Services on Washington Island continue to be altered due to a surge of cases, but Town Supervisor Hans Lux believes things are improving. As of last week, there were over 50 positive cases on the island since the pandemic began, with many of those coming since Christmas when two residents passed away from COVID-19 complications. Several of the positive cases involved town employees according to Lux, which cause offices in the town to close. The town hall is expected to reopen on Wednesday by appointment only and the community van will go back into operation with the proper COVID-19 protocols in place. The police department and the recreation center remain closed for at least one more week and Washington Island School is in virtual learning until January 18th. Despite the inconveniences caused by the surge, Lux is happy the residents of the island took the precautions seriously.
Lux adds that the town should know if things can return closer to normal on Friday. That is also when the Washington Island School Board will reconvene to discuss if they will continue in virtual learning or welcome students back to the building on that following Monday.
AFFECTED SERVICES FOR THIS WEEK (JANUARY 11TH-JANUARY 15TH)
The Island Exchange has resumed normal winter operating hours. It is open 8 am to 12 noon Monday and Wednesday, and 8 am to 3 pm Saturday. Please continue the rules of being patient, masking, and waiting at the stop sign until an opening develops at one of the two stations (paper/cardboard & garbage). Please keep person to person contact to a minimum and always maintain a minimum six-foot distance on-premise.
The Town Offices will reopen to appointments only beginning on Wednesday, January 13th. Please call #847-2522 to schedule. All transactions will take place at the side window and masking will be required. Any messages left will be answered when office staff is available to do so.
Officers will continue to be on duty; however, the Police Department offices will be closed to the public during this time. Incidents will be handled whenever possible by phone if the officer’s presence is not required on the scene. If you have an emergency, call 911. To leave a message for an officer to return, call #847-2355. If you wish to reach the on-duty officer, contact Door County Dispatch at #920-746-2400, Option #0
The Rec Center will be closed the entire week as well and is planned to reopen on Monday, January 18th. The Rec Center follows the school schedule as to access.
WASHINGTON ISLAND SCHOOL
Washington Island School has shifted to virtual learning only through January 18th. The school will revisit this decision on January 15th.
WASHINGTON ISLAND COMMUNITY VAN
The Washington Island Community Van will begin scheduling rides again, provided COVID-19 protocols are followed. This includes the passenger and driver will always be masked, restrictions apply as to where trips can be taken to, and cleaning of the van prior to and after transport. For more information, contact Ti Heal at 920-847-2014.