Florence County Businesses Can Reopen

May 14, 2020

Annette Seibold

news release

On Wednesday, May 13th, the Wisconsin Supreme Court overturned the state’s Safer at Home order.  
The Florence County Health Department after collaboration with local partners has issued a Public Health order which is attached to allow businesses to re-open using WEDC and Public Health guidance with a 50 person gathering limit in our current phase. (Schools operate under a different order and that remains intact).Public health will continue to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and has the obligation to address any outbreaks or spikes that occur. 
The virus is not gone. We want to continue to protect our community and aging and/or vulnerable populations. As testing increases, we expect to experience an increase in cases most recently related to the communitywide testing being offered in collaboration with the National Guard.  The Public Health department will investigate and provide contact tracing for all positive cases in our county.  No community or individuals are immune to getting this virus and the numbers can be expected to increase in the days to come.
We encourage everyone to be smart and continue to practice the guidance that has been shared over the last eight weeks. Maintain physical distance, avoid gathering in large groups, use good personal hygiene, handwashing, etc. Do not go to work, the store, or anywhere else when you feel ill. Consider wearing a cloth face covering when out in public.
People who are vulnerable and at higher risk of severe complications of COVID-19 should stay home whenever possible. This includes people over the age of 65, people who live in nursing homes and individuals with underlying health conditions or who are immunocompromised.
If you feel you have symptoms of COVID-19, contact your healthcare provider for testing options, or visit https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/testing for a list of free community testing sites throughout Wisconsin.

Local businesses will now play a larger role in protecting customers and staff. Local, state, and national resources are available to help businesses adapt best practices.  Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation: https://wedc.org/reopen-guidelines/
Centers for Disease Control: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html
Annette Seibold, RN, MS
Health Officer and Director
Florence County Health Department
501 Lake Avenue
P.O. Box 410
Florence, WI 54121

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