Dane County declares state of emergency to combat COVID-19 spread

MADISON (WKOW) -- Dane County Executive Joe Parisi declared a state of emergency Monday to help the county government coordinate preparedness and response to the spread of COVID-19.

“By stepping forward and taking aggressive action, we’re hopeful we’re doing our part to slow the spread of this illness,” Parisi said in a press release. “Communities come together during challenging times to reassure and care for one another. County employees signed up for public service work because they value community."

The declaration makes all county resources available to ensure core services are carried out during the pandemic. It may also allow the county to be reimbursed by the federal government for expenses caused by responding to the virus.

Parisi directed staff to avoid face-to-face meetings where possible. Some county employees will also begin working from home.

Dane also closed several popular locations to the public including the Henry Vilas Zoo, the Badger Prairie Health Care Center, and the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance site.

"We are ready for whatever lies ahead,” said Parisi.

The new strain of coronavirus causes the disease COVID-19. Symptoms include cough, fever and shortness of breath.

In severe cases, pneumonia can develop. Those most at risk include the elderly, people with heart or lung disease as well as anyone at greater risk of infection.

For most, the virus is mild, presenting similarly to a common cold or the flu.

Anyone who thinks they may have the disease should call ahead to a hospital or clinic before going in for a diagnosis. Doing so gives the staff time to take the proper precautions so the virus does not spread.

Those needing emergency medical services should continue to use 911.

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