Door County government, depending upon the season, employs roughly 300 people, according to Door County Administrator Ken Pabich. Of those, 59 had been temporarily furloughed during the Safer at Home order – some with no hours of work per week, others with reduced hours of 20 or 32 per week.
The furloughs occurred throughout 14 of the county’s 25 departments: Library, ADRC, Health & Human Services, Register of Probate, Clerk of Courts, District Attorney’s Office, Facilities & Parks, Human Resources, Corporation Council, Administration, UWEX, Register of Deeds, Highway and Treasurer.
The largest number of furloughed employees for any department was the library, given that libraries were closed.
Employees will begin returning to work starting May 26. To prepare for that, the county developed the “Door County COVID-19 Reopen and Return to the Workplace Plan,” which includes what to do prior to reopening, procedures upon reopening, ongoing procedures after reopening and a “re-exit” plan in case a surge of infections occurs.
Practices include screening employees before they enter buildings and using face masks and social distancing.