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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 sending a near-daily update on the COVID-19 public health emergency and posting 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

COVID-19 Update 11-17-2020

Past email updates can be found HERE

 COVID-19 Vaccine Q&A

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services held a virtual Q&A regarding recent developments towards COVID-19 vaccines.

The Q&A can be viewed HERE

Children's Wisconsin Accepting Adult Patients 

Children’s Wisconsin announced this week that they are preparing to accept adult patients through the age of 26 at their Milwaukee hospital to help support other health systems’ capacity due to the surge in COVID-19 cases. 

They have not accepted any adult patients as of today, but expect that their first adult patient transfer will likely occur this week. At this time, the adult patients transferred to Children’s will be confirmed COVID-negative and influenza-negative patients only. Children’s is also accepting any pediatric transfers from an adult health system to free up beds and staff at adult-focused hospitals.

Children’s will continue to collaborate with health systems across the state so that the statewide hospital infrastructure can be used to its fullest and continue to serve those who need care.

 Funding for Skilled Nursing Facilities

Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers and the state Department of Health Services (DHS) today pledged an additional $80 million to support Wisconsin’s skilled nursing facilities through the end of the year. In addition, to address critical staffing shortages, DHS is partnering with the Departments of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS) and Workforce Development (DWD) to enhance existing efforts to strengthen the workforce in Wisconsin’s health care and long-term care settings.

Over half of the allotted funds will be used to fund all eligible costs associated with the CARES Act Provider Payment program (CAPP), which aims to help skilled nursing facilities who experienced COVID-19 related losses or expenses. DHS is also investing an additional $30 million into a skilled nursing facility post-acute care admission incentive program.

For more information, read the announcement HERE

COVID-19 Movie Theater Grant Program

Governor Tony Evers announced today that $10 million from the COVID-19 Movie Theater Grant Program has been awarded to 54 movie theater operators across Wisconsin. The program will provide critical funds to assist movie theaters impacted by the pandemic.

Funded by the federal CARES Act funds and administered by the Wisconsin Department of Administration, the COVID-19 Movie Theater Grant program provides eligible grantees average awards of $14,600 per eligible movie theater screen in Wisconsin. Grant funds can be applied towards pandemic-related operational costs such as facility improvements to provide appropriate social distancing, cleaning and sanitizing, and personnel costs necessary to provide appropriate COVID-19 safeguards. 

A full list of grant winners is available here.

2021 State Budget Listening Sessions

Governor Tony Evers and Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes announced last week a series of People's Budget virtual listening sessions as the state begins the 2021-2023 state budget process. Gov. Evers and Lt. Gov. Barnes will host four virtual, issue-based budget listening sessions to hear directly from families and workers about the issues affecting Wisconsin. The first virtual listening session will occur TONIGHT, Tuesday, November 17th, 2020 at 6 p.m. and will focus on healthcare and public health in Wisconsin. 

A full schedule of these listening sessions is available below and on the governor's website here. All participants must register to attend on the governor's website here. Wisconsinites are also welcome to submit written comments on any topic at any time here

Budget Listening Session on Healthcare and Public Health

TONIGHT- Tuesday, November 17, at 6 p.m. 
Register to attend here


COVID-19 Community Testing Sites


WHAT: Drive thru COVID-19 testing
WHERE: Waukesha County Expo Center (1000 Northview Rd, Waukesha, WI)
WHEN: Tests will be administered during the following hours, or until the 300 tests per day have been administered,
Mondays & Wednesdays: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Fridays: 9 a.m. – 4p.m.

More information HERE


MKE Co COVID-19 Testing 11-12-2020.jpgTesting is available at Milwaukee Health Department’s Northwest Health Center, 7630 W. Mill Road, and Southside Health Center, 1639 S. 23rd St. Hours are 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. on Wednesdays.

A consolidated, centralized community testing location at Miller Park is now open for COVID-19 testing. Hours are Monday through Friday 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday hours begin on 11/21.

More information can be found HERE

Free, rapid-results COVID-19 tests are now available for  community members at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. For more information, click 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.  

DHS COVID-19 Update 11-17-2020


323,848 confirmed cases (increase of 7,090*)

31.2% of total tests are positive, by person (for 11/17)

14,817 hospitalizations (4.6% of cases- increase of 318)

248,700 recovered cases (76.8% of all cases)

2,024,801 negative test results (increase of 15,653)

2,741 devastating deaths (increase of 92)

23 patients at Alternate Care Facility at State Fair Park

14th District Counties

Milwaukee -  57,331 confirmed cases (increase of 846)
Waukesha - 20,169 confirmed cases (increase of 1,095)

*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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