A monthly update from Dane County Executive Joe Parisi
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There are more than 37,000 people who have tested positive for coronavirus in Dane County. 35,000 of those individuals have recovered. Visit Public Health's Data Dashboard for the latest on COVID-19 case counts, hospitalizations, deaths, tests by date, and more.

Emergency Order #12 was issued January 11 and went into effect at 12:01am on January 13. The order allows outdoor gatherings of up to 50 people, with physical distancing. The order is in effect until February 10 at 12:01am. Click here to learn more.

When do I need to wear a face covering?

Under state and local orders, people five years of age and older must wear a face covering:

  • Indoors and in any enclosed building where other people, except for members of the person’s own household or living unit, are present.
  • In line to enter any enclosed building.
  • Driving or riding in any vehicle where other people, except for members of the person’s own household or living unit are present.
  • In any other confined space open to the public where individuals congregate where other people, except for members of the person’s own household or living unit, are present, including but not limited to, outdoor taverns, outdoor restaurants, and outdoor park structures.
There are Many Options for COVID-19 Testing in Dane County:
  • Via your mailbox -- The Wisconsin Department of Health Services offers a service for requesting a test kit delivered to your mailbox. Find details on their website.
  • Your healthcare provider -- If you have health insurance, we recommend contacting your healthcare provider to see if they are able to test you.
  • Alliant Energy Center -- This community testing site is open Tuesday through Saturday for people ages 5 and older.
  • UW-Madison -- UW-Madison has testing available on campus for students and staff members.
  • South Madison Community Test Site -- This community testing site is open Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays for people ages 4 and older.
For a list of testing sites throughout the state, visit the Wisconsin Department of Health Services website.
$4 million in new funding is now available through Dane County's Small Business Pandemic Support Grant Program. This new round of funding will focus on businesses hardest hit by 2020’s fall COVID-19 surge.
Dane County and the City of Madison are partnering with the Tenant Resource Center to create a $16.2 million emergency aid package that will help prevent evictions in our community.
Congratulations to Shelia Stubbs, Lilada Gee, and Shyra Adams for receiving this year's City-County Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian awards!
RENEW Wisconsin has named Dane County “Renewable Energy Pioneer of the Year.” We're proud of achieving 100% renewable status for county operations and grateful to RENEW Wisconsin for recognizing this incredible milestone.
Many thanks to WPS Health Solutions for inviting me to help unveil their new mask installations in Monona. The masks include a message honoring our first responders!
Dane County is now accepting applications for the Continuous Cover Program. Funding has been increased to $1.75 million following overwhelming community interest.
New Year Brings New Hope in Face of Persistent Pandemic
No human emotion more effectively compels and motivates than hope. In the face of adversity, it is hope that helps us persist, pushing for better days ahead. While a once unfathomable global pandemic continues to affect how we approach nearly every area of our lives, hope helps us realize much better days are within reach.
In this New Year, my hope is anchored in more than just the steadily increasing rollout of vaccines to slow the spread of Covid. Instead, it's rooted in the resilience I continue to see across this community, neighbors banding together to push across the finish line of the marathon of tribulations this pandemic subjected all of us to. These past several months were quite simply, incredibly challenging. There's been illness, economic loss, and emotional hurt necessitating healing and recovery, but we are poised for one of the quickest comebacks in the country because of who we are.
When I first ran for County Executive, I spoke of the opportunity of a second chance this community afforded me years ago when I dropped out of high school. Fast forward four decades and that sense of togetherness and fabric that binds our community's safety net are stronger than ever. We took care of one another throughout this pandemic. Neighbors did grocery pick-ups and prescription drop-offs. As more people needed a little help putting the next meal on the table, strangers came together to pack boxes for local food pantries. We took care packages to those isolating out of precaution, dropped supplies off to those who fell ill, and consoled those who prematurely lost loved ones. Whether it was a teacher's aide spending a little extra time in a virtual classroom to help a young person get a homework assignment done or checking in with a lonely grandparent by video chat, we cared for one another this year. The entirety of this pandemic showcased our human empathy.
The road to our comeback is paved by who we are as a people. Your county government will continue to reflect our shared values as we navigate the recovery that lies ahead. We will continue to be a helping hand to those struggling to keep up with making their rent payments. Our innovative program linking Dane County agricultural producers will keep food pantry shelves stocked and families fed. Hundreds of individuals who would otherwise face homeless will remain safely housed out of the elements and in hotels. With expanded help from the federal government, we will continue pumping whatever dollars we can into our small business pandemic support program, a partnership with Dane Buy Local that upon its formation was quite literally one of the very first small business support programs in the entire country.
As we wait for the final chapters of this pandemic to be written, we can empathically say together – our shared work and sacrifices made a difference. Our county’s rates of infection and mortality are far below state and national averages. We are Wisconsin's second biggest county but remain among the lowest in the state for total Covid cases per capita. We grieve everyone we lost to the scourge that is Covid-19. We are also grateful for all those we helped prevent from falling ill by coming together as a community. Nothing we have done has been easy. 
Because of what we've weathered together and the strength and resiliency of our shared human spirit that remains undaunted, I do have incredible hope for what lies ahead this year and beyond. Regardless the remaining work and challenges before us, we’ll continue to come together as we always do; the Dane County Way.

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