COVID-19 Updates

2020-03-27

Letter from AADC:  Be Careful of people that contact you”out of the blue” to offer you grants or loans.
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Good Afternoon!
Ashland and Bayfield Counties have created an information page and you have an opportunity to have your business on a map they have included on the site.  They have created a survey and asked that we send it to you.  If you are interested in having your business and hours on the map, please fill out the survey.
Bayfield County Land Records Department has offered to team up on a project to help the public find information on businesses that are remaining open during this pandemic.

They have created a survey123 (like Survey Monkey) to inquire if businesses remain open, found here: (and linked below in Carmen’s email) https://arcg.is/1vv4e1

The data gets transferred to a public map, hosted here: https://coronavirus-response-bayfieldgis.hub.arcgis.com/

Please let us know if you have any questions.
Thank you!!

Brittany Goudos-Weisbecker
GIS Coordinator & Land Information Officer | Ashland County GIS Department
201 Main Street West, Room 205B | Ashland, Wisconsin 54806
Office Phone: (715) 685-2002 | Email: brittany.goudos-weisbecker@co.ashland.wi.us
Interactive web map: http://ashlandcowi.wgxtreme.com | https://co.ashland.wi.us/gis

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Some people have asked, What can I do?
We are experiencing a highly fluid situation that changes hourly. This is a hard time for area families, community groups, and businesses. Small, independent businesses operate on tight margins. A few slow days is alarming but a few slow weeks (or temporary closures) can be devastating. It is up to us to pull together as a community to stay healthy and safe while also keeping our small businesses going. They are the backbone of our community – supporting nonprofits, employing locals, and keeping dollars in our own community.

If you are feeling powerless and want to help, here are some actions you can take now:

  • Buy gift cards directly from downtown businesses (not Chamber Dollars). This helps keep them going today even if you can’t shop or eat there until tomorrow.  http://shop.visitashland.net/15-chamber-store
  • Donate to local nonprofits – especially those that have to cancel fund-raising events. Don’t wait for end-of-year giving. Generally, nonprofits have unpredictable cash flow because we earn money from sponsors, donors, events, merchandise sales, or grants – there aren’t always guarantees on how much money will come in or when.
  • Eat and shop local. Fight the urge to buy from national online retailers. Think about how your life would have normally flowed this week and try to support those same businesses in a slightly different way. Buy gift cards or use takeout options (see our continually updated list here). Many businesses are offering delivery or pickup for online or call-ahead orders for food and merchandise, even ones that don’t normally offer this service!
  • Keep up with downtown businesses – Follow your favorites on Facebook, instagram, or twitter.
  • Practice generosity
  • Get ready to eat and buy local when this passes. Businesses need you to stay open. When the time comes for us to go out & celebrate, let’s look forward to going big! Let this season of life apart grow love for your city and a generous heart for the businesses that make our community wonderful.

WAYS TO HELP FOR FREE

  • LIKE your favorite small business on social media
  • COMMENT on their posts
  • SHARE their posts with your friends and networks
  • Be sure to visit their pages to see posts that you may have missed on your newsfeed!  Commenting on and sharing posts significantly increases their reach and visibility so more people will see them

Also, check in with small business owners and employees to see how they’re doing. Over 90% of our business are locally owned, so they are your friends and neighbors. A little love and a few words of encouragement can go a long way!

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Helpful Links:

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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