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Dear Neighbor,

This newsletter is being sent in accordance with a law change to allow limited mass communication after April 15th of an election year for critical coronavirus updates. I am happy to be able to continue this special edition of our newsletter this week to provide you with some additional information you may need to keep your families safe and healthy.

In addition to this newsletter, you may follow me on Facebook and Twitter for regular updates. You may also follow our Department of Health Services. 


I ask that you help share this newsletter with your friends and family. An informed community is a strong community, and I appreciate the opportunity to discuss our communities' concerns.




Sen. Patty Schachtner

Coronavirus Update



Every county in Senate District 10 now has identified cases, and many municipalities continue to see community spread. Continue to follow the Department of Health Services for the most up-to-date information here.



Resilient Wisconsin

Wisconsin rolled out a website with resources to support the mental health of our communities during this time. If you or your family are experiencing stress or anxiety, here are some tips to stay calm and in control:

  • Know your status: Are you at greater risk for COVID-19?
  • Protect your physical healthLearn how to avoid illness
  • Know the signs of toxic stress: They include fatigue, illness, fear, withdrawal, guilt, and other intense physical and emotional reactions.
  • Step away from the news: It’s important to stay informed. But make sure to spend time in spaces where COVID-19 isn’t the only focus.
  • Do things you enjoy: Take the time for self-care activities, like staying connected with friends, exercising, reading, or playing a video game with your kids.
  • Talk it out: Try talking about your experiences and feelings with a trusted advisor, a loved one who’ll understand, or a mental health professional. It can help.
  • Ask for and accept help: It’s important to reach out if you feel overwhelmed or concerned that COVID-19 is affecting your ability to care for your family or the people you serve.

Wisconsin Rental Assistance Program

On March 27, Governor Evers and Secretary Palm prohibited landlords from evicting tenants to keep people safe at home.  This temporary ban on evictions expires today, May 26th.  So the Division of Energy, Housing, and Community Resources will partner with the Wisconsin Community Action Program Association to administer $25 million in rental assistance for Wisconsinites in need!  Learn more at


For assistance, you can contact the West Central CAA which serves Barron, Chippewa, Dunn, Pepin, Pierce, Polk, and St. Croix counties by calling 715-265-4271. If you live in Burnett County, you can contact the Indianhead CAA by calling 715-532-5594.



Supporting Farmers




The Governor’s administration has also announced the Wisconsin Farm Support Program which will be a $50 million investment in Wisconsin farmers to support the agricultural workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. We will also be investing $15 million in a Food Security Initiative to combat hunger in Wisconsin and connect local producers to consumers in need.


Eligible farmers will be asked to apply for the aid through the Wisconsin Department of Revenue, which is working in collaboration with the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection (DATCP). Farm support payments could begin arriving as early as June.



Protecting Long Term Care and EMS

We are committed to supporting EMS workers that have been on the front lines in their communities, and long-term care providers that are serving the elderly population and people with disabilities. Investing in these providers will ensure that they can keep providing a high level of care, while keeping themselves and their communities safer.

That’s why Governor Evers is also making a $100 million investment to ensure these providers can purchase PPE they need and help cover other expenses associated with the interruption of typical operations, such as overtime pay, changes to sanitation procedures, and disruption to the standard delivery of care.