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Washington Island altering services amid outbreak

Everyday life on Washington Island is getting an overhaul thanks to a spike in cases on the island. Town supervisor Hans Lux, Jr. alerted residents over the weekend that the recreation center and the offices for the town and the police department will be closed this week as a precaution.  He says over the last week, town officials were notified of a high percentage of positive COVID-19 tests coming back in the results. The news was made worse on Christmas when two Island residents died of COVID-19-related complications. The holidays are making it easier to handle, but Lux adds they need to do what is necessary to protect its residents.

Lux says the town has mandated masks and other mitigation strategies at its landfill and recycling center for the time being. He is happy that organizations like the Washington Island Community Health Program have volunteered to deliver essentials to residents who are stuck in quarantine.

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