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Menomonie Public Library to require face masks

Menomonie Library Photo
July 20, 2020

The Menomonie Public Library announced today that they are joining many other businesses and organizations in the area by requiring face masks be worn by customers of the library. Their announcement requires masks on everyone age 3 and above who are visiting the library and goes into effect on Monday, August 3.

The announcement in full reads:

Dunn County asks for citizen input on COVID-19 testing

dunn county seal
July 20, 2020

The Dunn County Health Department is - if you have a chance, please fill out the survey.

We are partnering with Polco - what do you think about Menomonie schools re-opening?

July 19, 2020

We're trying out another community engagement experiment. WisCommunity is partnering with Polco to do polls of the local community. At the moment we're interested in how you feel about sending your kids back to school this fall, and how you think that will happen.

Dunn County COVID-19 update for 7/17/2020

July 17, 2020

Today's weekly COVID-19 update with Dunn County Public Health Administrator KT Gallagher.

Weekly Recap with Health Department Director KT Gallagher!

Mask Up, Friends

Wiscommunity Face Mask
July 17, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic continues to spread alarmingly throughout the country and Wisconsin. Although we have not reached a crisis level in the Chippewa Valley, the numbers are not great. As of today we've had 61 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Dunn County, 48 of which are considered to have recovered. Fortunately we have not yet experienced any deaths. In Eau Claire County there have been 371 cases, and one death. State-wide the numbers are definitely not improviing (see below graphs).

Mask resistance during a pandemic isn't new – in 1918 many Americans were 'slackers'

July 16, 2020
Policemen in Seattle, Washington, wearing masks made by the Red Cross, during the influenza pandemic, December 1918. National Archives

State COVID-19 Media Briefing for 7/16/2020

COVID-19 Media Briefing - 7/16/2020

July 16, 2020

The state DHS will hold one of their regular media briefings today at 1:30 PM. The video will appear here when it takes place.

Eau Claire COVID-19 Update on masks and public health

July 15, 2020

This is a community meeting of many people and organizations on preventing the spread of the virus and the importance of wearing masks and following other best practices.

The City-County Health Department also today released a "Mask Up Eau Claire" statement of multiple partners in the county encourage mask use in public places. 

Wisconsin hits new high number of confirmed COVID-19 cases

COVID-19 Media Briefing - 7/14/2020

July 14, 2020

Today Governor Evers announced a new committee to expand broadband availability in the state.  He also covered other developments in economic recovery in the state from the pandemic. He reiterated that economic recovery in the state largely depends on controlling the growth of the pandemic, and that we are now seeing record increases in cases, particularly in the past week. 

COVID-19 cases continue their upward climb in Wisconsin

COVID Cases
July 11, 2020

For the third day in a row, the number of COVID-19 confirmed cases in the state per day has hit a record high. Today's report from the Department of Health Services shows a new high of 926 cases reported in the state. Although it is true that the number of tests being done in the state has increased greatly the percentage of tests that are positive also has been rising over the last few days, with over 8% of the tests done in the past 24 hours reported as positive.

Dunn County COVID-19 weekly report for 7/10/2020

Dunn County Seal
July 10, 2020

This is the weekly health department update with KT Gallagher. These generally happen every Friday afternoon.

Wisconsin DHS media briefing for 7/9/2020

COVID-19 Media Briefing - 7/09/2020

July 9, 2020

Today's briefing is expected to explain the new on-line registration for community testing - the new system is called COVID Connect. 

Potential COVID-19 exposure in Dunn County on July 4

COVID testing picture
July 9, 2020

According to a press release from the Dunn County Health Department this morning, people attending the Knapp Valley Riders 4th of July event  in Knapp, Wisconsin may have been exposed to the COVID-19 virus. People who attended the event and who are experiencing any of the COVID-19 symptoms should report this to their medical provider and be tested. 

Times and place of potential exposure include: