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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 

Milwaukee County COVID-19 Case Rates Decreasing 

Urban Milwaukee reports that the transmission rates in Milwaukee County remain below 1.0, which means that each new identified case of COVID-19 is likely to, on average, transmit the virus to less than one person (the figure is the reproductive rate or R-value). The current transmission rate indicates that the county is suppressing the virus.

Read the full article HERE

Department of Health Services: Office of Children's Mental Health Focuses on Improving School Outcomes

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services Office of Children’s Mental Health Director Linda Hall announced the publication of a new fact sheet about improving school outcomes and what communities can do to make a difference.

Highlights include: 

  • Students who struggle with mental health issues are at especially high risk for expulsion, perform lower on academic achievement tests, and have decreased graduation rates.
  • Early child care and education providers should increase their understanding of the importance of using trauma-informed principles and addressing their own racial and gender implicit biases.
  • Preschool providers should implement a curriculum that builds children’s social and emotional skills and increase family engagement to address challenging behaviors and reduce expulsions. 
  • Parents should set expectations about time spent on each class per week and regularly check in with teachers to gain a better understanding of the areas in which their child may be struggling.
  • Policymakers should prioritize spending on early care and education to reduce the school-to-prison pipeline.

Read the full fact sheet HERE.

  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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64,227 confirmed cases (increase of 1,021*)

9.8% of total tests are positive (for 8/14)

5,235 hospitalizations (8.2% of cases- increase of 65)

54,181 recovered cases (84% of all cases)

1,044,613 negative test results (increase of 9,418)

1,025 devastating deaths (increase of 7)

14th District Counties

Milwaukee - 21,879 confirmed cases (increase of 213)
Waukesha - 4,657 confirmed cases (increase of 142)

*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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