Closings and Cancellations

ADRC classes and events scheduled in all three counties are suspended until further notice. Nutrition and transportation services vary between counties-please see below.

Our ADRC offices are not providing face-to-face appointments at this time. 
Please note we are available for phone and e-mail contacts. For help and support, call Barron County (Barron Office) 715-537-6225, Rusk County (Ladysmith Office) 715-532-2176 or Washburn County (Spooner Office) 715-635-4460 or use our Contact Us form. 

Barron County Programs and Events
Program areas have been impacted as follows:
Senior Nutrition Program:  
  • Barron County Grab and Go Lunch-click here for information 
  • Meals on Wheels will continue as usual. Please plan ahead for potential future disruption in Meals on Wheels service.
  • No breakfast will be served at the Rice Lake Senior Center, and there is no “Grab & Go” option.
  • Soup & Salad Bar events at Barron, Cumberland, Rice Lake and Chetek are suspended.  
  • Dining at Five are suspended.
AddLIFE Transportation
  • Specialized transportation services continue at this time. We will reach out to those scheduled for non-essential trips to determine the necessity of these trips and act accordingly.  
Barron County Public Health wants to keep the community informed as to what is happening and how best to protect themselves and the community from COVID-19. Please share these as needed.
More Barron County Information

Rusk County Nutrition Program

Effective Wednesday March 18th, dine-in meals at all four Rusk County congregate locations, including Dining at 5, were closed to the public. If you are in desperate need of a meal and have no other option for getting one, please contact your site manager directly or Kathy Walthers at the ADRC (715) 532-2176.

Meals on Wheels continues as usual. 
  • Please plan ahead for potential future disruption in Meals on Wheels service. 
  • If you are sick, please understand that we will still be delivering to you but ask that you please meet us at your door for delivery.
  • No hot meals will be provided for the week of April 20-24, 2020 to Meals on Wheels participants. Other arrangements have been made to make accommodations for this week.
No breakfast will be served at the Sheldon Center on April 3rd.

Washburn County Programs and Events

Meals on Wheels deliveries throughout Washburn County continue for now, but the Washburn County Nutrition program will be making changes to the program in the near future. Shelf stable meals will be delivered to current participants. Please read this press release for complete details.

Starting Friday, March 27, Washburn County will not be transporting people with the RSVP transportation program until further notice.

In response to the CDC guidelines and recommendations Washburn County Unit on Aging has:
  • Suspended all senior center activities at our meal sites in Spooner, Shell Lake, Birchwood, and Minong until further notice. The centers will remain closed to the public until services are resumed.  
  • Congregate meals, the meals served at these senior centers, are suspended until further notice. If a participant requires a meal, they should contact our office to arrange for Home Delivered Meals, also known as Meals on Wheels delivery.    
  • The Rise N’ Dine breakfast, which was served at Economart in Spooner, is suspended as part of the Washburn County Unit on Aging nutrition program. Economart deli will remain open, but food will not be served as part of the senior Rise N’ Dine program.   

Other Service Providers

Given the evolving situation of the COVID 19 virus, we recommend you contact agencies and service providers directly to learn how their service delivery may be altered during this time.


CDC Recommendations

The ADRC encourages everyone to follow the Center for Disease Control (CDC) safety recommendations as they evolve. You can find information at  The 211 response line is also prepared to field general questions about the COVID-19 situation. They are up to date on all statewide information.

The CDC has identified those over age 60 and people with serious chronic medical conditions like diabetes, heart, lung, or kidney disease are at higher risk for a more serious COVID-19 illness. The CDC recommends that if you are at higher risk of more serious illness from COVID-19 because of any of these factors, it is especially important for you to take actions to reduce your risk of getting sick with the disease. They recommend you:

  • stock up on supplies
  • take everyday precautions to keep space between yourself and others
  • keep away from others who are sick when you go out in public, limit close contact, and wash your hands often
  • avoid crowds as much as possible
  • stay home as much as possible to reduce your risk of being exposed during a COVID-19 outbreak in your community

If you are experiencing symptoms, please contact your health provider. This is an ever-changing situation and we will continue to monitor and evaluate the best ways to meet the community needs while addressing all safety concerns. For general agency questions, please contact Jennifer Jako at 715-537-6225 or jennifer.jako@co.barron.wi.usThank you for your understanding.

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