As part UW-Madison, Extension Milwaukee County is following the lead of UW-Madison leadership in responding to the COVID-19 virus outbreak, in conjunction with public health and county officials. The latest guidance from UW-Madison and local government is to limit on-site work in addition to postponing events. This guidance is in reaction to a worldwide event whose impact is growing in our area and to ensure our communities are as safe as possible.
To mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus and to protect the health and safety of our communities, Extension Milwaukee County staff are transitioning to telecommuting and remote delivery of our programming. This move is consistent with public health guidance to limit exposure via protective measures to “flattening the curve.” We want to make sure we’re following best practices and promoting health and safety.
Most of our staff can work remotely and have begun to do so. We are working with staff who cannot work remotely to accommodate their situations. Social distancing and preventing potential infections are key areas we can help with to hopefully curtail the impacts of this outbreak. Guidance from UW-Madison is for staff to work remotely when possible through at least April 10. If this date is extended we will provide updates here.
Our purpose is to connect our communities to resources that can improve their lives. This hasn’t changed – even in this time of social distancing. We are transitioning our programming to online delivery. Our staff is working on innovative methods to serve our audience. With limited or restricted access to public spaces such as schools, colleges, and government buildings, Extension staff are responding to give our stakeholders resources via the internet. Please be patient with us as we create new ways to deliver programming.