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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

Quick correction -  Safer at Home

A quick correction: yesterday's e-update incorrectly stated that "all local municipalities issued their own Safer at Home order, including Milwaukee and Wauwatosa." That sentence should have said "all local municipalities in Milwaukee County issued their own Safer at Home order, including Milwaukee and Wauwatosa." We apologize if that caused any confusion. 

 Support Local Public Health Departments

Local public health departments are working tirelessly to protect public health and to keep our communities safe, especially in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Local health departments are not a political body — they act in the best interest of public health, not for political gain. 

The decision by the Wisconsin Supreme Court to overturn the Safer at Home order, and not put a stay on the decision, did not give local health departments appropriate time to put new plans in place. 

I am grateful for the efforts of the local health departments in my district as they work to keep residents safe. Any political pressure placed on local health departments is undeserved. If folks are concerned about the Supreme Court decision, or the Safer at Home order, please contact my office or other local elected officials to voice your concerns. Local public health officials need and deserve our support as they work to contain and manage the spread of COVID-19 in our communities. 

Salon & Barbershop Safe Practices Webinar

From the City of Milwaukee Office of Small Business Development: 

Milwaukee-area salon and barbershop owners and Wisconsin licensed barbers and cosmetologists are invited to join Barbicide, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and the City of Milwaukee Health Department for a webinar on best practices for re-opening your business.

Going Back to Work Safely – Best Practices will happen Saturday, May 16 at 11am CDT.

Register now, via GoToWebinar. Capacity is limited.

Together with Mayor Barrett and Deputy Commissioner of Health Claire Evers, Leslie Roste, RN of Barbicide will talk through best practices for reducing infection risk and operating safely.

Operators in Milwaukee will also hear the Health Department’s outlook and expectations for safe salon operations in the City of Milwaukee. We all share the commitment to keeping employees and clients safe as businesses decide to re-open. Barbicide, Mayor Barrett, and Milwaukee’s local health officials want businesses to open safely, when they’re ready. 

Join the webinar and learn more about reducing the risk of COVID-19 for your clients and staff.  

 MCW COVID-19 Town Hall
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The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) will host the next in its series of weekly virtual community town halls Monday, May 18, at 6 pm CST, to talk about the Coronavirus (COVID-19), staying safe and healthy, and to answer your questions. This week the panel will also share information about Next Steps for the Milwaukee County Region.

Christy L. Brown, MCW Board Trustee, Chief Executive Officer Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast is our host this week.

Featured panelists:

  • John R. Raymond, Sr., MD, MCW President and CEO
  • Kirsten Beyer, PhD, MPH, MS, Associate Professor, Division of Epidemiology Institute for Health & Equity, MCW
  • David Crowley, Milwaukee County Executive

Register at: https://cor.vc/mcw-community-townhall-202004 Please spread the word, the event is free and open to all.

Following the live event, a recorded version of the town hall will be uploaded to the MCW YouTube channel at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4wWwyPyavVpBGXJEwO76nA 

**NEW** UPDATES to the MCW COVID-19 Resource Center at: https://covid19.mcw.edu/

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11,685 confirmed cases

1,977 hospitalizations (17% of cases)

128,675 negative test results

445 devastating deaths

14th District Counties

Milwaukee - 4,535 confirmed cases
Waukesha - 454 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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