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Governor Declares State Health Emergency Due to COVID-19

Post Date:03/12/2020 2:09 pm

Governor Tony Evers has declared a statewide public health emergency on Thursday, March 12, due to the coronavirus disease 19 (COVID-19).  Here is some important information from the City of Janesville.

The City of Janesville, led by City Manager Mark Freitag, has been in the planning stages for this event for approximately two weeks.  City staff is currently developing Incident Action Plans for both internal and external operations and communications.

The City Manager’s Intent for this situation is as follows:

PURPOSE: Lead the Community through the COVID-19 Pandemic


  • Safeguard the Community (residents, Businesses & Visitors)
  • Deter spread of COVID-19 within capabilities
  • Provide essential services to the Community
  • Safeguard CoJ Employees (preserve “City service” power)

ENDSTATE: Return Community to normalcy at earliest opportunity

For your information, the City has embedded the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) COVID-19 website here:  The website will be automatically updated by the CDC.

The City will also be sending updates to the public via Press Release emails and Nixle updates, and will keep its Facebook and Twitter accounts up to date.

The City encourages the community to adhere to the following prevention recommendations from the CDC’s website:

Clean your Hands Often:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Avoid Close Contact:

Stay Home If you’re Sick:

Cover Coughs and Sneezes:

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Wear a Facemask if you’re Sick:

  • If you are sick:  You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room. Learn what to do if you are sick.
  • If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.

Clean and Disinfect:

  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
  • If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.

According to the Janesville Fire Department, now is an appropriate time to begin discussing your family’s disaster plan and prepare to have two weeks of food in the home if at all possible.

If you are experiencing an emergency, please contact the Rock County Communications Center by calling 911 or the non-emergency number at (608) 757-2244.

If you need additional information from the City of Janesville, please contact Management Information Specialist Molly Nolte at (608) 755-3094 or