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COVID-19 Update #7

 

Dear Friends & Neighbors,

First, I would like to thank those who participated in my virtual town hall on Friday. I enjoyed responding to the questions many of you submitted about COVID-19, and I hope to host another virtual town hall soon. If you were not able to join but have questions or would like to share your opinion, you can always contact my office. 

This newsletter includes information on the social distancing scorecard, recent actions by Governor Evers, online voter registration, and an overview of the federal CARES Act. 

I am hopeful the legislature will meet in the near future on measures we can take to help support families and businesses that are facing challenges due to this crisis. I will continue to keep you updated on any state actions. 

As the number of confirmed cases rises and our hospitals begin to fill up, it is more important than ever to limit interaction with people due to how quickly the virus spreads. Individuals can be infected with the virus and transmit it without demonstrating any symptoms. 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. In order to slow the transmission of COVID-19 in our community, please continue practicing social distancing and stay home whenever possible. We do this not only for ourselves but for the frontline healthcare professionals who are working to keep us safe, as well as for the elderly and vulnerable people in our society. 

For the latest on COVID-19, take advantage of these 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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COVID-19 Cases in Winnebago County  

As of Sunday, Winnebago County has 10 positive cases of COVID-19, 96 tests pending, and 159 negative tests. However, due to the lack of available testing nationally, the number of cases is much higher. Visits to respiratory clinics have gone up every day this week. For the most up-to-date information on confirmed cases in our community, visit the Winnebago County Health Department HERE

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Social Distancing Scorecard

Unacast created an interactive social distancing scorecard to measure how well Americans are doing at staying at home. As of Saturday, Winnebago County is graded a C. You can view the scorecard HERE

 

Social distancing is the most effective way to slow the spread of this highly contagious virus. I know it is difficult but in order to save lives and prevent our hospital systems from being overwhelmed, we must all practice social distancing. 

 

For most people, the threat is not the virus itself - the threat is that young, healthy people will pass the virus onto our vulnerable populations, such as those who are elderly or have compromised immune systems. If too many vulnerable people become infected at the same time, then our hospital systems will not have the capacity or ability to treat everyone in need of care. Governor Evers' Safer at Home order gives our healthcare providers the best chance at saving lives. By not leaving our homes, we will better position our community to defeat this virus. I hope you will join me in taking social distancing measures seriously.

 

Governor Evers Temporarily Suspends Evictions and Foreclosures

On Friday, Governor Evers issued an order that temporarily suspends evictions and foreclosures for the duration of the public health emergency. Wisconsinites who can continue paying their rent or mortgage are encouraged to do so, the order does not suspend these payments. You can view the order HERE.

 

For information on tenant-landlord law or assistance with eviction prevention, contact the Tenant Resource Center hotline at 608-257-0006. 

 

PPE Donation Efforts

Companies, educational facilities, and other organizations that have large quantities of personal protective equipment (PPE) can donate or sell to the State of Wisconsin HERE. These items will be distributed to communities in need by the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC). 

 

The state appreciates donations and is willing to reimburse at fair market value. If you have less than 50 items, consider donating them to a local healthcare organization.

 

Reminder: Today is the Last Day to Register to Vote Online 

Today is the last day to register to vote online. You can register HEREIf 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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Federal COVID-19 Legislation

Last week, President Donald Trump signed the bipartisan Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act into law. This bill provides immediate support for families, workers, small business owners, and healthcare systems. Below is an overview of the relief that will be available for Wisconsinites: 

  • Direct payments to citizens
    • Those who make up to $75,000 ($150,000 for married couples): Will receive $1,200 for individuals, $2,400 for married couples, and an additional $500 for each dependent child under 17. 
    • Those who make more than $75,000 but less than $90,000 ($198,000 for married couples): Will receive a reduced payment that is adjusted based on your gross income. 
    • Those who make more than $99,000: Will not receive a payment. 
    • Your payment will be based on your 2019 federal tax filing, or if you haven't filed yet this year, your 2018 filing. 
    • Payments are expected to arrive within three weeks if you have direct deposit set-up with the IRS. If you do not, your check will be mailed to you. 
    • Calculate if you qualify for a stimulus payment HERE.
    • View a helpful FAQ from U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin HERE.
    • Find the latest information on the IRS website HERE
  • Expanded unemployment insurance 
    • Eligibility has been expanded to include self-employed and gig workers.  
    • The maximum unemployment benefit has been increased by $600 per week through July 31.
    • Unemployment insurance will be available for 13 additional weeks (for a total of 39 weeks, or 8.9 months, in Wisconsin). 
    • The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) is waiting for guidance from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). Once they receive this guidance, they will program their systems to accommodate the changes. It may take several weeks to receive all of the information from the federal government. 
    • The latest information can be found on DWD's website HERE.
    • View a helpful FAQ from U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin HERE
  • Child care assistance for essential employees 
    • Additional funding for child care assistance will be provided to the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families (DCF) through Child Care Development Block Grants. 
    • This funding will be available for healthcare employees, emergency responders, and other workers deemed essential. 
    • Find out more information on eligibility and requesting assistance on DCF's website HERE
  • Support for small businesses
    •  $350 billion in loan forgiveness grants to small businesses and nonprofits to pay for expenses like payroll, rent, mortgage, and utilities. 
    • $10 billion for the Small Business Administration (SBA) emergency grants to provide immediate relief for small businesses' operating costs. 
    • $7 billion for SBA to cover six months of payments for small businesses with existing SBA loans, and six months of loan forbearance for all small businesses. 
    • View the Small Business Owner's Guide to the CARES Act HERE.

You can read about the other important measures in the CARES Act on the National Conference of State Legislature's website HERE

 

Recap from Previous E-Updates

  • 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. 

 

  • If you are experiencing anxiety or fear about COVID-19, read how to cope with stress during this pandemic HEREYou might also find it helpful to read about how you can avoid passing anxiety on to your children HERE.

 

  • Partnership Community Health Center (PCHC) made several updates to its services. For more information, visit their Facebook page HERE. If you've lost health insurance coverage, or fear that you might soon, you might be eligible for different insurance options. Call PCHC to learn more  at 920-882-6420. 

 

  • Consider donating to the UW Oshkosh "Titans Rise" relief fund for students HERE

 

  • Support local businesses by purchasing gift cards to use at a later date, ordering delivery and takeout where possible, shopping online, or visiting your favorite businesses' website to find out how you can assist. Visit Oshkosh has the latest up-to-date information on area businesses and restaurants with their hours and take out options HERE

 

  • If your 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 your qualify, you are encouraged to file a claim. You can find out additional information, contact DWD, and apply for unemployment benefits HERE.
 
 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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