(Juneau) The Dodge County Public Health Officer says their responsibilities have changed since the outbreak of COVID-19. The Public Health Unit was established in 1932 and has been involved in the assurance and provision of public health services to the residents of the county. Public Health Officer Abby Sauer says they usually have their hands in many different areas. She says they cover a lot of prevention efforts around injuries, encouraging safety as well as promote healthy living. Including Sauer, the health department is made of up eleven staff members with five registered nurses and two public health technicians. During a recent appearance on WBEV’s Community Comment, Sauer said her team is now focused mainly on the coronavirus pandemic and communicable diseases. She says education about the virus is a big priority as well as follow up with those who have tested positive or are currently being tested. Sauer says they are also educating essential businesses so they can stay open while keeping employees and customers safe. She says they encourage store owners to have signage up to remind patrons to stay six feet apart. Sauer says they also recommend businesses keeping track of how many people are coming in at a time so social distancing guidelines are not compromised.