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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 for Early Care/Education Providers & Cultural Organizations

Governor Evers announced two more allocations from the funding that the state received from the federal CARES Act. 

CARES DCF Child Car.pngFirst, $30 million will go towards supporting early child care and education providers. The additional funds will allow the Department of Children and Families (DCF) to conduct an additional round of Child Care Counts payments.

The Child Care Counts: COVID-19 Supplementary Payment Program is designed to help counter those trends. The additional round will of funding will be distributed through two, new programs targeted at the current challenges early care and education providers are facing. Applications and program eligibility details will be available starting Sept. 9, 2020, on DCF's website, with the application window closing Sept. 18, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. Payment notifications will be issued on Sept. 26, 2020.

For more information, read the full announcement HERE

CARES Cultural Org Grant Application.jpgSecond, $5 million will go towards a COVID-19 Cultural Organization Grant Program aimed at assisting Wisconsin cultural organizations that have been economically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Administered by the Department of Administration (DOA), the program provides eligible organizations grant awards of up to $250,000 to cover pandemic-related impacts such as: lost revenue, increased workers compensation costs, cleaning and sanitization, and purchases of services or equipment to facilitate telework by employees.

Grant applications are due to DOA by no later than 2 p.m. on Wednesday, September 30, 2020. Interested applicants are encouraged to attend a program webinar on September 10, 2020; details are available here.

For more information, read the full announcement HERE

 DHS Opens Second Round of Applications for Funds to Support Health Care Providers Affected by COVID-19

Starting last week Friday, September 4, the Department of Health Services (DHS) will once again be accepting applications for Wisconsin’s program to provide relief for specific types of health care service providers to offset losses or expenses they incurred due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding being used was allotted to the state under the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

Read the full announcement HERE

DNR Announces Return of Daily Trail/Park
Admission Passes 

DNR State Parks Update 9-3-2020.jpgThe DNR announced that Daily trail and park admission passes will again be sold at all state park system properties beginning on Friday, Sept. 4, 2020.

For more information, read the full announcement 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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82,477 confirmed cases (increase of 717*)

17.6% of total tests are positive (for 9/8)

6,118 hospitalizations (7.4% of cases- increase of 29)

73,122 recovered cases (89% of all cases)

1,230,159 negative test results (increase of 3,366)

1,168 devastating deaths (no increase)

14th District Counties

Milwaukee - 24,944 confirmed cases
Waukesha - 5,873 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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