City Council heard from Director of Pierce County Public Health AZ Snyder and Director of the River Falls Public Library Tonya Misselt at the Sept. 14 meeting.
COVID 19 Update
Snyder provided the City Council with a look at COVID 19 over the past few weeks.
“I’ll be honest, things are really tight right now,” Snyder said, referencing the current state of western Wisconsin. 50% of the ICUs in Wisconsin are at capacity. Out of the six in the Western Wisconsin area, five are at capacity.
Preliminary resolution declaring intent to exercise special assessment police powers under section 66.0703 Wisconsin statutes for the benefit of the River Falls business improvement district approved.
Resolution Awarding Golf View Channel Rehabilitation to Mattison Contractors approved.
Fire Department open house is 6-8 p.m. Sept. 27.
Fall clean-up will be 4-8 p.m. Oct. 4-8 and 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 9 at the Public Works garage.
The City is partnering with Freeman Drug for a free COVID 19 vaccine clinic at the former Police Station 5-7 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 27.
Urgent cares are very busy, but River Falls has been managing well. They are not seeing the influx of COVID patients that other hospitals are, explained Snyder. The biggest concern and challenge facing River Falls healthcare is staffing.
Due to issues with the state community emergency surveillance system, Snyder did not want to report back last week’s numbers, as they likely would not have accurately reflected cases.
The week of Aug. 29, Pierce County had 121 cases, “which was overwhelming for public health,” said Snyder.
Upon presenting to the board at the Sept. 14 meeting, River Falls had 26 cases in the previous seven days, which Snyder noted might be slightly undercounted based on the surveillance system issue.
Additionally, since the University of Wisconsin-River Falls started testing the first full week of September, there have been 54 students, not all Pierce County residents, who have tested positive for COVID 19.
“While this may seem like a lot of cases, and it is, we have to remember that they are conducting asymptomatic surveillance testing of 10% of their unvaccinated population every week,” said Snyder. “Their positivity rate is substantially lower than the counties, so they’re doing a good job of detecting disease content”
National Library Card Sign-Up Month
With a library card, 1.4 million items are available in northwestern Wisconsin’s library system, including physical and downloadable resources, online learning assets and research platforms. Of those 1.4 million resources, 90,000 belong to the River Falls Public Library.
Misselt presented the board with countless, essential amenities the River Falls Library provides the community, encouraging all to sign up for a card and capitalize on those resources.
Library Board Council Representative Alyssa Mueller read the proclamation for September as Library Card Sign-Up Month.