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COVID-19 Update:

3001 US Highway 12 East,Suite 0

Menomonie, WI 54751

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Dunn County Health Department: TTY: 715-232-1116

March 17, 2020


KT Gallagher, MPA  

Dunn County Health Department Director 

COVID-19 Update: DHS Issues Order Prohibiting Mass Gatherings of 50 People or More

Menomonie—Dunn County Health Department. Under the authority of Wisconsin State Statute §

252.02(3) and at the direction of Governor Tony Evers, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) Secretary-designee Andrea Palm has ordered a statewide moratorium on mass gatherings of 50 or more people to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.  

Effective at on March 17, 2020 at 12:00 am all public and private mass gatherings are prohibited in the State of Wisconsin. This order will remain in effect for the duration of the public health emergency declared in Governor Evers’ Executive Order #72, or until a superseding order is issued. 

 “Mass gathering” is any planned or spontaneous, public or private event or convening that will bring together or is likely to bring together 50 or more people in a single room or single confined or enclosed space at the same time.  

This order may include, but is not limited to mass gatherings at:  public or private schools, auditoriums, theatres, movie theatres, museums, stadiums, arenas, conference rooms, meeting halls, exhibition centers, taverns, health and fitness centers, recreation centers, licensed pools, places of worship and religious gatherings. 

Daycares are exempt from this order and should follow the current recommended guidance. Schools will follow the previous order of closure by 5pm on Wednesday March 18, 2020. Office spaces, government services centers, non-instructional purposes at schools and other locations listed in the attached order are exempt.   

“Dunn County Health Department is keeping track of this outbreak.” KT Gallagher Dunn County

Health Officer. “We are working closely with federal, state, and local partners to be prepared for any changes to the situation here and to make sure information is shared with the public.”  

All gatherings, including taverns, restaurants, and places of worship, that bring together or are likely to bring together fewer than 50 people in a single room or confined space at the same time must:

  1. Operate at 50 percent of seating capacity,
  2. Preserve social distancing of 6 feet between people, and 
  • Follow all other public health recommendations issued by the Wisconsin Department of Public Health and the Dunn County Health Department.  

Violation or obstruction of this order is punishable by imprisonment, fines, or both under Wisconsin State Statute § 252.25. 

While the risk of getting the illness remains low, people should follow simple steps to avoid getting sick, including: 

  • Frequent and thorough handwashing with soap and water.
    • Cover coughs and sneezes. 
    • Avoid touching your face. 
    • Stay home when sick. 
    • Practice social distancing. 

To read the latest information about COVID-19 people can check the Dunn County Health Department Facebook Page, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) websites.

                         The mission of the Dunn County Health Department is to promote the health of all people in the community  by working toward a safe and healthy environment, preventing disease and disability  and promoting positive health practices.

CFDC’s Community Letter

Dear Friends and Stakeholders, 

COVID-19 and the impact it may have on our healthcare system and vulnerable populations is dominating the news and social media. Much of this information is speculation, but few can deny that this epidemic will have, and is already having, a large impact. I am writing to tell you about the Community Foundation of Dunn County’s (CFDC) preparation for the possible impact of Coronavirus on our operations and community.

CFDC’s Business Continuity Plan

 Should the need arise for CFDC to close its office, the staff will have remote access to the CFDC server, grant and accounting software, and will be available to check voicemail. CFDC can also be reached by e-mail.

Upcoming Events

Regarding upcoming events, we will continue to monitor the situation carefully and are working to determine the best course of action. 

The Women’s Giving Circle Membership Meeting scheduled for April 22 at Jake’s Supper Club is postponed until further notice. Please register and pay if you are able, and rest assured that if the Foundation should cancel this event instead of rescheduling, we will offer a refund, or, if you prefer, work with Jake’s on an alternative solution that supports them during this difficult time. 

The CFDC continues to plan for its Annual Luncheon on April 30 at the Off Broadway Banquet Center in Menomonie. However, we understand that this too can change. We certainly understand you may feel some hesitancy about responding to the invitation at this time. If you’d like to register, or if you have done so already, rest assured that if the Foundation should cancel this event, we will offer a refund, or if you prefer, process your registration as a donation, or hold it should we reschedule. 

Impact on Nonprofits

The impact on nonprofits will vary on several levels, but primarily in two forms: the impact on their revenues, expenses and operations from potentially closing their physical facilities and/or canceling events; and the increased demand for services. The CFDC always encourages nonprofits to prioritize the development of reserves in order to weather challenging situations such as the one we currently face. In addition, we urge all nonprofits to take the threat of Coronavirus seriously and prepare operational contingency plans now.

Nonprofits providing health services and support for those who may lose work because of the economic downturn and therefore need food, housing, health care and other services may face significant demand. Donors can support nonprofits in meaningful ways through contributions, including grants recommended by holders of donor advised funds at the Foundation. We encourage donors to connect with nonprofits that are important to them and find out what help the organizations might need to weather the crisis.

Our Approach

How do we approach this as a community foundation? The CFDC is collaborating continually with the Eau Claire Foundation, Community Foundation of Chippewa County, United Way of the Greater Chippewa Valley, United Way of Dunn County and our local area’s private foundations to meet the needs of our area nonprofits. We recognize that the pandemic is causing a range of needs in our county, and our team is already at work identifying the appropriate roles the Foundation should play and how we can best support our community.

Great Rivers 2-1-1 has a 24 hour toll free hotline (211) available in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Iowa that has information, referrals, and crisis support for individuals needing immediate services.  They also have translation services available. 

Protecting the Health of Our Community Together

We all hope for a speedy end to this health care crisis. However, during the crisis we can ease the anxiety and tension by remembering that every person and organization is facing unforeseen challenges each day. We embrace these challenges because to proceed with business-as-usual would jeopardize the health and safety of our families, friends, colleagues and neighbors. Through action, compassion, and common sense, our community can and will weather this storm.

Thank you for your patience and understanding. 


Georgina Tegart, Executive Director

Coalition Structure Visual Diagram

Below is a visual image of how the Health Dunn Right Coalition structure functions. The leaves represent one “working group”. These groups communicate and collaborate with each other in order to move the work of the coalition forward. A representative of each of these groups will communicate with the Steering Committee and the Steering Committee will communicate with the Leadership Council. The Leadership Council makes decisions based on the recommendations of the Steering Committee and what the community needs are.

SteeringCommittee-infographic SteeringCommittee-infographic2

Framework for Working Together

Goal: To achieve this goal, we agree on a set of shared assumptions on how to work together!

  1. Value diversity in all its forms.
  2. Operate with the assumption of goodwill. Agree to assume neutral intent.
  3. Operate with the understanding that we have common goals.
  4. Trust the process, question the path.
  5. Share the workload. (As equitably as possible).
  6. Volunteer joyfully for tasks that align with your skill set and interest.
  7. Share your professional “triggers” so that others can respond in ways that are helpful.
  8. Be timely in responses. Prioritize your teammates. Respond directly, (as appropriate) with acknowledgment and feedback as needed.
  9. Let others know if you need help.
  10. Speak your own truth.
  11. Share your thoughts. If your gut tells you to speak up, speak up! None of us are mind readers.
  12. It’s okay to change your mind after reflection.
  13. Be transparent.
  14. Be aware that silence might mean something. Help your teammates find their voice. Push past your own fears and speak up.
  15. Let everyone’s voice be heard. Set the table for everyone.
  16. Share your biases with your teammates.
  17. Be aware that pride and ego are professional hazards that can trip us up if we are not careful.
  18. Be aware of “power balancing” and how it can impact our work.
  19. Respect the time and space needed for thoughtful reflection of ideas.
  20. Lean into the process. Trust your teammates.

Conference Seeks to Form Coalition

Individuals and organizations interested in advancing health in Dunn County are invited to attend a Health Coalition Design Day Conference. The goal of the day is to create a community coalition of government and nonprofit agencies, parents, teachers, law enforcement, businesses, religious leaders, legislators, schools, health providers and other community activists who are mobilizing at the local level to make our community safer, healthier and more vigorous.

Conference sees to form a coalition to advance healthier community – Dunn County News

Early History of the Health Coalition

The development of a health coalition has been called for by health providers and nonprofits in Dunn County after the results of two county wide needs assessments (links provided below). Trending health topics that need our urgent attention are: nutrition, physical activity and obesity; mental health; alcohol and other drug use; and chronic disease prevention and management.

In addition, County Health Rankings for every community in the USA helped crystallize some of the urgent health concerns our neighbors face. New online resources such as What Works for Health are helping communities understand evidence-based strategies for improving health.

We recommend this excellent article on the Role of Social Determinants in Promoting Health and Health Equity available from the Kaiser Family Foundation to help you prepare for the day: