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UPCOMING EVENTS
UPCOMING MEETINGS
Aug
4

North Lake Management District

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North Lake Management District

Where: W326 N6990 North Lake Drive   Hartland, WI  53029

When: 08/04/2020 10:00 AM

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Aug
7

Wisconsin River Rail Transit Commission

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Wisconsin River Rail Transit Commission

Where: Online and by Phone via ZOOM/Join Zoom Meeting -   https://zoom.us/j/95006629851    Meeting ID:  950 0662 9851  Join by Phone:  1-312-626-6799    Meeting ID:  95- 0662 9851

When: 08/07/2020 10:00 AM

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Aug
10

Comprehensive Community Services (CCS) Coordinating Committee

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Comprehensive Community Services (CCS) Coordinating Committee

Where: Interested members of the public are encouraged to participate in the meeting via Microsoft Teams. To join, click on the following link: Join Microsoft Teams Meeting or enter: https://tinyurl.com/yxlumf9f. To join via telephone, Dial: 1-414-435-2078, Conference ID: 889 081 67#

When: 08/10/2020 12:00 PM

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Aug
12

Traffic Safety Commission

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Traffic Safety Commission

Where: Waukesha County Administration Building  515 West Moreland Blvd.  Room 130,  Waukesha, WI  53188

When: 08/12/2020 1:00 PM

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IN THE NEWS

Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow made the following statement after Governor Tony Evers issued a statewide mandatory mask mandate on July 30, 202...

Statement from Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow After Governor Evers Issues Mask Mandate


Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow made the following statement after Governor Tony Evers issued a statewide mandatory mask mandate on July 30, 2020. 

“Waukesha County has an active and aggressive response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the community’s health and safety are my top priorities. However, the Governor’s Emergency Order to mandate mask-wearing goes too far. While Waukesha County supports and actively promotes masks and face coverings as a tool to stop the spread of the virus, a government mandate will create many more issues that will not only make it more difficult to respond to the pandemic, the unenforceability of the order undermines existing laws, and overreach from the state erodes public trust in the government.

“Today, our 911 dispatch center,  Sheriff’s Department and other Waukesha County departments and divisions are already receiving calls from residents concerned about this order, and we expect that to intensify when it goes into effect on Saturday and individuals begin to report others to law enforcement.

“I want to urge all members of the community NOT to call 911 to report individuals who do not properly follow the mask mandate. We need to preserve emergency response resources that are already taxed as we work to manage this pandemic, we need to ensure that local law enforcement is not reallocated from other areas to enforce this order, and we need to recognize that there are individuals who, for a number of reasons including health conditions, may not be able to safely wear a mask.  

“The unfortunate fact is that the biggest impact will be on our local business owners and their employees who may be put in the uncomfortable position of enforcing the Governor’s order. Private businesses should have the flexibility to implement their own rules on mask usage in their establishments, it should not be their role to enforce government orders.

“Lastly, many residents have valid concerns about how this mandate infringes on their personal freedoms. Some parts of the Governor’s order mandates mask usage even at times that social distancing may be more practical and less invasive. At this time of historically low faith in the government, these issues have a marked impact on individuals who value their freedom of choice. That is why, while Waukesha County encourages all residents to follow public health guidelines to stop the spread of COVID-19, including wearing a mask when social distancing is not possible, we must rely on personal responsibility bolstered by reliable public information to encourage them to do so. Preserving trust within our community is more important than ever and forced government compliance is not the way to do that.”


On Wednesday, July 29, 2020, Waukesha County and local schools and school districts announced a partnership that provides flexible health and safety g...

Waukesha County, Area Schools Announce Partnership, Urge Community to Fight Spread of Virus


On Wednesday, July 29, 2020, Waukesha County and local schools and school districts announced a partnership that provides flexible health and safety guidelines to help open safely in the fall, while also urging residents to take action now to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Nineteen school districts in Waukesha County have committed to follow the principles of “Stay Safe to Stay Open” recommendations developed by area schools and the Waukesha County Division of Public Health. The guidelines allow schools to follow a framework that optimizes a safe start to the academic year while providing flexibility for each district or school to operate under a plan that meets the distinct needs of their student population and campus footprint.

 

“We are urging parents, students, and individuals in their 20s to act now to ensure that our schools will be able to open the way that they want to this fall,” said Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow. “A recent spike in COVID-19 cases is being driven by individuals in the 10 – 29 age group, and it is up to those individuals and their parents to take personal responsibility, stop socializing in large groups, and wear a mask to stop the spread of the virus.”

 

Waukesha County’s “Stay Safe to Stay Open” guidelines follow the campaign’s guiding principles of protecting the vulnerable, staying home when sick, social distancing, mask wearing, and following other CDC guidelines. The education-specific recommendations provide for the safety of students, families, faculty and staff during all operations that could be conducted to return to a normal school year, including, health screening, social distancing, student transportation, and other situations that will occur during a school day. The guidelines offer flexibility so that districts can directly engage with their school boards and parents and make modifications to meet the needs of the families they serve.

 

The “Stay Safe to Stay Open” campaign is a partnership between Waukesha County government, community organizations, and business leaders to promote five  concepts that will protect the health and economy of Waukesha County: protect the vulnerable, stay home if you are sick, practice social distancing, wear cloth face coverings, and follow CDC best practices. The concepts have been expanded specifically for schools as they reopen. “Stay Safe to Stay Open” educational guidelines, FAQS, and resources for schools and parents are online at  www.waukeshacounty.gov/SafeSchools. More information about Waukesha County’s response to COVID-19 is available at www.waukeshacounty.gov/COVID19.

 

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Beginning July 25, 2020, local health partners, including Waukesha County Public Health, Ascension Wisconsin, Aurora Health Care, Children’s Wisconsin...

Waukesha County and Local Partners to Conduct Collaborative Community Health Assessment Telephone Survey


Beginning July 25, 2020, local health partners, including Waukesha County Public Health, Ascension Wisconsin, Aurora Health Care, Children’s Wisconsin, Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin and ProHealth Care are urging residents to participate in a community health telephone survey. The Community Health Assessment (CHA) survey will provide valuable data for continued evaluation of community needs and help guide government, not-for-profit, and volunteer organizations as they fashion services to meet the most pressing health needs of the community. JKV Research, an independent research firm that specializes in community surveys, and Management Decisions (phone number: 414-774-0623), will be making calls to cell phones and landlines until they have reached 400 people allowing for results to be projectable to the county.

 

“The task of maintaining and improving the health of a community is a  collaborative effort among Waukesha County Public Health, our county residents, and key sectors of the community to include healthcare, government, nonprofits, business, education, and faith-based organizations”, said Benjamen Jones, Waukesha County Health Officer and Public Health Manager. “We understand that people hesitate to answer a call from a number they don’t recognize. Starting this Saturday and for the next week or so, take the call as it could be this important health assessment survey. By doing so, you can help shape the future of Waukesha County health improvements.”

 

The anonymous survey will take about 18 minutes to complete. No one from JKV Research or Management Decisions will ask for identifying information, such as social security number, banking account numbers, or other personal identifiers during the survey call. Questions will focus on issues such as access to primary care, health care coverage, substance use, smoking, vaping, nutrition, physical activity, cancer prevention, injury prevention, immunizations, children’s health, mental health, and chronic disease. The new aggregate data will supplement 2017 community health assessment data and will allow Waukesha County Public Health to analyze community trends over time. The summative results will be released to the public in early 2021. No individual data will be released.

 

The community health survey is aimed at meeting several objectives:

  • Gathering local data to document health status related to the health priorities established by the state health plan.
  • Identifying local health behaviors or risk factors that present opportunities for health promotion and health care cost reduction.
  • Tracking the success of community health improvement activities.
  • Allowing local health partners to document population health indicators to help guide health improvement efforts to improve community health in Waukesha County.

 


Waukesha County Public Health and the Waukesha County Office of Emergency Management are partnering with the Wisconsin National Guard to open a two-da...

Waukesha County, WI National Guard Partner to Host Another 2-Day Free COVID-19 Drive-Thru Test Site


Waukesha County Public Health and the Waukesha County Office of Emergency Management are partnering with the Wisconsin National Guard to open a two-day COVID-19 regional testing site. All Wisconsin residents or individuals who work in the state and are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 can get tested at THE Waukesha County Expo Center (1000 Northview Rd, Waukesha, WI) on Monday, July 27 and Tuesday, July 28 from 11 am until 7 pm, or until 400 tests have been allocated each day.

Individuals who want to be tested are asked to pre-register online in advance in order to reduce wait times at the testing site. Individuals can go to https://register.covidconnect.wi.gov/ to pre-register. They will then receive a QR code via email. This QR code should be brought to the testing site in order to check in. Individuals who do not pre-register will be required to do so with the testing site staff once they arrive.

“Since the beginning of July, Waukesha County has doubled the amount of COVID-19 testing for residents, but with a recent increase in positive cases statewide, there is still a need to increase testing in southeast Wisconsin,” said Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow. “This regional site will provide community-wide testing for approximately 400 people each day, which will help inform our understanding of the prevalence of the virus in the community.”

All tests will be conducted at no cost to individuals. Those getting tested do not need to have proof of insurance or a referral from health care providers. No appointment is needed. Tests will be conducted on a first-come, first-served basis. Anyone getting tested should be prepared to wait in line in their vehicles and follow instructions provided at the site. Information will be provided to individuals tested about how to receive test results.

Waukesha County’s community-wide testing site will have the capacity to conduct approximately 400 nasal swab tests each day. Thirty members of the Wisconsin National Guard will assist in conducting the tests, as well as collecting and managing the specimen samples. Individuals who are unable to attend the community-wide testing site on these dates can request an appointment to get a COVID-19 test at one of several public test sites at www.waukeshacounty.gov/testingsites. More information about Waukesha County’s response to COVID-19 is available at www.waukeshacounty.gov/covid19.

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Waukesha County Public Works is planning to replace the culvert structure on County Highway Y at Pilak Creek Tributary in the City of Muskego. The pro...

Highway Construction Planned in Waukesha County: County Trunk Highway Y (Racine Avenue)


Waukesha County Public Works is planning to replace the culvert structure on County Highway Y at Pilak Creek Tributary in the City of Muskego. The project site is located on CTH Y just south of Pioneer Drive. Construction is anticipated to begin on September 8, 2020, and continue to mid-November, 2020.   

 

During construction, CTH Y (Racine Avenue) will be closed to traffic at the project location. A detour will be posted that follows State Highway 36 to STH 164 to CTH L. 

 

A project newsletter is posted on the Waukesha County DPW Projects webpage.  It is found at www.WaukeshaCounty.gov/CthY. For more information, please contact Kevin Yanny, Project Manager, of Waukesha County Public Works at 262-548-7750. 

 

About Waukesha County Public Works

 

The Waukesha County Department of Public Works is committed to providing the foundations of success for the citizens and businesses of Waukesha County by constructing and maintaining quality transportation and building infrastructure. Get info on projects, plans, and more at www.WaukeshaCounty.gov/DPW.

 

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