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County Board Chairman Urges Safer At Home

Lancaster, WI-  Grant County Board Chairman Robert Keeney is asking residents of Grant County to immediately limit their travel and as much in-person contact as possible to help reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus. 
   Keeney said, “Even though, as of now, we still have only one confirmed case of COVID-19 here in Grant County, it is safe to assume that there are more cases in our communities that have not been tested or confirmed.  I ask that residents stay at home, only leaving for essentials such as groceries, medications or for medical appointments.  We cannot let our guard down and must continue to follow the Safer At Home order issued by Governor Evers.  Protecting our residents is our number one priority and we need you to help us by staying at home.”
   “This disease is being spread effectively by people with mild illness and even by those without any symptoms,” said Jeff Kindrai, Grant County Health Department Director/Health Officer.  “Therefore, you should assume that you may be exposed if around others and you may be spreading it yourself without knowing,” Kindrai continued.
   “Unfortunately we have not seen the worst of this yet. Based on the increase in confirmed cases in other counties across the state of Wisconsin, and the deaths thus far, it will get worse before it gets better.  I’m asking that every one of you take this seriously, and consider our vulnerable populations and our limited number of emergency responders and medical personnel before you leave your home.  We are all in this together, and together we will be stronger,” Keeney said.
   For more information about the Grant County response to COVID-19, visit www.co.grant.wi.gov and click on the COVID-19 link. 
 

Aging & Disability Center open for phone calls only

Lancaster, WI- The Aging & Disability Resource Center office in Grant County is committed to protecting the health and well-being of area seniors, individuals with disabilities, volunteers and staff. Continuing to deliver services is still our top priority. Our offices are currently closed to the public but we will be happy to assist you over the phone with any concerns you may have including long term care, elderly benefits, disability benefits, caregiver resources and support groups, Meals on Wheels, transportation and any other needs or concerns you may have.  If you have any questions regarding ADRC services or if you were planning to visit the Aging & Disability Resource Center office, please call 608-723-6113 or 1-800-514-0066 or email adrc@co.grant.wi.gov
ADRC provides:
Elderly Benefits – We help residents apply for Food Share and other benefits, answer Medicare and Retirement questions
Disability Benefits – We help residents apply for disability or other benefits, and answer questions about benefits and appeals
Access Long-Term Care – Residents must meet functional and income eligibility
Meals on Wheels – Residents must be over 60. Delivery is limited to in-town routes. We will work with residents living in rural areas to find solutions to get meals to them.
Taxi Services- The communities of Lancaster, Boscobel, and Fennimore are providing taxi services for essential trips.  The driver will ask screening questions for illness before the trip.
   Run errands including picking up paid-for groceries and prescriptions. The driver will ask screening questions for illness before trip.
  Volunteer Driver program – We are still operating with limited driver availability.  The driver will ask screening questions for illness before the trip.
   County resources are available by calling the ADRC at 608-723-6113.
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   Contacts:  Julie Durst, Grant County Public Information Officer – jdurst@co.grant.wi.gov
Jeff Kindrai, Grant County Health Department – jkindrai@co.grant.wi.gov
Steve Braun, Grant County Emergency Management – sbraun@co.grant.wi.gov

Flu epidemic of 1918 rocked Wisconsin, nation

By Tom Emery
The coronavirus has been the top story in the U.S. this year, but the reaction is not unprecedented. The influenza outbreak of 1918 brought the nation to a standstill, and Wisconsin was not immune.
   One hundred years ago, the United States was swept into a global influenza epidemic that one source called “one of the worst natural disasters in history.” As many as 50 million people died around the world, while 675,000 Americans were also lost, many from related complications like pneumonia.  A quarter of the U.S. population had fallen ill by late October 1918.
   Wisconsin suffered a total of 8,459 fatalities. In December 1918, the State Board of Health reported that the epidemic would “forever be remembered as the most disastrous calamity that has ever been visited upon the people of Wisconsin.”  Continue

Couple assaulted at bar, man flees

Chief Patrick Clark of the Hillsboro Police Department reports that shortly after midnight on March 7, 2020, a Hillsboro Police Officer responded to a report of an ongoing physical assault taking place at The Bent Finger in Hillsboro.
   When officers arrived on scene, victims and eyewitnesses reported Trenton Clark of Hillsboro had assaulted a male and a female. Both victims sustained serious injuries and Hillsboro EMS was called to the scene to assist.
   Clark had fled the scene prior to law enforcement arrival and was not located until later that afternoon when law enforcement obtained information that he was at a residence on Hillsprairie Ln, north of the city. Clark was taken into custody and booked into the Vernon County Detention Center for two counts of substantial battery. Clark is also being held on a Juneau County warrant for 1st degree recklessly endangering safety, false imprisonment, and substantial battery in relation to an incident that occurred in the City of Elroy.
   Assisting the Hillsboro Police Department with this investigation was the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office, Elroy Police Department, and Juneau County Sheriff’s Office. The incident remains under investigation.

 

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