COVID-19 Updates

2020-07-30

COVID updates 7-30-2020

Greetings on this fabulous Thursday!

Lots of news today! Following is the Emergency Order outline from Governor Evers.
Don’t stop there, because there are other tidbits of information to follow!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 30, 2020
Contact: GovPress@wisconsin.gov or 608-219-7443
Gov. Evers Issues Executive Order Declaring Public Health Emergency and Requiring Face Coverings Statewide
MADISON — Gov. Tony Evers today declared a Public Health Emergency and issued an Emergency Order requiring individuals to wear face coverings when indoors and not in a private residence, with some exceptions as clarified and defined in the order. The order is effective at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, August 1, 2020, and will expire on September 28, 2020 or by a subsequent superseding order. Executive Order #82 declaring a public health emergency is available here and Emergency Order #1 requiring face coverings statewide is available here.

“While our local health departments have been doing a heck of a job responding to this pandemic in our communities, the fact of the matter is, this virus doesn’t care about any town, city, or county boundary, and we need a statewide approach to get Wisconsin back on track,” said Gov. Evers. “We’ve said all along that we’re going to let science and public health experts be our guide in responding to this pandemic, and we know that masks and face coverings will save lives. While I know emotions are high when it comes to wearing face coverings in public, my job as governor is to put people first and to do what’s best for the people of our state, so that’s what I am going to do.”

Wisconsin is seeing new and significant community spread and increase in cases of COVID-19 which requires that we declare a new public health emergency and require face coverings. Wisconsin has experienced a drastic rise in COVID-19 cases throughout the entire state, with 61 of 72 counties (84 percent) representing 96 percent of the state’s population experiencing high COVID-19 activity. All regions of Wisconsin have high COVID-19 activity levels. This is a dramatic increase from where Wisconsin was in June, when only 19 of 72 counties (26%) were experiencing high COVID-19 activity.

The average number of new confirmed cases of COVID-19 has drastically increased throughout July, with an average of 556 new cases each day between July 1-7, an average of 764 new cases each day between July 8-14 (a 37% increase from the previous week), an average of 890 new cases each day between July 15-21 (a 16% increase from the previous week), and an average of 938 new cases each day between July 22-26 (a 5% increase from the previous week).

Under this order, Wisconsin residents ages five and older are required to wear a face covering when they are indoors or in an enclosed space with anyone outside their household or living unit. Face coverings are strongly recommended if you are outdoors and maintaining physical distancing is not possible. The order also enumerates exceptions to the requirement, listing activities such as when an individual is eating, drinking, or swimming. Individuals with health conditions or disabilities that would preclude the wearing of a face covering safely are also exempt from the requirement. A frequently asked questions (FAQ) document is available here.

“The data is what drives our decisions, and that data tells us we have significant community spread in Wisconsin and need to take statewide action,” said DHS Secretary-designee Andrea Palm. “Community spread means that any interaction out in the community can mean exposure, and because people can spread COVID-19 without symptoms or even knowing they are sick, we need to take universal precautions in order for wearing face coverings to be effective.”

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the medical and scientific community continues to learn more about the virus, including how to best prevent its transmission. Recent scientific studies show that wearing face coverings is very effective in preventing the spread of COVID-19.

“Staying home, limiting interactions, practicing physical distancing, and washing your hands thoroughly are still the most effective ways to stop the spread,” said Dr. Ryan Westergaard, Wisconsin’s Chief Medical Officer and the State Epidemiologist for Communicable Diseases. “But we learn something new about this virus every day. A growing number of scientific studies tell us that face coverings, when used correctly and consistently by a large percentage of the community, are extremely effective for preventing the spread of COVID-19 through respiratory droplets.”

For up-to-date information about Wisconsin’s COVID-19 response, visit the DHS COVID-19 webpage. We also encourage you to follow @DHSWI on Facebook and Twitter, or dhs.wi on Instagram for more information on COVID-19.
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Face Coverings FAQ from Liz Szot, RN, BSN, WCC  Health Officer/Public Health Administrator
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Next Thursday, August 6th, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, WEDC will be highlighting several communities throughout Wisconsin, in the “We’re All In” Wisconsin event.   Sam Rikkers and Lance Ausing from WEDC will be here for a Press Conference and we will talk about our beautiful downtown and awesome businesses that continue to practice safe protocol for their employees, residents, and travelers.  Thursday, at 2pm and we will have a Facebook live promo.  More to come!! 
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Mnuchin says GOP, Democrats ‘very far apart’ on coronavirus relief negotiations
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Wednesday said both the White House and Republicans were “very far apart” from Democrats on negotiations over the next coronavirus relief package. “As of now we’re very far apart,” Mnuchin, who is leading negotiations on Capitol Hill, told reporters alongside President Trump at the White House before the president departed for a trip to Texas.
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The Corn Man is here!!  He usually isn’t here until the first week of August, so what a great surprise and what a line!!  Check out the new businesses;  Tastes of Wisconsin, Starlit Gardens, and don’t forget that we still have Gift Certificates on our E-commerce page on our website. https://shop.visitashland.net/15-chamber-store To date we have sold over $20,000.00 in Gift Certificates since March 26!  You people are the Best and most supportive people EVER!!  Thanks for spending money locally!!  We have also sold a ton of Chamber Dollars lately, so keep those dollars here!!!
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Below is a list of recreation sites open in Ashland County.

  • Beaver Lake Boat Landing
  • Beaver Lake Campground
  • Chippewa Lake Boat Landing
  • Day Lake Campground
  • Day Lake Day Use Area
  • East Twin Campground
  • East Twin Boat Landing
  • Lake Three Boat Landing
  • Little Clam Lake Boat Landing
  • Mineral Lake Boat Landing
  • Morgan Falls and St. Peter’s Dome
  • Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center – grounds and trails are open, building remains closed to visitors. Employees will have the Spirit of the North Gift Shop open and be providing Visitor Services outside on a limited basis. Check the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center Facebook page for information on when we are open. (side note – our goal is to be “open” Monday-Saturday, 9-3 p.m. weather dependent. We are working on getting port-a-potties in the parking lot to provide public restrooms for visitors.)
  • Penokee Trail Shelter
  • Penokee Trailhead
  • Potter Lake Boat Landing
  • Spillerburg Lake Boat Landing
  • Stock Farm Bridge Boat Landing

Stock Farm Bridge Campground – individual sites available for camping, group site closed for remainder of the season.

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The signs are here!!  They are small signs you can put in your windows that tell your customers you are following the guidelines from the CDC, and Ashland County Health Department. Here is a link to the signs  Employee Action  and/or Open & Ready  Please email me if you would like one.

Places that have COVID Supplies available.

  • Benoit Cheese  715- 746-2561.  Open  Monday – Saturday 9am – 3pm.  Closed Sundays.  Selling handmade masks for $6 and disposable vinyl powder free gloves $5.50 a box!
  • Red Bicycle 715-292-5185.  New masks are in! Both pleated and fitted. The fabrics pictured are reversible, both sides shown.  Please call 715-685-4114 to make an individual shopping appointment.

BUSINESS UPDATE – The lastest business updates.
Below is an update on what these businesses are doing.
As a business please continue to email information regarding your business to info@visitashland.com as we will continue to update the website and Facebook pages.

For a complete list of what businesses are open and how they are doing business go to https://www.visitashland.com/events/latest-news-and-updates/

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Some people have asked, What can I do?

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Previous Update Notices & E-Blasts

As per Memorial Medical Center:

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Screening Available at No Cost
Ashland, WI – Memorial Medical Center is working closely with our community partners in response to the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). Several of our partners are offering free screenings online via e-visits or by calling their toll-free numbers if any of the following is true:

  • You begin to experience respiratory symptoms such as fever, cough or shortness of breath.
  • You have had contact with someone with a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19 or who is under investigation for COVID-19, or is ill with respiratory illness.
  • You have traveled internationally or been to an affected area in the United States where community-based spread of COVID-19 is occurring.

In order to protect our community and prevent spread, it is important that individuals who believe they may have been infected with Coronavirus (COVID-19) use the following process to direct your care. If you are experiencing a medical emergency, call 911.

  • Essentia Health is providing free screenings to anyone experiencing symptoms by calling their toll-free phone number at 1-833-494-0836 or through an e-visit on their heath portal, MyHealth. The e-visits provide 24/7 access to connect to an Essentia Health Care Team without requiring you to leave home. E-visits can be found at essentiahealth.org/services/e-visit.
  • St. Luke’s Chequamegon Clinic is also offering two, free E-Care visits per user. You can also call their toll-free phone number at 1-218-249-4200 to complete a COVID-19 screening. E-Care is open 7:00am – 8:00pm and can be found at slhduluth.com/ecare, and the toll-free line is open 24/7.
  • NorthLakes Community Clinic can be reached at (715) 685-2200.
  • Main Street Clinic can be reached at (715) 682-5601.

Physicians and advanced practice providers will make the decision to test patients for influenza and COVID-19 in consultation with local health departments.

For those that have flu or cold-like symptoms, please stay home from work or school, and practice social distancing. If symptoms worsen, or you have any concerns, please call your primary care provider before visiting a doctor’s office, urgent care or emergency department.

In order to protect yourself, the CDC strongly encourages the following recommendations:

  • Wash your hands often, and for at least 20 seconds
  • Use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol
  • Get the flu shot
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Put distance between yourself and other people
  • Stay home as much as possible
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily

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