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Memorial Day Weekend

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Memorial Day is on Monday, May 25th. On Memorial Day, we remember those who have sacrificed their lives to protect our great country. I want to thank the families of our fallen men and women. Your sacrifices also do not go unnoticed. We all will continue to offer our warmest thoughts and prayers for these families and the outstanding men and women who serve the United States in our armed forces.

CARES Act Funding Allocation

On Tuesday, the Governor announced his plan for the distribution of over $1 billion in funds from the federal CARES Act given to the state. The plan would provide direct aid to Wisconsin hospitals, purchase testing supplies, and reimburse state agencies for expenses related to COVID-19. In addition, the money would be used to increase contact tracing efforts, purchase personal protective equipment (PPE) and acquire over 1,500 new ventilators for the Wisconsin health care system.

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CARES Act funds will also be allocated to help farmers and food security initiatives, tenants, small businesses, and nursing homes.

The Wisconsin Farm Support Program is a $50-million investment to provide direct payments to Wisconsin farmers in support of the agricultural sector during the COVID-19 pandemic. I co-signed a letter to the Governor, encouraging him to help the farmers in this way.

The Food Security Initiative is a $15-million program to combat hunger in Wisconsin.

The "We're All In" grant program seeks to help prop up tenants and small businesses that need financial help. $25 million will be allocated to agencies across the state for residents to apply for that meet income and need eligibility. Up to 30,000 small businesses will soon be able to apply for a grant of $2500.

Nursing homes and other care facilities in total will receive $100 million dollars to address financial burdens during the pandemic.

More info on these initiatives will be released soon and will be posted in the following E-update once the 52nd District office receives it.

COVID Testing and Private Insurance Coverage

Testing for COVID-19 is available and can be accessed without any out-of-pocket costs. Under the federal CARES and FFCRA Acts, most insurers cannot require cost-sharing, such as co-pays for office, urgent care, or emergency department visits, for COVID-19 tests.

Free community testing sites are available. You can access a full list of free testing sites here.

Individuals with private insurance who have been tested for COVID-19 and subsequently received a bill to cover associated costs or handling costs should speak to their insurer about having those services covered without cost-sharing. Wisconsinites can also file a complaint with the Office of the Commissioner of Insurance online here or by calling 1-800-236-8517.

State Park Updates

The 52nd District office received the following update from the Department of Natural Resources regarding state park operations:

All Wisconsin state park system properties will return to regular operating hours of 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. seven days a week beginning tomorrow, Saturday, May 23. Properties will no longer be closed on Wednesdays. In addition, a limited number of day-use area restrooms at park properties will reopen for public use beginning Wednesday, June 3. Visitors are reminded to plan ahead and to bring hand sanitizer in the event that it is not available at facilities.

All group, family, and indoor group campsites will remain closed through June 7. All events and shelter reservations will also be canceled through June 7. Permit and reservation holders will be contacted and provided a full refund. The status of events, reservations, and camping after June 7 is currently under review.

FdL School District Summer School

The Fond du Lac School District recently released their program information for summer school. Summer school will be virtual from June 15-July 16. Registrations must be submitted by 3pm on Monday, June 1st.

Capitol Virtual Tour

Since the State Capitol building is still closed to the public, no tours are able to be conducted. However, you are in luck! Speaker Vos and I put together a virtual tour video for your leisure. Just click on the picture and it will direct you to the video. Enjoy!

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Upcoming Holidays

  • Friday, May 22 – Jerusalem Day
  • Saturday, May 23 – National Taffy Day
  • Sunday, May 24 – Brother's Day
  • Monday, May 25 – Memorial Day
  • Tuesday, May 26 – World Redhead Day
  • Wednesday, May 27 – National Grape Popsicle Day
  • Thursday, May 28 – International Hamburger Day

For more fun and out-there holidays, visit checkiday.com, a website created by a former Fond du Lac resident!