COVID-19 Updates

2020-05-22

Letter from AADC:  Be Careful of people that contact you”out of the blue” to offer you grants or loans.
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Business News Update May 22, 2020

It’s been an interesting week.  So many businesses have opened back up and we are seeing more and more traffic on the highway. Construction projects are underway around the two counties and as we head into our holiday weekend let’s take a moment and remember why we celebrate Memorial Day. Memorial Day is to memorialize the veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. We spend time remembering those who lost their lives and could not come home, reflecting on their service and why we have the luxury and freedom that we enjoy today.  Thank you to all of you who have served, or are serving our country.  You are all heroes and we owe you our deepest gratitude.   See the bottom of this brief for the Memorial Day programs.
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This is great news from Memorial Medical Center
Memorial Medical Center announces that most hospital services are now resuming.
Memorial Medical Center is pleased to announce that most services at the hospital will now resume. These services include Rehabilitation Services, Laboratory Services, Cardiac Rehab Phase II, Radiology, Cardiopulmonary, Outpatient Behavioral Health, Specialty Services, and Dietitian Services.
To safely provide these services, Memorial Medical Center will ensure the following:

  • All patients will be screened upon entering the facility to ensure there are no signs or symptoms of flu or COVID-19.
  • Social distancing will be implemented in all areas of the facility.
  • Staff and patients must wear masks. All patients will be given a mask upon entering the facility.
  • Hand sanitizing stations are available throughout the hospital.
  • Visitors are not allowed entrance into the facility.

Elective surgeries, including outpatient and inpatient procedures, will begin on May 26. We still encourage telehealth visits where they are available. Memorial Medical Center will continue to limit students, support groups, and classes including childbirth and lactation consults.
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Information from Dr. John Raymond, President & CEO, Wisconsin School of Medicine – on Today’s Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation Webinar – Dr. Raymond was very pleased with the following trends!

COVID-19 TRENDS (MAY 21, 2020)
Doubling times: Wisconsin = 17.7 days
Daily growth rates (last 7 days): Wisconsin = 3%
Positive tests of 8,938: Wisconsin = 472 (5%)
Testing capacity: Increased to 14,140 in Wisconsin
Wisconsin hospitalizations: 398 inpatients, 126 in ICU, 383 available ICU beds
ICU and ventilator capacity: Stable/Adequate in Wisconsin
PPE trends: Stable in Wisconsin(shortage on gowns)
Reproductive Number: Wisconsin = 1.1
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Memorial Day 2020 is upon us.
The members of the United Chequamegon Veterans take great pride in our annual Memorial Day program at the Band shell. Every year we are grateful and appreciative  of the large attendance at our program as well as the numbers that attend our somber remembrances at area cemeteries. Unfortunately, this year we have made the decision to not hold the large public program at the Band shell due to public health concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic. In our role as duly elected Post commanders of our respective posts, we felt we had an obligation to err on the side of caution for both the public and our members. With that being said, we are still going to fulfill our obligation to our departed comrades on this Memorial Day. Memorial Day is a sacred day for our area military veterans as we remember our fallen comrades.  It is our solemn duty to honor their memories. In the words of Wisconsin Veteran and former VFW National Commander Thomas Tradewell, “Sacrifice is meaningless without remembrance.” We live in a nation worth sacrificing for and generation after generation of American citizens have answered that call. Many of them have given that last full measure of devotion to their country. The bodies of our comrades are scattered around the world, many in marked graves in the United States or in foreign lands in which they fought.  Many still this day lie in unmarked graves in unknown locations around the world waiting to be identified and returned home. They deserve to be remembered and Memorial Day is set aside to remember them. In lieu of our traditional program, we will be doing a Live streamed program from Mt Hope Cemetery on Monday morning at 9:00am. The Livestream can be viewed at the Facebook pages of either VFW Post 690 or Sons of American Legion Squadron 90.  We will follow the Mt Hope program with visits to the following area cemeteries where we will render appropriate honors:  St. Agnes  9:40am;  B’Nai Israel: 10am; Town of Eileen Highland Memorial: 10:20am; Moquah area cemeteries: 11am.
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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.

  • AdventureUs:   Face Masks Back in Stock!   www.Get AdventureUs.com
  • 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
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.

  • Ashland Dental Clinic: 715-682-2733. Opening June 1st.
  • Sandbar Restaurant:  715-685-2583.  New Summer Menu and signature cocktails at The Sandbar! Open Memorial Day 8am-3pm. New breakfast sandwiches, blackberry yogurt parfait, salads, appetizers and wraps in addition to our popular hot pressed sandwiches. Available for TAKE OUT or dining outside with a beer by the bay. And now in addition to many craft beers…now serving Miller, Coors and Corona and hard seltzer.  Call or stop in to order.  Check out it at  https://www.bluewaveinnashland.com/the-sandbar
  • Scenic Drive Resort, Iron River: 715-372-4336  Hello,Hello!!! Were back. Going for a “soft opening” tonight May 22 at 5pm. We will have a limited menu which will be burgers and fries, fish sammich, BBQ Ribs and Ribeye steak sammich. Everything is clean and shiny, disinfected and all the new flooring is in.
  • Snap Fitness: Now open 24/7.  Management hours are Monday-Thursday 9am-6pm and Friday 9am-1pm.
  • Solstice Outdoors:  715-682-3590. Will be open Memorial Day 10am-3pm.
  • White Winter Winery, iron River.  715-372-5656.  Open this weekend and on Memorial Day! Open for tastings with the following consideration: * Groups of 6 or less; * Tastings will be at tables.; * Tastings can be done at our outside tables; * We can accommodate 6-8 groups at a time depending on size. * Please call ahead to ensure there is space. * No tours at this time. Due to our desire to ensure the safety of both our customers and staff we asked that masks be worn and customers maintain the 6 foot distance.

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/______________________________________

EVENTS

  • Bay City Cycles  ….We have officially announced our 2020 casual group ride starting this week, now in a socially distanced version for the foreseeable future.  The COVID-19 crisis means that we will be doing socially distanced weekly casual challenges. We’ll post a ride; you have a week to complete it! Share your ride photos with us on Facebook! Check our Casual Group Ride at Bay City Cycles Facebook group for weekly updates.  Thank you for the support! I hope you guys can give our new socially distanced casual group ride a chance!

May

  • 05/25/2020
    In-person Cancelled, Facebook Live is a go -Memorial Day ceremony at the Bandshell at 9:30am.   The members of the United Chequamegon Veterans take great pride in our annual Memorial Day program at the Bandshell. Every year we are grateful and appreciative  of the large attendance at our program as well as the numbers that attend our somber remembrances at area cemeteries. Unfortunately, this year we have made the decision to not hold the large public program at the Bandshell due to public health concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic.  In lieu of our traditional program, we will be doing a Livestreamed program from Mt. Hope Cemetery at 9am. The Livestream can be viewed at the Facebook pages of either VFW Post 690 or Sons of American Legion Squadron 90.  We will follow the Mt Hope program with visits to the following area cemeteries where we will render appropriate honors:  St. Agnes  9:40am;  B’Nai Israel: 10am;  Town of Eileen Highland Memorial: 10:20am; Moquah area cemeteries: 11am.
  • 05/25/2020
    Butternut Memorial Day salute to veterans at 11am.  After that they will go to each cemetery in Butternut.  For more information, call 715-769-3951 or visit www.butternutwi.com.
  • 05/27/2020
    19th Annual GFWC Ashland Monday Club and Ashland Beautification Council’s Plant Sale 10am-3pm at Menard Park ( Main Street & Chapple Ave).  Plant donations welcome.  Just drop off the day of the sale at the park.  Please label plants.  Questions call Mary Fall at 715-209-4881.
  • 05/28/2020
    White Winter Winery presents Where Anti-Social becomes Social.  One hour Live Stream Concerts beginning at 7pm.  Yasmine Bowers.  www.whitewinter.com 715-372-5656
  • 05/30/2020
    ABC Raceway Races:  Raceway located at 2187 Butterworth Road.  Sponsor Northern State Bank.  Regular season races on Saturday night. Hot Laps- 6:15pm. Racing- 7pm. Grandstand opens at 5pm.  For more information, go to www.abcraceway.com.

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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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