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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 

Wisconsin Department of Health Services Updates

From DHS:


The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) has been awarded a $2 million grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to support the state’s behavioral health response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including services for people of all ages with mental health and substance use challenges and health care workers.


DHS is partnering with seven counties identified as having the greatest need for behavioral health services relative to the COVID-19 pandemic. The following counties have received funding from this grant:

  • Brown County - $140,930
  • Dane County - $292,498
  • Kenosha County - $270,000
  • Milwaukee County - $320,000
  • Racine County - $122,512
  • Rock County - $212,702
  • Waukesha County - $168,833

This funding is being used to develop programs to address the needs of populations facing the greatest challenges during this time, including efforts to:

  • Engage people who have encountered barriers to accessing care.
  • Expand services for people experiencing or at risk of homelessness.
  • Enhance supports for foster care families.
  • Provide treatment services through telehealth to youth and young adults.
  • Provide substance-free housing for people in recovery from an addiction.
  • Provide safe spaces for residential substance use treatment.
  • Connect people with peer specialists, individuals with experience in the mental health and substance use services system trained to support others in their journey to recovery.

Mental Health America of Wisconsin has been awarded $48,016 to provide treatment services to health care workers statewide through telehealth. Behavioral Consulting Services has been awarded $58,203 to provide treatment and recovery supports to staff at long-term care facilities statewide. The remainder of the grant funding is allocated to collecting data and monitoring the outcomes and effectiveness of each project. The grant funding for all projects is available through August 2021.

Call 211 or visit the 211 website to learn about behavioral health services in your community.

Visit the Resilient Wisconsin pages on the DHS website for information on how to manage stress and build the ability to adapt and recover from adversity.


First Lady Kathy Evers Launches Office of Children's Mental Health's Feelings Thermometer to Help Families Feel Better

Wisconsin First Lady Kathy Evers’ video message today launched the Office of Children's Mental Health’s Feelings Thermometer to help families feel better during these stressful times.

The Feelings Thermometer is a visual tool to post on the refrigerator that helps everyone — from kids to adults— measure how they are doing emotionally with tips on how to shift your mood from angry to calm. Research tells us that just identifying a calming activity can reduce anxiety.

Download the Feelings Thermometer or order a magnetized version for easy posting. 

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The Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation program expired in Wisconsin on July 25th. Please contact U.S. Senator Ron Johnson and Senator Tammy Baldwin to urge them to vote and pass the HEROES Act to extend this crucial assistance. 

You can find their phone numbers and contact forms at their websites: 

Sen. Ron Johnson:
Sen. Tammy Baldwin:

Wauwatosa Face Covering Ordinance

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The Wauwatosa Common Council yesterday approved an ordinance requiring face coverings indoors until January 31st, 2021. This ordinance is similar to the Governor's emergency order requiring face coverings indoors, though the statewide order expires on September 28th. The city can amend the rule to adjust the expiration date. 

  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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56,940 confirmed cases (increase of 884*)

5.2% of total tests are positive (for 8/5)

4,826 hospitalizations (8.5% of cases- increase of 43)

46,323 recovered cases (81% of all cases)

944,984 negative test results (increase of 16,139)

970 devastating deaths (increase of 9)

14th District Counties

Milwaukee - 20,175 confirmed cases
Waukesha - 3,841 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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