COVID-19 news from rock947.com coverageen-usSun, 21 Jun 2020 23:30:39 +0000Century old Northwoods woman beats COVID-19[email protected] (Michael Leischner)Sun, 21 Jun 2020 23:30:39 +0000, WI (WSAU) -- A 100-year-old Northwoods woman has survived many of the United States' great challenges including the Great Depression, World War II, and many others.

That list now includes the COVID-19 outbreak of 2020.

Shirley Shampo, who lives in a Forest County nursing home, has officially beaten the disease according to her family.

WJFW TV in Rhinelander reports Shampo tested positive for COVID-19 on May 20th. Her family immediately prepared for the worst, but they say the disease never progressed past sniffles and a cough.

Nearly a month later doctors say Shampo produced two negative tests in a row, and they declared her recovered.

Recent studies have shown the fatality rate for COVID-19 at around 8% for those over the age of 80.

Rhinelander YMCA employee tests postive for COVID-19[email protected] (Michael Leischner)Tue, 16 Jun 2020 18:37:43 +0000, WI (WSAU-WXPR) -- The YMCA child care facility in Rhinelander has been shut down after an employee tested positive for COVID-19.

WXPR Radio in Rhinelander reports the facility was informed of the positive test on Monday, but there's no reason to believe it could result in a widespread outbreak.

"While there was no significant exposure identified throughout the center for any of our children or families, we did, with the overabundance of caution decide to close," said CEO Ryan Zietlow. "While the Oneida County Health Department identified no significant exposure through children, staff, or families, from our perspective, taking the over-cautious approach is a better way for our community at this time."

He says the shutdown is part of a plan developed with the Oneida County Health Department. The employee is self-isolating at home, no further information about their condition was released.

During the shutdown, the child care facility will be sanitized. Zietlow expects it will reopen June 29th.

The shutdown has no impact on other YMCA facilities in the region, which are in various stages of their reopening processes.

Greater Wausau Chamber opposes proposed COVID-19 ordinance[email protected] (Michael Leischner)Wed, 10 Jun 2020 22:15:36 +0000, WI (WSAU) -- The Greater Wausau Chamber of Commerce has doubled down on their opposition to a proposed Marathon County ordinance that would give the Health Department more authority over issues relating to Coronavirus.

In a statement released to members on Wednesday evening, Chamber leaders said "the ordinance contains ambiguous and subjective language, empowers one individual to unilaterally order a business to close, and is not supported by law. The ordinance as written deserves to see the light of day so that there may be greater transparency in the enacting ordinances."

Officials added they would not support the ordinance in its current form.

The sweeping measure would give the county health department the power to shut down entire towns or villages if a future outbreak of COVID-19 is found, force businesses to close or alter their hours, and require residents to quarantine if they have been exposed to the virus.

Additionally, the health department would be granted authority to issue fines to those who don't follow guidelines or suspend operating licenses in the case of a business.

Health officials have been warning about a resurgence of the disease later this year and into 2021. A vaccine for COVID-19 is not expected to be widely available for at least the next year.

It should be noted that the ordinance is not finalized. Should something come together, it would need the approval of the full county board over two meetings, an information meeting on a Thursday before a vote the next Tuesday.

The ordinance is up for discussion as part of Thursday's Executive Committee meeting at 4 PM in the conference room of the Courthouse. According to the agenda, there will be no public comment for the meeting. The public is invited to listen in by calling 408-418-9388. The access code is 146 072 8972 and the pass code is 23456.

Chamber leaders are also encouraging members to contact their representative on the County Board to speak out against the ordinance, and to attend Thursday's meeting if possible.

Wausau School District examining all options for 2020-'21 academic year[email protected] (Michael Leischner)Thu, 28 May 2020 23:08:02 +0000, WI (WSAU) -- Leaders within the Wausau School District are continuing to look at how the upcoming 2020-'21 academic year will be handled.

Superintendent Keith Hilts says the majority of that is dependent on how present the Coronavirus and the disease associated with it, COVID-19, is in the community.

"Right now we have 12 sub-committees that are looking at all aspects of bringing students back next year," said Hilts on Thursday. "The schedule is just one of them. There's also how do we keep all the facilities disinfected, how do we take care of the social-emotional needs of our students and staff, and how do we handle transportation?"

Hilts says right now they are focusing on three different plans for the year; having a full return to in-person classes, having classes entirely online, and a hybrid of the two. That latter could mean splitting students up into different groups and alternating between in-class and distance learning days.

Students may be divided by the neighborhoods they live in to allow for easier transportation to and from class, either by parents or by bus. Bussing provides a whole nother challenge of its own because proper social distancing on a bus would mean no more than 12 students could be on at a time.

"We are looking at all aspects of coming back next fall," he adds. "Know that we have your kids and your family's best interest at heart. We know child care is an issue, we know people have to get back to work. That's a strong piece of what we are considering."

The district is also expanding the Wausau Area Virtual Education platform to students in all grades K-12. He says if any parent or student is concerned about going to school in person before COVID-19 is under complete control, they can choose to enroll in those online classes.

WAVE enrollment for grades 6-12 is currently open. K-5 enrollment will open later this summer after more state and local approvals for the platform are granted.

Hilts adds that he and his staff are remaining in close contact with both county and state health officials as well in case a second round of COVID-19 hits in the fall, which is currently predicted. Should that happen, plans could be changed or altered at a moment's notice.

Three Abbyland Foods workers test positive for COVID-19[email protected] (Michael Leischner)Wed, 27 May 2020 18:05:03 +0000, WI (WSAU) -- Health officials in Marathon and Clark Counties have confirmed three employees at Abbyland Foods in Abbotsford have tested positive for COVID-19.

“Abbyland Foods is committed to providing a safe work environment for all employees. To the best of our abilities, Abbyland has implemented CDC recommended prevention guidelines such as employees wearing masks, reconfigured workspaces, staggered breaks and lunches to limit employee contact and promote social distancing, and increased sanitization in high traffic areas” said Todd Jelinski, Safety Director, Abbyland Foods Inc.

Both counties will work in tandem to help contact trace and contain the outbreak. Abbyland Foods has facilities on both sides of the county line.

Abbyland's leadership has not disclosed the names of the employees or what departments they worked in. Health Department officials also do not disclose the names of those with confirmed cases due to health and privacy laws.

Greenheck reports COVID-19 positive[email protected] (Chris Conley)Mon, 25 May 2020 04:51:42 +0000, WI (WSAU) -- Greenheck Corporation is announcing a COVID-19 positive at its Wisconsin work location in Mosinee.

The company learned of the positive test on Sunday. They are not releasing any more information about the person who has tested positive.

A news release from Greenheck Group says they have "executed its predetermined protocols in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Marathon County Health Department."

Greenheck says it has partnered since March with health departments around the county where they have employees, and established safety protocols grounded in CDC guidance.

The company hasn't commented on how the positive test will impact local operations.

Forest County reports first COVID-19 death[email protected] (Michael Leischner)Sun, 24 May 2020 12:49:45 +0000, WI (WSAU) -- Forest County has reported its first death due to complications from COVID-19.

It's the first death related to the illness, which stems from the Coronavirus, that's been reported in the county.

The county has reported 13 cases of COVID-19.

No information about the victim was made public.

NCHC employees test negative for COVID-19[email protected] (Michael Leischner)Sun, 24 May 2020 12:37:58 +0000, WI (WSAU) -- All employees at North Central Health Care have tested negative for COVID-19 as of Saturday.

Officials say all employees at the Wausau facility were tested in early May as part of Governor Tony Ever's effort to increase testing statewide. No positives were returned from that batch of 93 tests.

“We know that people can have mild symptoms or even be asymptomatic and test positive for Covid-19. This testing allows us to have a point in time analysis which we can use to get a sense of risk from the potential spread of infection from individuals who may have been asymptomatic at the time of testing,” states Michael Loy, CEO of NCHC. To protect those we serve and our staff, NCHC will continue to practice infection prevention precautions regardless of these test results. As recommended by the local, state, and federal agencies, we will continue to restrict visitation, screen employees, and residents, require face covering or face masks, and require all those who are experiencing signs of illness to stay home.”

Additional tests from employees at Pine Crest employees in Merrill are pending.

Mount View Care Center employees will be tested on May 26th and 27th along with more tests for Pine Crest employees. Those who work in restricted zones at NCHC and Pine Crest will also have the opportunity for ongoing testing on a voluntary basis.

Employees who test positive will stop care and leave the facility immediately if they are at work, be advised to seek medical attention and self-quarantine for at least fourteen days.

ADRC of Central Wisconsin not opening for in-person services yet[email protected] (Michael Leischner)Wed, 20 May 2020 22:04:37 +0000, WI (WSAU) -- Aging and Disability Resource Center locations in Central Wisconsin are not among the businesses that are looking to slowly reopen to in-person customers since the state Supreme Court tossed out Governor Evers' Safer at Home order.

Community Resources Manager for the Wausau office Erin Wells says given the population they serve, it would be unwise to try to reopen too soon. "We are coming up with a plan to reopen our offices, but our offices are not open right now. We are encouraging people to call by phone," she said.

In the weeks since the outbreak began, the ADRC has pivoted to providing services by phone and video conferencing when available. Wells says it's not a perfect solution, but one that their clients have been able to adjust to.

"It is a challenge, I think everybody can appreciate it's an easier thing to talk to somebody face-to-face than over the phone. We miss seeing our volunteers, we miss our customers. We are all anxious but we want to make sure that we are being very cautious about it as well," she added.

The ADRC serves as a starting point for those that are approaching retirement or adult age and qualify for a form of government assistance such as Medicare, Medicaid, long-term care programs, or others that may help them with their day-to-day living.

Wells did not provide a hard timeline for when their offices would reopen for in-person consultations, saying "right now we are relying heavily on our local health department to make sure we are understanding the guidelines they are offering. We are also [looking at] the CDC and Department of Health Services guidelines.

"We are waiting for a bit more information to come out, waiting for more direction before we make additional plans," she added.

In addition to Wausau, the Aging and Disability Resource Center of Central Wisconsin has offices in Antigo, Marshfield, Wisconsin Rapids, and Merrill.

First COVID-19 cases reported in Langlade, Taylor counties[email protected] (Chris Conley)Wed, 20 May 2020 18:32:16 +0000 and MEDFORD, WI (WSAU) -- The two Central Wisconsin counties that had no COVID-19 cases are now reporting their first positive tests.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services now says there is at lease one Coronavirus case in each county in the state. At the start of May, there were 7 counties with no cases.

The Langlade County Health Department says one person has tested positive COVID-19. They are isolated at home. It's unclear how they came down with the virus.

Meghan Williams, the county's health officer, said in a written statement: "Langlade County Health Department is working with local, state, and other partners to deal quickly and effectively are doing all necessary follow up."

A press release from Taylor County has confirmed their first case of COVID-19 as well. That person had contact with someone else who had the virus in northern Wisconsin, and is also in self-isolation.

Officials in both counties are working to notify others who many have had close contact with the individuals through contact tracing.

Drive-thru COVID-19 testing offered in Wausau on Tuesday[email protected] (Michael Leischner)Tue, 19 May 2020 00:56:44 +0000, WI (WSAU) -- The Marathon County Health Department and National Guard are teaming up for free drive-thru COVID-19 testing in Wausau on Tuesday.

The event will be held at Northcentral Technical College on Campus Drive from 11 AM to 7 PM.

The tests will be administered on a first-come, first-serve basis and those being tested must show symptoms of COVID-19. Those symptoms include fever, cough, chills and muscle aches, shortness of breath, fatigue, body aches, vomiting or nausea, and chills. Those being tested also need to be over the age of 5, and must remain in the car during the procedure.

Those being tested should also note that they will be asked to self-quarantine until their results come back. Results should be returned within two days, and those tested will be notified over the phone either by the National Guard or their local health department.

The testing event aims to increase access to the tests in Central Wisconsin while providing local health officials with a better picture of how widespread COVID-19 is in the community.

Similar test events have recently been held in Stevens Point and Wisconsin Rapids as well.

Playground equipment still off limits in Wausau[email protected] (Michael Leischner)Sun, 17 May 2020 23:23:46 +0000, WI (WSAU) -- The city of Wausau is reminding residents that playground equipment in local and county parks remains off-limits even after the Safer at Home order was thrown out by the state Supreme Court this week.

WAOW TV reports parks officials will be putting temporary fencing around many of the facilities this week after numerous reports of children playing on the equipment came in after Wednesday's ruling.

City Parks and Recreation Committee Chairman Pat Peckham said one such incident was reported at Alexander Park where "one or more people decided there should be no caution tape on the playground."

Although the closure of playground equipment and a ban on team sports or activities in parks was part of the Safer at Home order, Peckham says local leaders have decided to keep the equipment closed off as a precaution. Therefore, since the decision is being made locally, the equipment will remain off-limits.

RELATED: Parks officials encouraged continued social distancing in public parks, trails

Parks, Recreation, and Forestry director Jamie Polley told WSAU News back on April 30th that the equipment remains closed because in most cases it's difficult to ensure that Coronavirus, which causes COVID-19, is not present on the equipment.

"It [Coronavirus] is said to stay on hard surfaces longer. [And] those playgrounds aren't disinfected regularly," said Polley.

Marathon County Health Department continues to stress social distancing[email protected] (Michael Leischner)Thu, 14 May 2020 16:51:55 +0000, WI (WSAU) -- Wednesday's decision from the Wisconsin Supreme Court to overturn an extension of Governor Evers' Safer at Home order is still being processed by many local health officials, including those in Marathon County.

"Businesses that were deemed non-essential can now reopen," said Judy Burrows, Public Information Officer with the Health Department. But, she says the decision doesn't change the fact that the disease is still here.

"What we also know is that we still have COVID in our community. It's still a novel virus that people don't have immunity to, and it is spread by respiratory droplets," she added.

Shortly following Wednesday's decision some areas of the state installed their own Safer at Home orders such as Milwaukee and Dane Counties. Burrows says as of Thursday morning, Marathon County leaders are still deciding if they will follow suit.

"Our county leaders are reviewing the Supreme Court order to determine what the next step will be. Some of the things we need to pay attention to are the fact that we still have COVID disease, and we need to make sure that we are protecting the public health while we are helping businesses open and people [to] get back to work."

Her best advice for businesses that do open is to keep the safety of workers and shoppers in mind by staying the course on social distancing by following guidelines put in place by essential businesses over the last four weeks.

"The Plexiglas dividers, the marks on the floor, the limited number of people in your retail space or business space at one time, wiping down surfaces with a bleach and water solution. All of those things can help prevent the spread of disease and protect people."

Burrows encourages any businesses with questions about how to help keep their employees and customers safe to reach out to the County Health Department or to visit the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation's website, where they have provided a list of guidelines as well. Should county leaders decide to put their own guidelines in place, those will be announced at a later date.

"We don't have a lot of solid answers right now, but we are working on it. This is our priority right now," added Burrows.

In a separate press release from Mayor Katie Rosenberg, the city of Wausau announced that they would be following the County Health Department's guidelines due to statutory regulations, adding Mayor Rosenberg does not have the authority to issue health orders. 

Rosenberg adds the city will announce reopening procedures for City Hall and other areas when "I determine it’s safe and appropriate to do so."

Wausau mayor does not plan local 'safer at home' order[email protected] (Chris Conley)Thu, 14 May 2020 13:51:23 +0000, WI (WSAU) -- Wausau's new mayor Katie Rosenberg says she does not intend to issue a local version of a 'safer at home' order. Rosenberg said in a social media post that she will await guidance from the Marathon County Health Department.

Her post on Facebook said, "If you are confused by what's going on, you are not alone. We've been through a lot of chaos recently, and I want to approach this is a methodical, fact-based, and lawful way." She also added, "continue washing your hands, [practice] social distancing, and wear cloth masks."

Many area restaurants and bars opened on Wednesday night as the court ruling became public.

North Central Health Care says it will continue to limit outside visitors at the nursing homes, community group home, and behavioral health hospital that they operate in the Wausau area.

Some cities and counties, including Milwaukee and Racine, Brown, Dane and Kenosha counties, put their own local 'safer at home' rules in place within hours of the state Supreme Court ruling that voided Governor Tony Ever's statewide order. 

The Greater Wausau Area Chamber of Commerce was planning an online briefing for its members at 11 AM Thursday. They advised businesses that were planning to reopen to follow the guidance from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation. The chamber says they anticipate additional guidance from the Marathon County Health Department, and says they will share future updates.

Aspirus Wausau to begin COVID-19 antibody testing[email protected] (Michael Leischner)Tue, 12 May 2020 18:22:24 +0000, WI (WSAU-WAOW) -- Aspirus Wausau has announced they will begin testing for COVID-19 antibodies immediately.

“Aspirus is committed to getting companies back to business and patients back to receiving excellent, compassionate health care,” said Aspirus System Laboratory Services Director Deakin Washatko. “Fast access to reliable, high-quality tests is essential for health care systems. The antibody test is an important next step in the fight against COVID-19.”

WAOW TV reports the Wausau lab will be able to process the tests within 24 hours. Those who feel they need to be tested should contact their primary care physician for a recommendation.

Antibodies are proteins made by the body in response to an infection. Should a person test positive, it would show that they have previously been infected with COVID-19.

Follow social distancing when voting on Tuesday[email protected] (Michael Leischner)Mon, 11 May 2020 23:53:26 +0000, WI (WSAU) -- Governor Tony Evers says a successful 7th congressional district special election on Tuesday will mean everyone staying safe.

"Success for me would be to have poll workers be protected, doing the things they need to do to be protected, and also the voters," said Evers during a Monday conference call about the COVID-19 outbreak.

"[Staying] six feet apart and wearing a mask if you feel comfortable doing that, is an extraordinarily strong suggestion on my part. If everybody stays safe, that would be a success for me," he added.

Clerks across the 7th congressional district have noted that voters have submitted a large number of absentee ballots, either through the mail or in person.

Two weeks ago Wausau Clerk Leslie Kremer noted that all polling locations in the city would have social distancing marks for voters to follow along with plenty of handwashing stations and hand sanitizer.

It's the second election for the state since the Coronavirus pandemic began. April's spring election and Presidential Primary was also conducted in-person, but results were delayed while clerks processed absentee ballots.

The winner of Tuesday's race between Republican Tom Tiffany and Democrat Tricia Zunker will finish the remainder of Sean Duffy's term in Washington. He or she will also have to run again in November.

Duffy resigned in the fall of 2019 to spend more time with his family, including a newborn daughter born with a heart condition.

Tiffany has announced he will address supporters via Facebook Live Tuesday evening win or lose.

Some Retail Stores Allowed to Offer Limited In-Person Shopping[email protected] (Casey Nelson)Mon, 11 May 2020 17:29:40 +0000, WI (WTAQ) -- Governor Tony Evers has announced another "turn of the dial" for Wisconsin businesses today. 

Emergency Order #36 was signed Monday, and goes into effect immediately.

Five customers at a time will be allowed in retail stores across Wisconsin. Governor Tony Evers says Emergency Order 36 aims to benefit the thousands of Main Street businesses in the state.

"It's focused on small retailers. All along, we were trying to mitigate the transmission of the disease. One of the ways to do that is to start small," Evers says, "Five people in a small space is a reasonable approach. If there is more - all they have to do is set up a procedure to make it happen by waiting outside until somebody leaves."

"We have approximately 14,400 small retailers in the state with twenty or less employees," says Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation Secretary Missy Hughes, "Giving the opportunity for these businesses to re-enter into the marketplace brings back about 90,000 jobs. So it's a really critical move in this concept of gaining momentum."

But Evers says the order does focus on the sale of goods, not services. There are still concerns about places like barbershops and tattoo parlors where people would have extended periods of close contact with others. 

"A service isn't a good. In our definition, retailers are selling final products and not services," Evers says, "Obviously when we talk about hair salons and other hands-on retail, that is a totally different thing and we're not prepared to do that yet because the risk is much higher."

With the limited reopening of retail fronts, some question how the shopper limit and social distancing will be enforced. But the governor doesn't think there will be too much to worry about. 

"I feel very confident that retailers in the state of Wisconsin - those 14,000 that do participate - will do everything in their power to do it right," Evers says, "There's no secret police as part of our administration - so that's not going to happen."

Additionally, the Emergency Order signed today allows drive-in theaters to operate with some restrictions. 

The new order builds upon the Safer at Home order and the last turn of the dial through Emergency Order #34, which together allowed golf courses to operate, aesthetic and optional lawn and construction services provided by a single employee, curbside pick-up for public libraries, and every business to provide deliveries, mailings, and curbside pick-up and drop-off services.

All essential and nonessential businesses must review and consider the Wisconsin Department of Economic Development guidelines on safe business practices, available here. But they aren't required by law. 

"You'll be able to open right away and should consider these guidelines as something to take up and use for the best of all of us," Hughes says, "Right now, these guidelines are not mandatory. It's guidance that has been given."

Sunday update: State records its 10,000th COVID-19 case[email protected] (Michael Leischner)Sun, 10 May 2020 21:13:21 +0000, WI (WSAU) -- Wisconsin crossed the 10,000 COVID-19 case threshold on Sunday.

DHS officials say the state has now reported 10,219 cases and exactly 400 deaths linked to the disease.

Over 105,000 people have tested negative for the disease.

As of Sunday, both Marathon and Clark Counties have reported 24 positive tests for the disease. Lincoln County continues to report just 1 positive test. Portage and Wood counties have reported 7 and 2 positives, respectively.

Brown County has reported 1,897 cases, many linked directly to meatpacking plants. Milwaukee County continues to lead the state with 3,952 positive tests.

Over the weekend a drive-thru testing event was held in Wisconsin Rapids in conjunction with the state's National Guard. Officials were prepared to test as many as 600 individuals showing symptoms of the disease. A similar event will be held in Stevens Point early this week.

Officials in Marathon County are considering a similar event as part of the state's effort to ramp up testing. Last week Governor Tony Evers said he wants Wisconsin to lead the nation in testing per capita, and promised to provide a test kit for every nursing home resident and employee in the state.

Wisconsin launches N95 respirator decontamination program[email protected] (Michael Leischner)Sun, 10 May 2020 13:16:28 +0000, WI (WSAU) -- Wisconsin officials announced on Saturday that the state can now decontaminate N95 respirators to allow them to be reused up to 20 times before being discarded.

The equipment is set up at Battelle Memorial Institute and can decontaminate up to 80,000 systems each day. Processing time will typically take three days, plus shipping, as long as the system is not overcapacity.

“The addition of our new Battelle decontamination system will greatly aid in our state’s fight against the COVID-19 outbreak,” Gov. Tony Evers said. “Our front line workers are in need of these critical PPE supplies, and we are doing everything we can to supply them with the tools to effectively do their jobs while preventing further spread. I encourage all of our frontline workers to save their N95 respirators so they can be decontaminated using our new Battelle system. The Battelle system represents one of the many ways Wisconsin is working to have decontamination services readily available for health care workers and first responders.”

Once received, the respirators are decontaminated using hydrogen peroxide gas. Each piece of equipment can be gassed 20 times without impacting its performance.

The service will be provided by the state free of charge.

Drive-thru COVID-19 testing to be offered in Wisconsin Rapids this weekend[email protected] (Michael Leischner)Thu, 07 May 2020 22:36:30 +0000 RAPIDS, WI (WSAU) -- Health officials in Wood County are teaming up with the Wisconsin National Guard to open a drive-thru COVID-19 testing location Friday and Saturday.

Health Officer Sue Kunferman says there is a need for additional testing in the county, even though they have reported just two cases of the disease.

"We have heard from individuals in our community who have sought healthcare for COVID-like symptoms, but providers have not had what they need to be able to test them. So if you talk to people here, there's a sense that COVID is more prevalent than what we are aware of," she said.

The extra testing is part of a push from the Governor's office to increase the testing rate in Wisconsin as well.

The testing will be conducted in the parking lot of the Wood County Highway Department at 555 N 17th Ave in Wisconsin Rapids from 8 AM to 4 PM each day. Testing will be limited to those that are showing symptoms of COVID0-19. Kunferman says if you need testing, you can make an appointment, but drive-ups are also welcome.

Testing will be limited to 300 people per day, meaning 600 tests can be conducted. Those being tested will not leave their vehicles, and only those over the age of 5 will be tested.

Results should be available within 48 hours. Results will be given by phone either through the National Guard or the local health department.

Kunferman says the results of the drive-thru testing will be shared with others statewide and could be used as evidence of the need for a slow, regional reopening to the economy.

"If we do find a low prevalence, I think there is some political will within our policymakers here to try to move that information up the chain. To talk to the Governor's office a little more about looking at a regional approach to start re-opening. Things are showing up pretty low in the north-central and western parts of our state."

She adds that several health officers in the northern and western portion of Wisconsin have sent a plan to slowly "open the faucet" of the state's economy to Governor Evers, but they haven't heard any feedback about the plan. "We wouldn't suggest opening without approval, [and we] certainly would not want to against the Safer at Home order."

A similar event will be held in Stevens Point on May 11th and 12th. Officials in Marathon County are discussing plans for the testing service as well.