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

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 Past email updates can be found HERE 

We're All In Small Business Grant - Applications Close TOMORROW!

We're All In Small Biz Grants (1).pngApplications for the small business grant program are open until TOMORROW NIGHT. More information can be found on the WEDC website HERE. For a list of FAQs, click HERE 

SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Open for Small Business & Non-Profits

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has reopened the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program to provide economic relief for eligible small businesses and non-profits impacted by COVID-19. 

For more information, visit the SBA website HERE 

K-12 School Reopening Guidelines from DPI

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction announced today their guidelines for K-12 schools about reopening this fall for instruction.

The announcement and guidelines can be found on the DPI website HERE

Contact Tracing Scams  

The Wisconsin Department of Justice, Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection, and Department of Health Services put out information today regarding contact tracing scams that may be occurring, tips to identify scammers, and what to do if a scammer contacts you: 

Contact tracers authorized to work in Wisconsin will contact a resident by telephone and identify themselves with a first and last name, and the name of the government entity they are calling from, generally DHS or a local health department.

Contact tracers will say they are contacting you about an urgent public health matter and would like to speak with you to provide further information and share guidance. Legitimate contact tracers will first inform you that you may have been in contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19. They may then ask for information such as:

  • How you are feeling,
  • Where you went and who you’ve been in contact with in the last few weeks,
  • Contact information for those you’ve been in contact with recently,
  • Your occupation and work status,
  • Contact information and contact preferences.

To identify a scammer, below are some tips.

  • Authorized contact tracers will not ask for money or for personal information like your Social Security, bank account, or credit card number. 
  • An authorized contact tracer will not disclose the identity of the person who tested positive and is the starting place for that tracing effort. 
  • A legitimate contact tracer should be able to immediately provide you with up-to-date testing locations, with addresses, phone numbers, and information about whether you need to make an appointment at a particular location and what you will need to bring to that visit.

Scammers pretending to be contact tracers may also send text or email messages asking residents to click a link, which are “phishing” scams that help a scammer to gain access to a person’s computer, your financial information, and/or personal information. If you receive a communication that you’re unsure about, visit https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/lh-depts/counties.htm to contact the department or agency.

If you have been contacted by someone you think was not a legitimate contact tracer, please alert the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection: DATCPHotline@Wisconsin.gov or (800) 422-7128.

For more information, read the full announcement from Wisconsin DOJ HERE 

COVID-19 Community Testing

Bader Philanthropies COVID Testing 6-24.jpgShalem Healing will be hosting FREE walk-up and drive-up COVID-19 nasal (nasopharyngeal) & blood testing Wednesday, June 24th from 4-6 p.m. in the Bader Philanthropies, Inc. parking lot located at 3300 N. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive. 

To find other testing sites, visit the DHS website HERE. Milwaukee County and Waukesha County have several testing sites. 

 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.  

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25,068 confirmed cases (increase of 249*)

3.8% of total tests are positive (for 6/22)

3,231 hospitalizations (13% of cases- increase of 11)

19,543 recovered cases (78% of all cases)

466,634 negative test results (increase of 6,300)

745 devastating deaths (increase of 1)

14th District Counties

Milwaukee - 10,355 confirmed cases
Waukesha - 1,015 confirmed cases

*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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