVID-19.

Tips to Help Foodservice Operators

Nutrition Resources

Extension resources to ensure you are help protect your health with good nutrition and food safety tips during this challenging time.

Staying Calm and Alleviating Fear

Ways to help deal with the fear and stress of the situation.

Living with Vulnerable Populations

All of us know people who are most susceptible to the COVID-19 virus, many of us live with such people, and some of us are them.  There are many things we can do to help reduce the risk and keep safe.

Being Homebound with Youth

Ways to keep the youth engaged and the family united

Social Needs

Everyone still needs food and the basic necessities of life.  These links will help you navigate the complexities of getting those necessities while still maintaining social distancing or being homebound.

Remaining Connected and Engaged

Being physically isolated doesn’t mean we need to be socially isolated.  Human contact is necessary for mental health.  There are ways to be connected while maintaining the social distancing necessary for our health.

Volunteering and Helping Organizations

“Look for the helpers.  You will always find people who are helping.” – Fred Rogers    Ways to help and stay safe during the crisis.


Financial Resources: Personal

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Financial Resources: Farm/Agricultural

  • COVID-19 Resources  – Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center has a page dedicated to the virus. Scroll down to “Regional Resources” to find the section dedicated to Wisconsin.
  • COVID-19: 5 Things Your Farm Should Do Now –  Farm Journal’s Pork publication has tips that are helpful to all agricultural businesses.
  • Preparing for Coronavirus (COVID-19) on Farms – Extension’s Farm Management has a page that has up-to-date resources available to farms.
  • COVID-10 Toolkit –  The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection created this kit to serve as a resource for agricultural organizations as they prepare for potential impacts of COVID-19 on their business operations.

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Financial Resources: Small Business

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Nutrition Resources

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Staying Calm and Alleviating Fear

  • 20 Second meditations (PDF, 1 page) – Perfect ways to achieve calm in the 20 seconds of washing your hands
  • Managing Fear and Anxiety(PDF, 2 pages) – How to recognize the many different reactions to the changing situation and ways to deal with them.
  • Talking to your kids about COVID-19 – Children’s Wisconsin webpage with guidelines on talking to children about the pandemic
  • Get the facts: Children and COVID-19 – this section of the CDC webpage has all the facts you need to know on COVID-19 and children.
  • Managing anxiety and stress – this CDC webpage has information on handling stress in a variety of situations, including dealing with children, parents, first responders and if you were released from quarantine.

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Living with Vulnerable Populations

  • Food Safety (PDF, 2 pages) –  A reminder of good food safety practices that will also mitigate coronavirus.

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Being Homebound with Youth

  • Preparing Children for Being Home Alone – Knowing when your child is capable of staying home alone and preparing them for the challenges of doing so is not an easy task. This Extension website provides a video series that can help.
  • Talking to your kids about COVID-19 – Children’s Wisconsin webpage with guidelines on talking to children about the pandemic
  • Get the facts: Children and COVID-19 – this section of the CDC webpage has all the facts you need to know on COVID-19 and children.

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Social Needs

  • Guidelines for Shopping (PDF, 1 page)  – Stay isolated as much as possible, however, if you do need to go out following these guidelines will greatly reduce the risk to you and others.

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Remaining Connected and Engaged

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Volunteering and Helping Organizations

  • Volunteer Wisconsin – Volunteer Wisconsin connects volunteers with organizations that need help and organization that need help with volunteers.  Be a helper.
  • Staying Safe in Group Settings (pdf, 1 page)- Safety tips for group settings (homeless shelters, domestic violence shelters, correctional facilities

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