Photo gallery: Gazette photographers share images of how Rock and Walworth counties are adjusting in a time of uncertainty.
Simple Scissors Salon owner Rachel Teubert wears a mask while practicing on her mother, Ann Toebaas, as the salon staff spent Wednesday afternoon preparing for their reopening Tuesday.
Nathan and Dorothy Lewis are joined by Nathan's sister and a friend during their wedding Wednesday at Beckman Mill County Park west of Beloit. Court Commissioner Stephen Meyer performed a series of weddings.
Immediate family of Frieda Lubkeman stand during a celebration of life ceremony outside St. Mark Lutheran Church in Janesville on Wednesday. To avoid spreading the coronavirus, other attendees listened to a live radio broadcast of the ceremony inside their vehicles.
Janesville’s Rockport Pool is empty, and the road to the pool is blocked by barricades. City officials say it will remain closed all summer along with the wading pool at Palmer Park.
Milton 'Woody' Woodman, left, smiles while speaking to his youngest daughter, Sue Matzke, through a window Friday at Willowick Assisted Living in Janesville.
Customer Bill Hermas is rung up by a clerk standing behind a clear barrier Thursday, May 21, 2020, at Ace Hardware in Milton.
People stand and eat outside Speedo’s Harborside Pub and Grill in downtown Lake Geneva on Saturday.
Abigale Greenwald, an Elkhorn Area High School senior, stands outside of Holton Manor on Friday in Elkhorn.
Members of the Wisconsin National Guard prepare for the start of COVID-19 testing at a drive-through site at Krueger Park in Beloit on Friday. The site was one of two COVID-19 community testing locations.
Face masks are distributed Thursday, May 14, 2020, at Traxler Park in Janesville.
A Slicks Bar & Grill customer who declined to give his name smokes a cigarette Thursday outside of the Janesville establishment. 'If you want to enter, enter at your own risk. None of us are worried about it,' he said.
Autumn Hollenstein prepares food for to-go orders Saturday, May 9, 2020, at Luke's Deli in Janesville.
Customers pick up a to-go order from a window on the side of the restaurant Saturday, May 9, 2020, at Luke’s Deli in Janesville.
The Conway family plays music in their backyard for an audience of Facebook Live viewers Saturday, May 9, 2020, in Edgerton.
Kaelyn Duesterbeck, a registered nurse at Mercyhealth, stands for a photo Friday inside the drive-through COVID-19 testing facility at Mercyhealth North in Janesville. She wears a head covering, mask, face shield and full-body protective gear to protect herself from the virus.
Certified medical assistant Amanda Johnson waves at people who came to pray in their cars as they circled the hospital Thursday, May 7, 2020, at SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital-Janesville. Johnson works at the drive-thru screening area for COVID-19 testing.
Furloughed employees from Van Galder Bus drive their decorated vehicles past the company's Janesville headquarters Wednesday to show their support for management and their co-workers.
Lynn Dahleen stresses to a customer that she has been using hand sanitizer as they exchange money for spinach during the first Janesville Farmers Market of the season Saturday.
Janesville Mall General Manager Julie Cubbage walks toward the north end of the mall while giving a tour. Though some mall stores have a few staff taking inventory and servicing online sales, many stores have been idled more than 40 days.
The store owner for Zumiez at the Janesville Mall closes the gate as he enters Thursday. A few mall stores have staff taking inventory and servicing online sales, but many of the mall’s stores have been closed for more than 40 days.
Monroe Elementary School first grade teacher Jessica Hassinger, right, gives an air high-five to Marley Jagodinski, one of her students, on Friday, May 1, 2020, in Janesville. 'I wish I could hug you,' Hassinger said.
Court interpreter Saul Arteaga raises his hand to take an oath before interpreting court proceedings in Spanish over the phone Thursday at Southern Wisconsin Interpreting & Translation Services in Delavan.
Rotary Botanical Gardens are closed, but workers maintain the grounds Tuesday. Executive Director Becky Kronberg said staff members are working with extra safety precautions. 'We’re maintaining a living garden. Work doesn’t stop,' Kronberg said.
Steve Case’s son Craig Case milks cows in the milking parlor Saturday, April 25, 2020, in Footville.
Steve Case and his wife, Liz, have been milking cows near Footville for the past 48 years. They’ve been joined by their son, Craig, and their grandson, Tyler.
Mark Neumueller swings off the 12th tee while golfing at Riverside Golf Course on Friday, April 24. Though the Safer at Home Order by Gov. Evers was extended until May 26, the re-opening of golf courses were allowed to proceed with additional safety guidelines and social distancing.
A customer exits Virks Liquor on Wednesday on West Court Street in Janesville. The store has one of the few drive-up windows in the city. Local liquor stores are among businesses considered essential during the state's shutdown for the COVID-19 pandemic. How essential? Ask the guy standing next to the 6-foot stack of wine-in-a-box.
Riley Hamilton talks on the phone while browsing Wednesday at Grain N Grape liquor store in Janesville.
Raina Villarreal, who works as intake staff at the Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin, does routine cleaning of doorknobs, light switches and cage latches Tuesday at the Janesville facility. Staff cleans the facility four times a day. The facility has found homes for all of its animals except for 10 cats, Executive Director Michael McManus said.
A kennel at the Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin is prepped to house animals that might have been exposed to COVID-19.
Teacher Stephanie Gogul waves at Kennedy Elementary School students from her car during the teacher parade Friday in Janesville. Academics are important, Janesville School District leaders say. But connection between students and their teachers is just as—if not more—important.
Eli and Noah Oberdeck, Kennedy Elementary School students, decorate their driveway with chalk before the teacher parade Friday in Janesville.
Second-grader Noah Oberdeck, left, kindergartener Eli Oberdeck and their parents Christine and Steven wave at teachers as they pass by in their cars Friday in Janesville.
Kennedy Elementary School students wave at teachers as they pass by in cars Friday in Janesville.
Kendall Rezin smiles as confetti rains down during a parade held for her 10th birthday Saturday, April 11, 2020, in the town of Janesville.
Kendall Rezin stands near her family at their town of Janesville home Saturday, April 11, 2020, as a birthday parade passes by.
Kendall Rezin reacts as cars pass by in a surprise parade for her 10th birthday Saturday, April 11, 2020.
Alfredo Sandoval adds bacon to a boxed meal while working to fill orders for delivery and carryout at Citrus Cafe in Janesville on Thursday morning. The restaurant industry is one of many hit particularly hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. But local restaurant owner Benny Useni said if you can cut lasagna into two pieces, you can cut it into three.
Janesville Clerk Treasurer Dave Godek, center, gets assistance with processing absentee ballots from Joanne Shields, left, and Jeri Fladmark, right, in a conference room within Janesville’s city hall on Monday, April 13.
Robert Forrestal, left, wears a full-face chemical shield as he votes Tuesday at the Janesville Mall. More than 9,600 people voted at the polls in Rock County on Tuesday, according to a news release Tuesday. More than 32,000 ballots were sent or voted in-person before Tuesday.
Poll worker Patty Piek-Groth, left, helps fellow poll worker Jerry Moore, center, put on a mask Tuesday as the polls open for the presidential primary election at the Janesville Mall.
A voter, right, is asked by a poll worker to remove her mask as her ID is examined Tuesday at the Janesville Mall. Poll workers are required to check that voters’ faces match their IDs.
Voters line up outside the permanently closed Sears store before polls open at the Janesville Mall on Tuesday.
Bicyclists and walkers make their way along the Ice Age Trail through Palmer Park in Janesville on Saturday afternoon. Officials encourage outdoor recreation during the safer-at-home order but recommend staying at least 6 feet from others. Models released by the health department show how many people could be infected and how many could be hospitalized if people do not adhere to safer-at-home orders.
Mark Olson, a culinary arts instructor at Blackhawk Technical College, teaches students how to make two different meals during a live online cooking demonstration Friday at the Janesville campus. Olson’s students are doing their hands-on learning remotely because the college is closed for the pandemic.
A cat bathes in sunshine below window directions with an encouraging message Thursday, April 2, 2020, at a home on Albion Street in Edgerton.
Dr. Preyanshu Parekh, left, and medical assistant Lindsay McCann speak with an individual suffering from possible COVID-19 symptoms during a drive through screening outside SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital on Friday. The drive through screenings are not a drive-in clinic and are only for patients who have completed an online screening that SSM Health providers determine warrants further evaluation.
Janesville police say they are taking action to close businesses that continue to operate despite not clearly meeting exemptions in Gov. Tony Evers’ “Safer at Home” orders, which aim to limit the spread of COVID-19.
Sally Haas fastens a mask before handling food April 1 at the Salvation Army in Janesville.
City of Janesville employee Karl Hoium wipes down the surfaces of an election voting booth as a steady steam of early voters made their way into City Hall on Monday. The voting booths were cleaned hourly to help fight the spread of COVID-19. The same procedure will be used for those voting in city hall on Tuesday, April 7.
Jamie Kent-Schneider works behind the deli counter Friday, March 27, 2020, at Festival Foods in Janesville. Grocery stores are being hit hard as one of the few essential businesses still open for in-person business due to the stay-in-place order issued by Gov. Tony Evers.
Supervisor Andrea Pak rings up groceries Thursday, March 26, 2020, at the Piggly Wiggly in Milton. Piggly Wiggly grocery stores in Edgerton and Milton now have see-through plastic shields to help keep workers safe during the pandemic.
UW-Whitewater senior Briana Friesner, center, and her father, Dan Friesner, move belongings out of a residence hall Wednesday, March 25, 2020. Because of the novel coronavirus, UW-Whitewater has had to organize move-outs—or exemption requests—for nearly 3,800 students who were living in the dorms.
Major Julie McDowell loads food into a cart Tuesday, March 24, 2020, at the Salvation Army in Janesville. Food pantries across the area put out a call for volunteers to replace elderly people who are staying home because of the coronavirus.
A heart with a message of encouragement is displayed on a Janesville home on March 24.
Chelsea LaVeen, 11, smiles as she draws hearts on the sidewalk with chalk Tuesday, March 24, 2020, outside of her family's Janesville home while participating in the Happy Heart Hunt. Paper hearts of all sizes and colors have been appearing in windows and on doors and mailboxes. People are encouraged to “hunt” for hearts, and when they can’t go out, to connect through a Facebook group.
Jerome Flesch uses a bag to avoid touching the gas pump Wednesday, March 25, 2020, at Kwik Trip on Highway 51 in Janesville. In the new topsy-turvy economy that has accompanied the COVID-19 crisis, state trade officials are hearing daily complaints over price gouging at retail stores. One price that isn't inflated right now: that of gasoline.
Sue Gray hands a carryout order to a customer through their car window while working at Barkley's Burgers Brews and Dawgs in Janesville on Friday, March 20. Curbside service and deliveries attempt to help hourly personnel survive what could be a long shutdown due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The cancellations felt defeating, but a donation brought hope. Soon after, Tyler Sailsbery and The Black Sheep staff in Whitewater set up a program to give away free breakfast and lunch to those in need.
The sign outside the Travel Scope travel agency offers a message of positivity for those passing by.
Kevin and Carla Vilbrandt, formerly Carla Fish, kiss as the two are married inside the Rock County Courthouse on Wednesday, March 18. Couples are postponing weddings, or having weddings and postponing the celebrations, because gatherings are banned.
Debby Ryman bags up freshly made peanut butter and jelly sandwiches while volunteering to provide lunch to any Janesville students needing one on Tuesday, March 17. In response to COVID-19, members of St. Paul's Lutheran Church and School started a charitable ministry practically overnight.
A parishioner kneels during a moment in the service while attending Mass at St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Janesville on Sunday, March 15. Some churches were closed, while others encouraged people to stay home if they felt sick or were concerned about being around so many other people.
Betty Barnett, a nurse at HealthNet, sanitizes an office Friday, March 13, 2020, at HealthNet in Janesville. Low-income and uninsured individuals are some of the most vulnerable people during a pandemic, said Ian Hedges, CEO of HealthNet, a free and charitable clinic in Rock County.
From left, Zay Howard, Olivia Tinder, Brent Hoppe and Cassie Gurka make up the entirety of the Beloit Turner student section Thursday, March 12, 2020, during the Division 3 sectional semifinal game at Craig High School. All four Turner students have brothers on the varsity basketball team. On a day when the COVID-19 pandemic wiped out nearly all sports nationally, the effects were felt locally, as well, including the WIAA canceling the remainder of its boys and girls basketball tournaments.
Lori KcKee and James Mason wait in line to checkout on Friday at Woodman's Market in Janesville after stocking up on items as the public health emergency around COVID-19 virus ramps up. Some grocery stores rationing toilet paper, bottled water and other items as shoppers hit supermarkets in throngs to stock up in the wake of a state health emergency linked to the COVID-19 virus outbreak.
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