Social distancing is key to staying healthy

Waunakee Village Residents,

I am writing this message to share my thoughts in regards to the recent outbreak of SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. It is my hope to improve and prolong the practice of social distancing. COVID-19 is highly contagious, and its spread would be devastating to a large segment of our population. In order to protect the most vulnerable among us, we need to adhere to the CDC’s guidelines on social distancing (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/index.html). This includes only leaving your house when truly necessary and maintaining a 6-10 foot distance from anyone who is not living in your household.

I am endorsing the strictest form of social distancing in order to protect the friends and family that we treasure. What may seem and feel like a burden is actually the only way to protect ourselves from great loss. The number of people who will be infected by a person is limited only by the number of people they come in contact with while contagious.

COVID-19 can transmit from a person who has minimal or no symptoms. For some, symptoms may seem trivial, for others, they are deadly. The severity of the illness is unlimited. Many people will be ill to the point of requiring hospitalization for breathing support. In these situations, family and friends are excluded from seeing their ill loved one, possibly until their passing. To be extremely ill without the comfort of our loved ones is terrifying and we must do everything in our power to prevent this.

At this time, we are limiting the number of people who enter medical facilities, including clinics, urgent cares, and emergency rooms, in order to prevent the transmission of COVID-19. If you or a family member begin to have symptoms or believe that you were exposed to COVID-19, please call your medical provider for further instructions.

I implore all of you to limit your social contacts. Limiting our travel, groups, and social encounters can reduce the losses we suffer.

This situation is rapidly developing; please keep informed through a trusted source, such as the CDC or WHO. Research and development of vaccines and treatments for COVID-19 are ongoing. The more time we are able to give this process, the better off we will all be.

Stay safe!

Sincerely,

Bill Ranum, MD

We will get through this together

The coronavirus disease, also known as COVID-19, has dramatically upended life in Dane County, as it has around the world. We are all feeling fear and uncertainty.

As a member of the Dane County Board, my top priority is to do everything the county government can do to fight this deadly virus.

After the first COVID-19 patient in Dane County was quarantined, the county board was briefed on the situation by the director of the county’s Public Health Department. On March 19, the county board held an all-remote meeting using the “GoToMeeting” computer program – the first time in more than 150 years of Dane County government that the full county board met by means other than an in-person meeting. At the March 19 county board meeting, the county board approved a declaration of emergency, as well as other legislative actions responding to the crisis.

The county will face additional challenges over the coming months. One of the main sources of revenue for the county government is the sales tax. If sales tax revenue dramatically declines as a result of the COVID-19 shutdown, the county’s budget situation will present difficult choices. The county executive has announced a hiring freeze for the county government until the full budget effect can be determined.

Meanwhile, the work of our democracy continues. We have held elections during the Civil War (the presidential election of 1864) and World War II (the presidential election of 1944). On April 7, we have an election for Dane County Board, as well as elections for other local offices and a presidential primary. Absentee voting by mail is strongly encouraged. I will be on the ballot, running for reelection to the Dane County Board, and I respectfully ask for your vote so that I can continue to work for you.

Don’t hesitate to email me, or call me at (608) 358-7213, if I can be of assistance or answer any questions you may have.

The path ahead for the county will undoubtedly be a rocky one, but we will get through it together as a community, as we always have.

Tim Kiefer

Dane County Board, District 25

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