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COVID-19: Information for travelers

NEW 5-22-20


What’s the situation in Wisconsin right now?

The state of Wisconsin’s “Safer at Home” order ended May 13, but many cities and counties have made their own proclamations or announcements regarding travel and business restrictions. Be sure to check with your local community or governing body for the latest information. Oneida County has extensive resources and recommended guidelines for business here, and has created a business toolkit.

What does that mean for travel? Can I come to Oneida County?

Many of Oneida County’s lodging properties, restaurants and stores are open to customers but may have restrictions in place. Please check with individual businesses you’re planning to visit to see if they’re open and what measures they have in place.

Have there been any COVID-19 cases in Oneida County? 

See the latest information from the Oneida County Public Health Department ​here​.



Are Oneida County’s parks, trails, campgrounds and other recreational areas open?

Most Oneida County outdoor recreational areas and trails are open. The Enterprise Campground opened May 22 with a limitation—only campers with self-contained bathroom facilities are permitted at the campground. New reservations are currently not being accepted for the Almon Park and Judy Swank shelters.

See updates about Oneida County facilities here.

Some private campsites have chosen to open with increased safety measures in place; please contact specific businesses with questions.


Lodging, restaurants & shopping, events

Are Oneida County’s lodging properties, restaurants, stores and other businesses open?

Lodging properties were allowed to continue operations even during the Safer at Home order. Please contact individual properties if you have questions.

Many of Oneida County’s other businesses have reopened with some restrictions, and many restaurants have increased their offerings as well. Again, please contact specific restaurants, shops and attractions with questions.

What about events?

Many upcoming Oneida County events have been canceled or postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please contact event organizers for the latest information.

NEW 5-15-20

Onward Oneida County

Oneida County has issued Onward Oneida County Guidance and Reopening Oneida County Amid COVID-19 Pandemic: Onward Oneida County Plan and Toolkit, local guidance related to reopening Oneida County.  We understand that this is a stressful time for everyone and we know that balance needs to be struck between community health and economic needs.  Our ultimate goal is to see all residents of Oneida County thriving.

Oneida County will continue to follow the best information known at the time, including guidance from the state and national level.  As more is learned about the virus and local impacts of the virus, guidance may change in order to protect the community.

Additionally, it is important to highlight that despite seemingly low infection rates, the risk for being sick and getting others sick with COVID-19 still exists and may increase with less stringent guidance in place and herd immunity not met.  The Oneida County Health Department continues to encourage everyone to stay home as much as possible, only going out for essential needs, practice physical/social distancing, good hand hygiene, enhanced cleaning practices, and utilize cloth face coverings in public when physical/social distancing is difficult to do.

NEW 5-1320 Oneida County has sent a letter to Governor Tony Evers under Announcement you’ll see Mary 13th click on Oneida County letter to The Honorable Governor Tony Evers.

The Letter has two major Purposes .

  1. To promote the concept that any re-opening plan should consider regional/local differences.
  2. To demonstrate Oneida County is ready to strategically and carefully start the reopening process.

Oneida County has also issued a statement regarding seasonal and secondary homeowners that can be read here.

Additionally, the Town of Three Lakes board has made the difficult decision stating that all events open to the public are canceled through July 31. The statement can be found here.

As much as it saddens us to discourage visitors to our beautiful town, please exercise the appropriate cautions during this uncertain time. We will do our best to keep this page updated as we are made aware of changes. Stay healthy, stay safe, and hopefully, we will see you soon!

Attached are links for information from our Call for Businesses with the subject Financial and Health Resources for Oneida County Businesses from a Conference Call Monday, April 13, 2020. Link for video and audio Link for audio-only

update May 13, 2020 – Wisconsin Supreme Court strikes down state’s stay-at-home order.

Governor Evers has issued a “Safer at Home” emergency order. The order directs all Wisconsinites to stay at their place of residence, with limited exceptions. All non-essential businesses and operations must cease (please refer to the order for the definition of “essential”). All public and private gatherings of any number of people that are not part of a single household or living unit are prohibited. The order is effective at 8:00 AM Wednesday, March 25, 2020 and will remain in effect until 8:00 AM Friday, April 24, 2020. The full order can be read here.

Gov. Tony Evers announced May 11, 2020, that businesses looking to keep workers, customers, and families safe while “turning the dial” toward reopening can now draw on a series of publications to keep them informed of best practices and safety tips. The brochures include general guidelines for all businesses to follow as well as industry-specific advice, such as for restaurants, retailers, manufacturers, professional offices, farmers, manufacturers, builders, hotel and motel operators, barbers, personal care services and other fields.


Update 5-11-20 EMERGENCY ORDER #34 Interim Order to Turn the Dial

Additional Badger Bounce Back resources:

Community Resources

Dial 211 for COVID-19 Information – Oneida County residents can phone dial 211 to receive up-to-date real-time resource information during the current COVID-19 situation. 211 Wisconsin provides 24-7 information on health and human service needs and can answer many questions regarding COVID-19. If you have any questions, please dial 211.

Caritas of Eagle River Call 715-479-5683 and leave a message (phone calls will be returned on Wednesdays)
Caritas of Eagle River is available to help those in need. They are located at 120 N. Silver Lakes Road, Eagle River. There is a chapel with an unlocked door on the Spruce Street side 24/7. There will be emergency food and some personal care items will be available there to the best of Caritas’ ability. You do not have to live in Eagle River to receive help from Caritas.

Community Connections Team – During this unprecedented COVID 19 pandemic, many of our communities are struggling with basic needs such as food, housing, transportation, etc. Marshfield Clinic Health System Community Connections Team provides support and connects individuals and families to community resources for help. Community Connections Team staff are trained to screen patients for their needs, identify current resources and follow-up.
Community Connections Team phone 715-858-4443 or email at community.connections@marshfieldclinic.org and our trained staff will respond Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Meals on Wheels – The ADRC of Oneida County provides home-delivered meal services to substantially homebound older adults (60 years and older) who are at nutritional risk due to health, isolation, or lack of access to groceries. Still doing meals on wheels for people who already participated. Call 715-369-6170 or 800-379-7499 for more information or to request a meal.

Nicolet College Foundation – For students. Are you facing an unexpected emergency due to the current COVID-19 pandemic? Please complete this form so we can assist you. Upon submission of this form, the Nicolet College Foundation will contact you to discuss the best ways to support you. https://cm.maxient.com/reportingform.php?NicoletCollege&layout_id=21

Ruby’s Pantry Rhinelander – OPEN TO ALL COUNTIES!! OPEN TO ALL PEOPLE. THERE ARE NO INCOME REQUIREMENTS OR PROOF OF INCOME NEEDED TO USE RUBY’S PANTRY!! For more information, please call Calvary Baptist Church at 715-362-4792.

St. Theresa’s Church
Call 715-546-2158
St. Theresa’s offer help on a case by case basis a group of Church Volunteers that help “Companions on a Journey”

Three Lakes Evangelical Free Church Please join us online for worship Sunday mornings at 9 AM, either on our website or Facebook page 

You may contact our church by calling 715-546-2000 or email us at secretary@tlefc.org. Pastor Scott Roen and Pastor Ian Stewart are standing by and willing to help with any needs you may have. Your financial gifts are very important for our ministry to continue during this time and into the future.

Three Lakes Fire Department
Call 715-546-3626 or email Fire Chief Kirby if you or anyone you know may be in need of any assistance or information on resources. You can always reach out to the Three Lakes Fire department.

Three Lakes Christian Food Pantry – Call 715-617-0457
Distributions are the 1st & 3rd Saturdays of the month 9:30-11:00 am. The format has changed. The food pantry will be pre-bagging and doing curbside pickup only. Address – 6965 W School St—enter off Erie Street parking lot in the rear of the building.  If you need food before the next pick update, please call.  Donations are always welcome ~ the Food Pantry donations are accepted at the Town Market. We can always use soup.  Thank you for all who have donated and to Chris at Three Lakes Town Market who has volunteered to be a drop, off-site for the pantry.

Three Lakes Lions Club
Call 608-516-1831 We offer help on a case by case basis.

Wisconsin Public Service • Safety comes first — We have plans in place to ensure natural gas workers, power plant operators, line workers, customer care representatives, and other critical team members continue delivering the reliable service customers expect while following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidelines for safety. We are limiting work requiring access inside customer homes and businesses to emergencies and essential infrastructure projects.
• Disconnections suspended — We suspended disconnections for all customers, unless unsafe conditions exist, to ensure the safety of our customers and employees. This is effective until this health crisis is behind us.
• Bill payment arrangement options and financial assistance — We are committed to working with all of our customers and have payment plans available including for those who are impacted or otherwise experiencing a hardship due to COVID-19. Customers can find additional information on our website or by calling 800-450-7260.


211 Connects YOU with thousands of nonprofit and government services in your area. Call 211, or 877-947-2211, or visit website

Ascension COVID-19 Help Line – Call 833-978-0649

Aspirus COVID-19 Help Line – Call 844-568-0701 Monday through Friday from 7 am-7 pm, Saturday and Sunday from 8 am-8 pm

Marshfield Clinic COVID-19 Help Line – Call 877-998-0880, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

National Alliance on Mental Illness Helpline – Call 800-950-6264 Monday to Friday, 10 am- 6 pm

Northern Regional Center for Children and Youth with Special Care Needs – Contact Anne Williams, Community Specialist 715-261-1906 or 866-640-4106, or visit website

Tri-County Council Hotline for Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault – Call 800-236-1222 You are NOT alone!

UW Health COVID-19 HelpLine – Call 608-720-5300 from 7 am-11 pm

Vibrant Emotional Health/National Suicide Prevention Hotline Call 800-273-8255 or click here.

Wisconsin Community Programs, Social Services, and Human Service AgenciesClick here

Wisconsin Unemployment Website

State & Local Websites

Jeff Bruss, Three Lakes Town Chairman, Facebook Page

Governor Tony Evers’ Facebook Page

Oneida County Health Department Facebook Page

Oneida County Website

Town of Three Lakes Website

Town of Three Lakes Facebook Page

Helpful Links for Businesses

Attached are links for information from our Call for Businesses with the subject Financial and Health Resources for Oneida County Businesses from a Conference Call Monday, April 13, 2020. Link for Video and Audio l Link for Audio Only

SBA is able to accept new applications at this time for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL)-COVID-19 related assistance program (including EIDL Advances) based on available appropriations funding. Applicants who have already submitted their applications will continue to be processed. on a first-come, first-served basis.

Many business-related organizations have anchored information and updates on their websites. Below are some links that may be helpful; this list is by no means comprehensive:

America’s SBDC (ASBDC) Small Business Resources America’s SBDCs are working to help small businesses address the challenges of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

American Society of Employers Virtual Work Resources ­- ASE has compiled a list of resources we have available to help you implement a virtual work program quickly and effectively.

The Central Wisconsin Economic Development (CWED) Fund, Inc. – now open to new borrowers to its Micro-loan program. The CWED Loan Committee is working with existing borrowers at their request, to defer principal payments or principal and interest payments. New loan applications will be accepted as before, and the loan committee is set up to review and respond as quickly as possible.
The CWED Micro-loan Program has the following features:
Loan size – $5,000 – $50,000
Use of Funds – working capital, inventory purchase, machinery and equipment, furniture, fixtures, supplies, leasehold improvements, minor building renovation/rehabilitation or natural disaster recovery.
Matching Funds – private funds must be invested with a minimum of 20% matching requirement.
Interest rate – to be established by the CWED Board, the current floor is 3% and they are using between 4-6% at this time with other new loans.
Collateral – is required and will usually take the form of security interest in all of the applicant’s assets.
Personal Guarantees – unlimited personal guarantees are required from any person with a 20% or greater ownership interest in the business.
Repayment – monthly repayment required. Under special circumstances, payment of interest and/or principal may be deferred with Board (or loan committee) approval for a period up to 12 months.
The Committee will be focused on assisting the businesses. Requirements like the 20% matching private funds may be relaxed, based on the borrower.
For more information contact Kristen Fish-Peterson at (715) 581-1452

Coronavirus Relief Bill (signed into law March 18 – including paid leave) This bill responds to the COVID-19 (i.e., coronavirus disease 2019) outbreak by providing paid sick leave, tax credits, and free COVID-19 testing; expanding food assistance and unemployment benefits; and increasing Medicaid funding.

Federal Programs pertaining to the Coronavirus Government Response to Coronavirus, COVID-19

Frequently Asked Questions On Small Business Loans Frequently Asked Questions On Small Business Loans In Coronavirus Relief CARES Act as reported by Forbes.

Michigan SBDC: Helpful Q&A Supporting Your Small Business During COVID-19  Learn about the SBA’s loan programs

SAVE SMALL BUSINESSES​ FUND THIS FUND is currently out of funds.
Small employers can receive a grant up to $5,000. Applications Open Learn More   
Employ between 3 and 20 people
Be located in an economically vulnerable community
Note:  Three Lakes Zip Code and Eagle River Zips codes are shown as zip codes that can apply.
Have been harmed financially by the COVID-19 pandemic

SBA Programs for the Coronavirus Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources – Health and government officials are working together to maintain the safety, security, and health of the American people. Small businesses are encouraged to do their part to keep their employees, customers, and themselves healthy.

U.S. Department of Labor’s OSHA GuidanceGuidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) process for disaster relief lending announced March 12Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources Health and government officials are working together to maintain the safety, security, and health of the American people. Small businesses are encouraged to do their part to keep their employees, customers, and themselves healthy.

Wisconsin Department of Workforce DevelopmentSBA to Provide Disaster Assistance Loans for Small Businesses Impacted by Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce and Wisconsin Safety CouncilCoronavirus (COVID-19) Business Resource Center – Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC) and Wisconsin Safety Council continue to monitor the situation related to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and are in contact with members, national partners, and government agencies.