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Covid-19 & City Council Highlights: April 15

Another case of Coronavirus is reported by Three Rivers Public Health Department - a Dodge County resident in his 70’s is self isolating at home and will be monitored two times per day by the health department for fever and respiratory symptoms. This latest case brings the number up to 38 for Three Rivers, which oversees Dodge, Saunders and Washington Counties.

While Covid-19 has cancelled or postponed many activities such as graduations and forced limitations on other events like weddings, one thing that will happen, but just a little later – the Washington County Bike Rodeo planned by the Blair Police Department, the Blair Optimists and Three Rivers Public Health. Usually held in springtime when more children are out on bicycles , the Bike Rodeo has been pushed off until Saturday, August 15th. We will provide more reminders of the event as the date approaches.

Volunteer fire and rescue workers with Blair’s Department were quarantined late last month after being exposed to the Coronavirus. Some may have felt a personal financial impact due to that quarantine or perhaps were required to use up vacation time for that quarantine. The City of Blair last night approved a grant established out of the city’s general fund, which will provide financial help for those volunteer firefighters and EMT’s if they are exposed to Covid-19 in the line of duty and are required to quarantine.

Covid-19 concerns prompted Blair’s Mayor, Rich Hansen, to declare an emergency for the City of Blair in last night’s city council meeting. That designation will allow the city to tap into any federal or state funds that may be provided during the pandemic.

Also at that meeting an amendment to the health department regulations was tabled until the next meeting, allowing city council members more time to explore the matter. To hear that discussion, click here.

For more coverage of the Coronavirus and local community response, including news from Connie Green and guest host interviews with Kelly Johnson, click here.



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