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Dear Neighbor,

This newsletter is being sent in accordance with a law change to allow limited mass communication after April 15th of an election year for critical coronavirus updates. I am happy to be able to continue this special edition of our newsletter this week to provide you with some additional information you may need to keep your families safe and healthy.

In addition to this newsletter, you may follow me on Facebook and Twitter for regular updates. You may also follow our Department of Health Services. 


I ask that you help share this newsletter with your friends and family. An informed community is a strong community, and I appreciate the opportunity to discuss our communities' concerns.




Sen. Patty Schachtner

Coronavirus Update



In our area, we have had confirmed cases of coronavirus in Pierce, St. Croix, Dunn, and Polk Counties. Nearby Wisconsin counties like Barron, Chippewa, and Eau Claire, each have several cases. Across the border in Minnesota, our neighboring counties of Chisago and Washington have hundreds of cases too.


Badger Bounce Back Progress

As of Monday, 5/11, we have successfully met half of our Badger Bounce Back Plan metrics! Safer at Home is working and getting us closer to being able to safely and thoughtfully reopen portions of our economy.  Follow along with this progress here.


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Opening Retail

On Monday, Governor Evers and Secretary-designee Andrea Palm announced another turn of the dial on some of the Safer at Home guidelines! Because we’re making positive progress as part of the Badger Bounce Back Plan, retail outlets can now open with some safer shopping practices in place. Drive-in movie theaters can also open up just in time for summer!


Learn more about Emergency Order 36 here.




Safe Reopening Strategies

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation has put together guidelines for businesses to prepare for their reopening. You can read some of their general guidelines here.


Business owners are encouraged to post signs at the entrance of their business to inform both staff and customers of the practices they have in place. WEDC also recommends maintaining 6 feet of distance between customers which may require facilities to reduce their capacity. They also encourage employers to limit shared surfaces between their employees like phones, desks, and other work-related tools. Some industries like agriculture and hair salons have their own guidelines, so find all of this information here!


Check the Department of Health Service’s website for additional workplace safety information at Contact the state COVID-19 hotline at 211 or WEDC at 855.INWIBIZ (855.469.4249) for the latest guidance.


Getting Outdoors

COVID-19 has caused increased anxiety or feelings of depression in many people and one of the best ways to combat those feelings is to get some exercise in the great outdoors. Head out for a family bike ride, rent a canoe and get out on the water, or visit one of our beautiful state parks or trails.

All state parks have updated hours of operation from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. and will be closed on Wednesdays.  An annual park sticker or trail pass is still required to visit state parks and trails but you can purchase these stickers by phone 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. seven days a week by calling toll free: 1-888-305-0398. Learn more about how to safely visit our state parks here!


While you’re getting outside, here are some guidelines to stay safe and healthy during outdoor activities:


  • Do not congregate in parking lots, at trailheads, at boat launches, at overlooks etc.
  • Wait for others to leave before entering a crowded area.
  • Shared transport in vans, cars, etc., should be avoided unless a seat can be left empty between all riders who are not part of the same party.
  • Encourage passengers to wear face masks, and sanitize vehicle after each use.
  • Group events should be limited to 10 people.
  • Campsites should be limited to members of a single household or living unit.