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Department of Health Services

COVID-19 is the disease caused by a virus strain that began spreading in people in December 2019 and was first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China

Health experts are concerned because little is known about this new respiratory virus, and it can cause severe illness and pneumonia in some people. It is not the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold.

Here is the DHS Website regarding COVID-19.

On Thursday, Governor Evers issued an Executive Order Declaring a Health Emergency. 

Please see this memo regarding the limitations of nonessential large group meetings.

Center for Disease Control

Information that can be found from the CDC's website on ways to prevent the spread. 

Take steps to protect yourself:

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.


If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Avoid close contact with people who are sick

Stay home if you’re sick

Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.

Wear a facemask ONLY IF YOU ARE SICK!

Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily.  

Information for Populations at Risk for Serious Illness

Department of Natural Resources

Interactive Water Maps:

My office recently received some information from the DNR about a couple of web-based, interactive publications that highlight Wisconsin's groundwater use and resources.

The first publication is a data set for an understanding of the volume and spatiotemporal distribution of water withdrawals across Wisconsin. The withdrawals are used to support a wide variety of uses including drinking water, industry, and agriculture. For best results, use Google Chrome to access the Water Use Story Map.


The second publication is a story map that highlights the origin of Wisconsin’s groundwater resource. This product is an excellent way for you to learn more about the aquifers that Wisconsin’s water users rely on. Again, for best results, use the Google Chrome browser to access the Origins of Wisconsin’s Groundwater.


Other updates from the DNR:

 * The 2020 elk tag application period begins on March 1st and runs through May 31st.  This fall marks the third elk hunt in state history.

* Updated state, regional and local fishing regulations – geared at providing good fishing opportunities to the public and fulfilling management goals – will go into effect on April 1st.  

* With warmer days ahead, check out programs and events being held at State Parks and recreational properties around the state, the DNR’s Get Outdoors! event calendar can help you plan your next outdoor adventure.

County Deer Advisory Council meetings to be held across the state March 30th through April 6th.  Every county in Wisconsin has a County Deer Advisory Council, which provides an opportunity for local input into local deer management.  These meetings are important for shaping the 2020 deer hunting seasons and annual antlerless harvest quotas.  A schedule of each county’s meeting can be found here.

Wisconsin Historical Society

The Wisconsin Council for Local History Mini-Grant applications are now open. The Mini-Grant Program supports projects to improve the care, management, and access to local history collections. You can find the grant guidelines, here and the grant application, here

Here are also some additional resources for learning how to submit a successful application: 

Sample Grant Proposals

Sample Grant Report

Any questions or concerns can be directed to: fieldservices@wisconsinhistory.org