CITY RESPONSE TO CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

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The City of Oshkosh is closely monitoring the Novel Coronavirus, also known as the COVID-19 outbreak. As our residents feel the impact of COVID-19, the City of Oshkosh’s top priority is the health, safety and welfare of our community.

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Public Health Updates

For current information from Winnebago County, visit https://bit.ly/2YjuEZy or view the current COVID-19 Data Dashboard at https://bit.ly/2ziG7Qm

Winnebago County Health Department COVID-19 Hotline: 920-232-3026 - Contact 211 For Non-Medical Questions - Text COVID19 to 211-211 / Call 211 / Visit 211 Website

Reopening Guidance is provided by Winnebago County at https://bit.ly/2YFcX6G.

For the latest information from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) regarding COVID-19, please visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Click here to read the March 12, 2020 Ordinance Declaring a State of Emergency for the City of Oshkosh, and click here for the March 2020 Council Ord. 20-103 Emergency Declaration.

City Service Updates

Click here for details about virtual participation at public meetings.

Online Services available from the City of Oshkosh

Assessor:

City Attorney:

  • All City of Oshkosh initial appearances for traffic citations, inspection citations, juvenile citations, and forfeitures are currently being held by the Court via remote participation. The citation contains instructions on how to appear remotely. If you have any specific concerns regarding remote participation, please contact the Winnebago County Clerk of Courts at 920-236-4848.
  • The City Attorney’s Office does not receive your case file, and cannot speak with you about your case, until after you have made an initial appearance. If you want to dispute your citation, you must appear at your scheduled initial appearance or alternatively, enter a written not guilty plea. To enter a written not guilty plea follow the instructions on your citation.
  • If you have already made your initial appearance and would like to talk to a prosecutor prior to your pre-trial conference, please contact the City Attorney’s office at 920-236-5115. Our office is able to discuss cases via phone, e-mail, or mail, but due to social distancing guidelines, we are not accepting in person meetings at this time.

City Clerk:

City Hall:

  • City Hall is currently closed to the public due to a recent rise in COVID-19 activity in Winnebago County. Individuals are encouraged to use the city’s online services page to conduct business, or contact staff via phone or email for assistance.
  • Residents may make payments using online services, and may also use the drop box in front of city hall to submit payments.
  • Public meetings, including all Oshkosh Common Council, Board and Commission meetings are being held in virtual format. There will not be an in-person option available. Remote participation will continue to be in effect during the period of emergency as declared by the Common Council. Those wishing to make comments at meetings will have the option to participate via telephone or videoconference platforms. Information on how to join will be posted on the top of the meeting agenda. Individuals may also submit written comments that can be sent via U.S. Mail, via email to the City Manager’s office at citymgr@ci.oshkosh.wi.us, or may be placed in the secure City Hall drop box located in the front of the building at 215 Church Avenue.

Dog and Cat Licenses:

  • Dog and cat licenses information here.

GO Transit:

  • Hand sanitizer stations are available in every bus.
  • Face coverings are required
  • Permanent driver/passenger barriers are installed in each bus.
  • Contactless Fare Payment is Available via the Token Transit app.
  • All buses and high contact surfaces are sanitized at least daily
  • ProActive air purification systems are installed on 4 buses and are on order for the remainder of the fleet
  • Visit the GO Transit Facebook page for the latest updates.

Human Resources:

  • Current job openings, and instructions on how to apply, are available here.
  • Volunteer opportunities application form is available here.

Inspection Services:

  • Inspection Services - Applications for Online Permits are available. The COVID-19 Building Inspection Division Policy is available here. For additional information, call (920) 236-5050.

Oshkosh Media:

  • Oshkosh Media – Currently closed to the public. Programming is being accepted electronically.
  • For more information, please visit the Oshkosh Media website and Facebook page.

Oshkosh Public Library:

  • The Library is in its phased reopening plan. Computer access is available by appointment. Please find the details here.
  • Patrons can continue to place holds on library materials at oshkoshpubliclibrary.org or call 920-236-5205 (Information Services) or 920-236-5208 (Children's and Family Outreach).
  • Carryout service is available. This service allows cardholders to come into the library’s main lobby during business hours and check out the materials they have placed on hold. As an added convenience, no appointment is necessary. To access carryout, OPL cardholders can log into their accounts online at oshkoshpubliclibrary.org to place their holds or call 236-5205. A notification will be sent out when materials are available for carryout.
  • Staff are available to answer questions via phone, email and chat during regular library hours. A full menu of online resources for reading, learning and entertainment is available at https://www.oshkoshpubliclibrary.org/
  • Because items owned by Oshkosh will be checked in first, materials from other libraries may continue to appear on patrons' accounts after they are returned.
  • On July 30, the Oshkosh Public Library Board of Trustees voted to approve a measure that will discontinue the collection of most fines and remove past fines from patrons’ library cards, starting in early August.
  • The library will continue to quarantine materials for 72 hours after they are returned so wait times may be longer than usual. No fines are assessed while materials are quarantined.
  • The library is accepting returns of library materials to the drop boxes on Mount Vernon Street. The library building has been sanitized as recommended by CDC guidelines.
  • A summary of current library services is available here.

Oshkosh Public Museum:

  • Masks are required to enter the Museum.
  • Public hand sanitizers will be available on each floor, near the elevator, and at the front desk.
  • The front desk has Plexiglas shields in place.
  • The number of people in the store will be managed.
  • All in-person programs are canceled and will be reassessed when they will resume.
  • All receptions and other types of public gatherings are canceled.
  • The Lecture Room will not be available for rent.
  • The Museum will limit the number of people in the building to no more than 40 at any one time, tracked and managed by front desk staff.
  • Full details about cleaning procedures in place can be found on the Museum’s Covid-19 webpage.

Oshkosh Seniors Center:

  • The Current newsletter can be found on the Seniors Center webpage, along with other service updates. You may call (920) 232-5300 for special concerns or information.
  • The Oshkosh Seniors Center is open for limited services, cautiously expanding indoor programming. Services currently include Connect through Tech classes, exercise in the Fox Fitness Center, exercise classes, nail care, and other programs. Entrance to the building will be given to those that are pre-registered for a class, nail care, or the Fox Fitness Center. Unfortunately, there will still be no “drop-ins” allowed.

Parks Department:

  • Open facilities include: playgrounds, basketball courts, athletic fields, trails, horseshoe pits, the skate park and disc golf at Red Arrow Park and basketball. Restrooms are closed seasonally from mid-October through mid-April.
  • Many services, such as park shelter reservations, boat launch permits and special event applications, can be done online.
  • For additional information, visit their website or call (920) 236-5080.

Payments:

  • Payments may be made online, by mail, and by using the drop box at the main entrance of City Hall. Payments may be made in-person, but other methods are encouraged.

Community Updates

Eviction Information for Landlords and Tenants:

Wisconsin Rental Assistance Program (W.R.A.P.)

  • Information is available here
  • Call ADVOCAP at (920) 426-0150 to apply

Temporary Outdoor Seating:

Wisconsin Restaurant Promise:

COVID-19 Business Resources

City of Oshkosh and GO-EDC Emergency Response Loan Program