We wanted to send you the latest information on Extension’s response to the COVID-19 virus outbreak. As of now, guidance from our Campus connection to UW-Madison is to limit on-site work and postpone events. This guidance follows state and local agencies in reaction to a worldwide event whose impact is growing in our area. This move is to ensure our communities are as safe as possible.
As a Division of UW-Madison, Extension is following the lead of UW-Madison leadership in responding to the COVID-19 virus outbreak. We are also attuned to public health officials and leadership in our county on closures and further restrictions. The latest health guidance on responding to the COVID-19 is “flattening the curve” or limiting the spread of the virus via protective measures. We want to make sure we’re following best practice and promoting health and safety.
For Extension, this guidance has prompted our staff to transition to telecommuting and remote delivery of our programming. This follows guidance from UW-Madison to work remotely as possible through at least April 10, to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus and to protect the health and safety of our communities.
This move to remote work and program delivery is consistent with public heath guidance to limit exposure. Our staff who are able to work remotely will begin doing so. We are also working with staff who cannot work remotely to accommodate their situations. We want to make sure our staff are in safe and comfortable positions, and we are planning policies and recommendations for all of our workers. Social distancing and preventing potential infections is a key area we can help with to hopefully curtail the impacts of this outbreak.
To continue to be a resource for our county, Extension is transitioning our programming to online delivery. Staff are working on innovative methods to serve our audience. With limited or restricted access to public spaces such as schools, colleges, and government buildings, Extension staff are responding to give our stakeholders resources via the internet.
We also want to extend our services to be a resource for you. While we are implementing our remote work and program delivery, we are communicating with our participants what they can expect in the coming weeks. We want to work closely with you on not only communicating the latest information but also to align our program with emerging guidance to limit the impact of the COVID-19 virus.