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COVID-19 Update #21

 

Dear Friends and Neighbors, 

As of last Thursday, October 1, the Oshkosh-Neenah Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA, a data definition used in the census, which encompasses all of Winnebago County) had the highest number of average daily new coronavirus cases over a two week period. The average new cases per day over the previous 14 days of 83.6 per 100,000 was the highest number of any area of the United States. According to the Winnebago County Health Department, as of today, have 4,332 confirmed cases and we have lost 28 lives. The threat of this virus is not only real, but it is rising in the Oshkosh area.

Perhaps even more concerning is that our area hospitals are now being flooded with new cases, with some reporting that they are overwhelmed and running out of hospital beds.  This doesn’t just impact COVID-19 patients, but risks anyone who may need hospital care for other reasons.

“We don’t have to wonder why (the rapid spread) is happening. We see it,” Appleton health officer Kurt Eggebrecht said  pointing to packed bars on football game days and photos of large gatherings being posted on social media.

It is up to each one of us to help reduce the transmission of the virus. 

What You Can Do:

  • Please stay home as much as possible
  • Avoid gatherings of people, especially indoors
  • Practice physical distancing when around other people as much as possible
  • Wear a mask to protect each other by reducing possible airborne transmission of the virus
  • Wash your hands and practice good hygiene regularly

I thank each of you taking action to protect yourselves, and health of our community. Our vulnerable neighbors, frontline health care workers, children’s education, and small businesses are counting on you to do your part.  As always, if you have any questions or concerns, you can reach out to my Madison office at 608-266-2254, my home at 920-232-0805, or my email at Rep.Hintz@legis.wisconsin.gov.

Sincerely, 

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Executive Order 90: Public Health Emergency Order 

On July 30, Gov. Evers issued Executive Order #82 to declare a public health emergency as a result of a spike in COVID-19 cases in counties throughout the state. At the same time, the governor issued a statewide face covering mandate. The number of new COVID-19 cases slowed in August as a result of the mandate, but as campuses reopened in the last several weeks, there has been a new surge in cases across our state.

On September 22nd, Governor Evers issued a new public health emergency in the face of rising COVID-19 cases across the state. With the new face covering order, Wisconsin residents ages five and older are required to wear a face covering when they are indoors or in an enclosed space with anyone outside their household or living unit. This order ends on November 21, 2020.

 As we continue to learn about this virus, what we do know is our state’s response must adapt to the current landscape. The fact is, while there are limited tools to slow the spread of COVID-19, wearing masks is one of the most effective ways to keep our communities safe and healthy.

We need to do everything possible to slow the transmission if we want to protect health, lives, restore the economy, and return to safe in-person instruction for our kids. Wearing a mask is one of the most effective things each of us can do. 

  

COVID-19 Testing available at CVS

COVID-19 testing is now available by appointment at CVS on 1736 W 9th Avenue by appointment for every person over the age of 12 who has symptoms or has been identified as a close contact. Minors under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Please visit the CVS website to schedule an appointment before visiting the nearest location for a COVID-19 test.  

 

Get your Flu Shot!

It is now fall and winter is approaching, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that people should make plans to get vaccinated early in fall, before flu season begins. Since it takes two weeks after vaccination for antibodies in the flu shot to develop in your body and provide protection against the flu, it is recommended that the flu vaccine be taken by the end of October. However, as children from 6 months through 8 years of age may need two doses for best protection, it is important to start the vaccination process sooner because the two doses must be given at least four weeks apart. 

The additional risk of getting infected with the flu on top of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic could cause overburden to the health care system and increases the risk of catching both diseases at once. Both types of viruses target the lung and it is wise to prevent yourself from catching both diseases at once. Please visit here to see who should and who should not get a flu vaccine. 

  

Guidance for Employers and Families to cope with the COVID-19 Pandemic

Recently, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) has provided coping tips for workers and families who have been directly and indirectly affected by the pandemic. Having to face several changes, such as altered family routines, new financial pressures, uncertainty at work, interrupted employment, and more can be stressful for you and your family. These five coping strategies are here to help you manage and reduce the pressure you may feel at work or at home. 

  • Know It’s Okay: It’s normal to feel upset and afraid when life changes in dramatic ways. Don’t judge your actions and emotions during times of stress too harshly.
  • Stick to a Routine: Create a schedule for working, relaxing, physical activity, and connecting with loved ones that you and your family can rely on.
  • Prioritize Self-Care: Getting adequate rest and exercise, eating healthy foods, and maintaining your social connections can help you take better care of yourself and others.
  • Live with Purpose: Disruptions in your work and home life can leave you floundering. Finding new ways to stay active and make contributions to your life and community can help reduce anxiety.
  • Ask for the Help You Need: Addressing your own stress and anxiety is critical. Don’t be afraid to reach out for help from loved ones, turn to a trusted advisor, or seek the support of a mental or behavioral health professional.

Please visit this page here to find more information and to find resources to help you manage stress and adapt to change.

 

Returning to School after COVID-19

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) has issued guidance for parents to prevent children from getting COVID-19 and indicate when it is appropriate for their children to stay at home, as well as the information on the resources for food, housing assistance, and crisis support. The DHS suggested that parents and teachers:

  • Help children wash their hands often. 
  • Help children avoid close contact with people who are sick, even inside your own home. 
  • Remind children to maintain physical distance of 6 feet from other people
  • Remind children to cover their mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when they are around others, if they are able to do so safely. 
  • Teach children to clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. 
  • Help students monitor their health and look for symptoms and take their temperature daily.

Please click HERE for more information on the guidance.

Beware of Scammers!

The United States Department of Treasury has issued a warning of scammers claiming to be from the Treasury Department and offering COVID-19 grant payment in exchange for personal information such as financial information, advance fees, or any other charge. Please click HERE to find an official warning from the U.S. Department of Treasury. If you are experiencing or suspecting interactions with scammers, please click HERE to report.

 

Resources

 
 If you have any comments regarding the subject of this E-Newsletter, please feel free to contact me.   


Rep. Hintz
State Capitol, Room #201 W
PO Box 8952
Madison, WI 53708

Toll-Free (888) 555-1234 or (608) 555-1234
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