March 13 Coronavirus Updates: Emergency Declaration, South Milwaukee Schools, Senior Center Closed, and More

Blog post updated: 8 p.m. on March 13

The City of South Milwaukee remains focused on taking necessary steps to address the COVID-19 pandemic, and I remain as confident as ever in the work of department leaders and their teams.

Here are some updates from the city and across the community …

  • First, to stay informed, we will share regular updates and information from federal, state and local health care authorities on the city’s website and Facebook page, and sign up for our SM Works platform, to join an email list. We will also post updates at our public buildings. I will post additional updates on my channels as much as possible.
  • You can see our March 13 general update on our efforts to combat COVID-19 on the front page of our city website.
  • This afternoon, I signed a declaration of a state of emergency in South Milwaukee, joining leaders at all levels of government in doing so. See it here, and in the image above. This is in many ways a procedural step — making it easier for us to receive funding from the state and federal governments.
  • South Milwaukee Schools announced to families this afternoon they will be closing for four weeks, effective Saturday, joining many other districts in doing so. Details here. The closure, through April 12, includes all school, recreation department events and athletics/activities. The South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center will be closed as well as the SM Fitness Center.
  • The city has decided to close the Grobschmidt Senior Center. Read my statement on that here.
  • The South Milwaukee Library has suspended programming, among other impacts. Details here.
  • The city is strongly encouraging our residents to vote absentee by mail. To request a ballot, visit MyVote.
  • Also, you can read my March 12 update on what we’re doing as city staff to address COVID-19 here. This includes efforts we’re taking to keep our employees — and visitors to our buildings — safe, urging against employee travel, and making plans for continuity of operations. (This was written before the Senior Center closure.)
  • The March 29 South Milwaukee Downtown Market Spring Market has been cancelled. Details on the market Facebook page.
  • The monthly Community Meal at First Congregational has been canceled for Thursday, March 19.
  • South Milwaukee Little League also has an update, including suspension of all activities until at least April 6.
  • The Steven Wright show planned for next weekend at the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center has been postponed to Oct. 2.
  • The South Milwaukee High School Theatre Company production of “Tuck, Everlasting” set for this weekend has been cancelled.

More information to come. I’ll be posting throughout the day.

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