IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING THE IMPACT OF COVID-19 AND SWCAP SERVICES

To learn more about the COVID-19 outbreak, please see the CDC's website on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

SWCAP is monitoring COVID-19 very closely and taking action to mitigate health risks to our employees, volunteers, clients, and the community. We will use this page to provide updates about how SWCAP programs and services have been or may yet be affected. We are working from the SWCAP Public Health Risk Action Plan, which may be modified to best prevent the spread or impact of this health risk. (Special thanks to Coulee CAP's Hettie Brown for providing the model for our Public Health Risk Action Plan.)

This page contains a current (as of 3/28/2020) status summary for each of SWCAP's program areas.

Status Letter to Board and Staff from Wally Orzechowski - 2020March15
COVID-19 Advice from Dr. Emily Jewell
Aviso sobre el COVID-19 de Doctora Emily Jewell

FOOD PANTRIES (Essential/Critical)

We are committed to providing pantry services throughout the COVID-19 response period so that nobody in need goes hungry! To keep our customers and volunteers safe, we are making tough choices to reduce staffing and hours at SWCAP Food Pantries. WATCH THIS SPACE FOR CHANGES!
PANTRY HOURS: (may change daily)
  • Grant Co, 402 Johnson St, Boscobel, Ph 608-375-5903; M, W & F; 9am to 3pm
  • Grant Co, 2115 Main St, Hazel Green, Ph 608-854-2536; Sat 9-10:30am
  • Green Cares, W5198 Cty Rd. C, Monticello, 608-938-4238; 1st & 3rd Tues 10am – 7pm, other Tues 4pm – 7pm; Th 9am – Noon; Sat 8am – 11:30am
  • Iowa Co, 138 S Iowa St, Dodgeville, 608-930-8733; Tu & Th; 9am to 4pm
  • Lafayette Co, 1033 N. Main, Darlington, 608-776-3500: Tu & Th; 10am-3pm
FOOD PICKUP:
  • All pantries are now PRE-BOXING food and will not allow shopping or checklists.
  • All pantries have a designated area food box pickup and cannot allow pantry customers into the pantry.
  • Pantries are providing food for an extended period of time, whenever possible, to reduce customer visits to pantry.
  • Please be patient and read all signage at pantry entrances, which is provided for guidance and instruction.
FOOD DONATIONS:
  • Our needs for canned foods, boxed foods, bagged foods, cereals, etc., remains the same, please donate! We have high need for eggs!
  • We are not accepting fresh food items (except eggs) from public at this time.
  • Due to limited staffing, donate only on days your pantry is open and contact the pantry to make arrangements for drop off in a safe and responsible manner.

POP-UP PANTRY SCHEDULE (CHANGES WEEKLY!):
  • MONTFORT - Monday, March 30, 2020 10 am – 11 am, SWCAP Weatherization Bldg at 208 US Highway 18 W, Montfort.
  • MUSCODA - Monday, March 30, 2020 12:30 – 1:30 Muscoda Village parking lot.
  • BOAZ - Wednesday, April 1, 2020 10:30-11:30, Boaz Community Bldg parking lot
  • ITHACA - Wednesday, April 1, 2020 12:30-1:30, Ithaca Township Garage parking lot

HOMELESS ASSISTANCE (Essential/Critical)

All homeless assistance services continue to be provided, although our staff have limited in-person services. Questions and inquiries should be directed to 608-935-2326 x203. If not answered, please leave a detailed voicemail with contact information.

LIFT RIDES (Essential/Critical)

All high-risk LIFT drivers have been temporarily dismissed for their protection, until further notice. The LIFT office is closed to the public and driver entry is limited to essential duties, until further notice. Dispatchers are working remotely. As of 3/27/2020, driver availability is EXTREMELY limited! Because of this, we are giving highest priority to existing riders for dialysis treatment, but only when the rider has no natural supports available (e.g., family, friend).

If LIFT has capacity, additional rides may be considered, with the following limitations:

1) LIFT must have a driver available and able to provide the needed assistance (i.e., ambulatory vs non-ambulatory), and
2) Ride request must come from a primary care provider (e.g., hospital, clinic, medical office), and
3) Ride must relate to a life-essential situation that cannot be postponed, and
4) Rider has been screened or tested for COVID-19 and determined to be no high-risk.

For all Level 3 rides, the driver will not assist beyond entry and exit of the vehicle. Exceptions must be approved by the LIFT Director. All drivers will observe heightened safety precautions, which may include a driver wearing gloves and/or mask.

Question and inquiries should be directed to 1-877-SWT-LIFT (1-877-798-5438) Monday through Thursday, 8am to 3pm; and Friday, 8am to 1pm.

COMMUNITY TREASURES THRIFT STORES

Our thrift stores in Boscobel and Dodgeville are closed as of March 14, 2020. We hope to reopen on April 6, 2020. Neither store is taking donations at this time. If you have donation items, please hang on to them until after this COVID-19 outbreak passes and the stores reopen.

COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS FREE CLINIC

The clinic is closed for the period of 3/16/2020 through 3/31/2020. Clinic staff are available from 10am to 4pm on Tuesday through Friday, via phone or email. Questions and inquiries should be directed to (608)930-2232.

BEHAVIORAL HEALTH PROGRAMS

PARTNERSHIP: In-person meetings have been cancelled or moved to webinar/call format, where possible. Staff are working remotely and remain accessible via phone and email.
RECOVERY PATHWAYS: In-person meetings have been cancelled or moved to webinar/call format, where possible. Staff are working remotely and remain accessible via phone and email.
FREE ONLINE RECOVERY MEETINGS AND VIRTUAL PLATFORMS
12 Steps.org Listing of online 12-step meetings on various platforms.
Al-Anon Electronic Meetings This forum and recovery chat room for Narcotics Anonymous members features voice chat, Skype, and text chat meetings connecting people from around the world.
Alcoholics Anonymous Online Intergroup Listing of online meetings from AA Intergroup.
Smart Recovery
Smart Recovery Toolbox (Message board, chat, online meetings and library.)
Adult Children of Alcoholics

PHONE AND ONLINE MEETINGS
In The Rooms (Online Meetings) An online platform supporting a wide range of 12-step and non-12 step meetings
Bridge Club Virtual Meetings. Meetings that are specifically focused on women and LGBTQIA+ folks who are sober or interested in sobriety.
Refuge Recovery Online Meetings
Families Anonymous Virtual Meetings Online meetings for parents, grandparents, siblings, spouses, significant others, other family members and friends of those with a current, suspected or former drug problem.
Life Ring RecoveryListing of online meetings.
The Temper An online publication/site that explores life through the lens of sobriety, addiction, and recovery. Includes links to resource.s
My Recovery Online 12-step meetings
Sober Grid A free online social networking platform for people in recovery. Also available in mobile app stores.
Narcotics AnonymousListing of online meetings provided by NA.
FARMER SUICIDE PREVENTION: In-person meetings have been cancelled or moved to webinar/call format, where possible. Staff are working remotely and remain accessible via phone and email.

FOSTER GRANDPARENT PROGRAM

No foster grandparent services are being provided at this time, with WI K-12 schools suspended indefinitely. Questions and inquiries should be directed to c.deckert @ swcap.org

HEAD START & EARLY HEAD START

As of 3/17/2020, all Head Start and Early Head Start classes and home visits have been temporarily suspended, in conjunction with WI K-12 schools being suspended indefinitely. Head Start administrative staff are working remotely. All Head Start and Early Head Start sites are closed, with no public or participant access allowed.

HOUSING ENERGY AND WEATHERIZATION

As of 3/17/2020, all non-emergency housing energy and weatherization services will be temporarily suspended, through April 6, 2020. Procedures to address no-heat situations are in place. SWCAP's Montfort office is closed to the public, with most program staff working remotely. Questions and inquiries should be directed to 608-943-6909 or p.novinskie @ swcap.org.

HOME PURCHASE AND RENTAL PROPERTY MGMT

As of 3/17/2020 all staff are working remotely. No in-office or site based meetings will occur through 4/6/2020. When feasible, new applications will be available by request through email. Maintenance of leased units is limited to critical repairs only. Home purchase and leasing inquiries may be made to: l.olson-pink@swcap.org or 608 935 2326 x251.

NEIGHBORHOOD HEALTH PARTNERS CLINIC

At this time, the clinics in Platteville and Monroe remain open, but for appointments only (no walk-ins). Monroe hours are limited. Clinic staff are pre-screening for illness and symptoms of illness and postponing services/appointments, accordingly. Please call the clinic for hours or to make an appointment:
Platteville NHP Clinic - (608) 348-4219
Monroe NHP Clinic - (608) 328-9500

SKILLS ENHANCEMENT & BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

All in-person appointments have been cancelled or moved to telephone/email format. Group meetings, including the Richland Entrepreneurs Group, have been temporarily suspended. Staff are working remotely.

RESOURCES FOR SMALL BUSINESS:
Small Business Administration Website
DWD Unemployment Benefits and COVID-19
Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce COVID-19

WIC - WOMEN, INFANTS AND CHILDREN NUTRITION

As of 3/16/2020, WIC staff are working remotely and providing WIC services via email and phone. Altough WIC clinic sites and offices are closed to the public, WIC is still "open for business", using phone and email. WIC participants continue to get benefits and have appointments by phone. Questions and inquiries should be directed to 608-935-2326 x204.

WORK 'N WHEELS

As of 3/17/2020, all Work 'n Wheels staff are working remotely and continue to provide services via phone and email. No in-person meetings. Questions and inquiries should be directed to 608-935-2326 x220.

WORK PERMIT (CHILD LABOR)

As of 3/23/2020, SWCAP is not issuing child labor work permits, until further notice. This is a temporary suspension, due to COVID-19 precautions resulting in limited staff availability. As of 3/25/2020, we've learned that Governor Evers has signed an executive order providing exceptions to the permitting and enforcement process:

The Executive Order does the following: Waives the requirement that minors under age 16 obtain a work permit prior to starting employment. Instead, employers are required to send information to our work permit email box workpermits@dwd.wisconsin.gov. This information must consist of: An attestation that they have reviewed the minor's proof of age and social security documents (but employers should not send us copies of these documents); A copy of the offer letter from the employer (explaining what work will be done and the days & hours that will be worked), and; A copy of the permission letter or countersignature from the parent or guardian.

The Equal Rights Division will decline to enforce the permit requirement during the state of emergency. Employers will have 30 days after the state of emergency to obtain permits for all workers and to pay all applicable permit fees.

The order does not change the current legal requirements for hours per day or time of day, nor does it make any change to prohibited or hazardous employment rules. We will continue to enforce these rules during the emergency.

GENERAL ADMINISTRATIVE OPERATIONS

As of 3/17/2020, all administrative staff are working remotely or working in isolated spaces at SWCAP offices and remain accessible via email or telephone. All group meetings through 3/31/2020 have been cancelled or moved to a webinar or conference call format. General questions and inquiries should be directed to 608-935-2326, please leave a voicemail.

Advice for COVID-19 from Dr Emily Jewell and the medical community:

Everyone needs to be extra vigilant for ANYONE with breathing issues, diabetes, high blood pressure and age over 60. Our data is showing that up to 20% of this population may need hospitalization and about 5% will need ICU care. Being young is protective but a small percentage of young people are needing mechanical ventilation in the ICU setting too. No child under 9 has died to date, but children can be infected and easily pass the virus to others who may become critically ill. Right now the data we have from China and Europe, places that have been infected longer than the US, is what we are using to understand our population’s risk. The data have been very similar between those two places and is therefore reasonable to assume we can expect the same here. The average death rate for COVID-19 is between 1-2% of all people who have become infected. That’s 1-2 for every 100 infections. The older or more health problems someone is the risk goes up. If you are over 60 it is 4% or 4 deaths for every 100 infections. If you are over 70 it is 8% or 8 deaths for every 100 infections. If you are > 80 that number changes to 15% or 15 deaths for every 100 infections. If we do not act everyone of us will know people who die from this disease.

RULES GOING FORWARD TO PROTECT YOURSELVES YOUR FAMILIES AND YOUR FRIENDS:

  • Even if you are well don’t go out to socialize or take your children anywhere that is not absolutely necessary.
  • Large meetings, church, school, parties, restaurants, and bars are no longer ok places to be. STAY HOME
  • If you need to go to the store for food one adult should go, maintain 6 ft between you and others, wash for 20 seconds or sanitize (with sanitizer that has >60% alcohol) your hands before touching your face or personal belongings when you are done.
  • Employees should maintain a 6 ft distance between individuals during interactions at work or in public settings whenever possible.
  • Wash hands before touching your face or eating. If you cough into your hands you need to wash or sanitize immediately.
  • If you have a fever or cold you should not be at work. It is even more important to stay at home if this occurs!!
  • Call (your doctor or) clinic for advice on when you can go back to work and information on testing should you develop fever, cough, and sore throat.
  • If you have cold symptoms and are in need of supplies or food call a well friend to see if they can shop for you and drop your things at the front door. Maintain 6 ft distance when they drop items off.

This is the strategy for slowing/stopping the spread of the disease.

Our hospitals are going to fill up and we will not have the capacity to treat everyone who is sick if we do not all follow these rules immediately. If everyone is sick at once many more people will die simply from not having access to medical attention. If we can slow the spread by limiting our interactions the population will get sick over a longer period of time and the hospital will remain more functional.

This is a scary time but please remain calm. We are all in this together. By doing the simple things above we will maintain our safety as a community.

Right now it looks like we will need to follow these rules for about 8-12 weeks.

Aviso sobre el COVID-19 de Doctora Emily Jewell y la comunidad medica:

Todos deben estar más atentos a CUALQUIERA que tenga problemas respiratorios, diabetes, presión arterial alta y mayores de 60 años. Nuestros datos muestran que hasta el 20% de esta población puede necesitar hospitalización y aproximadamente el 5% necesitará atención en la Sala de intensivos. Ser joven es protector, pero un pequeño porcentaje de jóvenes también necesita ventilación mecánica en la Sala de intensivos. Ningún niño menor de 9 años ha muerto hasta la fecha, pero los niños pueden infectarse y transmitir fácilmente el virus a otras personas que pueden enfermarse gravemente. En este momento, los datos que tenemos de lugares de China y Europa que han estado infectados por más tiempo que los EE. UU. Son lo que estamos utilizando para comprender el riesgo de nuestra población. Los datos han sido muy similares entre esos dos lugares y, por lo tanto, es razonable suponer que podemos esperar lo mismo aquí. La tasa de mortalidad promedio para COVID-19 es entre el 1-2% de todas las personas que se han infectado. Eso es 1-2 muertes por cada 100 infecciones. El mayor de edad o con más problemas de salud de alguien el riesgo aumenta. Si tiene más de 60 años, es 4% o 4 muertes por cada 100 infecciones. Si tiene más de 70 años, es 8% o 8 muertes por cada 100 infecciones. Si tiene mas de 80 aumenta 15% o 15 muertes por cada 100 infecciones. Si no actuamos, todos conoceremos a las personas que mueren por esta enfermedad.

REGLAS PARA PROTEGERSE A SUS FAMILIAS Y AMIGOS:

  • Aun que uno este saludable no salgas a socializar ni lleves a tus hijos a ningún lugar que no sea absolutamente necesario.
  • Como ser grandes reuniones, iglesia, escuela, fiestas, restaurantes y bares, ya no son lugares adecuados para estar. QUEDATE EN CASA
  • Si necesita ir a la tienda por comida, debe ir un adulto, mantenga 6 pies entre usted y los demás, lávese durante 20 segundos o desinfecte (con un desinfectante que contenga mas que 60% de alcohol) sus manos antes de tocar su cara o sus pertenencias personales cuando termines de comprar.
  • Los empleados deben mantener una distancia de 6 pies entre las personas durante las interacciones en el trabajo o en entornos públicos siempre que sea posible.
  • Lavese las manos antes de tocarse la cara o comer. Si tose en sus manos, debe lavarse o desinfectarse de inmediato.
  • Si tienes fiebre, gripe, tos, dolor de garganta no deberías estar en el trabajo. Mas importante que te quedas en casa si estes enfermo!!
  • Llame a la clínica gratuita para obtener consejos sobre cuándo puede volver al trabajo e información sobre las pruebas si desarrolla los sintomas antes mencionados
  • Si tiene síntomas de resfriado y necesita suministros o alimentos, llame a un amigo wue este sano para ver si pueden comprarlo y dejar sus cosas en la puerta principal. Mantenga una distancia de 6 pies cuando dejan los artículos.

Esta es la estrategia para frenar / detener la propagación de la enfermedad.

Nuestros hospitales se llenarán y no tendremos la capacidad de tratar a todos los que estén enfermos, si no seguimos estas reglas de inmediato, todos estáremos enfermos a la vez. Muchas personas morirán simplemente por no tener acceso a atención médica. Si podemos frenar la propagación limitando nuestras interacciones, la población se enfermará durante un período de tiempo más prolongado y el hospital seguirá funcionando.

Es un momento aterrador, pero por favor mantengamos la calma. Estamos todos juntos en esto. Si seguimos las reglas anteriores, mantendremos nuestra seguridad como comunidad.

Ahora parece que tendremos que seguir estas reglas durante aproximadamente 8-12 semanas