The Oneida County Labor Relations Employee Services Department announced that starting at 8 a.m. Wednesday, March 25, until 8 a.m. Friday, April 24, all Oneida County offices/departments will be closed per Gov. Tony Evers’ “Safer at Home” order issued Tuesday. 

According to a press release from the department, Oneida County is still providing essential and critical services during this time of social distancing to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Lisa Charbarneau, Oneida County human resources director and administrative coordinator, said services will continue to be provided by the county, with some employees working from home. 

While the courthouse is not open to the public, a list of email addresses and phone numbers is located on the doors at the courthouse in Rhinelander and on the county website. Charbarneau noted that essential services are still being provided.

“The building is open to employees for courts (instructions for public is posted on door No. 12) and some essential services including Social Services, ADRC, public health and law enforcement. They are all still operational,” said Charbarneau. 

She said customers can find additional information about services and contact information by visiting the county website at co.oneida.wi.gov.

Meanwhile, all Vilas County offices/departments are open and staffed, but are closed to public access, according to David Alleman, Vilas County clerk/ administrative coordinator.

Vilas County Courthouse hours remain at 8 a.m. to  4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, except holidays.  

“At present, most if not all public services (permitting, licenses, filings, information, etc.) are being provided by electronic means and snail mail,” wrote Alleman in an email. “The public should not come to the courthouse or any other county office without a previously scheduled appointment. The public should call (715) 479-3600 or they may access the Vilas County website at vilascountywi.gov.”

Alleman said if committee meetings occur, the agenda will contain instructions for public participation via phone conferencing.  

“Committee meetings will be held in larger conference areas to permit social distancing, and the public will be allowed physical access to attend those meetings,” wrote Alleman.