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COVID-19 Update

Dear Neighbor,

In order to support your families being able to take a deep breath, turn away from constant news updates, and create a new temporary normal, my office will continue posting a near-daily update on the COVID-19 public health emergency to our website and on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

It is my hope that one reliable update each day will allow you to take a deep breath, oversee all that is happening in your own life and home, and have a reliable source of news you can count on to be up to date and accurate. As always, previous updates are on our website and linked beneath the graphic below. 

My greatest concerns right now are your lives and livelihoods. We are working hard to keep you and your loved ones safe, and to fight for our small businesses in an unprecedented crisis. 

In solidarity,

Rep. Robyn Vining

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 Past email updates can be found HERE

 Additional Investments in COVID-19 Support Announced Today - Child care, health care, utilities, rental assistance

Governor Tony Evers announced today an additional $47 million investment in COVID-19 support for child care, healthcare navigators, and utilities and rental assistance to Wisconsinites across the state. These investments are funded by federal CARES Act funding in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

$10 million will be directed towards the COVID-19 Out-of-School Support Grant Program aimed at assisting Wisconsin organizations who are providing care to school-aged kids during the pandemic. This program provides eligible organizations grant awards to cover pandemic-related impacts such as lost revenue, increased staffing costs, cleaning and sanitization, and additional costs to ensure high-quality programming otherwise impacted by COVID-19. 


$10 million will be invested in the Wisconsin Rental Assistance Program (WRAP), in addition to the $25 million previously announced.  $10 million will go toward the Food Security Initiative to continue combatting hunger. This investment is on top of the $15 million previously allocated to this program. 

$15 million of the funds will be invested in Wisconsin’s Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), a program that is currently federally-funded and helps Wisconsinites with their heating costs. Interested individuals can visit the website HERE or call 1-866-HEATWIS for application and program details. 


An additional $1 million investment will be directed towards the Keep Wisconsin Warm/Cool Fund (KWW/CF), a non-profit that provides a statewide safety net to individuals facing energy-related emergencies. Interested individuals can visit their website HERE to learn more about the KWW/CF application and process.  

$1 million will be invested in the statewide health insurance navigator organization to help residents purchase health insurance on the federal marketplace or to enroll in BadgerCare.This funding will help increase consumer education and access to certified enrollment assisters who can walk individuals through the process of selecting and purchasing an individual or family plan or in enrolling for BadgerCare if they are eligible. Wisconsinites can learn more about their health insurance options at WisCovered.com.  

Read the Governor's full announcement HERE

Press Release - Severity of COVID-19 in Wisconsin 

Today, I issued a press release highlighting the severity of COVID-19 in our state.

We must all do our part and stop the spread of COVID-19 in our communities. My office will continue sharing pertinent information on our website and social media pages to keep our communities safe against the virus and help move towards recovery.

Read the full release HERE

 COVID-19 Testing - Waukesha County

Waukesha County and the Wisconsin National Guard will be hosting COVID-19 community-based testing on Monday, Oct. 5, and Tuesday, Oct. 6 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. 

The drive-thru testing will take place at the Waukesha County Expo Center, 1000 Northview Rd, Waukesha.

For more information, visit Waukesha County's website HERE

City of Milwaukee Business Restart Program 

The City of Milwaukee has launched another $10 million restart program Restart 2.0, which will give businesses with fewer than 20 full-time employees and whose revenue is less than $2 million per year a grant to assist with PPE costs, utilities, space modifications, rent, and more. Businesses are eligible for a fixed award of $1,500 to go towards eligible expenses.

Applications for the grant are open until October 8, 2020. Apply and more information HERE

  Department of Health Services Updates 

For daily updated information on COVID-19 in Wisconsin, visit the DHS website HERE

Updates on the Badger Bounce Back plan gating criteria can be found HERE.  

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134,359 confirmed cases (increase of 6,864*)

19.8% of total tests are positive, by person (for 10/5)

7,702 hospitalizations (5.7% of cases- increase of 56)

108,371 recovered cases (81% of all cases)

1,472,577 negative test results (increase of 6,864)

1,381 devastating deaths (increase of 4)

14th District Counties

Milwaukee - 30,382 confirmed cases
Waukesha - 8,227 confirmed cases

*Changes over yesterday


Forward together,

Rep. Robyn Vining


Contact Us: 

State Capitol
P.O. Box 8953
Madison, WI 53708 

PH: (608) 266-9180
TF: (888) 534-0014

Email: Rep.Vining@legis.wi.gov 
Web: www.vining.assembly.wi.gov 

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