COVID-19: Information for travelers


What’s the situation in Wisconsin right now?

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.  November 19, 2020 Gov. Evers Announces “A new state of emergency this week and extending our public health emergency until January of next year.  We will also be reissuing Emergency Order #1 requiring face coverings in public places.”

What about events?

Upcoming events & cancelations -Many upcoming Oneida County events have been canceled or postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please contact event organizers for the latest information. The Chamber page is updated with the most current information we have been provided.

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​.

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.

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.

Update 7-13 -20

Update 7-13-20 CONTACT: Collette Sorgel, President, Oneida County Tourism Council,, (715) 546-3344

In Wake of Covid-19, Oneida County Tourism Council Again Invites Tourism-Related

Businesses to be Listed on Website houses nearly 500-business database with a robust filter system widely used by visitors

ONEIDA COUNTY, Wis. (July 13, 2020)— Knowing how critical this time in the wake of coronavirus is for local businesses, the Oneida County Tourism Council (OCTC), a cooperative group of four county chambers, is again inviting all county tourism-related businesses to be a part of its website. launched one year ago and has been incredibly well-received by interested travelers. With relaxing colors and spirited accents, the mobile-first site was designed to be a hub for the county’s businesses. Currently, the site houses all the tourism-related businesses who belong to a chamber of commerce within Oneida County. But OCTC officials want owners to know that non-chamber members are welcome to be a part of the site as well, provided they fall into the categories of lodgingshoppingdiningattractions or activities.

“We want to be sure that local businesses have every opportunity to be seen and visited right now,” said Collette Sorgel, President of the Oneida County Tourism Council (OCTC) and Executive Director of the Three Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce. “Visitors are here and more are looking to come, and we want them to have access to everything Oneida County has to offer when they use our website. Visibility for businesses is critical to the area’s recovery.”

To get an Oneida County business listed on, contact the chamber of commerce nearest to the business’s location. Chamber membership is not required. Business owners will need to provide some basic contact information, a brief description, and a photo to generate the free listing. The info then becomes part of a large database that allows travelers to use a robust filter system to search by the type of business, amenities, location, and more.

Business owners with questions should contact their local chamber of commerce, or the Oneida County Tourism council online, via email at, or via telephone at (800) 236-3006.

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 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.

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 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 Information & Links for Businesses

New “We’re All In” website; Small Biz Grant Program Update 7-14-20 WEDC recently released a new site – 

This is an effort to help spread the word on how we need to adjust our behaviors and the way we work in order to slow the spread of COVID-19 and speed up our economic recovery.  You will find downloads of signs and other information that you may wish to use and further share with your businesses to protect employees, encourage customers to adopt safe behaviors and keep our businesses moving in the positive direction.   

There will be a campaign launch on August 5th but we are encouraged to start using the information and cross-marketing ahead of the official launch if you see opportunities to do that.

Pivoting to the “We’re All In” small business grant program, I can tell you that we continue to review applications. Some applicants have already received approvals; some have already received grant money; some have been invited to re-apply with corrected documents, and some are still awaiting review. The initial review of applications should be completed in approximately another four days and then there will be re-applications to review. Dozens of us at WEDC – including me – are taking calls from applicants. I can tell you that we have sufficient funds available to cover all eligible applicants who properly complete their applications, so those who are asked to do that should be confident that if they can get it right, their chances to receive a grant are outstanding. We hope to have the funds disbursed by the end of July.

Jim Rosenberg, Regional Economic Development Director, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, 1505 Eagle Street, Unit 3, Rhinelander, WI  54501

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.

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.

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.