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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 daily update on the COVID-19 public health emergency and will post online 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

Turning the Dial - New Retail Business Guidelines

Governor Evers and DHS Secretary-designee Palm introduced another order today which further turns the dial on the Safer at Home order in response to COVID-19. 

NEW: In-person retail businesses may reopen so long as they do the following:

  • Only use entrances to the outside. Any entrances through a mall or interconnected passage must remain closed. If the store does not have an entrance to the outside, it may not offer in-person retail.
  • Only allow 5 customers in the store at a time.
  • Maintain social distancing at all times. If a store cannot maintain social distancing with 5 customers in the store, it will need to lower the number of customers allowed in at a time.
  • Establish a line outside the store to control entry, with markings so customers know where to stand to ensure social distancing. Alternatively, stores could allow customers to wait in their cars and notify them by phone or text when it’s their turn to enter the store.
  • Restrict the number of staff to only what is strictly necessary.
  • Increase standards of facility cleaning and disinfecting to limit staff and customer exposure to COVID-19 and adopt protocols to clean and disinfect in the event of a positive COVID-19 case.
  • Adopt policies to prevent staff from entering the store if they display respiratory symptoms or have had contact with a person with a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19.
  • Face coverings are recommended for staff and customers.

This order also clarifies that drive-in movie theaters may open, with some restrictions.

The full order can be found HERE. An FAQ can be found HERE. 

 Letter to Congress - K-12 Education Funding

On Friday, my Democratic colleagues and I in the Wisconsin State Legislature sent a letter to the Wisconsin Congressional Delegation requesting support for new funding for local K-12 school systems in the next federal bill in response to COVID-19.

According to early estimates, Wisconsin is forecasting a $2 billion loss in revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Legislative leaders have indicated there will likely be massive funding freezes in the second year of the fiscal biennium. These shortfalls will be devastating to Wisconsin’s public schools. 

Local schools need significant funding and aid from Congress to combat the negative educational effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The urgency in this matter cannot be overstated. Our children’s educational and economic futures depend on decisive action. An investment now will give educators a fighting chance to ensure that students across the country will have opportunities to find academic and economic success. This proactive investment is critical to each and every student and to the long-term future of our country.

The full letter can be read HERE 

 Community COVID-19 Testing Sites - Waukesha & Milwaukee County 

Waukesha County

Drive thru, free COVID-19 testing on
Monday, May 11th & Tuesday, May 12th
Call 262-548-7626 to register by 6pm today - Monday, May 11th
Location will be provided with registration
More information can be found HERE

Milwaukee County

Drive thru or walk-up, free COVID-19 testing
Starting Monday, May 11th, 8AM to 8PM, seven days a week
UMOS - 2701 S. Chase Ave., Milwaukee
Midtown Center - 5760 W. Capitol Dr., Milwaukee 
More information can be found HERE

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10,418 confirmed cases

1,846 hospitalizations (18% of cases)

108,033 negative test results

409 devastating deaths

14th District Counties

Milwaukee - 4,022 confirmed cases
Waukesha - 409 confirmed cases

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


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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