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COVID-19 Update #3

 

Dear Friends & Neighbors,

There have been several developments since my last update to you. Below I have included additional information on the impact of COVID-19 on our state and community.  

State government is working closely with the City of Oshkosh and our federal agencies to establish measures to assist in reducing the spread of COVID-19. The Governor's office has launched a website with information and resources throughout the state government, you can visit it HERE

Winnebago County Health Department (WCHD) is also sending frequent e-updates to ensure you have the most up-to-date information. To sign up for these updates click HERE. In addition, you can call the WCHD hotline with any questions at 920-232-3026. 

 

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Governor Evers orders bars and restaurants to close, bans gatherings of more than 10 people

Today, Governor Evers directed the Department of Health Services (DHS) to issue an order prohibiting mass gatherings of 10 people or more to slow the spread of COVID-19. The order makes exceptions for transportation, educational institutions, child care, hotels, military, law enforcement, food pantries, hospitals, long-term care facilities, grocery stores and convenience stores, utility facilities, job centers, and courts. 

Restaurants and bars will be closed as of 5pm on March 17 and only be allowed to offer take-out or delivery.

You can read the order HERE.

 

Social Distancing - Please Stay Home

WHY: The reason such extreme measures are being taken by state and local government is to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Because of how contagious the virus is, limiting the interaction of people is crucial. If too many older individuals or those with weakened immune systems require medical attention at the same time, our hospitals will become overwhelmed and their ability to effectively treat patients will be compromised. Individuals that are infected and yet do not show any symptoms can transmit the virus. That is why everyone has a role to play in slowing the spread.

WHAT YOU CAN DO: The best thing we can do to get through this crisis is to stay home. Social distancing is the term used this conscious effort to reduce close contact between people and limit the community transmission of a virus. The fact is, if people practice social distancing, they will not transmit the virus to others.

I understand these are challenging times, but if you are able to stay home - please do so. We're all in this together, and we will get through it if we are acting in the best interest of our community.

 

Town Hall Cancelled 

A reminder that I am officially cancelling my town hall at the Oshkosh Public Library on Thursday, March 19 to avoid further spread of COVID-19 in our Oshkosh community. 

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Election Information 

Wisconsin's Spring Election and Presidential Primary is still scheduled to be held on Tuesday, April 7. There have been a number of questions raised in Wisconsin and states around the country about how the COVID-19 virus could disrupt the voting process. In order to best avoid any election day voting issues or delays that could result from efforts to manage the number of people in a space at one time, you are encouraged to have an absentee ballot mailed to your home.

You can request an absentee ballot HERE by April 2nd if you are already registered to vote. 

If you're not already registered to vote, the deadline to register online is Wednesday, March 18. 

You might also find this article from Wisconsin Public Radio on how to vote by mail helpful. 

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Oshkosh Kids Foundation - Feed a Child

If you would like to help the Oshkosh Area School District fund their program to ensure that all kids and low income parents have access to two meals a day while school is closed, the Oshkosh Kids Foundation will be collecting money to support this important effort.

Please consider donating to help our students HERE.

Oshkosh Area School District - Meals for Students and Families

A reminder that the Oshkosh Area School District will provide free meals for students and their families while schools are closed.

Beginning today (Tuesday, March 17th), the meals can be picked up weekdays at grab-and-go locations set up outside of the school. They will include milk, a sack lunch and breakfast for the next day. No identification or proof of enrollment is required.

Pickup locations and times:

  • Perry Tipler Middle School (325 S. Eagle St.): 11-11:40 a.m.
  • Jefferson Elementary School (244 W. 11th Ave.): Noon-12:40 p.m.
  • Oaklawn Elementary School (112 Viola Ave.): 10:45-11:15 a.m.
  • Merrill Elementary School (108 W. New York Ave.): 11:30 a.m.-noon
  • Webster Stanley Middle School (915 Hazel St.): 12:15-12:45 p.m.
  • Oshkosh North High School (1100 W. Smith Ave.): 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

The following other locations will be open to pick up free meals for children only in the neighborhood:

  • Logan Drive Neighborhood: (3317 Logan Drive): 10:45-11:15 a.m.
  • Snell Road Mobile Home Community: (1940 W. Snell Road): 11:20-11:50 a.m.
  • St. Andrews Church Neighborhood: (110 E. Murdock Ave.): 10:50-11:20 a.m.
  • Cimarron Court Neighborhood: (130 Cimarron Court): 11:35-11:55 a.m.
  • Cumberland Trail Neighborhood: (1152 Cumberland Trail), community center, will be distributed by HUD staff in the afternoon

You can find updated information from the school district, HERE.

 

Oshkosh Area Community Pantry remains Open

The Oshkosh Area Community Pantry (2551 Jackson St.) announced Monday that they will remain open to those in need.

Pantry staff and volunteers are enacting social distancing techniques, including reducing the number of and rearranging public seats, heightening sanitation measures and allowing only people who are symptom free.

You can  help by donating food, time, or money. You can donate funds HERE

 

Oshkosh Closures

Below is a list of several closures in Oshkosh, please note that this is not an exhaustive list. 

The Oshkosh Public Library is closed through April 6

The Oshkosh Seniors Center is closed through April 11

The Oshkosh Public Museum is closed through April 11

All City Buildings are closed to the public until further notice 

The Oshkosh Fire Station is closed for walk-ins until further notice 

The Oshkosh Police Department is strongly discouraging walk-ins until further notice 

For the most current list of Oshkosh cancellations and closures, visit the City of Oshkosh website HERE

Unemployment Resources

If your workplace shuts down due to COVID-19, you may be eligible to apply for unemployment benefits through the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development. You can find more information and apply HERE.

If you have questions, please contact my office at 608-266-2254. 

 

Access to Broadband Internet

Spectrum will offer free broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription. Installation fees will be waived for new student households. To enroll call 844-488-8395. 

AT&T home internet customers will be allowed to use unlimited data. In addition, AT&T will not terminate the service of any broadband residential or small business customer, will waive late fees, and will keep public hotspots open. 

 

Utility Cutoff to be Frozen

The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSC) directed water, electric, and natural gas utilities to cease disconnecting residential service for nonpayment until the state public health emergency has been lifted. Additionally, utilities must make reasonable attempts to reconnect service to homes that have been disconnected. You can learn more HERE.

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Small Business Administration Disaster Loans

If you are a small business that has been impacted by the COVID-19, please consider applying for an SBA disaster loan. 

The US Small Business Administration (SBA) will be providing disaster assistance loans to businesses who suffer substantial economic injury due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States. In order for a state to qualify for loans, its Governor must submit an application directly to SBA documenting statewide examples of businesses negatively impacted by the outbreak. Governor Evers’ administration is currently trying to gather as many documented cases of businesses impacted as possible as part of its application to SBA.

Local economic development officials and businesses should work directly with their regional WEDC economic development director to document their losses for the state’s application for SBA assistance. For those in Oshkosh, reach out to Jason White at the Greater Oshkosh Economic Development Corporation at jason.white@greateroshkosh.com. 

The Evers administration hopes to have its application completed and submitted to SBA by close of business on Friday, March 20. Because of this urgency, businesses that have been negatively impacted by COVID-19 should contact their regional WEDC economic development director as soon as possible.

For more information about the SBA disaster assistance, please click HERE.

 

Cybersecurity 

Be cautious about who may be trying to take advantage of you during this public health emergency. 

  • Beware of phishing email, phone calls, and texts that request personal information from you. 
  • Be wary of claims of cures. Instead, always verify with the Department of Health Services or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 
  • Report possible scams to the Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection at DATCPHotline@wisconsin.gov or (800) 422-7128.

  

Child Care Centers Advised to Remain Open

At this time, the Department of Children and Families (DCF) is advising child care, Head Start, and 3- and 4-year-old kindergarten programs to remain open. If the program has a known positive case or close contact with a known positive case, then DCF recommends that the center works with the local public health department to determine the next steps. You can read all of DCF's guidance on this matter HERE. If you are a child care center that is remaining open and are unable to find supplies, you can fill out this supplies request form.

 

Information on Price Gouging 

Attorney General Josh Kaul issued a statement earlier this week, urging Wisconsin residents to be on the lookout for price gouging. 

Price gouging generally prohibits any wholesaler or retailer from selling consumer goods or services at prices that are more than 15% higher than pre-emergency prices. There are, however, some exceptions to the prohibition. If you suspect that price gouging may be occurring, report your concerns to DATCP at DATCPHotline@wisconsin.gov, through their toll-free hotline at (800) 422-7128, or online HERE.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding COVID-19, 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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 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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