In a press release, this afternoon Dunn County Public Health Administrator KT Gallagher announced a new COVID-19 Administrative Order. The previous order 20-01 was set to end on May 26. The new order 20-02  extends the order through June 1, 2020 and clarifies the differences between what parts of the order are mandatory and those that are advisory. 

Under the new order schools must remain closed, and local businesses must have a plan to keep their staff and customers safe as they re-open.

Currently in Dunn County we have 24 
confirmed COVID-19 cases, one person in the hospital, and 19 people released from isolation. We
have begun to see a strain on regional ICU bed space and are still seeing a steady increase in COVID-
19 cases within our region. These facts force us be cautious as businesses re-open. The Dunn County
Health Department is recommending that people avoid large gatherings and avoid travel outside the
community. Schools must stay closed and local businesses must have a plan in place to keep their
staff, clients and community safe as they reopen. Order Number 20-01 has now been extended with
Order 20-02 until June 1, 2020.

Order Number 20-01 was put in place from May 14 th, 2020 to May 26 th , 2020. Order Number 20-02 
which continues the previous order can be found below.

Order Number 20-02:

1. Mass gatherings. Dunn County residents are advised to avoid gatherings of 10 or more people in 
their place of work, play or worship. All gatherings that bring together people in a single room or
confined or enclosed space, whether inside or outside, at the same time should: (a) preserve
physical distancing (maintaining 6 feet of distance between people and avoiding all direct physical
contact); and, (b) follow all other public health recommendations issued by Dunn County Public
Health Department, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the US Centers for Disease

2. Closure of schools. In line with the decision of the Supreme Court, all public and private schools in
Dunn County shall remain closed. Staff presence on school property for basic operations, to
distribute food, or to support distance learning will be allowed.

3. Safe business practices. In the interest of public safety, all Dunn County businesses shall:

a. Have policies in place to monitor their staff for symptoms of COVID-19 or exposure to a
known case on a regular basis;

b. Have policies that support working from home, when feasible;

c. Have policies encouraging handwashing, wearing masks, and physical distancing;

d. Have policies and supplies to ensure adequate disinfection and cleaning;

e. Cooperate with Public Health investigations related to COVID-19 confirmed or suspected cases
related to the business operations, including excluding employees based on public health
recommendations and assisting public health with identifying and contacting contacts of cases;

f. Cease door-to-door operations; andg. Review the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation guidelines on safe business
practices, available here: Businesses must consider
integrating and adopting the applicable guidelines for the operations that are currently
permitted under this Order.

4. Travel. Residents are strongly encouraged to avoid non-essential travel outside of their

a. Residents are allowed to travel to work or to take care of dependents.

b. Residents who travel to the Twin Cities for work must be cautious and monitor themselves for

c. If a Dunn County resident does travel outside their community or travels using confined means
he/she should limit contact with non-household members for 14 days and monitor symptoms

5. Term. This order is effective as of May 26, 2020, and shall remain in effect until June 1, 2020 or
until it is superseded by a subsequent state or local order.

Staying Informed:
? To stay up to date with current information we encourage you to check in with these different
news sources.

o Wisconsin Department of Health Services:

o Dunn County Facebook:

We encourage you to frequently check the Dunn County Health Department website and to follow the
Dunn County Facebook to keep up to date with the changes within our community.

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Steve is a web designer and recently retired from running the hosting and development company Cruiskeen Consulting LLC. Cruiskeen Consulting LLC is the parent company of Wis.Community, and publication of this site continues after his retirement.

Steve is a member of LION Publishers and the Local Media Consortium, is active in Health Dunn Right, and is vice-president of the League of Women Voters of the greater Chippewa Valley



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