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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

 Safer at Home

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The COVID-19 pandemic is both a public health crisis, and an economic crisis, and it’s created hardship for families across this district — it’s creating unprecedented challenges across the board. And right now, we need all hands on deck, united, and working toward the healing, protection, and reopening of our state.

The decision by the Wisconsin Supreme Court to strike down the Safer at Home order puts Wisconsinites at risk. Our state came together, stayed at home, practiced social distancing, and the results were showing — as of earlier this week, 5 out of 6 of the Badger Bounce Back gating criteria metrics had been fulfilled. This was only possible because of the Safer at Home order. We had begun turning the dial on Safer at Home, and businesses were both beginning to open, and preparing to open. It is my hope this progress will not be lost. 

We have to move forward together and continue to protect Wisconsinites. Many local municipalities and counties have issued their own Safer at Home orders. All local municipalities in Milwaukee County issued their own Safer at Home order, including Milwaukee and Wauwatosa. While Waukesha County has not issued a protective order, Mayor Ponto of Brookfield issued this statement:

"The City of Brookfield’s top priority is the health and safety of its residents and the general public. Although the Wisconsin Supreme Court invalidated the Governor’s “Safer at Home” extension order on May 13, 2020, the risk of COVID-19 is still present in our community." Mayor Ponto's full statement can be found HERE

As businesses consider reopening, I urge them to follow guidelines from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation found HERE 

I will continue working to protect the lives and livelihoods of my constituents, my office will continue to assist with unemployment concerns, and we will continue to communicate the science that the state’s public health experts are tracking.  Please, stay safe. Stay home if you can. Take care of each other, and yourselves. And, may we work together toward the healing, protection, and reopening of our state.

Unemployment Assistance

As businesses consider reopening, this may impact their employees who had been receiving unemployment assistance if the business had been shut down due to COVID-19. Below are two answers to frequently asked questions. A full list of FAQs can be found HERE.

If you are not eligible for regular unemployment, you may be eligible for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) under COVID-19 scenarios listed HERE. For more information on PUA, visit the Department of Workforce Development website HERE

Please contact our office if you need assistance with your unemployment claim.  

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 COVID-19 Response Plan

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Today, Legislative Democrats rolled out our COVID-19 Response Plan. This plan is our next step following the caucus letters we sent to Republican leadership on April 1st and May 1st, which laid out our legislative priorities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Some of our proposals were incorporated into Act 185, which was signed into law by Governor Evers on April 15th, 2020. However, many of our priorities have not yet been adopted. We owe it to our constituents and this state to do more in response to COVID-19. We see the needs in health care, the economy, and our democracy — I am ready to take action to meet those needs. 

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11,275 confirmed cases

1,939 hospitalizations (17% of cases)

122,598 negative test results

434 devastating deaths

14th District Counties

Milwaukee - 4,387 confirmed cases
Waukesha - 444 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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