March 5, 2021

  

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DHS Launches Vaccine Hotline & Registry

Click the image above for the latest vaccination numbers county-by-county

Finding information about the COVID-19 vaccine and figuring out what locations are offering vaccinations has been a challenge for many folks around the 36th Assembly District. I have been working with our counties and the DHS to help address shortcomings that have been brought up, and will continue to support the vaccination effort however I can. 

This week, DHS has announced that with the addition of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, Wisconsin will be receiving more COVID-19 vaccine doses and an overall increased production of all three vaccines. So far, 1.5 million doses of vaccine have been administered in Wisconsin, and around 200,000 doses were ordered just this week by vaccine providers and are in transit to areas around Wisconsin. 

To help improve access to the latest data on the vaccine, Wisconsin's DHS has launched a new Vaccine Hotline to answer vaccine-related questions. Those with questions on the vaccine can call (844) 684-1064 toll-free. The resource is meant to help answer questions about vaccine locations, medical-related issues with the vaccine and registration.

The DHS has also launched its COVID-19 Vaccine Registry where people can sign up to receive the vaccine, and when they are eligible, schedule an appointment near them. The registry is intended to be a one-stop-shop for people waiting for the vaccine. So far, only a few county health departments are participating in the registry, but DHS' goal is to make the registry available in every county by April 1. 

Unemployment System Update

Back in December, the Continued Assistance Act was signed into law, which amended parts of the CARES Act to extend many of the unemployment programs beyond their original expiration dates. With the continued challenges Wisconsinites continue to face, this extension will provide some much-needed relief. In order to start paying out these extended benefits, DWD has to do extensive software coding for each unemployment program impacted, and sadly the system doesn't allow them to be done simultaneously. 

So far, DWD is half way done with the needed coding, and is working on the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) Program and the Mixed Earners Unemployment Compensation (MEUC) Program. Updates on where DWD is in the process, and what is involved in each step of coding can be found on their Continued Assistance Act webpage.

With the continued delays that many folks have had with their claims, I have been reaching out and mediating with DWD on behalf of constituents. If you or someone you know has run into delays or problems with your unemployment claim, please fill out the below form and I will reach out to DWD on your behalf. In the meantime, a number of resources are available here for folks waiting on their claim.  

Request Unemployment Inquiry

New Legislative Technology Caucus

This session, I'm proud to be a part of the newly-formed Wisconsin Legislative Technology Caucus. The bi-partisan caucus is made up of legislators eager to work on boosting our state's technology economy. Our goal is to work together along bipartisan lines to bring ideas and information to the attention of state policymakers.

The COVID-19 pandemic has had deep impacts on our economy, and the increasing importance of technological advancement across all sectors of our economy means that technology will play a role in our economic recovery. I look forward to working with my colleagues on this emerging issue. 

In-Person Hunter Safety Classes Start April 1

The DNR had just announced that all in-person hunter education classes, including archery education classes, will begin on April 1 with safety precautions. To help provide the best training possible while also keeping attendees and staff safe, the DNR will enforce the following safety protocols for all in-person classes:

  • Social distancing of 6 feet between participants
  • Maximum of 50 participants in any one class
  • Face coverings required for all participants
  • Sanitizing of class equipment
  • Availability and use of hand sanitizer
  • Outdoor instruction where possible

The DNR's Recreational Safety & Outdoor Section will work with volunteer instructors and partners in their effort to reopen all in-person hunter and archery education safety classes. Instructors may start enrolling traditional classes on GoWild on March 15, and traditional in-person classes can begin on April 1. 

COVID-19 Quick Links

Below are some quick links to essential COVID-19 resources and information:

Follow the Legislative Action

In order to stay up to date on any legislation, proposals, or your legislator, a free notification service is available through the Wisconsin State Legislature's website. You can sign up for nightly personalized email notifications based on our state's legislative activity. This is a wonderful way to stay informed about state politics and proposals that you are interested in.