Lincoln County Health Department: Critical message for residents Safer to Stay Home
On March 24, Governor Ever’s announced a Safer at Home order effective at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 25. Individuals in the State of Wisconsin are ordered to stay home or at their place of residence, unless providing essential services or completing essential tasks. All non-essential businesses must close. Please stay home; you are safer at home.
Under the Safer at Home order, Wisconsin residents are able to complete only essential tasks including: ● Performing tasks essential to maintain health and safety, such as obtaining medicine or seeing a doctor;
● Get necessary services or supplies for themselves or their family or household members, such as getting food and supplies, pet food and supplies necessary for staying at home.
● Care for a family member in another household; and
● Care for older adults, minors, dependents, people with disabilities or other vulnerable persons.
Businesses allowed to operate under the Safer at Home ordered include:
● Health care operations, including home health workers ● Critical infrastructure;
● Businesses that provide food, shelter, and social services, and other necessities of life for economically disadvantaged or otherwise vulnerable individuals;
● Fresh and non-perishable food retailers, including convenience stores, grocery stores, farmers’ markets, and food banks;
● Businesses that ship or deliver groceries, food and goods directly to residences;
● Pharmacies, health care supply stores and health care facilities;
● Child care facilities, with some limitations; ● Gas stations and auto repair facilities; ● Banks;
● Laundry businesses, dry cleaners and services necessary for maintaining the safety, sanitation and essential operations of a residence, including garbage collection;
● Hardware stores, plumbers, and electricians;
● Educational institutions, for the purposes of facilitating distance learning;
● Roles required for any business to maintain minimum basic operations, which includes security, and payroll; and
● Law and safety, and essential government functions will continue under the recommended action.
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* For a full list of essential business or if you are unsure if your business qualifies as essential go to https://wedc.org/essentialbusiness/ for more information; Governor Ever’s full order is available at https://bit.ly/3dz6xgj. Non-essential businesses must close or they may be subject to fines or imprisonment. Individuals who leave their home to attend to essential business or tasks outlined above do not need to carry documentation of their destination at this time.
Public Health officials are using the term social or physical distancing. At this time, it is the only effective means of slowing the rate of infection. Limit your contacts overall; no dinner parties, no sleep overs, no kids at the playgrounds and no gatherings. People need to be in contact with as few people as possible.
* If you have been contacted by your public health department or told by a physician to stay in isolation you need to stay isolated. If you have returned from an area with known community spread of the virus, you should self-quarantine for 14 days. Failing to stay in isolation can result in a fine or imprisonment. These measures would be drastic; ideally, these measures are followed voluntarily. Enforcement is not something local officials want to have to do.
* Everyone has a role in working together to prepare for what is ahead of us. Take some time and think about how you and your friends and family are handling the implications of the pandemic. Connect with loved ones by phone or video chat. Do not hesitate to ask for help if you are feeling overwhelmed. Call SAMHSA Disaster Distress Hotline 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor.
For general information about COVID-19 you can visit Lincoln County Health Department’s website at www.lincolncountyhealthdepartment.com or follow us on Facebook, the WI Department of Health Services or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) websites