THREE LAKES - Healthcare workers are at the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic and right now more of them are beginning to stay away from their own families to keep them safe.
In Three Lakes, Peyer's Paradise Resort" wants to help them do that.
Things are quiet for now here at some of the cabins, but things are expected to pick up as the coronavirus spreads.
"We've got cabins," said Peyer's Paradise Resort Owners Jodi and Randy Peyer. "We've got 6 cabins and then a 4-bedroom house that are pretty much empty this time of the year. So we thought, why not, we saw on the news that people in other communities are helping out."
RHINELANDER - Three people have tested positive for coronavirus in Oneida County. One of those people, an elderly man, was a resident at Rennes Assisted Living Center in Rhinelander. That patient is currently in isolation at another health care facility.
Meanwhile, the staff at Rennes are doing everything they can to keep their residents safe. Public information officer Vikki Baumler said workers have stepped up in a big way the last few weeks.
"It's a fearful time for everyone. We'd be remised to say no one's afraid at all," said Baumler. "We've been really impressed how everyone is coming together, focusing on residents and jumping in to do whatever they can."
SEVENTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT - Tricia Zunker, the Democratic nominee for the WI-07 special election currently scheduled for May 12, is calling for both the Wisconsin spring election and special election to be switched to all-mail elections. The change would expand voting access, while ensuring no one has to risk their health or safety in order to vote.
"I believe to protect the health of everyone and to ensure access to voting, both the April 7 and May 12 elections should be moved to all-mail elections, with all ballots due on May 26," said Tricia Zunker. "I urge my opponent Tom Tiffany and the state legislature to put partisan games aside and support legislation that ensures the right of all Wisconsinites to safely vote. No one should have to risk their health or safety to have their voice heard at the ballot box."
RHINELANDER - With schools closed, teachers can't have face-to-face interaction with their students for now. One local resource officer was missing that connection too, so he found another way to reach out to the kids he's used to seeing every day.
Deputy Michael Baran oversees the four elementary schools in the Rhinelander district.
"I kind of bounce throughout the schools and try to stop in the classrooms as much as I can," said Baran. "I'm in there helping kids read books or work on their math problems."
To continue that tradition, Baran posted a video of himself online reading a popular children's book so students could read along at home. The idea came from Crescent Elementary School principal Gayle Daniel, who saw Baran as the perfect host for a virtual story time.
"Michael is such an important part of our school community," said Daniel. "Having parents read stories, older siblings, family members… It's really important that they are read to and that they also read."
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