COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Updates
COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update for Village of Waunakee
- Dane Co Dashboard: https://cityofmadison.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/e1b2b7b6ea444637b102fdce3aab6693
- Public Health Madison and Dane County COVID-19 Messaging Toolkit
- Public Health of Madison and Dane County COVID Resources (includes latest COVID orders impacting the Village of Waunakee residents and businesses)
- Wisconsin Department of Health Services (State of Wisconsin resources and data tracking info)
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC - Federal Government resources)
- DECLARATION OF EMERGENCY IN THE VILLAGE OF WAUNAKEE (3/16/2020)
- 3/24 Letter from Village President Chris Zellner
- Letter from Waunakee Village Trustee and SSM Health Family Physician Dr. Bill Ranum
COVID-19 CASES IN WAUNAKEE:
Many citizens have expressed curiosity regarding the number of positive COVID-19 cases in our community. This is not a number that is tracked at the local level. That information is currently shared at the county level because more specific data could identify people in our communities. No matter where you live, our recommendations are the same: stay home as much as possible. Here’s the recommendations form Dane County Public Health: https://publichealthmdc.com/coronavirus/recommendations-and-guidance.
Please call or email rather than visit. 608-850-8500 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We likely can complete your request or transaction without in-person interactions.
WAUNAKEE COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT INFORMATION:
For news about the Waunakee Community School District response to the Covid-19 outbreak, visit their Facebook page or website at https://www.waunakee.k12.wi.us/learning/index.cfm.
LOCAL BUSINESS RESOURCES:
The Village is gathering various communications related to business support: http://www.vil.waunakee.wi.us/887/COVID-19-Business-Assistance-Resources.
Contact the applicable department by phone to discuss options that would avoid face-to-face contact. A staff directory is available here: http://www.vil.waunakee.wi.us/Directory.aspx. Options may include on-line payments or use of the dropbox located outside the entrance to Village Hall 24/7.
VILLAGE GOVERNMENT MEETINGS:
While some non-essential Village committee meetings will be cancelled, many are continuing but will be held as live virtual meetings until further notice. The public will be informed on the meeting agendas on how to participate.
The on-line meeting agendas can be found at https://onbase.waunakee.com/onbaseagendaonline. In addition to the public, all Board members and staff will also be participating remotely. Anyone with questions may contact the Village at (608)850-2182 or email@example.com.
Village Hall is closed to walk-in visits. Village Hall staff remain working, either at Village Hall or remotely. You can contact Village Hall at 608-850-8500 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Emails and messages are checked regularly. All other business should be conducted by phone/email by contacting the applicable department (http://www.vil.waunakee.wi.us/Directory.aspx).
VILLAGE CENTER & RECREATION PROGRAMS:
The Village Center is currently open for a limited amount of in-person business. If you plan to visit the Village Center – please know that face coverings are worn in our facility. Our staff team continues to be available by phone (608-850-5992) and email (email@example.com) to help customers with questions, program registrations and other Village Center business. A reminder that program registration is always available online at www.waunakee.com/recreation.
In accordance with PHMDC Order #15 the Village Center is offering a growing amount of in-person programming. Visit us online at www.waunakee.com/recreation to see what is available now. Our Spring II session of fitness classes (May 2 – June 5) begins soon. Registration for both in-person and on-line classes begins on Tuesday, April 20. . Follow this link for more information: Group Fitness Schedules | Waunakee, WI - Official Website.
Registration is now available for many programs to be hosted later this spring and summer. Activity Guides were mailed to Waunakee addresses in early April. Check out a wide variety of fun programs scheduled to take place.
The Fitness Center and walking track continue to be open at 50% capacity, by appointment only, masks required. To make an appointment to work out, please call us at 850-5992. The Center is open the following days/times:
Monday – Thursday 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Friday 6:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Saturday 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
To learn more about the details of this plan follow this link: http://wi-waunakee.civicplus.com/187/Village-Center
Online programming options are available! Connect with us via Facebook (www.facebook.com/WaunakeeVillageCenter) and on our Virtual Recreation webpage which can be accessed at www.waunakee.com/recreation for some great ideas for staying active!
The Senior Center continues to provide home delivered meals to those who qualify Monday through Friday. The congregate dining site is currently closed. Starting May 3 meals may be picked up at the Senior Center Monday through Friday between 11:30 – 12:00. A reservation must be made by 2:00 pm the day prior. You must be 60 or older to participate in the meal pick up program. Case Management Services are available. Please contact the worker who provides service to the area you reside in: if in the Village of Waunakee contact Candice Duffek, if in Dane Town, Dane Village, Springfield, Westport or Vienna contact Melissa Woznick. Either can be reached by calling 608-849-8385. The Senior Center is open Monday through Friday 8:00am to 4:00 pm. Appointments can be made for foot care and massage therapy. We ask that when you arrive for one of these appointments to please wait in the dining room area. You are required to wear a mask. The Senior Center is currently offering limited programs, which include Wii bowling, Friday movies, drop in painting and ukulele. A reservation is required due to limiting the number of attendees we will allow to participate. You are required to wear a mask. Please visit the Senior Center website for more information on other monthly scheduled activities. The RSVP Driver Escort programs remains suspended. If you are in need of a ride to a medical appointment call the Transportation Center of Dane County 608-242-6489 and they will assist you with scheduling a ride. Rides to local stores can be scheduled with Transit Solutions by calling the Senior Center. The Senior Center’s Lending Closet is open; please call to check if the item you’re in need of is available. An appointment is needed to pick up items to be borrowed.
For more information please go to www.waunakee.com/seniorcenter or call 849-8385
WAUNAKEE PUBLIC LIBRARY:
The Library is once again open and serving customers inside the building. Some services, such as study rooms and children's play areas, remain unavailable. We ask that all visitors maintain social distance and wear masks. Drive-up contactless pick-up of holds remains available by calling 608-849-4217.
Our current hours are:
Monday- Thursday 9AM-6PM
Please call the Library anytime Monday-Friday from 9 AM to 6 PM if you have questions about services. The Library will also respond to questions through email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or on social media.
POLICE DEPARTMENT PROGRAM CHANGES:
The Police Department is suspending PD tours, ride-alongs, and WNC drop-offs. Fingerprinting services have been made available again.
PUBLIC WORKS GARAGE:
Public Works garage offices are closed to the public. A sign is posted for "appointments only".
WAUNAKEE UTILITIES LOBBY:
Utility COVID-19 specific web page: https://www.waunakeeutilities.com/response-covid-19.
The Waunakee Utilities lobby is closed to visitors until further notice. Customer service staff remain available during normal business hours at (608) 849-8111 or at email@example.com.
We have staffing plans in place to ensure our electric, water, wastewater, customer service, and other critical team members can continue to serve you. Many utility-related topics can be found at waunakeeutilities.com, including payment options. The utility also has a payment drop box located in the parking lot for customers to utilize.
VILLAGE PUBLIC PARKS:
Parks and playgrounds are now open for use. Social distancing is recommended for all participants but masks are no longer required (PHMDC – Order #15)
Playfields are now open as the weather allows. Please observe “field closed” signs when in place during times of wet ground conditions.
Park Restrooms will open on May 1 for the season. Reservations for shelters for the 2021 season are underway. Call the Village Center at 850-5992 to reserve a shelter.
WAUNAKEE MUNICIPAL COURT:
THE WAUNAKEE MUNICIPAL COURT has SUSPENDED In-Person Court BY THE WAUNAKEE MUNICIPAL COURT JUDGE UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
Payments can be placed in the silver drop box located outside Village Hall, mailed to P.O. Box 100 or paid via credit card/debit card at https://acipayonline.com/index.jsp. Paperwork for the court can also be placed in the silver drop box located outside Village Hall or mailed to P.O. Box 100.
Juvenile ordinance citations will be heard at 5:30 pm via the Zoom link listed below.
(You will be brought into your initial appearance when it is your turn to ensure confidentiality for each juvenile defendant, so please wait patiently).
January 5th April 13th
February 2nd May 4th
March 2nd June 1st
Please click the following link to join the webinar: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83186462849
OR Join by Telephone: (312) 626-6799 Webinar ID: 831 8646 2849
TRAFFIC/ORDINANCE COURT will start at 5:30 PM and GOOD CAUSE/INDIGENCY HEARINGS will follow via the Zoom link listed below.
January 12th April 20th
February 9th May 11th
March 9th June 1st (@ 6:30 pm following Juvenile)
Please click the following link to join the webinar: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85390190911
OR Join by Telephone: (312) 626-6799 Webinar ID: 853 9019 0911
If you have any questions/concerns, PLEASE call 608-849-4573 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. These are being monitored during this time.
MESSAGE FROM WAUNAKEE NEIGHBORHOOD CONNECTION:
We are open for store donations, client shopping, and volunteering on Mondays and Fridays from 9:00 AM-4:00 PM, Wednesdays from 9:00 AM-7:00 PM, and the 4th Saturday of the month from 9:00 AM-2:00 PM.
Since the pandemic began back in March, Waunakee Neighborhood Connection has continued to facilitate “neighbors helping neighbors” so that everyone in our community is able to thrive during this time. Our free Community Store, case management, holiday programs, and other essential services are making a positive difference every day and we have continued to adjust, as necessary, based on the current situation and public health orders.
Anyone needing assistance, even on a short-term basis, is encouraged to contact us at (608)849-5740 or email@example.com. We’re here to help!
Due to continuing COVID-19 cases in our area, Waunakee Neighborhood Connection implemented the following operations plan in January 2021. These procedures will continue for the foreseeable future.
- We have suspended accepting furniture donations as those involve our volunteers going in and out of donor and client homes. If a donor is able to deliver the furniture once it is matched with a family, we may be able to accept the donation.
- We will allow only five volunteers in the building at any one time, and only if their work does not require them to encroach upon the space being used by another staff member or volunteer. The areas where volunteers may work include the Welcome Desk, Sorting Room, Store, Storage Room, and Data Entry office. Two volunteers who live in the same household may work in the same area but will still count as two volunteers in the building.
- Clients should make an appointment to shop during our open hours. Appointments can be made online or by contacting us at (608)849-5740 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Anyone who is experiencing symptoms or who has been exposed should not enter the building.
- Anyone entering the building must be wearing a mask and keep it on through the duration of their time in the building. The only exception is for staff members working in their private office with the door closed.
- Volunteers and clients must sign in and out on the Daily Visitor Tracking form.
- Staff members will continue to be present in the building on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridaysand on the 4th Saturday of the month. Staff may work from home on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
- We will continue to accept donations for the Community Store. Donations can be dropped off in the building lobby anytime during our open hours and will be held for 48 hours before being sorted.
- The building will be cleaned at least twice a week and high-touch surfaces will be disinfected regularly by staff and volunteers.
We will regularly re-evaluate this plan and make adjustments, as needed.
GENERAL COUNTY, STATE AND NATIONAL HEALTH INFO:
Prevent the spread - wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, cover your coughs and sneezes, and stay home when you are ill.
Madison & Dane County Public Health have issued recommendations for individuals, families, and businesses to consider regarding COVID-19. That information is available here: https://www.publichealthmdc.com/health-services/partners-providers/resources-by-disease/coronavirus?fbclid=IwAR2Bi_D2R1hecLafnOiKo0Uh76jz9--YpX5zuxF98IkH-656oCCyxsxnTsw.
The recommendation of the Wisconsin Department of Health Services is if you traveled to a country with a level 3 travel health notice for COVID-19, you will be asked to self-quarantine for 14 days after returning to Wisconsin. If you have a fever, cough, and shortness of breath, seek medical attention and stay home. This means do not go to school, work, enter public buildings, or attend large gatherings. Please See the Wisconsin Department of Health Services’ website for more details on self-quarantining: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/index.htm.
Follow Public Health Madison & Dane County on Facebook and Twitter to see the latest local updates. For the most up-to-date information, visit the CDC’s coronavirus webpage: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.
United Way of Dane County has many resources and avenues to be of help to others here: https://www.unitedwaydanecounty.org/.