Included here is information to help Door County residents and visitors find help, support, and information as our community confronts the spread of COVID-19.



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  • Investigate, Educate Is Approach to Local Safer at Home Enforcement

    Wisconsin’s Safer at Home order is enforceable by any local law-enforcement official, with violation and obstruction punishable by imprisonment of up to 30 days and a fine of up to $250, according to the language contained in the order. The penalty is based on Wisconsin statute 252.25, which governs the violation of laws pertaining to […]

  • 23 Positive COVID-19 Cases

    A total of 23 positive COVID-19 cases had been reported in Door County as of Wednesday, May 13. Negative tests numbered 409, with deaths at three for the county.  Across Wisconsin, 10,902 positive cases had been reported. Of those, 6,400 were never hospitalized; 1,908 were hospitalized; and 2,594 were unknown. The number of people with […]

  • Innkeepers Prepare for Full Openings

    Lodging facilities advised to schedule 24-hour gaps in rooms between guests The lodging industry was one of the business sectors deemed “essential” and allowed to remain open under Wisconsin’s Safer at Home order. Yet the industry relies upon people being able to move around – a condition that has not formally existed since March 19. “The […]

  • Partnership Connects Businesses through Video Forum

    One silver lining of COVID-19 could be the new ways people are finding to collaborate, problem-solve and remain connected. One such way happened May 6. “This is the first time we’ve done this in Door County,” said Brian Stephens, CEO of Door County Medical Center (DCMC), during a videoconference for community and business members that […]

  • Wild Things: It’s a Good Time to Revive Letter Writing

    For much of the 21st century, letter writing has been on life support. Oh, there are a few people who keep cursive alive by still practicing the lost art, but for the most part, computers and smartphones have changed the way the world communicates: Using these devices is easy, fast and requires no stamps. But […]

  • PODCAST: Lawsuit Strikes Down Safer At Home

    Andrew and Myles go over yesterdays decision by the Wisconsin Supreme Court to end the Safer at Home Order.

  • Door County Public Health Extends Safer at Home

    Following the Wisconsin Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the Safer at Home directive on Wednesday, Door County Public health reinstated it locally on Thursday late afternoon. Susan Powers, Door County Public Health officer, issued the order that continues the guidelines and requirements of Wisconsin’s Safer at Home order. The local order is effective immediately and […]

  • VIDEO: Street Masks | The Door County Pulse

    This week on The Door County Pulse: Al Johnson’s delivers a weekly dose of goat A report from Washington Island Gibraltar Seniors get a special surprise And look at some of the fashionable homemade masks seen around town. All that and more on this week’s Door County Pulse.

  • Municipalities Extend Emergency Orders

    The Village of Sister Bay has extended its emergency declaration through June 30. The Town of Liberty Grove has extended its declaration through June 17, and Chair John Lowry said he anticipates extending it further. Sister Bay village attorney Randy Nesbitt said that extending the orders makes sense, if only to maintain eligibility for possible […]

  • Peninsula Singers Cancels Spring Rehearsals and Concerts

    Because of COVID-19, the Peninsula Singers – like so many other performing-arts organizations – has canceled its spring practices and concerts. “Until we meet again, keep music in your hearts, hum a tune on your walks, listen to music in your homes or just serenade yourself in your mind (or showers),” said Jeanne Barnard, Peninsula […]

  • Hands Free Sanitizer Dispensers Available

    FLS Banners, Hatch Distillery, and the Paper Boy are partnering to create a group buying opportunity for hands-free motion-activated sanitizer dispensers, sanitizer solution, and weekly distribution direct to your business. Orders must be placed by May 15.  This option ensures every business can take steps to help ensure the safety of their employees and visitors […]

  • Door County 4th of July Events Canceled

    Door County’s community associations released a joint statement Tuesday announcing the cancelation of Fourth of July festivities throughout the county. Full statement is below: It is with great disappointment that the communities of Door County have announced that 4th of July festivities have been canceled throughout the county, including fireworks celebrations in Baileys Harbor, Egg […]

  • PODCAST: Debra Fitzgerald on How the Media Reports on COVID-19

    Andrew and Myles have the latest today including retail stores and drive-in cinemas being allowed to open, Culvers in Sturgeon Bay closing due to a case of the virus, and speculation on the Safer at Home lawsuit making its way through the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Also, new Pulse Editor Debra Fitzgerald talks with Myles about […]

  • Some Retail Stores Allowed to Reopen

    All standalone and strip-mall-based retail stores may now offer in-person shopping for up to five customers as a time while maintaining required social-distancing practices, according to Emergency Order #36, signed today by Wisconsin Department of Health Services Secretary-designee Andrea Palm. It also allows drive-in theaters to operate with some restrictions. All businesses must continue to […]

  • PODCAST: Business Guidelines Released by State, Jackson Parr on the J-1 Visa Program

    Andrew and Myles chat about the new business guidelines released by the state, including the use of masks and social distancing, as well as how some businesses may choose to require customers to wear masks this season. Also, and update in the high water levels on Lake Michigan again this summer, and more. After the […]

  • Reopening Guidelines Arrive from State

    Advice for 15 industries included The reopening guidelines that local businesses have been waiting for came from the state May 8. In addition to general guidelines, the state offered industry-specific advice to 15 business sectors: agriculture, construction, entertainment/amusement, gyms/fitness centers, hair and nail salons, hospitality/lodging, manufacturing, outdoor gatherings, outdoor recreation, professional services, public facilities, restaurant, […]

  • Manners Matter: Unplug!

    Dear Mary Pat, I was reminded last night that we do need to unplug from informational overload. My husband said that from now on, conversation at the dinner table won’t be about the virus or work, and that we all need to put our phones away in the evening.  He is absolutely right. We are […]

  • VIDEO: Make It Virtual | The Door County Pulse

    This week on the Door County Pulse: Views from the parkThe Door County Land Trusts takes us birdingSpot hosts a virtual fashion showAnd Gibraltar alumni Anders Erickson teaches us how to make a Manhattan. All that and more on this week’s Door County Pulse.

  • Hairpin 5K Goes Virtual

    The Hairpin 5K Run/Walk is going virtual for 2020. Like many events, the July 4 tradition – the longest-running 5K in Door County – has adjusted in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Friends of Gibraltar Schools has hosted the Hairpin 5K Run/Walk as a fundraising event for 30-plus years, with the proceeds providing all of […]

  • Owners of Personal Care Services Wonder What Future Looks Like

    It’s impossible to remain six feet away from someone who’s cutting your hair or giving you a massage.  How then – when distance is the antidote to the person-to-person spread of the coronavirus – are service businesses such as salons and spas preparing to reopen while keeping their customers and staff members safe?  Carefully and confidently, according […]