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Below you will find resources to help you navigate through the COVID-19 Crisis, such as official announcements, information on the disease and pandemic from credible sources, tips for managing personal and business finances during this time, and more.
About COVID-19? According to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, COVID-19 is the disease caused by a virus strain that began spreading in people in December 2019.
Health experts are concerned because little is known about this new respiratory virus, and it can cause severe illness and pneumonia in some people.
- The COVID-19 virus was first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China.
- The COVID-19 virus is not the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold.
- According to this peer-reviewed study (meaning the results have been reviewed by other experts in the field), the virus can live on cardboard for only a few hours, but on plastic for up to 72 hours. More information is sure to come, but these surfaces are most common on library materials.
How can I protect myself and my family?
According to the Eau Claire City-County Health Department, the best way to prevent COVID-19 or any illness is to avoid being exposed to it. Currently there is no vaccine to prevent COVID-19 infection. However, the following everyday preventive actions can protect you and others.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you feel sick.
- Cover your coughs and sneezes.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces with a regular household cleaning product.
- Follow the advice of your healthcare providers and national, state, and local public health.
National and local authorities have the most up-to-date information on whether COVID-19 is spreading in our area. They are the best sources to advise you on what you should be doing to protect yourself.
How can we protect our community?
The main precautions to prevent the spread of COVID 19 are social distancing, quarantine, and individual isolation. Experts recommend, based on a CDC study on Influenza, that best way to slow the spread of the disease, or “flatten the curve” is to practice social distancing, avoiding other people and opportunities to share germs.
What else do we know about COVID-19? There is still a lot unknown about the pandemic, but we will keep you up to date as best we are able. Below are a few “go-to” websites and some peer-reviewed studies. As you do your own research, please remember to practice critical thinking and carefully examine the source of the information and any motives that may be behind the information being shared.
Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Eau Claire City-County Health
Wisconsin Department of Health Services
World Health Organization (WHO)
Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers declared a state of emergency on March 12, and has issued several emergency orders since then. You can view all of the orders on the governor’s website, and sign up to receive email alerts for new updates here.
- Gov. Evers Emergency Order 12: Safer at Home Order — March 24, 2020
- Gov. Evers Emergency Order 11: Public Service Commission Administrative Rule Suspensions — March 21, 2020
- Gov. Evers Emergency Order 10: Department of Public Instruction Administration Rule Suspension and Emergency Orders — March 21, 2020
- Gov. Evers Emergency Order 9: Order to the Department of Corrections — March 20, 2020
- Gov. Evers: Updated Mass Gathering Ban — March 20, 2020
- Gov. Evers: Order to the Department of Workforce Development Regarding Unemployment Insurance — March 18, 2020
- Gov. Evers: Order Restricting the Size of Child Care Settings — March 18, 2020
- Gov. Evers: Order Prohibiting Mass Gatherings of 10 People or More — March 17, 2020
- Gov Evers: Order Prohibiting Mass Gatherings of 50 People or More — March 16, 2020
- Gov. Evers: Order for Statewide School Closure — March 13, 2020
- Executive Order 72, Relating to Declaring a Health Emergency in Response to the COVID-19 Coronavirus — March 12, 2020
Eau Claire has received a steady stream of accolades over the last few years as being an amazing place to live, work, and play. This, among other reasons, has created opportunities for small businesses to grow and thrive. Unfortunately, that part of what the Chippewa Valley so awesome is most at risk to be irrevocably impacted by state-mandated restrictions.
Check out this excellent resource, Save Your Faves, created by our friends across the river at Volume One, advocating for support of our favorite local businesses, and the many people in the Chippewa Valley who rely on those businesses to sustain their families. A similar listing is also available from Downtown Eau Claire.
For those operating small businesses, check out this information on Resources for Businesses from Downtown Eau Claire.
Employment, finances, and mental health
Unfortunately, there we all need to be concerned about more than just our physical health through this crisis. Below are a few resources for those whose employment, finances, and mental health have been impacted.
Librarian’s Pick: The resources listed below provide great information, but if you’re looking for a one-stop-shop for all of your financial related questions (unemployment, retirement withdrawals, emergency paid sick leave, and way more), then head over to the University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Extension Financial Education website for COVID-19-related financial questions.
- The Wisconsin Workforce Development website has answers to Frequently Asked Questions about unemployment benefits available for COVID-19-related loss of income.
- The Feed My People food bank is offering pop-up food pantries, check their COVID-19 Updates page for the latest info.
- Worried about student loans? In addition to interest being waived, you may also be eligible to defer payments for up to two months. See the Federal Student Aid (FSA) website for more information.
- This guide to Taking Care of Your Behavioral Health was created by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, specifically in response to COVID-19 outbreak.
- From the Wisconsin Department of Health Services Facebook page: If all the talk about #COVID19 is making you feel overwhelmed or frightened, support is available. Call @distressline at 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746. You are not alone.
City of Eau Claire Public Notices
CESA 10 Board Agenda Thursday, April 9, 2020 7 p.m. Virtual Conference Call
Eau Claire School Board Packet Regular Meeting, Monday, April 6, 2020 7 p.m. Agenda and Login Instructions