FRIDAY 5/15/2020 2:03 p.m.

BROWN COUNTY, Wis. (WFRV) – A previously-issued order by Brown County Public Health Officer Anna Destree extending the Safer at Home order within the county has been rescinded, effective immediately.

During a Friday briefing, Destree said that, following further research and consultation with legal counsel, officials determined the order was no supported strongly enough. David Hemery, legal counsel to the county, says he did not believe that the order could be defended as reasonable and necessary if taken to court. He emphasized that as people come in and out of the county, it is difficult to mandate an order when neighboring counties are open.

Without a statewide order, Hemery says that the county-level order is less effective and may not be considered reasonable. He goes on to say that he believes the only appropriate action should take place on the state or federal level.

The order was issued hours after the State Supreme Court struck down Gov. Tony Evers’ Safer at Home order. It essentially extended all restrictions from the Safer at Home order to May 20 within Brown County.

Destree explains that without state guidance on how to respond to the coronavirus, it makes it difficult to issue orders such as this.

“Just because the order goes away, doesn’t mean the virus stops,” Destree said during a Friday briefing.

Now, Destree is encouraging businesses, individuals, and organizations to continue adhering to best practices outlined by WEDC, DHS, and the CDC to slow the spread of the virus within the county. Brown County Executive Troy Streckenbach is encouraging those that do not feel comfortable opening to wait until they do feel comfortable.

“I want to reiterate that the health and safety of the public is my top priority,” says Streckenbach. “All Brown County businesses should follow CDC guidelines for social distancing and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation’s business reopening guidelines.”

There is no word yet on what other counties which issued similar order are doing at this time.

Original Story: Brown County enacts own safer-at-home order following court ruling

WEDNESDAY 5/13/2020 9:19 p.m.

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) – Brown County Health Officer Anna Destree has reinstated previous orders issued in Wisconsin following a state Supreme Court ruling on the safer-at-home extension.

According to Destree, “An easily transmittable communicable disease known as COVID-19 is currently present in Brown County, Wisconsin, has achieved Pandemic status and continues to spread throughout the County, State, and Nation.”

She goes on to say that she finds “it is necessary to immediately take measures to prevent, suppress and control this disease in order to protect the health and well being of individuals in Brown County.”

Under the order, all guidelines outlined under Emergency Orders 28, 34, and 36 previously issued by Secretary-designee Andrea Palm of the Wisconsin Department of Health Services apply in Brown County.

Anyone who violates the Brown County order could be punished by a fine of up to $500 as well as any other applicable penalty under state statutes. The order is set to expire on Wednesday, May 20.

“This virus knows no boundaries, including county lines, and the most effective way to prevent, control, and suppress COVID-19 is for State Officials and the State Legislature to work together and implement a State-Wide approach,” Destree added. She continues that this order is necessary and “it would be irresponsible to do otherwise given the high number of positive cases found in Brown County.”

During a Wednesday briefing, Brown County Public Health Public Information Officer Claire Paprocki announced that Brown County’s confirmed case total is now at 1,971, up from 1,959 on Tuesday.

The Brown County Sheriff’s Office, as well as other law enforcement agencies, state they are
requesting voluntary compliance with this order for the safety and health of everyone in
the community.