Village of Black Creek declares State of Emergency

The spread of the coronavirus which has hit many countries including the United States, and now surfacing in Wisconsin, has initiated cause for many counties to take safety precautions.
Within the State of Wisconsin, the Village of Black recognized the 106 confirmed cases of COVID-19 were found in Brown, Dane, Fond du Lac, Kenosha, La Crosse, Milwaukee, Outagamie, Pierce, Racine, Sheboygan, Washington, Waukesha, Winnebago and Wood counties as of March 18 and these numbers continuously rising daily.
With the virus hitting closer to home, Governor Tony Evers issued Executive Order No. 72 on March 12 relating to a proclamation declaring a Health Emergency in response to the COVID-19 Coronavirus.
This following the World Health Organization’s declaration of a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.
The Village of Black Creek has now implemented that same Executive Order to be in cooperation with the local, state and federal governmental entities that desires to take action to prevent exposure to and spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.
Black Creek Village President Andy Gleason signed the Declaration of a State of Emergency to go into effect immediately on March 19.
The Village Board of Trustees met on March 19 to discuss the potential dangers facing the community and what needed to be adhered to in passing this proclamation.
Passing by a unanimous vote, the proclamation declares a local State of Emergency for the Village of Black Creek automatically expiring on April 17, 2020 at 5 p.m., unless extended. During the State of Emergency, it is hereby ordered that the Village of Black Creek will make all of its resources available to adopt, implement, and support all actions and recommendations of Federal, State, and County public health agencies.
The proclamation states that the emergency conditions require a proactive response to stop the spread of COVID-19, including providing support to implement federal, state, and county public health operations and recommendations.
The proclamation read, “the Village of Black Creek is focused on protecting the health, safety, welfare, and good order of the Black Creek community, including those members at highest risk and the conditions created by these public health emergencies pose a continuing and substantial threat to public order, life, health and safety of the citizens of the Village of Black Creek.
The proclamation for the village has six main points that will be implement in regards to the CDC’s anticipation of the widespread transmission of COVID-19 could translate into large numbers of people needing medical care at the same time, causing public health and healthcare systems to become overloaded, and affecting other critical infrastructure, such as law enforcement, emergency medical services, and sectors of the transportation industry.
Those six points are: 1) The Emergency Management Coordinator, Ryan Schomisch, shall act as the Emergency Management Director for the Village of Black Creek during the period of this emergency; 2) All in-person meetings and gatherings involving Village employees, staff, and/or elected officials are suspended for the duration of this emergency. All meetings of the Board of Trustees, Committees, Boards, and/or Commissions may be conducted remotely, with access granted to the public to the full extent practicable; 3) All Village sponsored events will either be cancelled or rescheduled during the emergency; 4) Public access to Village facilities shall be limited. To the extent possible, all operations shall be made available on-line and/or available for external drop off to the Village; 5) All Village of Black Creek business travel is suspended for the duration of this emergency; and 6) The Village shall take all further actions reasonable and necessary to prevent exposure to and/or spread of COVID-19, including complying with all local, state, and county laws, rules, and/or orders as they may issue.
The proclamation stated, “The CDC expects that widespread transmission of COVID-19 in the United States will occur, and that in the coming months, most of the U.S. population will be exposed to this virus.
“There is currently no vaccine to protect against COVID-19 and no medications approved to treat it; instead the best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus, which also delays the spread of the virus and reduces the impact of the disease.”

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