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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 http://www.co.dunn.wi.us
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:
- Operate at 50 percent of seating capacity,
- 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.
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.
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.
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
Local page of Covid-19 information
Please join us for Advancing Health Equity 2020. This one-day conference will highlight how community-led partnerships are working to achieve health and health equity in Wisconsin.
Hello Mental Health & Wellness Action Team Members,
Please see the attached Meeting Minutes from our January Meeting last week. ACTION POINTS are highlighted in YELLOW . Take a look at where you can help with the Action Points. We have a GREAT opportunity through the new Health Dunn Right Website. THANK YOU Georgina for visiting us!
Per the previous email, our February Meeting we will be attending the Mindfulness Event at UW-Stout. Tuesday, February 4th at 11:00am – 12:00pm. This is a FREE Event and registration is required by 1/24/20.
Registration available at: https://uwstout.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_00qFv8WyaxmYlQ9
Thank you all for your continued participation!
Rachel Funk-Johnson, M.S. Happy Apple Therapy Center436 Main Street E., Menomonie, WI 54751www.happyappletherapy.comp.715-309-4335
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|The Alcohol, Nicotine, and Drug (AND) action team is working hard to address substance use in Dunn County. Their goal is to “Increase community awareness of options for healthy decision making related to substance use or abuse”. |
The action team also came up with four tentative objectives:
– By March 1st, 2020, the AND Action Team will improve information available to Dunn County residents.
– By January 1st, 2022, the AND Action Team will reduce high risk* alcohol consumption in Dunn County.
– By January 1st 2022, the AND Action Team will reduce harm due to AND in Dunn County.
– By May 1st 2021 the AND Action Team will support effective community based programs, events
and services for prevention and recovery.
The Housing Action Team has created one solid objective with multiple strategies to help them reach that goal. The Housing Action Team is also partnering with JONAH in Eau Claire to share ideas and help create affordable housing across the Chippewa Valley.
- Objective 1: Increase the number of rental units for house hold at or below 30% of the county median income.
- Strategy 1: Determine the number of rental units in Dunn County at or below 30% of the County median income.
- Strategy 2: Create (if needed)/offer “Being a good tenant” and “Being a good landlord” class/classes
- Strategy 3: “Yes In My Backyard” video campaign/outreach
- Strategy 4: Create an incentive program for landlords via case management services, a fund to pay damage deposits and/or establishing clean up crews that would pack up left behind items or physically clean rentals.
- Strategy 5: Develop working relationships with local government and economic development efforts to raise awareness about the need for affordable housing and how to create more rental units at or below 30% of median income.
The Environmental Health Action Team created an Ad Hoc group to create a logic model to guide their group moving forward. Their goal is: “We will transition to healthy urban and rural land and water use practices and policies to ensure Dunn County has safe air and water quality and ecological resilience”.
Their three objectives are:
(1) Develop collaboration among Dunn County groups that will result in expanded impacts for environmental health.
(2) Expand Dunn County citizen efforts to promote safe air and water quality.
(3) Advocate for expanded tracking and solutions to air and water quality.