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This is my last weekly pandemic update. The law that lifted the 50 piece rule, only allowed for the lifting of that rule for 30 days, which ends tomorrow. If you any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to my office.

Department of Health Services

There is a TON of data available from the Department of Health Services (DHS) regarding COVID-19. 

Most of the data I will share with you is from June 9, 2020 because at the time of crafting this update, the updated numbers for June 10th were not yet made available. However, I would recommend, if you are interested, in checking out the DHS COVID-19 Data Website, which is updated daily. 

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The DHS Data shows an average percentage of positive COVID-19 cases statewide has been decreasing over the last several weeks. 

On May 27, 2020, about two weeks ago, the percentage of positive cases was 5.8% of those tested. In the days since, the percentage has been steadily declining to around 2% - yesterday was the first day it was UNDER 2%!

While businesses are beginning to open up and life is slowly returning to its former self, everyone is still encouraged to maintain social distancing, good hand hygiene, and reach out to your primary care provider if you begin to feel ill, especially with a cough or fever. 

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Do you have symptoms of COVID-19? Have you been exposed? Get tested!
Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation

In May, Governor Evers and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) announced a $75 million small business grant program. Applications for these grants will be available next week to small businesses with 20 or fewer employees. 

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Funded by the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the We’re All In Small Business Grant Program will provide 30,000 Wisconsin small businesses with a $2,500 grant to assist with the costs of business interruption due to COVID-19 or for health and safety improvements, wages and salaries, rent, mortgages and inventory. Click the link here for more details and answers to frequently asked questions. 

 

The online grant application will be accessible for ONE WEEK ONLY from 8 a.m. Monday, June 15, through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, June 21. 

Applicants are encouraged to prepare for the one-week application period by gathering the following required documents:

  • 2018 or 2019 federal tax return for business (If you started your business in 2020, you are not eligible for this grant). Applicable tax returns are:
    • Schedule C, Profit and Loss from Business
    • IRS form 1065 Partnership Return (no K-1s required)
    • IRS form 1120 Corporation Return (no schedules required)
    • IRS form 1120S S Corporation Return (no K-1s required)
    • IRS form 1040 (sole proprietors) and the following:
  • Signed W-9 form available here.
  • A letter or email of acknowledgement from a community organization indicating your business was in operation in February 2020. 
Federal Resources

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Here are some helpful links from a handful of Federal Agencies and Departments surrounding the pandemic:

Coronavirus.gov - Coordination between the White House, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Federal Emergency Management (FEMA) Agency

The CDC

FEMA & FEMA's Resources for State, Local, Tribal & Terriortorial Governments

US Department of Agriculture's Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

Small Business Administration

Opening up America Again

US Department of Veterans Affairs' Coronavirus FAQs: What Veterans need to know

 
Mental Health Resources

Throughout that pandemic, people have struggled physically, financially, and emotionally, which has likely caused many to struggle mentally.

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I want to be sure that you and your loved ones are aware of the various mental health resources available:

My Office is Open

Even though these updates will be ending, my office is still open and my staff and I are here to assist you with whatever State related issues you may be experiencing.

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If you require my office to advocate on your behalf for Unemployment Insurance, contact me using this form specific to UI

If there was a resource during the pandemic, you may have found helpful in one of my weekly updates, those are all housed in the E-updates section of my website and you are able to go back and look at them. 

Additionally, if you are looking for COVID-19 specific resources, there is a drop down from my main banner that can link you to the following resources:

CDC Website

WI's COVID Website

DHS Outbreaks in WI Site

WEDC Resources

WHA Resources

Public Health for Juneau County

Public Health for Sauk County

Public Health for Richland County

Public Health for Monroe County

Public Health for Vernon County

 

My email remains the same: Rep.Kurtz@legis.wisconsin.gov

And so does my phone number: 608-266-8531

 

As we continue to move forward in these uncertain times, please remember to stay safe and healthy, wash your hands, and social distance when necessary. I hope you all remain health during these summer months - be sure to get outside to get some natural Vitamin D and fresh air!