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How Close Are Wisconsinites Sticking To Home As The COVID-19 Crisis Continues?

Cars on road
April 29, 2020

More than a month after Wisconsin directed residents to stay home as much as possible to slow the spread of COVID-19, adherence to the state's "safer-at-home" order is beginning to erode.

Wisconsin DHS Media Briefing for 4/29/2020

COVID-19 Media Briefing - 4/29/2020

April 29, 2020

Today's briefing incluldes

  • Governor Tony Evers
  • Secretary-designee Andrea Palm, Wisconsin Department of Health Services 
  • Dr. Ryan Westergaard, Chief Medical Officer of the Bureau of Communicable Diseases   
  • Ryan Nilsestuen, Chief Legal Counsel, Office of the Governor 

The COVID-19 FAQ

COVID-19 testing
April 28, 2020

Wisconsin DHS COVID-19 Media Briefing 4/28/2020

COVID-19 Media Briefing - 4/28/2020

April 28, 2020

Today's update features a discussion about proceeding with Badger Bounce Back, and moving to doing much more testing in the state now that there is a greatly expanded capability for testing. The new guidelines say that anyone who exhibits COVID-19 symptoms should now be tested, not just those who show very serious symptoms. There is also a discussion of the expansion of contact tracing in the state, and the huge challenge this presents.

State Parks to re-open with limitations

DNR Logo
April 28, 2020

This morning Governor Evers and the Wisconsin DNR  announced re-opening of most of the state parks on May 1 that had previously been closed. There are several restrictions on the use of the state parks.

Gov. Evers Announces Expanded Opportunities for Certain Nonessential Businesses

Governor Tony Evers
April 27, 2020

This press release was sent from Governor Evers' office . It clarifies and expands some of the criteria for expanding the businesses that will be allowed to open under the less-restrictive rules starting Wednesday. Non-essential businesses will be allowed to open with strictly curbside service.

DHS Media Briefing for 4/27/2020

COVID-19 Media Briefing - 4/27/2020

April 27, 2020

There will be a media briefing again today with the state DHS office. Today's briefing starts at 1:30 PM and will include:

Local Library Curbside Pickups

Curbside Pickup Graphic
April 27, 2020

Curbside pickup starts today at the Menomonie Public Library.; For the time being you can only request materials held at the Menomonie Library as there is no courier service between the libraries at this time. 

The Eau Claire library system does not have pickup service yet but will have an announcement on it by May 1. The Chippewa Falls library will start curbside pickup on May 4. 

For more information on how to do curbside pickup in Menomonie see the link below.

Dunn County COVID-19 Update for April 24, 2020

April 26, 2020

Dunn County Weekly Recap with Dunn County Health Department Director KT Gallagher

Millions of People Face Stimulus Check Delays for a Strange Reason: They Are Poor

April 25, 2020

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Gov. Evers Signs Emergency Order #32, Relating to the Operation of an Alternative Care Facility at State Fair Park

Gov. Tony Evers
April 23, 2020

MADISON — Gov. Tony Evers and Wisconsin Department of Health Services Secretary-designee Andrea Palm today signed Emergency Order , relating to the operation of an alternative care facility (ACF) at State Fair Park in West Allis.

COVID-19 Media Briefing Call for 4/23/2020

COVID-19 Media Briefing - 4/23/2020

April 23, 2020

Today's call will take  place at 1:30 PM and will include:

  • Governor Tony Evers
  • Secretary-designee Andrea Palm, Wisconsin Department of Health Services 
  • ​Dr. Ryan Westergaard, Chief Medical Officer of the Bureau of Communicable Diseases   
  • Ryan Nilsestuen, Chief Legal Counsel, Office of the Governor 

GOP legislators take Safer at Home extension to the Supreme Court

Robin Vos
April 21, 2020

As was expected, today Republican leaders in the state legislature took Tony Evers and DHS Secretary Designate Andrea Palm to court. They are requesting an emergency order from the State Supreme Court to have the recent extension of the Safer at Home order rolled back. Under the recent extension non-essential businesses, schools, and other entities will remain closed until May 26.