LULAROE 2020 FUNDRAISER: NOVEMBER 19, 2020

      Just in time for your holiday shopping, WICHP (Washington Island Community Health Program) is partnering with Lularoe Clothing Consultant Jenny Bradenburg of Sturgeon Bay for a fundraiser which will run from Friday Nov. 20th to Monday Nov. 30th. Due to COVID-19 this year, the fundraiser will be all online which is accessible through Jenny’s website: www.jennyssparklefashion.com. Jenny may also do some live sales and/or drop pictures of new clothing items to her Facebook page so you can also shop or check things out also at this link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1529315450700238

      For every item that is sold, Jenny & Lularoe contribute money to WICHP. This is a great way to holiday shop from the comfort of your home and support WICHP who is funded solely by grants and donations. We hope you can join us in November! For questions or further information, contact WICHP at 920-847- 2108 or wichp77@gmail.com. Thank you and Happy Holidays!

COVID-19 TESTING PRESS RELEASE: OCTOBER 18, 2020

WELCOME BACK COMMUNITY VAN: OCTOBER 13, 2020

SEPTEMBER 2020 BOXHOLDER: SEPTEMBER 30, 2020

DOOR-TRAN VOLUNTEER DRIVERS: MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2020

FALL 2020 DOOR COUNTY WELL PROJECT: SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2020

PUBLIC HEALTH EVENT PLANNER: THURSDAY, AUGUST 6, 2020

URGENT PUBLIC HEALTH ADVISORY: THURSDAY, JULY 23, 2020

EMR/EMT SERVICES ON WASHINGTON ISLAND: WEDNESDAY, JULY 22, 2020

  The Medical Services Committee is sponsoring an Open Forum Meeting with Aaron LeClair who is the head of Door County EMT Services.
  This will be a virtual meeting that you can connect to via a GoToMeeting as noted below.
  We would ask that if you have questions concerning EMT/EMR SERVICES that you write down your questions and drop them or email them to the Town Office by JULY 31.
  Thank you, we hope this will be an informative meeting for all of us in understanding this vital service on the Island.
Thu, Aug 6, 2020 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM (CDT)
  Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone at https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/689836941.
  You can also dial in using your phone at +1 (646) 749-3122 with the access code: 689-836-941.
  New to GoToMeeting? Get the app now and be ready when your first meeting starts: https://global.gotomeeting.com/install/689836941.

WASHINGTON ISLAND PUBLIC STATEMENT COVID-19: SUNDAY, JULY 2, 2020

  Failing to wear a mask in public, not practicing social distancing and offering to hold or attend large gatherings puts the physical health, mental health and financial well-being of our entire community at risk.
  There is nothing like the summer or fall in Door County. We feel it is one of the best places to live, work, visit, and play. As we enter the peak of our tourist/busy season, we are at an important crossroads for the prevention of the spread of COVID-19. Our neighboring counties and states are seeing significant increases in the number of positive cases.
  With the increase in visitors and activity in our local community, it is imperative now more than ever that we all practice the public health safety guidelines from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. These guidelines include wearing a cloth face covering at all times in public, maintaining at least six (6) feet distance from anyone not in your household and avoiding all large gatherings, events and crowded areas.
  For the rest of the year, Door County will see a significant increase in visitors and potential events that foster large groups of people. There is emerging data that supports that the currently increasing cases across the country are related to activities and gatherings that create challenging environments for reducing the spread of COVID-19. For Wisconsin, while there were more confirmed COVID-19 cases during early May compared to early June, more than twice the percentage of cases (14% compared to 7%) reported attending a gathering or party or meeting up with people outside their homes within two weeks of getting COVID-19. We know increasing the number of interactions with people and how long each interaction lasts, increases the risk of being infected with and spreading COVID-19. Our community is concerned, county officials are concerned, and Door County Public Health is concerned.
To help protect yourself and others from COVID-19:
  • Stay home if you’re feeling sick or feel off. A number of new cases reported going out in public while feeling symptomatic.
  • Stay home if you don’t need to go out. Working from home, virtual gatherings, and using curbside or delivery ordering are still the safest and best options to protect yourself and others.
  • Wear a cloth face covering if you go out. This is a simple, effective way to help reduce risk for yourself and others.
  • Protect your workers and customers. Follow public health recommendations.
  • Assume you have come in contact with COVID-19 if you go out. Currently, 37% of cases didn’t know where they could’ve gotten COVID-19. Watch for symptoms like fever, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea. If you have these symptoms, call your doctor to be tested.
  This pandemic makes clear that every person’s health is intertwined with the wellbeing of our fellow community members. We ask everyone to please help in cooperating with disease prevention. These simple but effective efforts have the ability to greatly reduce the number of people who become severely ill, protect our health care system and save lives.
  Door County would like to thank the following partners for their support of this message to help keep Door County safe through this holiday season and beyond:
  • City of Sturgeon Bay
  • Town of Baileys Harbor
  • Town of Sevastopol
  • Town of Liberty Grove
  • Town of Egg Harbor
  • Town of Gibraltar
  • Town of Brussels
  • Village of Ephraim
  • Village of Sister Bay
  • Village of Egg Harbor
  • Ephraim Fire Department
  • Gibraltar Fire Department
  • Door County Medical Center
  • Bellin Health
  • Washington Island Community Health Program
  • Door County Medical Clinic - Washington Island
  • Door County Economic Development Corporation
  • Destination Door County
  • Destination Sturgeon Bay
  • Jacksonport Area Business Association
  • Baileys Harbor Community Association
  • Door County North Business Association
  • Egg Harbor Business Association
  • Ephraim Business Council
  • Sister Bay Advancement Association
  • Good Samaritan Society – Scandia Village
  • United Way of Door County

JUNE 2020 BOXHOLDER: TUESDAY, JUNE 23, 2020

  It is important to remember that at present the CoronaVirus pandemic continues. Just because the Safer at Home restrictions have been eased, COVID-19 remains an easily transmittable communicable disease spread mainly through close contact. We need to remember that the island is a popular tourist destination and home to many seasonal residents so please practice safety precautions. It is also home to an aged population that is particularly vulnerable to the severe symptoms associated with COVID-19 as well as groups with underlying health issues. Your efforts to limit the spread are appreciated by those who live, work and enjoy the Island.

Door County Pubic Health Gathering Guidelines

Low Risk:
Staying Home
Moderate Risk: Gatherings Under 10 People High Risk: Gatherings of 10-50 People Not Advisable: Gatherings of 50 or more
  The Door County Emergency Services Coalition is no longer taking calls so if you need errands run because you are choosing to stay safe at home, please call the WICHP office, 847-2108. Volunteers will pick up groceries, visit the post office, take trash to the dump, pick up packages at the ferry dock, etc. WICHP recommends you check with your Pharmacy to see if they mail prescriptions. Rules vary between Pharmacies.
  If you think you have symptoms associated with the CoronaVirus call the Door County Medical Center Hotline, 920-746-3700, to schedule a COVID-19 test. Hrs 8 am — 4:30 pm, 7 days/week. After hours call Prevea 877-746-0003.

Washington Island Food Pantry – Revised Income Eligibility

  Beginning this month, the Washington Island Food Pantry can offer more Island households the Grade-A foods provided by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). As an authorized food distributor in The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), we can now provide no-cost groceries for households that have incomes up to 300% of the federal poverty level (FPL). To enable immediate access to food when abrupt wage or job loss occurs, eligibility is now based on self-declared current weekly combined household income below. Households participating in other food programs such as Food Share, WIC or school nutrition may also participate in TEFAP without affecting their ability to qualify for those programs.

Household size As of TODAY, my Weekly Combined Household Income is less than:
1 person $736/week
2 people $995/week
3 people $1253/week
4 people $1512/week
5 people $1770/week
6 people $2028/week

  To eliminate person-to-person contact between food pantry clients and volunteers, the Pantry continues to follow “no contact” food distribution protocol. Interaction with food pantry clients requesting food assistance is done by mail, phone, text or email. All distributed food is pre-packed by pantry volunteers and delivered to clients’ vehicles while they remain in the vehicle.
  The pantry distributes food at Trinity Lutheran Church from 2-4 pm on the fourth Monday of every month. For those unable to come to the pantry on distribution day, or in cases of emergencies, other arrangements can be made. For more information or to arrange for food assistance, call Amy Rose at 920-535-3035 or Dan Westbrook 920-750-9265.

  Washington Island Community Healthcare Program’s (WICHP) purpose during this health crisis is to connect people to the appropriate resources where they can find accurate and up to date information. WICHP is not a direct healthcare provider and hence does not provide advice on COVID-19. If you are having difficulty locating information or a healthcare provider, please feel free to reach out to us and we will connect you with the appropriate resources. Please call WICHP’s Executive Director, Christine Andersen, R.N. at 920-847-2108.

WASHINGTON ISLAND PUBLIC STATEMENT COVID-19: THURSDAY, MAY 21, 2020

  To Washington Island full-time residents, seasonal residents, families, businesses, and visitors:
  The Town of Washington Island would like to thank everyone for their patience, support and compliance with all the various Federal, State, County and local guidelines through this phase of the pandemic. The response from each of you has been exemplary, and we deeply appreciate it.
  We would also like to take this opportunity to thank the individuals who have been part of the various health care professional, business, volunteer and ‘grass-roots’ support networks that are part of our community. Each of you have provided the support necessary for people to comply with all the guidelines, and are a major part of the reason we have not had a single incidence of the virus here on the Island. You are all shining examples of what makes Washington Island a great community. Thank you!
  That being said, Coronavirus (COVID-19) has now been identified in most countries around the world, virtually all areas of the U.S., including northeastern Wisconsin, and Door County. It is an easily transmittable communicable disease spread mainly through close contact from person-to-person, and is especially dangerous to the elderly and those with compromised immune systems.
  In response to this public health emergency, Executive Orders for “Safer at Home” were issued beginning on March 12, as well as the extension of those orders by Door County Public Health through May 20. Adaptation of those orders was the basis for the Town of Washington’s Resolution 2020-06 and Public Statement issued on March 20.
  However, based on successful implementation of Safer at Home, the State of Wisconsin and Door County have allowed the Executive Orders and extensions thereof to sunset, thereby allowing people and businesses to begin to establish ‘new norms’ for getting back to business.
  Furthermore, on May 19, Door County Public Health issued their guidelines and recommendations for “Let’s Safely Re-Open Door County”, and the Town of Washington is pleased and looking forward to beginning that process! With that in mind, basic recommendations for everyone include:

  • Furthermore, on May 19, Door County Public Health issued their guidelines and recommendations for “Let’s Safely Re-Open Door County”, and the Town of Washington is pleased and looking forward to beginning that process! With that in mind, basic recommendations for everyone include:
  • Wear cloth face coverings (masks) when out in public.
  • Practice good hand hygiene; wash your hands with soap and water, or use hand sanitizer.
  • Clean/sanitize frequently touched surfaces.
  • Avoid going to places where safety measures are not in place.
  • If you are sick, stay home and call your healthcare provider about testing.
  • Limit (unnecessary) travel to reduce the potential for virus transmission.

 The Town Board would also like to advise that for those individuals who are at high risk or anyone who believes they may have come into contact with someone infected with the virus, please continue to stay at home as much as practicable (continue to work with the support networks mentioned above, especially WICHP @ 847-2108) and/or self-quarantine for 14 days as recommended by the CDC.
  As further guidance from Door County Public Health, please consider the following for planning, scheduling or attending events and/or gatherings:

  • Low Risk - Staying at home
  • Medium Risk - Gatherings with fewer than 10 people
  • High Risk - Gatherings of 10-50 people
  • Not Advisable - Gatherings of more than 50 people

Compliance with the Door County Public Health guidelines and recommendations is encouraged, but voluntary. However, non-compliance may have serious repercussions to the health and safety of our residents and visitors. If persistent complaints of non- compliance are substantiated, a targeted order by the Public Health Officer may be issued under Sec.252.03, Wis. Stats.
As you make plans to return to Door County and especially Washington Island, please continue to take the threat of the virus seriously and do your part to take the necessary precautions to protect the safety and health of our residents and other visitors. Your efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19 are appreciated by those who live, work and enjoy Door County, and we look forward to seeing you on Washington Island this summer as your travel plans permit!
This update supersedes all previous updates and we will update this statement periodically as appropriate. 

These webistes provide guidelines for dealing with the current health situation:

If you have additional questions or concerns, please contact:
 
Richard Tobey, Chairman or
Valerie Carpenter, Clerk
Town of Washington
(920) 847-2522

PUBLIC HEALTH MASKING GUIDANCE: WEDNESDAY, MAY 20, 2020

LET'S SAFELY RE-OPEN DOOR COUNTY GUIDELINES: TUESDAY, MAY 19, 2020

ISLAND RECOMMENDATIONS: TUESDAY, APRIL 14, 2020

STOP!!
Please Take a Moment to Read This

 There are active Covid-19 cases being spread by people without symptoms and without their knowledge that they have it. THIS MEANS IT COULD BE YOU!

  • If you are visiting or returning to the Island, please stay six feet from others and wear a protective mask and/or gloves if you have them. Please self-isolate for 14 days. For help with shopping or for errands during your isolation period call WICHP at (920)847-2108
  • Please wear a mask when around others including the grocery store and other businesses and maintain six feet of social distancing everywhere you go.
  • If you are a CONTRACTOR or making DELIVERIES to the Island, please stay six feet from others and wear a protective mask and/or gloves if you have them.

We can all do our part to save lives now.
We are all "Safer at Home"

WASHINGTON ISLAND PUBLIC STATEMENT COVID-19: FRIDAY, MARCH 20,2020

***Door County: Think you've been exposed to COVID-19? Call Door County Medical Center hotline Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM- 4:30 PM, (920)-746-3700. After Hours call Prevea Care, (877)-746-0003.***

  To Washington Island full-time residents, seasonal residents, families, businesses, and visitors:
  Washington Island should not be considered a “safe haven” for those seeking to avoid the Coronavirus. On the contrary, Coronavirus cases are likely to occur on Washington Island, and the consequences to those on the Island could be more devastating than in mainland locations with greater access to medical resources and supplies. The Island is home to numerous individuals with compromised immune systems, as well as many aging and elderly residents who are at greatest risk.
  Coronavirus (COVID-19) has now been identified in most areas of the U.S., including northeastern Wisconsin. It is highly contagious, and is especially dangerous to those with compromised immune systems. As a result, health officials are discouraging travel of any kind, and local health providers strongly recommend against travel to Washington Island. Beyond the imminent threat of exposure from those traveling in from other parts of the state and country, the Island lacks the medical resources and facilities necessary to provide care to those who may be affected.
  Unfortunately, this will impact the plans of those who normally return to Washington Island in the spring, as well as family members wishing to visit Island relatives, and other visitors. Island residents may encounter a delay in obtaining essential supplies, and travel on or off the Island is discouraged. Our Island businesses and services are forced to take special precautions to limit potential exposure and transmission of illness.
  For those with no choice but to travel to Washington Island, including those residing on the Island who leave and plan to return, it is essential to take all of the following precautions for self-isolation:

  • Abide by all COVID-19 precautions established by the CDC and other government agencies, as well as the Town Board resolution and transportation companies serving Washington Island.
  • Avoid exposure to other persons at the harbor/marina, and all other points of access. Avoid sharing vehicles and/or riding in others’ vehicles, where the virus can easily be transmitted.
  • Upon arrival, plan to self-isolate by remaining on your private premises for no fewer than 14 days. Like elsewhere in Wisconsin, our food service establishments are unable to provide dine-in accommodations, by order of the Governor’s Office, until COVID-19 precautions are lifted statewide. At time of this release KK Fiske, Karley’s, and Middle Bar are providing limited take-out and/or delivery service, along with limited hours. Mann’s food store, the Mercantile and Death’s Door Fuel remain open at this time.
  • If you have signs or symptoms of flu-like illness, including fever, cough, congestion, nausea, diarrhea, shortness of breath, and/or body aches and pains, consult your physician immediately and before any travel. Please do not travel to Washington Island if you have any alternatives whatsoever.

  Washington Island Ferry Line has established COVID-19 response plans, and will abide by all recommendations from CDC and local health officials.
  Coronavirus testing is available on Washington Island. The Washington Island Clinic will continue to operate. Anyone needing medical attention is asked to call the Clinic first, no walk-ins will be accepted. ALL patients will be evaluated over the phone by the provider with on-site visits scheduled for those with acute illnesses or urgent needs. Testing for COVID-19 is available for those with pertinent symptoms.
  If you are returning to the Island, please follow the CDC guidelines and self-isolate for 14 days. After 14 days continue to practice social distancing, wash hands frequently, and avoid non-essential travel.
  If you are already on Washington Island and feel that you, or someone else in your family, party or household, are experiencing flu-like symptoms, remain isolated in place (i.e., in your home or cottage) and contact the Clinic for further instructions. Avoid contact with all other persons. If you experience an emergency requiring urgent medical attention and/or are in respiratory distress, call 9-1-1 and alert the dispatcher if anyone in your party or household has flu-like symptoms so that EMS responders can don appropriate personal protective equipment before entering.
  Travel and self-isolation precautions will remain in effect for Washington Island until they are lifted statewide by health officials and state government.
  We will update this statement periodically as appropriate.
These websites provide guidelines for dealing with the current health emergency:

If you have additional questions or concerns, please contact:
 
Richard Tobey, Chairman or
Valerie Carpenter, Clerk
Town of Washington
(920) 847-2522

COVID-19 UPDATE/INFORMATION: SUNDAY, MARCH 15, 2020

***Door County: Think you've been exposed to COVID-19? Call Door County Medical Center hotline Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM- 4:30 PM, (920)-746-3700. After Hours call Prevea Care, (877)-746-0003.***

  For accurate and up to date information please refer to one of the following websites:

  1. Centers for Disease Control: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html
  2. Door County Medical Center: https://www.dcmedical.org/coronavirus
  3. WI Department of Health Services: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/index.htm

  Please keep in mind that the information is changing on a daily and sometimes hourly basis.
  If you have traveled outside the U.S. in areas where the illness is present, especially a Level 3 country (see CDC site for U.S. and World maps), please self-quarantine for 14 days to minimize spreading should you have the virus. In speaking with Door County Public Health, we cannot police this but can encourage others who have traveled recently to stay home for 14 days.
  Testing is available at our local clinic for those who are symptomatic and meet the criteria. If you think you need to be tested, please call your healthcare provider first. We cannot stress this point enough as this will minimize exposure to others should you have this virus. You can be screened over the phone and then if you need to go in, your provider can instruct you on the proper precautions when coming to the clinic. Public health is being notified of all the screening tests and will be following up on each individual case especially if there is a positive result. This is one of their roles to track and follow up on highly contagious illnesses in our communities.
 When speaking with our Island clinic, they encouraged residents with questions about this virus, to resource the websites first before calling the clinic. Our clinic doesn't have the resources to handle a high call volume with general questions about COVID-19. If you feel you have this virus, then please do call and talk with your health care provider to see if you need to be tested.
  Our best defense against COVID-19 is to be informed with accurate information and practice good health hygiene (per CDC) as noted below:

  • Avoid close contacts with those who are sick
  • Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community
  • Cover your cough/sneeze with a tissue and then throw the tissue away in the trash-wash your hands after or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if unable to wash hands
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
  • Stay home when you are sick except to get medical care
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (sing Happy Birthday or Twinkle, Twinkle-this is about 20 sec.)**

 **Here is a video from the DCMC website about handwashing:   https://youtu.be/M7kHGCw2nPA
  Please follow this CDC link for more details about health hygiene: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/prevention.html
  The last few days with all this news has been overwhelming and causing people to panic. It is reasonable to have a 2 week supply of household necessities should you have to be quarantined and stay home till you are out of the contiguous zone. Please keep this in mind when shopping and remind your family/friends to do the same. We have limited supplies especially on the Island and if we are all reasonable about this, there will be supplies for all.
  Here is a video link from the DCMC website about COVID-19 from a few days ago--it contains some good key points   https://youtu.be/ewUGLdclhh8
  Lastly, remember that we have a lot of older residents on the Island of which some have compromised immune systems. Practicing good health hygiene and being considerate of our neighbors and friends will go a long way to help prevent this illness or minimize spreading it should it present on the Island. Also, keep in mind these older folks may need someone to check on them and/or get necessities to them. A friendly phone call can go a long way to those who are shut-in or unable to get out to the store.
  On a closing note, WICHP’s purpose during this health crisis is to connect people to the appropriate resources where they can find accurate and up to date information. WICHP is a community health organization that connects people to services and information. WICHP is not a direct healthcare provider and hence does not provide advice on COVID-19. We have many good websites (see above) and healthcare professionals in our community/state that can provide this service. If you are having difficulty locating information or a healthcare provider, please feel free to reach out to us and we will connect you with the appropriate resources.
Keep calm and stay healthy!
Christine Andersen, R.N.
WICHP Executive Director