News – March 17, 2020

(Madison) The Wisconsin Department of Health Services reports confirmed COVID-19 coronavirus cases in Wisconsin have increased from 33 to 46 as of Monday. With the exception of critical infrastructure, Governor Evers has banned public gatherings of more than 50 people, in order to slow transmission of the disease. Dodge County Public Health Officer Abby Sauer says they are keeping track of this outbreak and are working closely with federal, state and local partners to be prepared for any changes and to make sure information is shared with the public. No positive cases in Dodge County.

(Madison) Twenty-nine Wisconsin residents who were aboard a cruise ship are safely back home. The Grand Princes passengers were safely transported back to Wisconsin late Sunday night. Soldiers and airmen from the Wisconsin National Guard transported them back to their homes for a 14-day self-quarantine. None of the returning passengers have tested positive for COVID-19 and all are asymptomatic.

(Juneau) Due to the spread of COVID-19, Dodge County Clerk Karen Gibson is encouraging residents to vote absentee for the April 7th election. She says absentee voting can be done in person at your local municipal office or an individual can request an absentee through the mail, email or by the site. Citizens can also use the my-vote site to register to vote. Gibson says all they need is a driver license or state ID card with a current address. She says the deadline to register online or by mail is tomorrow.

(Juneau) Election managers all over Wisconsin are talking about protecting people when they vote next month. Karen Gibson says a lot of election poll workers are retired citizens, in the at-risk population and are cancelling their plans to help on April 7th due to the coronavirus. Gibson is taking contact information from anyone willing to work at the election and passing that information on to local municipalities. People can also contact their local clerk office directly. Contact information can be found on

(Lomira) The Lomira Police Department is ensuring its residents that their services will not change amidst the coronavirus outbreak. Chief Bryan Frank says there may be some minor changes on how they respond to calls for service, but it will not change the outcome of their services. He does ask citizens calling dispatch to inform them if anyone in the home has been exposed to COVID-19 or have symptoms or being sick. Frank says it will allow his department to prepare accordingly to limit the spread of any viruses.

(Waupun) After announcing visitor restrictions at Waupun Memorial Hospital over the weekend, the facility is enforcing additional safety measures in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Hospital staff say that they are cancelling walk-in mammograms and endocrinology services have been cancelled for two-weeks. The hospital is also closing their gift shop until further notice.

(Juneau) The Gathering Source will be supporting the Dodgeland School District as they deliver weekend meal packs for families registered in their school meal program. The non-profit says they will also be providing food to Dodgeland for distribution. The organizations food pantry will continue to be open on Tuesday’s from 10am till noon and Thursday’s from 5pm to 7pm. Gathering Source officials say, effective immediately, their food pantry is going to “curbside” service to distribute pre-packaged food.

(Beaver Dam) With two dissenting votes, the Beaver Dam Common Council will no longer read all of the wording of an ordinance or resolution prior to its consideration for adoption. Until now, the city clerk reads the wording unless there is a motion approved that would allow them to read “by title only.” Going forward, the clerk will read “by title only” unless a motion is approved that requires the reading of the entire document.

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Common Council last night approved a plan to submit an application for a state grant. There are funds available through the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation for the Community Development Investment grant. The city is not in a position to disclose the details about the business that would benefit from the grant, if approved. According to the state, the program offers support to “urban, small city and rural community redevelopment efforts by providing financial incentives for shovel-ready projects with emphasis on, but not limited to, downtown community-driven efforts.”