COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Updates
Dane County COVID DashboardCOVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update for Village of Waunakee
As a public entity, the Village of Waunakee must abide by all current Dane County Public Health Orders as they relate to the COVID-19 pandemic. Starting June 2, 2021, masks are optional when entering a Village-owned facility or attending a Village-sponsored event. The Village strongly encourages all individuals (customers, staff, and volunteers) to use their discretion about wearing a mask and make an appropriate decision based on their individual circumstances and comfort level. The Village will continue to encourage physical distancing inside our facilities. The use of public facilities and programs are open to all individuals regardless of vaccination status.
We are optimistic about the direction of the pandemic. The Village continues to monitor the pandemic and may be required to make alterations to this policy as needed and deemed necessary.
Three final reminders:
- Curbside appointments are available at all Village locations. If you desire a curbside appointment, please contact the facility you are wishing to visit directly and make that arrangement.
- If you are feeling ill in any way, we ask you to show care for the community by not coming into Village buildings until you are feeling healthy again.
- We encourage everyone who is eligible to get vaccinated.
- Dane Co Dashboard
- 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 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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!
January 7, 2022 - Effective Monday, January 10 through Friday, January 21 the Waunakee Senior Center will suspend all social activities and programs. The Senior Center will remain open for case management services, congregate meals, home delivered meals, foot care and massage therapy. The Driver Escort program and Transit Solutions transportation services remain operating.
Senior Center staff will continue to work at the center Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.
This decision was made with input from the Area Agency on Aging and the actions of other Senior Centers in Dane County in response to the increase of those infected by the COVID virus and the new variant.
It is our hope that by limiting the number of contacts individuals have we may be able to better keep our clients, customers, volunteers and staff from becoming ill.
At the end of this two week period we will determine how to proceed based on Dane County COVID statistics and the guidance of the Area Agency on Aging.
For further information contact the Waunakee Senior Center at 608-849-8385.
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 (email@example.com) or on social media.
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/.