COVID-19 Community Updates

This page is designed for updates regarding the COVID-19 coronavirus and it's impact on the Whitewater community. The City of Whitewater continues to monitor regional, state and federal information and is taking steps to comply with best practices and direction provided by public health officials.

Governor Evers Issues Statewide Mandatory Mask Ordinance

Reference Materials for Restaurant & Tavern Owners 

The following information may be helpful for restaurant and tavern owners to navigate the mask ordinance and expand outside eating areas:

WI Restaurant Association Reopening Resources

Resolution Delegating Food-Alcohol Regulatory Authority to City Staff

Original Alcohol Beverage Retail License Application - Contact the City Clerk for more information

Application for Outdoor Private Property Cafe Permit - Contact Neighborhood Services for more information

Application for Sidewalk Cafe Permit - Contact Neighborhood Services for more information

Whitewater Cares Poster

Message from the City Manager

To the Local Business Community- July 10, 2020

Whitewater Ordinance for Face Masks

Whitewater Face Mask Ordinance July 24, 2020

Whitewater COVID-19 Information Line

262-473-1398

COVID-19 Data & Statistics

COVID-19 statistics for Walworth, Jefferson, and Rock Counties are updated daily. Visit the following web pages to view the data for yourself:

  Walworth County Jefferson County Rock County
Positive Tests (Confirmed) Cases 1,258 564 1,371
Negative Tests 14,945 12,554 23,810
Currently Hospitalized 2 cases 8% of cases 11% of cases
Isolating at Home 73 cases - -
Cases Recovered 1,123 363 1,086
Deaths 21 5 26

Sources:

Wisconsin DHS County-Level Data – Number of positive cases and deaths by county (https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/county.htm)
Wisconsin Summary Data (https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/data.htm)
County-Level Data (https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/county.htm)
Mapped Cases by County (https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/cases-map.htm)
Walworth County Division of Public Health – COVID-19 page (https://www.co.walworth.wi.us/856/COVID-19)
Walworth County COVID Response Hub (https://coronavirus-response-walworth-county-1-walco.hub.arcgis.com/)
Jefferson County – COVID-19 Dashboard (https://sites.google.com/view/jeffersoncountywicovid-19/home)
Rock County COVID-19 Data (https://infogram.com/1pv009gnlnrrprixvvk7j1x9wnfr7v1nkn1?live)

August 3, 2020- Key COVID-19 Updates for the Whitewater Community

Key Walworth County Updates:

Beginning Monday, Aug. 3, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services is launching a COVID-19 Test Result Hotline for individuals tested at National Guard testing sites in Wisconsin. 

WI National Guard Test Results Information English

WI National Guard Test Results Information Spanish

COVID-19 Results Line: 1-866-419-6988Open Monday-Friday, 8 AM - 6 PM

July 27, 2020- Key COVID-19 Updates for the Whitewater Community

Key Walworth County Updates

*Gov. Tony Evers today issued an Emergency Order requiring individuals to wear face coverings when indoors and not in a private residence (with some exceptions). The order takes effect at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, August 1, 2020.  Link to the order.  https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/WIGOV/bulletins/2980ec0 

*Our weekly data snapshot is attached and shows changes to two key indicators.

*Kaiser Family Foundation has issued a paper highlighting research on the impact of coronavirus on children, including transmission: What Do We Know About Children and Coronavirus Transmission? 

*DHS has updated the COVID-19 Diagnosed page release from isolation guidelines to reflect the updated CDC interim guidance for discontinuation of isolation for persons with COVID-19 not in healthcare settings. This includes:

  • Symptom-based criteria were modified as follows:
    • Changed from "at least 72 hours" to "at least 24 hours" have passed since last fever without the use of fever-reducing medications.
    • Changed from "improvement in respiratory symptoms" to "improvement in symptoms" to address the expanding list of symptoms associated with COVID-19.
  • Added note that some people who develop serious illness from COVID-19 may require a longer period of isolation before it is safe to be around others or go back to work.
  • Added information that testing to see when isolation should be completed is not recommended and may extend the isolation period unnecessarily.

Resources have also been updated to reflect this change, including:

July 27, 2020- Key COVID-19 Updates for the Whitewater Community

Key Walworth County Updates

The CDC has released new resources and tools for school administrators, teachers, and parents.  The resources  support how to open schools safely by promoting behaviors that prevent spread. https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2020/p0723-new-resources-tools-schools.html

The Department of Health Services has created a new contact tracing webpage.   This page discusses the importance of contact tracing and details what people can expect from contact tracers. https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/contact-tracing.htm

 FDA expands hand sanitizer recall to at least 75 brands across the U.S.

July 23, 2020- Key COVID-19 Updates for the Whitewater Community

Community Testing:

- July 28th & 29th, 10am-6pm at Lake Geneva Middle School

Key Updates:

DPI has added new resources to their School Health Services Interim COVID-19 Infection Control and Mitigation Toolkit including:

  • PPE for schools document
  • PPE awareness training for schools (PPT)
  • Sample attendance line script
  • School absentee data tracking recommendations
  • Topics to discuss with schools and local public health
  • Distinguishing the difference: COVID-19 vs. Allergy vs. Flu
  • Asthma care at school post COVID-19 outbreak
  • Surveillance/absence tracking form
  • First aid protocols for classroom teachers

The Department of Homeland Security has released COVID-19 Disinformation Toolkit and Social Media Graphics

The Department of Health Services has released a report that details a 117% increase in opioid overdoses statement during the pandemic. : Public Health Experts Weigh In on the Impact of the Coronavirus on the Opioid Epidemic

July 20, 2020- Key COVID-19 Updates for the Whitewater

Key Walworth County Updates 

Community Testing

  • July 28 & 29th, 10am-6pm: Lake Geneva Middle School
  • Testing is open to any Wisconsin resident 5 years of age or older

Frequently Asked Questions

Should we be using temperature checks to screen for COVID-19?

Temperature checks are an accessible option for screening large groups. It is important to note that temperature checks are not 100% effective, and will not detect asymptomatic carriers of the virus, or those who either are not symptomatic yet or anymore. They are best used to complement other preventative strategies such as employee/guest self-screening.

Is there a specific type of technology recommended for performing temperature checks?

There are currently no specific recommendations from the CDC for temperature checking technology. Based on their recommendations for temperature checking procedure, those that can check from a distance of 6 feet or more, and those that are easily able to be rapidly sanitized are preferred.

July 16, 2020- Key COVID-19 Updates for the Whitewater

Key Walworth County Updates

Community Testing

  • July 28 & 29th, 10am-6pm: Lake Geneva Middle School
  • Testing is open to any Wisconsin resident 5 years of age or older

Resources

Guidance for negative COVID-19 Test results

Updated Key Indicators

  • We’ve updated our Epidemiology Key Indicators (COVID SnapShot 7-16-2020) and have observed an upward trend of percentage of positive tests. Over the past 14 days, Walworth County’s test positivity rate is 7.44%. Statewide, the positivity rate is 5.9%.

July 13, 2020- Key COVID-19 Updates for the Whitewater Community

Key Walworth County Updates

Community Testing

  • July 14 & 15th, 10am-6pm: Big Foot High School
  • July 28 & 29th, 10am-6pm: Lake Geneva Middle School
  • Testing is open to any Wisconsin resident 5 years of age or older

School Re-Opening

UW-Whitewater outlines plans for students to come back in the Fall

 Frequently Asked Questions

When can a recovering COVID-19 patient return to work?

Ensure that employees who have symptoms of respiratory illness stay home and do not come to work until:

  • They are free of fever (>100.4°F) AND respiratory symptoms (for example, cough, shortness of breath) for at least three days (72 hours) without the use of fever-reducing medicine; AND
  • Ten days have passed since symptoms first appeared.

July 9, 2020- Key COVID-19 Updates for the Whitewater Community

July 6, 2020- Key COVID-19 Updates for the Whitewater Community

July 2, 2020- Key COVID-19 Updates for the Whitewater Community

June 29, 2020- Key COVID-19 Updates for the Whitewater Community

June 25, 2020- Key COVID-19 Updates for the Whitewater Community


June 17, 2020


Focus Forward Podcast Ep 3: President Ray Cross and the UW System - Ray Cross, president of the University of Wisconsin system, discusses students’ desire to thrive despite COVID-19 university closures. WEDC Secretary and CEO Missy Hughes speaks with Cross about Wisconsin’s future and the investments we can make as we return from the pandemic.

June 16, 2020- Key COVID-19 Updates for the Whitewater Community

June 15, 2020- Key COVID-19 Updates for the Whitewater Community

June 11, 2020- Key COVID-19 Updates for the Whitewater Community

June 10, 2020- Key COVID-19 Updates for the Whitewater Community

June 9, 2020- Key COVID-19 Updates for the Whitewater Community

June 5, 2020- Key COVID-19 Updates for the Whitewater Community

June 4, 2020- Virtual Town Hall Meeting Notice

June 3, 2020- Key COVID-19 Updates for the Whitewater Community

May 29, 2020- City of Whitewater Reopening Local Government Plan

May 26, 2020 Key COVID-19 Updates for the Whitewater Community

May 22, 2020 Key COVID-19 Updates for the Whitewater Community

May 15, 2020- Key COVID-19 Updates for the Whitewater Community

Municipal Facility Closures

Though the Wisconsin Supreme Court overturned the Governor’s Safer At Home order (Order #28), many of the practices outlined in the Governor’s order were of significant value in protecting the health and safety of employees. Because the dangers associated with the spread of COVID-19 remain, the City of Whitewater will continue with modified operations until further notice. As a result, municipal facilities will remain closed to the public until further notice. This standard will be reevaluated on or before June 1, 2020. Any updates or changes will be provided publicly via this page as well as the City’s other media outlets. 

May 14, 2020- Key COVID-19 Updates for the Whitewater Community

View the May 14, 2020 press release from City Manager, Cameron Clapper in reference to the changes made to the Safer at Home Emergency Order #28.

May 13, 2020 Key COVID-19 Updates for the Whitewater Community

May 8, 2020 Key COVID-19 Updates for the Whitewater Community

May 8, 2020- Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) – Reopen Guidelines for Businesses

Visit the WEDC website for relief and recovery resources for Wisconsin businesses.

May 5, 2020 Key COVID-19 Updates

May 1, 2020 Key COVID-19 Updates

April 24, 2020- City Services & Facilities Update

March 31, 2020- SBA Paycheck Protection Program

To All Whitewater Businesses:

Please see the below information regarding the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) which was signed into law by President Trump on Friday (March 27th). Special thanks to Knight Public Affairs for assembling this information.

Individuals with questions should contact their preferred lender for more details.

The CARES Act will put the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) for small businesses and nonprofits into action.

The SBA is finalizing the regulations and requirements for the PPP and banks are waiting for guidance on how to move forward, however it is important for you to get with your lender now to be prepared in every way you can.

The documents below will help you begin the process:

CARES Act FAQs

Small Business Owners Guide to the CARES Act

Here are more COVID-19 procedures and announcements that may be helpful to you:

DOR Tax Filing Deadline Extension

DOT Rest Areas Remain Open

OCI Guidance on Insurance Flexibility

DATCP Guidance for Food Supply and Delivery

DOT Emissions Testing Timeline

DWD Unemployment Information

DFI Federally Insured Financial Institutions

DPI Updates

March 24, 2020- Municipal Building Closure Update

March 24, 2020- In-Person Absentee Voting Hours

March 18, 2020- City Manager Declares City State of Emergency

March 17, 2020- Municipal Building Closure & In-Person Absentee Voting Hours