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To protect the health and well-being of our entire community, and to comply with current Emergency Orders, the Walter E. Olson Memorial Library will be closed March 18 through at least April 23.  We will be extending due dates until we reopen, so overdue fees will not impact patrons during this time.  We ask that you refrain from returning checked out items to the Library until we reopen.  As we are able, Library staff will continue to provide assistance via email.

Wisconsin is now under a Safer at Home Emergency Order through 8am on April 24.  Please stay home and stay safe!

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Emergency/Executive Orders from the Department of Public Health

On March 25, at 8am, Emergency Order #12 goes into effect.  This is the "Safer at Home" order that runs through 8am on April 24.

On March 20, 2020, the Vilas County Board of Supervisors issued a press release asking seasonal residents from other areas to refrain from coming to the area and to self-quarantine if they have already come to Vilas County.  The Board indicated that they will soon issue a county-wide Emergency Declaration.

As of March 17, 2020, Governor Evers has directed the WDHS to issue an emergency order prohibiting gatherings of 10 or more effective at 5pm on March 17.  This order was subsequently updated and clarified on March 20.

On March 13, 2020, Governor Tony Evers directed the Department of Health Services to issue an order mandating the closure of all Wisconsin K-12 schools.  Schools will close on Wednesday, March 18th and reopen on April 4th.  However, that date is subject to change as the situation evolves.

On March 12, 2020, Governor Tony Evers declared a state-wide Health Emergency in Response to the COVID-19 coronavirus.  Andrea Palm of the Wisconsin Department of Health Services issued a state-wide moratorium on gatherings of 50 or more, effective March 17, to slow the spread of illness.

On February 5, 2020, Wisconsin confirmed its first case of COVID-19. Current numbers of Wisconsin cases can be found at

Financial Resources

2019 Novel Coronavirus/COVID-19 Resources

  • Vilas County Public Health Department
  • Wisconsin Department of Health Services
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - The CDC, the main U.S. federal agency monitoring and responding to the novel coronavirus outbreak, has created a microsite with frequently updated information for health practitioners, researchers, and the general public. Of particular interest to the public is the Situation Summary, a quick overview with maps of reported coronavirus cases in the United States and globally.
  • MedlinePlus - Intended for the general public, this health encyclopedia and information portal produced by the U.S. National Library of Medicine provides background on coronaviruses, along with updated information and links concerning the 2019 novel coronavirus. Users can also search MedlinePlus for links to high-quality health and medical information from other government agencies and trusted third-party organizations.
  • National Libraries of Medicine
  • World Health Organization (WHO) - The WHO, a leading international health agency helping to coordinate the global response to the coronavirus outbreak, offers global news updates and helpful videos, answers common questions (Should I wear a mask to protect myself? How does this virus spread?), and dispels myths (no, gargling with mouthwash won’t protect against the virus).
  • InfoDocket 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources - Library Journal resource list, including normally paywalled journal articles made free by publishers.

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