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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

Routes to Recovery - Local Government

WI Cares - Local Government_2.pngToday, Governor Evers announced the “Routes to Recovery” program, a $200 million effort to reimburse local governments for costs incurred during the COVID-19 crisis. This program is part of the $1.9 billion CARES Act funding the state of Wisconsin received from the federal government. 

Routes to Recovery Grants for Wisconsin counties, cities, villages and towns will provide reimbursements for non-budgeted expenditures incurred this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, in the following categories: 

  • Emergency operations activities, including those related to public health, emergency services, and public safety response
  • Purchases of personal protective equipment
  • Cleaning/sanitizing supplies and services, including those related to elections administration
  • Temporary isolation housing for infected or at-risk individuals
  • Testing and contact tracing costs above those covered by existing State programs
  • FMLA and sick leave for public health and safety employees to take COVID-19 precautions
  • Meeting local match requirements for expenses submitted for reimbursement by FEMA, to the extent allowed by federal law

The determination of a local government's Routes to Recovery Grant amount is a formula based on the jurisdiction’s population, as well as the priority of providing Wisconsin's units of local government no less than $5,000, regardless of size of the population.

More information regarding the Routes to Recovery Grants, including the allocation amounts for counties and municipalities, is available here.

Wisconsin Rental Assistance Program Update

Wisconsinites can apply for the Wisconsin Rental Assistance Program (WRAP) announced last week through partners in the Wisconsin Community Action Program Association. This program provides rental assistance to residents facing economic challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Waukesha County residents - contact Community Action for South Central Wisconsin.

Milwaukee County residents - contact Social Development Commission. 

More information on WRAP can be found HERE. 

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 Department of Health Services Updates 

COVID-19 Testing

DHS Secretary-designee Andrea Palm said today they are launching a public service campaign urging Wisconsinites to get tested for COVID-19. 

To find a community testing site near you, click HERE or contact your primary care provider. 

Wearing Masks

Governor Evers said today it is the advice of public health experts to wear a mask or face covering over your mouth and nose when in public to prevent the spread of COVID-19. For more information about when to wear a mask, click HERE


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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16,462 confirmed cases (increase of 599*)

5.8% of total tests are positive (for 5/27)

2,411 hospitalizations (15% of cases- increase of 49)

210,605 negative test results (increase of 9,731)

539 devastating deaths (increase of 22)

14th District Counties

Milwaukee - 6,748 confirmed cases (increase of 231)
Waukesha - 593 confirmed cases (increase of 15)

*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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