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COVID-19 Update #6

 

Dear Friends & Neighbors,

I hope you are all doing as well as possible during this incredibly difficult time for so many in our community. 

This e-update includes the latest information from state and community resources, details on my virtual town hall, and updates on child care and health care services. 

The spread of COVID-19 is increasing across the United States and in Wisconsin. In fact, the U.S. just surpassed China in the number of confirmed cases. In Wisconsin, our number of known (and unknown) cases are multiplying fast. That is why it is important that all of us STAY HOME and limit our interaction with others as much as possible to reduce the spread of this incredibly contagious virus. I know that this has been hard on so many people, but it has been proven to be the most effective way to save lives and prevent our hospitals and health care workers from being overwhelmed by too many infected patients at the same time. The worst is yet to come, so please keep doing your part. Thank you! 

I would also like to take a moment to thank all of our essential workers who continuously show up every day to keep our society functioning, whether it be in health care, manufacturing, or the food and retail industry, I cannot thank you all enough for your hard work during this unprecedented time. 

For the latest on COVID-19, continue to take advantage of these helpful resources: 

For my constituents abroad, you can sign-up for the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program to receive important updates from the local embassy. This is a free service for all U.S. citizens/nationals traveling or living abroad. Sign-up HERE.

 

As always, 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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Virtual Town Hall  

On Friday, March 27 at 1:30pm, I will be holding a Facebook Live Virtual Town Hall. I will provide updates and answer questions regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the Oshkosh community and the state as a whole. To submit a question, you can fill out the form HERE. Please note that the form will close at 10am on Friday to allow for enough time to organize accurate responses.

 

Visit my legislative Facebook page HERE at 1:30pm on Friday to join the Town Hall. 

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Oshkosh YMCA Child Care Openings

The Oshkosh YMCA has child care openings for essential employees and healthcare providers. For more information or to enroll, contact Eric Davis at ericdavis@oshkoshymca.org or 920-230-8967. 

 

Department of Natural Resouces (DNR) Update

Wisconsin state parks, trails, and forests are open to the public for outdoor recreation. The entrance fees have been waived. Visitors must follow social distancing guidelines including maintaining a distance of six feet between people, frequently washing hands or using hand sanitizer, covering coughs and sneezes, and not shaking hands. You can learn more about the DNR's response to COVID-19 HERE.

 

Mental Health Resouces 

The COVID-19 pandemic is stressful for many people. If you or someone you love is experiencing fear and anxiety about this virus, that is normal. The uncertainty of this time can be overwhelming - you are not alone in feeling anxious. If you are stressed, the Centers for Disease and Control (CDC) recommends that you support yourself by: 

  • Taking breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories.
  • Taking care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate. Try to eat healthy, exercise regularly, and get plenty of sleep.
  • Making time to unwind. Try to do activities you enjoy. 
  • Connecting with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you're feeling. 

You can read more about how to cope with stress during this pandemic HERE. You might also find it helpful to read about how you can avoid passing anxiety on to your children HEREIf you or someone you care about has thoughts of harming themselves or others please reach out to: 

  • 911
  • Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA's) Disaster Distress Hotline: 1-800-985-5990
  • SAMHSA's Disaster Distress Text Hotline: Text TalkWithUs to 66746 

 

Partnership Community Health Center Update

Partnership Community Health Center has made several updates to its services. These changes include postponing physicals and well-child checks, launching virtual healthcare appointments, moving to telephone visits for behavioral health needs, and canceling all preventative and restorative dental care appointments. 

As a reminder, primary care at the Oshkosh location is temporarily suspended. Dental care is available, but you must call first to schedule an appointment (920-731-7445). 

If you’ve lost health insurance coverage, or fear that you might soon, you might be eligible for different health insurance options. Call Partnership Community Health Center to learn more (920-882-6420). 

You can continue to follow updates from Partnership HERE.

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UW Oshkosh Relief Fund for Students

UW Oshkosh launched a relief fund to support students during the COVID-19 pandemic. This fund will support critical programs, scholarships, and emergency funds. All donations will be matched, up to the $50,000 campaign goal. You can donate or learn more HERE.

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Elections Update

The deadline to register to vote online has been extended until Monday, March 30. You can register HERE. If you are already registered to vote, I highly encourage you to request an absentee ballot online HERE. I share the concerns of local officials around the state about their ability to conduct safe, in-person voting during this pandemic. Absentee voting will allow you to cast your ballot safely at home. 

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Small Business Administration Disaster Loans

These disaster loans are another step toward providing much-needed assistance to Wisconsin's small businesses during this challenging and uncertain time. The application to the small business loan portal can be accessed HERE.

The SBA disaster assistance loans are: 

  • For up to $2 million;
  • For businesses under 500 employees;
  • Low-interest (2.75-3.75%), long-term (15-30 year) loans;
  • Available and funded 21 days after a completed application is submitted.

For more information, visit the SBA website HERE, or contact our local Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) Development Director Jon Bartz at jon.bartz@wedc.org or 608-210-6846.

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Support Local Businesses

The COVID-19 pandemic has been devastating to local businesses. I encourage those who can support our local businesses and restaurants to do so at this time. Here are some ways you can help out small businesses in our community: 

  • Purchase gift cards to local restaurants to use at a later date. 
  • Order delivery or takeout where possible. 
  • Visit the websites of your favorite local businesses, many are offering discounts or telling their customers how they can assist. Other businesses are offering services remotely or shipping merchandise to their customers. 
  • If you're online shopping, seek out local businesses to make these purchases.

Every dollar means a lot right now, so please do whatever you can to help support our local Oshkosh community. 

Visit Oshkosh has the latest up-to-date information on area businesses and restaurants with their hours and take out options. 

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Unemployment Resources

If you or someone you know has had their workplace shut down due to COVID-19, you will be eligible to apply for unemployment benefits through the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD). 

If you are unsure if you qualify for unemployment benefits, you are encouraged to file a claim with the Department of Workforce Development. Once you file, they will assist you in determining your eligibility. Each case will be examined on a case-by-case basis. 

You can find out additional information, contact DWD, or apply for unemployment benefits HERE. If you have any questions, please contact my office at 608-266-2254. 

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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
Rep.Hintz@legis.wisconsin.gov|