(Beaver Dam) City leaders in Beaver Dam have started a local chapter that is part of a statewide effort to reduce the spread of coronavirus. The Beaver Dam COVID-19 Coalition takes its lead from a partnership of Wisconsin’s business, healthcare and advocacy organizations.
That includes Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce, and associations representing the state’s grocers, restaurants, hospitals and bankers, among others. The “Stop the COVID Spread!” group is urging the public to take preventative measures seriously so that everyone can (quote) “continue to safely participate in Wisconsin’s economy.” In a release, the local coalition says that the economic stability of the community is at stake as Dodge County’s COVID-19 cases are increasing at excessive rates and the hospital in Beaver Dam is at or near capacity.
Beaver Dam Mayor Becky Glewen announced the effort at this week’s council meeting. Glewen says members of the coalition agree to stay committed to adhering to infection control measures like handwashing, mask-wearing and social distancing. That means requiring staff to wear face masks while working and also requiring patrons to wear masks, in addition to practicing social distancing, washing hands and avoiding large social gatherings.
The group cites the potential negative health impacts COVID-19 could have on our loved ones, along with the stresses that are being placed on our local hospital and frontline workers which are already at capacity before flu season begins.
The Beaver Dam COVID-19 Coalition says the unified approach is needed to keep kids in school and keep government, nonprofits and local businesses in operation.
Local participation includes: American Bank, the Beaver Dam Area Chamber of Commerce, the city of Beaver Dam, Community Care Preschool, Beaver Dam Family Center, Beaver Dam Unified School District, Green Valley Enterprises, Marshfield Medical Center, Northwoods Casket Company, Beaver Dam Piggly Wiggly, Rechek’s Food Pride, Supreme Manufacturing and the YMCA of Dodge County.