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       New Wisconsin Emergency Order #3                                  (10/6/2020)                                                                                                                                              
Click to see: Full Order Details and/or Frequently Asked Questions 
                
WIsconsin is now a COVID-19 hotspot.  It had the third highest number of new cases in the past seven days, with only California and Texas having more new cases.  Wisconsin must use all its tools, including keeping people physically apart and wearing face coverings, to slow this dangerous spike.

**In places that are open to the public: 
Indoor public gatherings are limited to NO MORE than 25% of the total occupancy limits for the room or building.  This directive is enforceable by civil forfeiture.  

**Exemptions to these limits include: 
  • 4k-12 schools, colleges, universities
  • child care settings
  • health care facilities
  • human services facilities
  • public infrastructure (such as food production)
  • federal, state, and local government
  • places of religious worship
  • rallies or demonstrations as protected by the First Amendment.
The order goes into effect at 8:00am on Thursday, October 8 and will remain in effect for two incubation periods (The incubation period for COVID-19, which is the time between exposure to the virus and symptom onset, is on average 5-6 days, however can be up to 14 days. WHO, 2020) of COVID-19, which will end November 6, 2020.

                                Click to see: Greendale Health Department Communication to Businesses


             COVID-19 Status in Greendale

        Local COVID Data                  


Flu Season 2020-2021

Despite being in the middle of a pandemic this year, the Greendale Health Department is committed to continuing to offer free flu vaccines for children and at-cost flu vaccines for adults during this flu season.  Appointments available Wednesdays and Fridays at the Greendale Health Department. Please call 414-423-2110 to schedule an appointment.

Getting a flu vaccine can be an essential part of protecting your health and your family’s health this season. This year, flu vaccination is very important because it can reduce the overall impact of respiratory illnesses on the community. By reducing the severity and impact of influenza, we hope to lessen the amount of preventable medical visits and hospitalizations. In turn, this will lessen the burden on the healthcare system and allow for resources to be used to fight COVID-19. This year, additional infection prevention strategies will be implemented during flu vaccination season.

To ensure the safe delivery of care during vaccination, the Greendale Health Department will minimize chances for exposures by:

    • Screening for symptoms of COVID-19 and contact with persons with possible COVID-19 prior to and upon arrival at the clinic- Isolate symptomatic patients as soon as possible by instructing them to return home, call medical provider, and anticipate COVID-19 testing.
    • Limiting capacity and monitoring points of entry to the clinic.
    • Ensuring all persons over the age of 5 are wearing a cloth face covering and encourage face coverings in those between the age of 2 to 5 (if tolerated).
    • Avoiding reuse of materials (e.g., clipboards, pens) as much as possible.

Ensuring physical distancing by implementing strategies, such as:

    • Reducing crowding in waiting areas by asking clients to remain outside (e.g., stay in their vehicles, in a line 6 feet apart, if applicable) until they are allowed into the clinic.
    • Ensuring that physical distancing, with separation of at least 6 feet between individuals that are not from the same household, is maintained during all aspects of the visit, including check-in, checkout, screening, and post vaccination using strategies such as physical barriers, signs, ropes, and/or floor markings. 
    • Utilizing electronic communications as much as possible (e.g., filling out needed paperwork online in advance) to minimize risk of transmission, time in the clinic, as well as decrease interactions with others.
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State Mask Mandate Extended Until November 21, 2020
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With positive COVID-19 cases surging across the state, Gov. Tony Evers has extended the statewide mask mandate until November 21, 2020. On September 18th, a record high was set with 2,534 Wisconsinites testing positive.
Under the order, everyone age 5 and older must wear a face covering when indoors or in any enclosed space open to the public, including outdoor bars and restaurants, public transit and outdoor park structures. Face coverings are recommended in all other settings where people may come in contact with others, including outdoors when maintaining physical distance is not possible. To see the full order, visit Updated Mask Mandate.


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As many people in the United States begin to plan for fall and winter holiday celebrations, CDC offers the following considerations to help protect individuals, their families, friends, and communities from COVID-19.  When planning to host a holiday celebration, you should assess current COVID-19 levels in our community to determine whether to postpone, cancel, or limit the number of attendees.   In-person gatherings pose varying levels of risk. Event organizers and attendees should consider the risk of virus spread based on event size and use of mitigation strategies, as outlined in the Considerations for Events and Gatherings. 

Fall holiday celebrations such as Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Halloween, Día de Los Muertos, Navratri, Diwali, and Thanksgiving will likely need to be different to prevent the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19. Avoid activities that are higher risk for spread. Consider fun alternatives that pose lower risk of spreading the virus that causes COVID-19.  Share your fun holiday alternative activities with us on Facebook.
                                                                             


                                                                       
                                                                           
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Greendale's Dementia-Friendly workgroup has partnered with a student from the Medical College of Wisconsin to improve the dementia friendliness of our community. To do this, we need you! Please complete this short survey so we can learn more about what our community needs. Thank you for making Greendale dementia-friendly!  

Here's the link to the survey: 

https://mcwisc.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_41uGQuJ6LjmuDLD 

 



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