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March 01, 2021 Phase 1B Groups Eligible on March 1st

Phase 1B Groups Eligible on March 1st 
1A, School and Childcare Staff as Priority Groups

Release Date: February 26th, 2021

On March 1st, 2021, individuals in phase 1B will become eligible for COVID-19 vaccination across the state. Listed below are the groups who will become eligible for vaccine on March 1st. In alignment with guidance from Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS), individuals eligible in phase 1A, including those aged 65 or older, will be prioritized over groups in phase 1B. Additionally, school and childcare staff will be prioritized before other groups eligible in phase 1B. This is to ensure that those at the highest risk of infection, transmission, and serious illness from COVID-19 are given priority. This means that although an individual may become eligible on March 1st, they may not receive their vaccine until a later time as doses become available. For more information on Phase 1A and 1B eligibility, click here.

The prioritization of school and childcare staff is made easier by the decision of DHS to reserve 25% of their allocation from the federal government for school and childcare staff, which will be distributed over several weeks. Jefferson County Health Department (JCHD), along with other vaccinators in the county, have agreed to administering doses in the manner described above, prioritizing groups in phase 1A, then school and childcare staff. Jefferson County can provide vaccinators with contact information of individuals who should be prioritized to receive vaccine. Vaccinating entities should not proceed with vaccinating other groups in phase 1B, until a larger proportion of those in phase 1A and eligible educators in 1B have been vaccinated. The Jefferson County COVID-19 Testing and Vaccine Task Force meets on a frequent and regular basis to ensure efficient coordination of vaccine administration in Jefferson County. We will continue to administer vaccine safely, efficiently, and in an expedient manner to all eligible individuals, and continue to increase our capacity to do so.

We have seen a significant decrease in the number of new COVID-19 cases confirmed each day and hope to see that trend continue downward. However, with an evolving virus and more transmissible variants in the United States, we are asking the community - including those who have been vaccinated - to continue everyday precautions consistently to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including limiting gatherings, wearing masks, practicing physical distancing, and washing hands frequently.

Those with limited access to technology may call the health department at 920-674-7275 to be placed on a list to have their appointment made by phone. Those who are homebound, require transportation, or face similar barriers should also call the health department at 920-674-7275 or email us any appropriate details and contact information at Spanish-speaking individuals may call 920-674-7213 to speak to someone who can guide them through the process for vaccination.

Stay up to date on vaccine information by visiting the Jefferson County COVID-19 Vaccine Webpage, or the Wisconsin Department of Health Services websites. Jefferson County organizations or individuals who have questions about eligibility can email the Health Department at
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Groups Eligible for Vaccine in Phase 1B on March 1st, 2021
Educators and Child Care

• All staff in regulated child care, public and private school programs, out-of-school time programs, virtual learning support, and community learning center programs.
• All staff in Boys and Girls Clubs and YMCAs.
• All staff in preschool and Head Start through K-12 education settings.
• Faculty and staff in higher education settings who have direct student contact.
Individuals Enrolled in Medicaid Long-Term Care Programs
• Members of Family Care and Family Care Partnership and participants in IRIS: Family Care members and IRIS participants often have underlying conditions that make them more vulnerable to COVID-19.
• Participants in Wisconsin’s Children’s Long-Term Support Waiver and Katie Beckett programs are likewise eligible if they meet age requirements for the vaccine.
Some Public Facing Essential Workers
• 911 operators
• Utility and communications infrastructure
o Workers who cannot socially distance and are responsible for the fundamental processes and facilities that ensure electric, natural gas, steam, water, wastewater, internet, and telecommunications services are built, maintained, generated, distributed, and delivered to customers.
• Public Transit - Drivers who have frequent close contact with members of the public, limited to:
o public and commercial intercity bus transportation services, municipal public transit services
o those employed by specialized transit services for seniors, disabled persons, and low-income persons
• Food Supply Chain
o Agricultural production workers, such as farm owners and other farm employees.
o Critical workers who provide on-site support to multiple agricultural operations, such as livestock breeding and insemination providers, farm labor contractors, crop support providers, and livestock veterinarians.
o Food production workers, such as dairy plant employees, fruit and vegetable processing plant employees, and animal slaughtering and processing employees.
o Retail food workers, such as employees at grocery stores, convenience stores, and gas stations that also sell groceries. Restaurant workers will not be eligible in phase 1B.
o Hunger relief personnel, including people involved in charitable food distribution, community food and housing providers, social services employees who are involved in food distribution, and emergency relief workers.
Non-Frontline Essential Health Care Personnel
Wisconsin’s State Disaster Medical Advisory Committee (SDMAC) defines non-frontline essential health care personnel as personnel who are not involved in direct patient care but are essential for health system infrastructure. These staff are often affiliated with hospitals, but non-hospital employee non-frontline employees are also included.
Categories of non-frontline essential health care personnel job titles and settings include:
• Public health
• Emergency management
• Cyber security
• Health care critical supply chain functions, including the production, manufacturing, and distribution of vaccine
• Support roles, such as cleaning, HVAC, and refrigeration, critical to health system function
Congregate Living Facility Staff and Residents
Staff and residents of congregate living facilities. Some settings in this group may be non-voluntary or provide services to marginalized populations - meaning residents do not have the resources or choice to mitigate exposure. According to SDMAC’s guidance, congregate living facility staff and residents include those living or working in:
• Employer-based housing: Housing provided by an employer for three or more unrelated individuals that share bedrooms.
• Housing serving the elderly or people with disabilities: Residents of housing that meets the definitions of an adult family home, independent living apartments, community-based residential facility, residential care complex, state center for the disabled, mental health institute, and county-based center for the disabled.
• Shelters: Shelter provided to those who are homeless and/or in need of protection (for example, domestic violence shelters).
• Transitional housing: A project that is designed to provide housing and appropriate supportive services to homeless persons to facilitate movement to independent living when such facilities include shared bedrooms.
• Incarcerated individuals: Individuals in jails, prisons, and mental health institutes.

Survey Link for Phase 1B businesses, employers, and individuals: 

Survey Link for individuals aged 65 or older: 


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December 03, 2020 NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING: Jefferson County Comprehensive Plan and Farmland Preservation Plan Public Hearing

Jefferson County 



ROOM 201      PHONE 920-674-7130     FAX 920-674-7525 


Jefferson County Comprehensive Plan and Farmland Preservation Plan Public Hearing 

Please be advised that Jefferson County will be convening a public hearing in regards to the draft versions of the County Comprehensive Plan and Farmland Preservation Plan (Agricultural Preservation and Land Use Plan). The public hearing will be held virtually on Zoom and in-person at the County Board Room (Room 205) of the Jefferson County Courthouse at 311 S. Center Ave, Jefferson on December 8th

Jefferson County Board of Supervisors Public Hearing

December 8th – 7:00 p.m.

In-Person: Room 205 Jefferson County Courthouse, Webinar 

Register in advance to attend via webinar:

 After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

 A decision on the draft plans will not occur on December 8th. The Planning and Zoning Committee and Executive Committee will review the draft plans and provide a recommendation to the County Board of Supervisors on December 30th.

 The purpose of this hearing is to gather public comments on the Jefferson County Comprehensive Plan and Agricultural Preservation and Land Use Plans.

 Digital versions of each plan are available online at the project website:

 Information on these plans, as well as the current plans, are available for review at the Jefferson County Planning and Zoning Department, Room 201 in the Jefferson County Courthouse, during normal business hours. Comments will be accepted at this meeting, or may be submitted to Paul Chellevold by email ( through November 25th, 2020. For more information regarding this public hearing or the draft plans please contact the Planning and Zoning Department at 920-674-7131.

 All interested parties will be heard.

 Matt Zangl
Director of Planning and Zoning
Jefferson County

November 17, 2020 Hunger & Homeless Awareness Week

Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week which takes place November 15th- 23rd, 2020.  Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week is an annual movement to bring people together across the country to draw attention to issues surrounding hunger and homelessness.

In the state of Wisconsin in 2018, on average 8 people were homeless per 10,000 people in the general population.  In Jefferson County, there are approximately 530 people who are homeless and an additional 1,400 people who are doubling up or living in substandard housing.

Here is how you can help:

  1. Donate money to the Hunger and Homelessness Donation Drive organized by the Jefferson County Health Department and Human Services using Paypal. These donations will be used to purchase lodging, gas, food, personal essentials, and other necessary items by case workers for people seeking services at the county.
  1. Contact your local food pantry to see what food donations they currently need and donate. For a listing of food pantries go here: Jefferson County Food Pantry Coalition
  2. Volunteer for Ruby’s Food Pantry in Jefferson, WI every 3rd Wednesdays of the month:
  3. Donate to the Fort Atkinson Homeless Coalition, Tel (920) 387-2063
  4. For people who need housing or access to food contact:
    1. Community Action Coalition Tel (920) 262-9667
    2. Call 211 for community resources
    3. Jefferson County Human Services for mental health and substance use services Tel (920) 674-3105
November 11, 2020 Regional Meeting Scheduled - Input Needed! Subject: Jefferson County Comprehensive Plan and Agricultural Preservation and Land Use Plan - Upcoming Virtual and Public Regional Meeting, Community Input Needed

Jefferson County is continuing to develop its 10-year update of the County Comprehensive Plan and Agricultural Preservation and Land Use Plan. The planning process is built from community input and a regional meeting will be held to gain input from residents about the desired future of Jefferson County. You are invited to participate in this virtual and in-person engagement opportunity to provide direct input on plan materials and recommendations.

Wednesday, November 11th – 4:30-6:00 p.m.
(This is both an in-person and virtual ZOOM meeting – see instructions below)

Wednesday, November 11th – 4:30-6:00 p.m.
(In-person and Virtual) at Jefferson County Courthouse, 311 S. Center Avenue, Board Room 205, Jefferson, WI

* In-person meetings will strictly adhere to the COVID-19 Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines for sanitation, social distancing, and gathering requirements.
To join the VIRTUAL MEETING please use the following link and password or use the phone number to connect via phone.…

Phone: +1 312 626 6799

Webinar ID: 959 6662 7676 Password: 396573

To join the IN-PERSON MEETING, come to the Jefferson County Courthouse between 4:30 and 6:00 p.m. to participate.
Participants will be invited to provide feedback that will guide the content of final plans. Staff will be available to answer any questions.

We look forward to seeing you at one of the upcoming meetings. Thank you for your participation!

Please reach out to Matt Zangl, Director – Planning and Zoning at 920-674-8638 for more information.

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October 05, 2020 Health Alert


Jefferson County is currently experiencing significant and uncontrolled spread of COVID-19 in our communities. We have seen a rapid increase in the number of daily new cases in past weeks, and the number of cases continues to accelerate upwards. Our capacity for testing, case investigation, and contact tracing to effectively identify and control the spread of the virus has become increasingly strained.

Our goal remains to contact all confirmed cases within 24 hours of being reported to the health department, but due to the current surge in cases and our capacity, we are not able to consistently meet this objective.
At this time, we will no longer be calling those individuals who are close contacts of a positive case. We will now ask positively confirmed individuals to notify their close contacts of their exposure to COVID-19.


Currently, test results are taking up to 5-7 days. To keep our community safe, we ask you to remain isolated while awaiting your test results. You will be notified of ALL results, positive or negative, by your healthcare provider or testing facility.

If you have tested positive, we need you to do the following:

• Stay home and isolate for a minimum of 10 days after symptom onset. If you did not have symptoms and were tested, remain isolated for 10 days from the date of testing. For detailed instructions go to :

• Notify your employer.

• Notify your close contacts asking them to quarantine for 14 days from the last day of contact with you.

The Public Health Guidelines we know to be effective in reducing the spread of COVID-19 remain unchanged. We are urging the community to follow these guidelines to reduce the further spread of COVID-19 in our community.
• Stay home, wear a face covering, and maintain physical distance from others (at least 6 feet) Stay at home as much as possible and especially if you are sick. Cancel events and avoid groups, gatherings, play dates, and nonessential appointments.

• Avoid unnecessary activities and travel within the community that puts you in contact with others and stay away from group gatherings. Cases are resulting from a variety of situations in which people move about the community and gather, including parties, reunions, weddings, places of work and school.
Please see the Jefferson County websites for additional information and resources:

August 11, 2020 ELECTION RESULTS
July 14, 2020 Jefferson County Board Meeting  | July 14, 2020

Fair Park Activity Center
503 N. Jackson Avenue
Jefferson, WI 53549 

The public is invited to watch tonight’s meeting on YouTube Livestream or attend the meeting at the Jefferson County Fair Park Activity Center. We expect a capacity audience tonight.

If you watch the meeting on YouTube and would like to participate in the public comment portion of the meeting remotely you can register below using Zoom. Please note there is a delay between YouTube and the live meeting.

Please note:
This registration is for public comment participants only. The meeting can only be viewed on YouTube.

Register in advance to participate in Public Comment:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

June 19, 2020 Jefferson County Press Release - Health Officer Ordinance
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May 28, 2020 Southern Housing Region CDBG Housing Program Public Notice & Environmental Report
Southern Housing Region CDBG Housing Program Public Notice & Environmental Report

April 01, 2020 Clean Sweep Events Canceled
Events Canceled
March 30, 2020 Election Information
March 30, 2020 City of Lake Mills - Ballot Error

To the City of Lake Mills voters in County Board Supervisor, District 13:

Ed Morse’s name was erroneously left on your ballot.  He filed a notification of non-candidacy and is not running for this office. 

Anita J. Martin is the correct candidate for County Board Supervisor District 13.

We apologize for any confusion this may cause.

Click HERE to read the Article in the Lake Mills Leader

March 13, 2020 COVID-19 Updates from Jefferson County
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January 17, 2020 Focus Group Participants Needed
January 01, 2020 2020 Adopted Budget
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