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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 

 CARES Act Funding - Broadband Access & COVID-19 Testing at Colleges & Universities

Governor Evers announced additional allocations of funding from the federal CARES Act to expand broadband access in Wisconsin and increase COVID-19 testing at private, non-profit, and tribal colleges. 

Broadband grants will be awarded by the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSC) to applicants from the 2020 broadband expansion grants that did not receive funding and are able to connect customers by December 30, 2020, and satisfy the requirements of the federal CARES Act. The PSC houses the state Broadband Office, which administers the state’s Broadband Expansion Grant Program that provides grant funding to organizations, internet service providers, and local governments to expand in areas of the state that are underserved and unserved. Read the full announcement HERE.

$8.3 million will go to support COVID-19 testing efforts at Wisconsin's private, nonprofit, and tribal colleges and universities. This effort follows the investment of more than $10 million in general COVID-19 support for Wisconsin’s private, nonprofit, and tribal campuses announced on earlier this summer. Read the full announcement HERE

MCW COVID-19 Webinar

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The Medical College of Wisconsin hosted a COVID-19 informational webinar for legislators and staff. Here are some key takeaways from this discussion:

  • 42 counties in the state have increasing trajectory of COVID-19 cases (only 2 are decreasing)
  • Half of transmission occurs with individuals with no or mild symptoms
  • COVID-19 does NOT respect county lines - it moves with people
  • Although over 80% of people have recovered from COVID-19, many still have persistent symptoms
  • COVID-19 is also an “illness of grief” from the loss of loved ones, special events, and other aspects of life - long term trauma associated with the virus firsthand and secondhand
  • COVID-19 has 10X the lethality of the seasonal flu
  • One-third to one-half of individuals have significant lingering impacts of the virus
For more information from MCW about COVID-19, visit their website 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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108,324 confirmed cases (increase of 2,392*)

18% of total tests are positive (for 9/24)

6,897 hospitalizations (6.4% of cases- increase of 76)

90,726 recovered cases (84% of all cases)

1,371,070 negative test results (increase of 10,887)

1,265 devastating deaths (increase of 6)

14th District Counties

Milwaukee - 27,672 confirmed cases
Waukesha - 6,945 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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