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COVID-19 Update:

3001 US Highway 12 East,Suite 0

Menomonie, WI 54751

715-232-2388     Fax: 715-232-1132

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.

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