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  • Keeping the Northwoods Strong Together

  • Many organizations (below) in the Rhinelander Area met recently continue to monitor the ever-evolving situation surrounding COVID-19 (also known as the novel coronavirus). The community's top priority is the safety, health, and well-being of our community, its residents, and visitors. 

    To ensure that all visitors and residents remain safe we have compiled resources to keep everyone informed.  This page is meant to serve as an informational resource only. It will be updated as information is made available to us but, with the rapidly changing information, this may not be a complete directory of all current available resources.

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  • Can you help during this crisis?


    Now is a time where neighbors may need to be helping neighbors. Volunteer opportunities and places to find assistance. https://www.facebook.com/groups/northwoodscoronavirushelp

     

    Can you help donate funds to the Northwoods United Way COVID-19 Community Response Fund? Learn more at the yellow button link on this page.

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  • Health Information from Area Providers

    Oneida County Health Department - Oneida County Health Department continues to stay informed on a daily basis on the situation and are utilizing guidance from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the State WI Department of Health Services in our response to COVID-19 disease.   We are committed to protecting our community and assuring that we are doing our part to slow the disease in our community. We are working with state partners on increasing flexibility in receiving WIC benefits and our Reproductive Health and WIC clinics remain open at this time.

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    Ascension - As cases of community spread of COVID-19 increase, Ascension continues to diligently monitor and respond to this evolving situation to protect our patients, associates and the communities we serve. Ascension Online Care is also offering video urgent care visits at a discounted rate of $20, so you can talk to a doctor from home. No insurance required. Use the code HOME at Ascension Online Care. Ascension is implementing temporary visitor restrictions, in both inpatient and outpatient settings, to minimize the spread of viral respiratory infections including COVID-19. Please contact your site of care for instructions.

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    AspirusAspirus is working to keep the community healthy and prevent the spread of infection. Aspirus is implementing temporary visitor restrictions, in both inpatient and outpatient settings, to minimize disease transmission, specifically the spread of COVID-19.

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    Marshfield Clinics - Due to coronavirus cases in surrounding communities, Marshfield Clinic Health System locations are implementing temporary visitor restrictions.Marshfield Clinic Health System has an emergency response team in place. The situation is changing daily, and we will update our COVID-19 web page with information you need to protect you and your family.

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  • Helpful Community Resources

    Dial 211 for COVID-19 Information - Oneida County residents can phone dial 211 to receive up-to-date real-time resource information during the current COVID-19 situation. 211 Wisconsin provides 24-7 information on health and human service needs and can answer many questions regarding COVID-19. If you have any questions, please dial 211.

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    Meals on Wheels - The ADRC of Oneida County provides home-delivered meal services to substantially homebound older adults (60 years and older) who are at nutritional risk due to health, isolation, or lack of access to groceries. Call 715-369-6170 or 800-379-7499 for more information or to request a meal.

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    Rhinelander Area Food Pantry - UPDATE AS OF 3-20-2020 PER THE USDA REQUIREMENTS.
    There will be no contact between volunteers filling the order and customers receiving. When arriving for distribution stay in your car and we will continue the lottery system. We use the pre-pack system with dry goods, produce, bread and frozen meat with limited choices of milk and produce. If you or someone in your household is SICK you must send a proxy for your food. You should have space in your trunk for the placement of food if not we will place on a table for you too load.
    *******Customers are not allowed in the facility******* This procedure will continue until further notice.

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    Vote Absentee -  
    Request ballot online: https://myvote.wi.gov/en-us/VoteAbsentee
    Contact local Clerk: https://myvote.wi.gov/en-US/MyMunicipalClerk

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    Internet Access for Students - Charter will offer free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription and at any service level up to 100 Mbps. To enroll call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households. Charter will partner with school districts to ensure local communities are aware of these tools to help students learn remotely. Charter will continue to offer Spectrum Internet Assist, high speed broadband program to eligible low-income households delivering speeds of 30 Mbps.

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  • Business Guidance

    Now is time to plan and prepare for COVID-19. Here are some resources and suggestions.

    Create a Business Continuity Plan
    Conduct a focused discussion on your plan. Share it with your employees. Explain HR policies, workplace and leave flexibilities, and pay and benefits available to them. This plan helps workplaces map out how to provide essential services if a number of employees are sick or unavailable. Be sure your employees know what is expected of them. Your goal is to:

    • Reduce transmission among staff
    • Protect people who are at higher risk for adverse health complications
    • Maintain business operations, and
    • Minimize effects on other entities in your supply chain (vendors).


    Ensure sick employees stay home.
    Sick employees should not come to work. If employees come to work with symptoms, ask them to go home. Offer paid sick leave so staff do not have to decide between a paycheck and working while sick. Do not require a healthcare provider's note for employees who are sick with acute respiratory illness to validate their illness or to return to work, as healthcare providers may be extremely busy and not able to provide such documentation in a timely way.

    Prepare staff to work from home.
    Equip staff with laptops and supplies needed to work from home. Cancel non-essential business travel, use conference calls and video conferencing in lieu of face-to-face meetings when possible.

    Increase social distancing in the workplace.
    Avoid crowded work settings, cancel business-related face-to-face meetings, space employees farther apart, cancel non-essential travel, promote working from home, and use staggered shifts to have fewer employees in the workplace at the same time.

    Offer flexible leave policies.
    Staff may need to stay home to care for sick household members or for children if schools are canceled. Make plans for staff to work from home or take leave.

    Keep a well-stocked supply of tissues, hand sanitizer, and disinfecting wipes. Place them in easy to access spots.
    Encourage employees to keep these items at their desks too. CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19. Only wear a mask if a healthcare professional recommends it. Place posters that encourage staying home when sick, cough and sneeze etiquette, and hand hygiene at the entrance to your workplace and in other work areas where they are likely to be seen.

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  • Employment Information

    The North Central Wisconsin Workforce Development Board and its Job Center partners understand the current pandemic crisis is taking a toll on local businesses and their employees in our communities. NCWWDB wants both businesses and workers to know about resources available during this time. 

    As businesses are forced to temporarily lay off workers due to required closures or limited work hours, workers should consider filing for Unemployment Insurance through the Department of Workforce Development.  Unemployment Insurance, or UI, is a monetary benefit to eligible employees who experience job loss.  To learn more about UI and how to file, visit https://dwd.wisconsin.gov/uiben/information. On this website, workers will find information and videos on how to apply for benefits.  The requirements for UI have recently changed since Governor Evers issued an Emergency Order on March 17, 2020.

    Effective March 25, 2020 all Job Centers across the state have been closed to the public.

    Individuals are encouraged to apply for UI online.  Individuals can file their claim from a home computer or a smartphone.  If an individual needs UI assistance from a local Job Center staff member, they should call the regional number at  (715) 261-8700.

    Job Search and other employment assistance is still available on www.JobCenterofWisconsin.com . The statewide Job Center Help Desk is also available for general assistance at (888) 258-9966.

    The North Central Wisconsin Workforce Development Board is dedicated to serving businesses and workers during this difficult time.  NCWWDB will continue to engage local employers, educators, and community organizations to more effectively align workforce development resources.   NCWWDB is currently working with DWD to secure additional National Emergency Grants to assist Dislocated Workers with the ongoing crisis.  As funds become available, information will be made public.

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