Douglas Co., City of Superior declare state of emergency in midst of COVID-19

Douglas Co., City of Superior declare state of emergency in midst of COVID-19 Photo: WDIO-TV/File

Ryan Juntti
Updated: March 16, 2020 06:49 PM

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, Douglas County and the City of Superior have declared a state of emergency.


In a press conference Monday afternoon, Superior Mayor Jim Paine and Douglas County Board Chair Mark Liebaert formally made the announcement.

It means that starting at the close of business on Tuesday, the City of Superior will close a lot of their financial offices. The landfill will also be closed for public use, however the City Clerk's Office will remain open.

City services in Superior will remain in effect. Public safety will still be responding to calls as usual, but there will be changes for how those shifts are staffed.

Even in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak, Paine wants to make sure the public knows the city and county are doing all they can to make sure it doesnt spread there.

"This is not a crisis right now. The steps that we are taking are to prevent or minimize a potential crisis that could be very serious if it afflicts Douglas county," said Paine. 

Other closures include the Superior Public Library, which will close Tuesday at the end of regular business hours. It will be staying closed "indefinitely." The Lew Martin Senior Center is now closed to the public.

As of Monday afternoon, Douglas County offices will remain open, and conduct business as usual.

Douglas County Public Health Officer Kathy Ronchi wants to make sure the public is doing all they can to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

"I think it's just really, really important for people not to become fatigued of hearing the warnings that we're giving. That people continue to do these things. We all have heard how many times wash your hands, stay six feet away from other people if you can, avoid large gatherings and for goodness sakes, stay home when you're sick," Ronchi said. 

A resolution will be formally submitted to the city council on Tuesday night, asking them to vote to declare the state of emergency.

As of 2:00 on Monday, the Wisconsin Department of Health reports there were 47 positive cases of COVID-19 throughout Wisconsin, but Douglas County does not have any positive cases.


Ryan Juntti

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