The outbreak of COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus, has led to a number of closings, cancellations and postponements in the Lodi/Poynette area.

Both the Lodi School District and the Poynette School District closed their schools as of Sunday, March 15.

A notice on the Poynette School District web site reads: “In the best interest of the health of our community, the School District of Poynette will be closing effective immediately Sunday, March 15, 2020. This closure will extend to at least Monday, April 6. Continue to watch for more detailed updates through email, our website and social media.”

Lodi was among the school districts listed as closed effective immediately as of Sunday, March 15, according to a press release from Lodi Superintendent Charles Pursell.

The statement reads: “In the best interests of the health of our students, staff, and families, the following public schools in Dane County and surrounding area will be closing effectively immediately as of Sunday, March 15, 2020. This closure will extend minimally through Friday, April 3. Individual school districts will be sending out more detailed information to their families and staff as soon as possible, but collectively agreed to close schools immediately. We appreciate your understanding as we continue to navigate through this rapidly evolving situation.”

Another school in the area that is closing for the 2019-2020 school year until further notice is Blessed Trinity Catholic School in Dane. That’s according to a message that was sent out Sunday night.

The Poynette Area Public Library closed its doors to the public Tuesday, March 17. According to a notice from Director Jodi Bailey, the building will be closed to the public at least through Sunday, April 5. The date is subject to change, depending on the duration of the school closures. All library programs have been canceled until further notice; however, staff is available to take calls between 9:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

“We take our role as a community gathering place very seriously, but we must observe the best health and safety practices for all of our community members, patrons and library staffs,” Bailey wrote.

Bailey also noted that there are no fines accrued on any materials currently checked out. Patrons can keep those materials until the library reopens. The Poynette library will still provide curbside delivery of library materials, tax forms and for photocopying and faxing. Bailey also indicated that people can utilize the library’s W-Fi signal from the exterior of the building at any time.

The Lodi Public Library is also closed to the public. The doors were shuttered Monday, March 16.

“Our library has always been about community,” said Lodi Public Library Director Alex Le Clair, in a press release, “and this decision was made out of the utmost concern for the health, safety and well-being of library patrons, staff and the community at large.”

Le Clair noted that patrons should hold onto items they have checked out. No fines or fees will be assessed for late materials when the library reopens. The hold dates for materials reserved will be extended so patrons can have access to them when the library reopens.

“We look forward to serving you again in the spring,” said Le Clair, who also said to email staff with any questions or concerns. “Until then, you can find updates on our website and Facebook page. You can access eBooks and eAudiobooks through OverDrive and Libby.”

Sauk Prairie Healthcare and Prairie Clinic is also making area residents aware of the resources it has available in a statement that reads: “Sauk Prairie Healthcare and Prairie Clinic are working together closely to ensure we are prepared to meet the community’s healthcare needs 24/7/365. Our COVID-19 incident command team meets daily to evaluate the evolving situation and coordinate logistics, supplies, testing and communications. We have modified operations to limit exposures for patients, families and staff.”

For the latest local healthcare updates, with information about COVID-19 constantly changing, visit www.saukprairiehealthcare.org/coronavirus-covid-19.

The Lodi & Lake Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce has posted new information about upcoming events. The Citizen of the Year Banquet has been postponed. It was scheduled for April 14. The chamber will be in touch with more information in the future.

The Rotary is still holding its annual smelt fry on March 18. However, it will not be available only by takeout.

Also, Reach Out Lodi has canceled all community events at its location until the end of the month. Follow them on Facebook for updates. The community store will remain open. If you are able to volunteer, deliver needed items, or are in need of items, call (608) 592-4592.

Also, the spring garage sale days for Lodi and Dane have been rescheduled from April 25-26 to May 1-2. There will be an update if the dates change.

We will continue to provide updates on coronavirus-related issues as necessary.

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