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Vernon County Launches Campaign To Be Safer By Wearing Masks

 July 16, 2020

Vernon County has launched Vernon County’s Covered, a positive marketing campaign to encourage the wearing of masks in public places.
Vernon County’s Covered features photos and stories on social media of community leaders, organizations, kids, and residents choosing to wear masks to slow the spread of COVID-19, protect themselves and their neighbors, keep local businesses open, and many other reasons.
The campaign launches as a growing chorus of local, state, and national leaders, politicians of all parties, healthcare experts, and others call on citizens to wear masks as the most effective strategy to limit COVID-19 community spread.
Residents are also urged to continue to practice regular hand washing, practicing physical distancing of at least six feet whenever possible, cleaning and to sanitize surfaces, and strongly considering not attending or hosting larger gatherings, especially those held indoors.
Do you have Vernon County Covered and use social media? You can win a $25 gift certificate to a local Vernon County business of your choice!
Take a selfie, post it to your social media accounts along with your reason for wearing a mask, and add the hashtag #VernonCountysCovered.  Visit https://www.facebook.com/vernoncountyscovered to see examples, and like and share widely. Vernon County staff will share your photos, and randomly select a winner each week!
If you do not have Facebook, you can send a picture directly to vernoncountyscovered@gmail.com  
Vernon County’s Covered was created in collaboration with Vernon County’s Health Department, Emergency Management, Economic Development & Tourism, as well as residents who are passionate and dedicated response and recovery strategies of COVID-19.
Vernon County offices continue to plan for the safe, slow and phased reopening of County facilities.  Many departments continue to offer virtual or curbside services; visit their websites and Facebook pages for details. Visit www.vernoncounty.org for regular updates on the County’s response to COVID-19.


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The Town of Bergen and Village of Stoddard in conjunction with the Stoddard-Bergen Fire Department is issuing a Burning Ban.

When the Current Fire Danger reaches "Very High" (orange) or "Extreme" (red) an immediate burning ban will be placed.  These levels are set by the Forestry Department from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Recourses.

Burning any combustible materials outdoors in the Town of Bergen or Village of Stoddard in Vernon County is prohibited.  The risk for wildfires in these areas is very high, and there’s little relief in sight in the near future with the current weather pattern. This ban will be in place until conditions significantly improve.

That applies to burn piles, burn barrels and all campfires unless in developed camping areas. Use caution disposing any matches, ashes, charcoal briquettes, or any burning materials into the outdoors. All firework use is banned. Remember to dispose of any cigars, cigarettes, or pipes in a designated receptacle.

Charcoal grills may be used only near a residential dwelling on a non-combustible surface, such as concrete.