Village of Egg Harbor Declares Emergency & Temporarily Closes Kress Pavilion
(March 17, 2020) Following the lead of other governmental entities, on March 17, 2020 the Village of Egg Harbor declares an emergency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic pursuant to Wisconsin Statute section 323.11; and temporary closes Kress Pavilion, including library services and all programs until May 12th.
The Kress Pavilion Events Director, Jess Reinke will be contacting renters to provide the option of rescheduling or receiving a refund (less processing fees). For questions regarding rentals please contact Jess Reinke at email@example.com, 920.868.0123.
Village Administrator Ryan Heise -“We are shifting our priorities and aligning staff resources to meet the needs of the community and our neighbors. Items that may have been important to us a few months ago, need to be set aside as we focus on helping one another.” Going beyond the state mandates, the Village Trustees discussed that they highly encourage non-essential business to close operations, and to treat this very seriously.
The Village also evaluated its essential needs for operations which include utilities, voting, limited financials; and have encouraged voters to use the systems in place to vote early. Employees that can work from home will do so. Limited essential services will be provided at the Village office. Heise said that the Village Clerk/Treasurer, Lynn Ohnesorge, is doing a tremendous job working through the workload.
Also present at the Egg Harbor meeting was the Fire Chief from Sister Bay Chris Hecht, who serves other roles in the County; and discussed the efforts currently underway to assemble a volunteer driven management plan. Hecht is familiar with the limited resources that can be provided from County Government and is confident in Door County’s ability to come together and assist one another to get through this pandemic. The Village President, John Heller has been keen on making certain that the Village is pushing out timely information regarding medical resources available in the County. This includes an exchange with Brian Stephens, CEO at Door County Medical, who responded to the Village with the following:
Here are some resources I would recommend for your residents from that site:
How to Protect Yourself: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/prevention.html
If You Think You Are Sick: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/steps-when-sick.html
Specifically in Door County, if someone feels like they are sick and might need to be tested they should call us to speak with a nurse. Based on a series of questions, we’ll be able to determine if you should come in for testing and/or treatment. I will tell you that the vast majority of these calls result in a recommendation to stay home, hydrate, and continue to monitor your symptoms. However, we are actively testing those who meet the criteria and so far all of the results for Door County residents (and one visitor who was tested here) have been negative.
Finally, we are receiving a lot of questions from people asking if they should travel domestically. I think it’s pretty clear that international travel should be restricted at this point, but the following page gives more information to those considering domestic travel: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/travel-in-the-us.html.
The biggest consideration with travel is, can you afford to self-quarantine either in the location to which you are traveling, or at home when you return for 14 days, should that become necessary?
I hope this information helps and I appreciate you reaching out. We will continue to send out information on our Facebook page and press releases to all local media as the situation changes, but you can feel confident that we are well prepared as a community.