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Dear Neighbor,

This is the last edition of our e-newsletter. 

Under a law known as the “50 piece rule”, all elected officials that are up for re-election are prohibited from sending out mass communications after April 15th during that election year. But when the Legislature passed 2019 Wisconsin Act 185 earlier this year, it created an exemption that would allow communications related only to the public health emergency to continue until 30 days after the declared emergency had expired. To be consistent with that law, we have only been including information related to the pandemic in these recent newsletters, and we will have to cease sending these updates after today.

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.

In the future, you may follow me on Facebook and Twitter for regular updates. You may also follow our Department of Health Services. 

 

Sincerely, 
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  Sen. Patty Schachtner

Coronavirus Update

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Every county in Senate District 10 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.


 
 

Continuing COVID Updates

As we are unable to send out further updates, I want to make sure you can easily access information on the state’s response to this crisis. The Wisconsin Senate Democrats have put together a website that has compiled links and information on programs that are available to support Wisconsinites.

You can find information regarding:

 
 
 

Staying Safe this Summer

COVID is still spreading through our communities and it’s important that we are still diligent about using proper hygiene, wearing masks frequently, and maintaining social distancing when in public spaces. But as pools consider opening and people begin to flock to parks and beaches, it’s going to be difficult to maintain the safety of our families and communities.

Here are some guidelines from the Department of Health Services regarding summer activities:

  • If you decide to visit a beach, keep at least 6 feet between yourself and others, including on the beach, in the parking lot, and in the water but do not wear a mask while in the water
  • There is more risk for catching or spreading COVID-19 while traveling so if you choose to visit a beach or park, please do so in your local community
  • If you’re visiting a Farmer’s Market, don’t bring children along if possible and maintain 6 feet of distance between yourself, other customers, and the vendors
    • Utilize alternative shopping methods like online pick-up or direct sales from the farmers where available
  • DHS is currently recommending that garage and yard sales be postponed and that community pools remain closed

You can find a variety of other guidelines to slow COVID’s spread here.

 

COVID Symptoms and Testing

We are still learning about the novel coronavirus that is known as COVID-19. We are learning about its asymptomatic transmission, the manner in which it spreads, and whether a person can become immune after recovery. Because so much is still unknown, it’s important that we continue to take this virus seriously and follow the advice of public health officials as their research evolves.

Common COVID-19 symptoms include cough, shortness of breath, fever, and chills. Not everyone with COVID-19 will have these symptoms and others may experience fatigue, nausea, vomiting, or other symptoms. A newly identified symptom is also a new loss of taste or smell. These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after contact.

Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 or who has been exposed to COVID-19 should contact their doctor and ask to be tested. You can find information on community testing sites and updates on symptoms or testing criteria here.

 

At this time, antibody testing is not being conducted at community test sites. This testing may be helpful for public health officials to understand the scope and length of time that COVID has spread through our communities. This testing cannot, however, tell you whether you are immune to COVID-19 in the future and its reliability is still being assessed by the Food and Drug Administration.

You can find information on COVID-19 and antibody testing with source research here.