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Superior, Douglas Co. declare State of Emergency, share plans amid COVID-19 pandemic

SUPERIOR, WI -- Douglas County and Superior both declared temporary state of emergencies Monday amid the COVID-19 pandemic, with both governmental bodies expected to vote on formal requests this week.

During a joint news conference Monday afternon, Mayor Jim Paine and Douglas County Board Chair Mark Liebaert said a number of city and county buildings will be closing to the public, however city and county services will still be available.

Officials also urged residents to vote absentee ahead of the April primary. Early voting begins Wednesday.

Paine urged residents to "relax", saying the steps the city is taking are to prevent or minimize a potental crisis.

With spring break happening this week, Superior Schools Superintendent Amy Starzecki said she has asked staff to work from home.

School officials are also prepping for long distance learning. Starzecki says they working to provide access to technology needed by students.

The school district will also provide food service next week by the way of mobile sites across the city. .

Briggs LeSavage

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