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Ron's Recap: May 22, 2020

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This Memorial Day, things will look a bit different. There may not be ceremonies or parades to attend, but we can still recognize our fallen heroes. Honor them by flying the American Flag, say a prayer for families who have lost a loved one serving our country, and pledge to do your best to preserve the very freedoms that our fallen heroes fought so hard for. We can set an example for our children and grandchildren by honoring the courage, sense of duty, and the love of country shown by those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice.

The Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs announced there will be no public events at the state's veterans cemeteries next week due to COVID-19. WDVA officials said the cemeteries will still be open to the public from sunrise to sunset every day. Visitors are asked to observe social distancing guidelines and consider visiting on a less busy weekend. 

 Unemployment Insurance Delays

My office has received dozens of contacts from concerned individuals who have lost their job. They have applied for unemployment insurance, but have had to wait weeks to hear anything about their claim. 

Every day, my office contacts Wisconsin’s Department of Workforce Development, attempting to get answers on behalf of my constituents. There is immense frustration from those who have had to wait several weeks to get a decision on their application. The past two months, DWD has been difficult to reach.  

In April, the Wisconsin State Legislature gave Governor Evers’ Administration the tools it needed to meet the challenges of shutting down the state for an unknown period of time. The legislature suspended the one-week waiting period for unemployment insurance, authorized Governor Evers to transfer state employees from one agency to another, and acted so that those who are not typically eligible for unemployment insurance could receive pandemic  unemployment insurance from the federal government.

I will continue to call on DWD and Governor Evers until I get answers for everyone who lost their job due to no fault of their own. 

If you have lost your job and cannot get through to the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, please contact my office. We are here to help!


Federal COVID-19 Funding 

The Evers administration has announced plans to spend more than $1 billion in federal dollars provided to Wisconsin by the CARES Act to help the state respond to problems associated with the coronavirus pandemic. The effort focuses on increasing local testing and contact tracing, purchasing equipment and supplies, and bolstering emergency operations to ensure the state is prepared for localized clusters. Here's a link to the breakdown of the proposed expenditures. 


In addition, $75 million has been put aside to assist with loans for small businesses, affected by the pandemic. Beginning in June, businesses will be able to apply for $2,500 cash grants to assist with the costs of safety improvements, wages and salaries, rent, mortgages, and inventory. 

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Support Small Businesses 

The effects of COVID-19 and the nearly 2 month state-wide shutdown have been devastating on our small businesses. Some businesses are closing permanently. This week, Foremost Farms announced they will be closing its cheese manufacturing plant in Chilton.

Please continue to support our local small businesses during this difficult time. Our local businesses are counting on our continued support to stay in operation. 

There are so many wonderful small businesses to support in our area! They are all doing their best to provide customers with a safe, fun, and healthy experience. For example, Mulberry Lane Farm near Hilbert is re-opening while taking precautions such as limiting the number of guests in specific areas, adding additional hand washing stations, and providing additional cleaning and sanitation of highly trafficked areas. 



Antibody Testing for COVID-19 

The Community Blood Center in Appleton will now conduct antibody testing for the coronavirus. This testing will allow for identification of convalescent plasma donors, whose plasma can be used in the potential treatment of COVID-19 patients.
Prospective convalescent plasma donors need to meet the following eligibility:

  • Had positive medical test diagnosing COVID-19 or had symptoms of COVID-19 but did not receive a formal medical test diagnosis
  • No longer has symptoms of COVID-19
  • Meets all blood donor eligibility criteria

Learn more at: https://www.communityblood.org/…/the-community-blood-cente…/

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