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Welcome to my Weekly Pandemic Update. Throughout the week, my office does its best to collect and disperse information that may be of aid or interest to you from both state and federal entities. 

Department of Workforce Development

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The Department of Workforce Development (DWD) recently released information related to the total number of unemployment calls received, applications filed, claims processed, and monies distributed in Wisconsin as of the week ending May 30, 2020. Based on preliminary numbers, there were 22,835 initial applications filed the week ending May 30. This is compared to 26,384 the week prior (week ending May 23). In the release, DWD also defined the various Unemployment Insurance (UI) programs it is currently administering. They are:

Regular Unemployment Insurance (UI): If you're out of work through no fault of your own, and you've worked for a covered employer (an employer who pays UI tax) in the last 18 months, you may be eligible for and should apply for regular UI benefits. Regular UI is available for up to 26 weeks.

Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC): A temporary program that provides up to 13 additional weeks of payments to individuals who have exhausted their regular UI benefits. DWD is currently in the process of programming PEUC – programming is not yet complete.

Extended Benefits (EB): A temporary program that provides up to 13 additional weeks of payments to individuals who have exhausted regular UI and PEUC. DWD will start programming EB after programming for PEUC is complete.

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA): If you are not eligible for regular UI, you may be eligible for PUA. This is a temporary federal program that provides up to 39 weeks of unemployment benefits to individuals who are not eligible for regular UI such as:

  • individuals who are self-employed
  • certain independent contractors
  • individuals with limited recent work history
  • other workers not covered by regular UI.

Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC): A temporary emergency increase of $600 per week in unemployment benefits. FPUC provides an additional payment to individuals who are collecting regular UI, PEUC, EB, or PUA. It is automatically added to the weekly benefit rate. This compensation program will expire on July 25, 2020.

If you need assistance from my office to advocate on your behalf for UI benefits, please use this form and my office will begin communication with DWD.

CARES Act Funds

Last week, I had reached out to the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau to request a breakdown of how Governor Eves was spending the discretionary funds provided to the State of Wisconsin through the Federal CARES Act. Here is the a breakdown of what I was provided: 

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Or you can click here, to read the memo in its entirety. 

 

Furthermore, today, Governor Evers announced a more specific breakdown to the money he is provided to DATCP for the Wisconsin Farm Support Program. Eligible farmers should apply online. The grants will be administered Department of Revenue (DOR). The application link will be live on June 15th until June 29th. Farmers who cannot apply online may request assistance by calling 608-266-2772. Farmers are encouraged to apply as soon as possible on or after June 15 to leave time for resolving any potential issues in their application.

Federal Updates

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) issues its daily briefing points, with information related to the Whole-of-America response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are some of the highlights from earlier in the week:  

On June 1, Health and Human Services (HHS) announced a task order with Emergent BioSolutions to advance manufacturing capabilities for a potential COVID-19 vaccine as well as therapeutics. 

As of May 31, FEMA, HHS, and the private sector combined have coordinated the delivery of or are currently shipping: 92.1 million N95 respirators, 146.1 million surgical masks, 12.8 million face shields, 35 million surgical gowns and over 1 billion gloves. As of May 31, CDC, state, and local public health labs and other laboratories have tested more than 16.7 million samples.

Last Saturday, May 30th, the Federal Drug Administration took steps to further support the development of COVID-19 tests for at home self-collection by posting a voluntary emergency use authorization (EUA) template for at home sample collection kits to its website. The template outlines the data and information that developers should submit to facilitate the EUA process.

Department of Revenue's Economic Outlook

Earlier this week, the Department of Revenue (DOR) released the Wisconsin Economic Outlook Report. This most recent report looks at the pandemic's impact on the economy. The Wisconsin Economic Outlook examines a variety of metrics including employment and personal income. 

 

The Wisconsin Economic Outlook is one piece of a broader collection of reports and interactive data tools assembled by the Department of Revenue designed to provide more information to the public.

TaxDueDate-Covid1.pngAlso, as a reminder - the Tax Filing Date is fast approaching!

Local COVID-19 Testing Available

The Juneau County Emergency Management and Health Department are teaming up with the Wisconsin National Guard and the Mauston School District to host a one-day COVID-19 community-testing event. The event will be open to all Wisconsin residents (both symptomatic and asymptomatic individuals). The details of the event are below:

DATE: Monday, June 8th, 2020

TIME: 9 am - 5 pm

WHERE: Olson Middle School - 508 Grayside Avenue, Mauston, WI 53948

WHO: All Wisconsin residents (both symptomatic and asymptomatic individuals)