Updates on the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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Updated March 30, 2020 at 2:48 p.m. – Information about Racine County COVID-19 response hub website provided further below.

On March 12, 2020, Governor Tony Evers declared a public health emergency for the State of Wisconsin due to COVID-19. The Village has declared a Proclamation of State of Emergency on March 19, 2020. With guidance from the local health officials, the Village is taking enhanced measures to protect the safety of community members and employees by increasing social distancing, while maintaining important services for residents.

SAFER-AT-HOME ORDER: On March 24, 2020, Governor Evers issued a “Safer-at-Home” executive order, taking effect at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, March 25 and remaining in effect until 8 a.m. on Friday, April 24, 2020, or until a superseding order is issued. Individuals do not need special permission to leave their homes, but they must comply with this order as to when it is permissible to leave home. Similarly, if a business is an Essential Business or Operation as defined in this order, it does not need documentation or certification to continue its work that is done in compliance with this order.

  • To review the executive order and the list of essential businesses and services that may remain open, visit: https://evers.wi.gov/Pages/Newsroom/Executive-Orders.aspx.
  • If a business is unsure about whether or not they are exempted from this order, please contact the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation at https://wedc.org/nonessentialbusiness/.
  • For information on enforcement of the “Safer-at-Home” order by the Racine County Sherif’s Office, click here.
  • Note that essential local government and utility services remain uninterrupted due to the order.

UNION GROVE MUNICIPAL CENTER (SERVING VILLAGES OF UNION GROVE AND YORKVILLE AND THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE): For the safety of our community and staff, the municipal center is now temporarily closed to walk-ins but the office will continue to be operational. Community members are asked to conduct Village transactions using the dropbox located outside the entrance to Village Hall 24/7 or by telephone (262) 878-1818 during normal business hours. Certain payments are also accepted online by clicking here.

GRAHAM PUBLIC LIBRARY CLOSURE: Also in the interest of safety of our community and library employees, Graham Public Library was closed starting on Wednesday, March 18. In compliance with the “Safer-at-Home” order, the current plan is to re-open the library on April 24. This will be subject to change based on recommendations from local health officials. Please watch the library’s website (https://www.uniongrove.lib.wi.us/) and Facebook page for updated information.

ABSENTEE VOTING: Electors are encouraged to submit absentee ballots by mail for the spring election on April 7. Ballots can be requested online at http://myvote.wi.gov by April 2 or by submitting an absentee ballot application by mail or Village drop-box. In-person absentee voting is available on Monday, March 23 through Friday, April 3. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, in-person absentee voting will be available in the municipal center parking lot on a drive-up (or walk-up) basis during normal business hours. For more information on the election, click here.

VILLAGE GOVERNMENT MEETINGS:  The Village Board meeting scheduled for March 23 was cancelled and the next regularly scheduled meeting is set for April 13. The Village has made arrangements for telephone conferencing with public listening/access for Village Meetings during this time of emergency. The Village will post notices indicating if this will occur and how pubic access will be allowed.

UNION GROVE MUNICIPAL COURT CANCELLATIONS: The Municipal Court Judge, Melanie Reichert, has cancelled March and April court dates. Hearings will be rescheduled for May and June court proceedings. Letters will be issued to individuals with March and April court dates. Call 262-878-1818 or email roberta@uniongrove.net with questions or concerns. To view the Municipal Court Order Regarding Emergency Temporary Measures, click here.

PUBLIC WORKS AND UTILITIES: All public works and utilities staff are continuing to provide services while taking enhanced measures to limit interactions. They will be temporarily stopping all meter change outs and water leak checks on private properties. Public works and utilities facilities are closed to visitors at this time. All garbage, recycling and yard waste collections from Johns Disposal are continuing are scheduled. Bulk collections are still available by appointment; call Johns Disposal at 262-473-4700 to schedule a bulk collection.

UNION GROVE PARKS: While public park grounds in Union Grove continue to be open during normal park hours, the playground equipment, dog park and other park facilities (with surfaces) are not being sanitized and should not be used at this time. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause, but this is for public safety purposes as we do our part to curb the possible spread of COVID-19. Please do not remove any caution tape or temporary signage that is put up around park facilities at this time.

PUBLIC SAFETY: Public safety services continue without interruption through the Racine County Sheriff’s Department and Union Grove-Yorkville Fire Department. For emergencies, dial 9-1-1. The non-emergency number for the Sheriff’s Department is 262-886-2300 and the fire department’s office can be reached at 262-878-4181. Please note the fire department has cancelled public classes and the facilities are closed to non-essential personnel at this time. For more information on public safety procedures at this time, click here.

CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: The Greater Union Grove Area Chamber of Commerce is continuing to provide resources and information to area businesses. The Chamber administrator Lynda Studey can be reached at 262-878-4606 or info@uniongrovechamber.org.

RECREATION PROGRAMS: Dodgeball leagues will be postponed with the plan to start up April 20. Registration will be extended until April 10. Submit registration forms using the dropbox at Village Hall. Registration for coach pitch and t-ball leagues is currently open.

SCHOOL DISTRICT INFORMATION: For news about the Union Grove Elementary School response to the Covid-19 outbreak, visit their Facebook page or website at https://www.uges.k12.wi.us. For news about the Union Grove Union High School, visit their Facebook page or website at https://www.ug.k12.wi.us/.

GENERAL HEALTH INFO: Prevent the spread – wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, cover your coughs and sneezes, and stay home when you are ill. Central Racine County Health Department have issued recommendations for individuals, families, and businesses to consider regarding COVID-19. That information is available here: https://crchd.com/covid-19. You can also follow the latest information from the Center for Disease Control at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/.

CYBERSECURITY: There have been recent reports on an increase in activity from cybercriminals involving the COVID-19 outbreak (including phishing scams that are designed to look like they are from legitimate organizations like the Center for Disease Control). Please be extra vigilant to monitor emails and never click on links or open attachments when you are unable to verify the sender or contents. For more information on COVID-19 phishing scams, click here.

SUPPLIES/SERVICES:

  • Union Grove Piggly Wiggly is providing inventory updates on its Facebook page, which can be seen at https://www.facebook.com/UnionGrovePigglyWiggly/.
  • Union Grove Area Foodbank continues to provide food in emergency situations, on a referral basis, per our established guidelines found at https://www.ugfoodbank.org/referrals. Anyone in need AND all volunteers should contact the coordinator at (262) 853-4144 for further information and instructions.
  • Greater Union Grove Area Chamber of Commerce has created a Facebook Page called “Union Grove Grab & Go” with information about local businesses, including hours, specials and ordering options. Visit https://www.facebook.com/GrabandGoUG.
  • Racine County Economic Development Corporation has posted a webpage for business resources – https://rcedc.org/news/covid-19-rcedc-business-resources.
  • Ascension All Saints in Union Grove Clinic can be reached at (262) 878-4424.
  • Aurora Clinic in Union Grove can be reached at (262) 878-1211.

RACINE COUNTY COVID-19 RESPONSE HUB: Countywide updates on the coronavirus outbreak response and local resources are provided at: https://coronavirus-response-racinecounty.hub.arcgis.com/.

FACT SHEETS:

Please check back to this webpage for updates as this is a very fluid situation and this information is subject to change. Thank you to all of our first responders and municipal staff, including police, fire/EMS, public works, utilities and municipal office employees, for continuing to maintain safety and order in our community during these challenging circumstances. We wish health and safety for all our community members.

Mike Aimone, Village President
Michael Hawes, Village Administrator