Friday, March 20

4 p.m.

Anderson Park Friends, Inc. announced via email release Friday, March 20, that all Anderson Farm County Park events are canceled until May 1.

3 p.m.

Public Health Madison and Dane County has announced 32 people have tested positive for COVID-19.

A PHMDC news release states all commercial labs are able to process COVID-19 tests, and the number of them is rising daily.

It states the rapid change in numbers doesn't necessarily indicate that illness is spreading exponentially.

To further prevent the spread of COVID-19, PHMDC is continuing to conduct investigations to identify people who were in close contact with others who have tested positive for the disease.

Monday, March 16

10 a.m.

The Oregon Public Library will close at 5 p.m. Monday, March 16, due to lack of available staff until further notice.

Library director Jennifer Endres way told the Observer in a press release the decision to close was not made lightly. But, staff will evaluate the situation daily.

During the closure, we will be extending due dates for any items currently checked out at Oregon Public Library, the release states. Items can also be renewed online at

If you incurred any late fees on your account in March related to staying home because of COVID-19, notify library staff and they will be waived.

Sunday, March 15

2:30 p.m.

The Oregon Area Senior Center will be providing only essential services starting on Monday, March 16.

Essential services include home delivered meals, meals to go, case management and transportation. All other activities will be suspended.

There will be no exercise classes, social events, wellness activities or meetings held at the senior center until further notice. For information, call the senior center at at 835-5801.

Friday, March 13

4:45 p.m.

Gov. Tony Evers, with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, has ordered the closure of private and public Wisconsin schools effective Wednesday, March 18.

In a DHS statement issued Friday, March 13, the same day the department confirmed COVID-19 cases rose to 19 in the state, schools are slated to open April 6.

But that date is subject to change pending further information, the statement reads.

According to the statement, closure is a reasonable and necessary step to prevent suppress and control COVID-19.

The order, according to the statement, doesn’t prevent a school from providing virtual instruction to pupils.

4:04 p.m. 

The state Department of Corrections has suspended all visits, including outside visits to all Department of Corrections institutions, including the Oregon Correctional Center. 

"We will be actively looking into expanding the methods of communication we use during the time visits are suspended," a press release from the department stated. 

The release said the professional visits would continue but the institutions would use "phone calls and video conferences/visits, or non-contact visits" whenever possible.

3:10 p.m.

The Oregon Area/Fire EMS District has announced in a news release it is suspending all public education events, station tours and public reservations until further notice Friday, March 13.

Safety officials, according to the release, will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation in partnership with the Department of Public Health and Dane County Emergency Management.

10:47 a.m.

Jennifer Endres Way, Oregon Public Library director, told the Observer in an email all library programs and outreach are postponed for the next two weeks.

From Friday, March 13 to Friday, March 27, she said the events are being moved as a precautionary measure to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

9:17 a.m.

Firefly Coffeehouse and Artisan Cheese has canceled its monthly open mic night, scheduled for Friday, March 13.

Owner Jeanne Carpenter confirmed the cancellation is help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

8:45 a.m.

The WIAA girls basketball tournament in Green Bay has been canceled.

OHS was set to appear for the first time in 40 years. Ticket refunds will be issued from the high school main office through next week from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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8:30 a.m.

The Oregon Area Historical Society has postponed its annual meeting, which had been scheduled for Sunday, March 29.

Thursday, March 12

4 p.m.

Oregon High School is cancelling any events that draw large crowds, effective Thursday, March 12.

According to a news release, OHS is cancelling parent teacher conferences that were scheduled for tonight. Next week’s band and orchestra concerts are canceled as well, the release states.

2:51 p.m.

Oregon Municipal Court told the Observer in a statement it will continue its normal operations.

But if a member of the public has an appearance scheduled at court, and would like to reschedule, they are encouraged to call 835-2206, the statement reads.

People are also able to appear by telephone in court. Call the above number at least 48 hours prior to your appearance.

"We will do our best to wipe down surfaces and keep the court room as clean as possible," the statement reads. "We will also increase the space between people in court."

1:50 p.m.

Kettle Park Senior Living told the Observer it is on lock down, amidst other facilities in the area.

1:25 p.m.

Library director Jennifer Endres Way told the Observer there are not yet any cancellations or events postponed at the Oregon Public Library.

But she said staff will continue to monitor the situation and take action as necessary.

1:23 p.m.

Village president Jeanne Carpenter told the Observer the Oregon Village Board is in talks with Dane County and state officials on how it will tackle the spread of COVID-19.

She said trustees will update the public and discuss strategies for preventing the spread at its Monday, March 16, meeting.

1:15 p.m.

Sienna Meadows has confirmed with the Observer the memory care facility is on lock down.

The efforts are to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, as the World Health Organization declared the virus a pandemic Wednesday, March 10.

Wednesday, March 11

6:37 p.m.

The Oregon Area Food Pantry announced via its Facebook page its plan to remain open, amidst the COVID-19 outbreak.

The pantry said it will remain operational during its usual hours from 9-11 a.m. Tuesdays and 4-7 p.m. every second and last Thursday of the month.

"Please share on your pages and help us spread the word to those folks in need, especially those who may not have needed us," the post reads. "We are here for those in the Oregon School District.

Reporters at the Observer have reached out to local entities to find new developments on COVID-19 in the area, as well as canceled or postponed events and services.

If you have any updates, please email

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