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Federal Updates

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has impletmented a coordinated response throughout the country to fight COVID-19, you can learn about that, here

 

Some things to Note: 

FEMA is expediting movement of critical supplies from the global market to medical distributors in various locations across the U.S.

These efforts are bringing PPE supplies to needed areas, with FEMA scheduling more drop-offs daily.

Prioritization for PPE will go first to medical distributors in areas of greatest need, starting with hospitals, health care facilities, and nursing homes around the country.

The federal government has 10,469 total ventilators available, which includes 9,404 in the Strategic National Stockpile and 1,065 available from the Department of Defense. The federal government has adopted a process to manage federal ventilator resources to ensure they are being shipped to with the most immediate need first. 

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has updated its list of Frequently Asked Questions after the recommendations that the President mentioned about extending social distancing protocols until April 30th.

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has posted on their website what citizens need to know about the Economic Impact Payments, you can find that information here.

DWD Agency Update

The Department of Workforce Development is experiencing unprecedented levels of people filing for Unemployment Insurance (UI). 

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DWD asks that individuals first review their list of Frequently Asked Questions before contacting the department, as they have staff assigned and are updating the FAQ's daily, you can reach their FAQ's by clicking on the above graphic. 

DWD has reassigned about 90 employees to the call center and another 40 are in process of being trained to move to the call center with another 30 transitioning from other areas of the Department to the call center. 

If you live in an area with poor internet and you have a smartphone, know that their system is set up for mobile accessibility and can be done via a cell phone. 

The online system is a bit slow - it will take a few seconds for everything to register on the page and that is because they are received well over 20K online submissions every single day. 

This video is meant to help people apply. 

Constituent Services

While my door at the Capitol may be physically closed to the public, my virtual door is always open. Both my staff and I are working remotely and doing our best to stay on top of the voice messages and emails.

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My staff checks the voicemail at least once a day, so if you call the office, please leave a message. My office number is 608-266-8531.

You can also send an email - my staff has been monitoring the email traffic daily as well and you can reach me via email at: Rep.Kurtz@legis.wisconsin.gov

 

My office is also posting updates related to the pandemic on my legislative website under the COVID-19 Dropdown:  http://legis.wisconsin.gov/assembly/50/Kurtz

 

My Official Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/RepKurtz/

 

And my Official Twitter Account: @RepTonyKurtz, https://twitter.com/RepTonyKurtz

Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection

Today, DATCP and WEDC notified farmers of the federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The release can be found, here.  Here are some more helpful links regarding the PPP: 

Overview of the PPP

Information for Prospective Borrowers

Application Form

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Maybe you have heard about some of the milk dumping that has taken place recently. I would encourage your read this article by Pam Jahnke, the Fabulous Farm Babe.

 

If you are a dairy farmer and asked to dump milk, please remember the standards both DATCP and DNR has set out. 

Thank You!

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