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COVID-19 Update #20

 

Dear Friends & Neighbors,

As we move into the fall, I continue to encourage all of you to keep our community safe from increasing the spread of COVID-19, by maintaining social distancing measures.

As students and teachers have begun another year of learning, it is important to acknowledge that this academic year looks considerably different. With schools and universities reopening for the fall semester, all of us have a part to play in keeping our students and staff safe by minimizing the spread of the COVID-19 and following the guidelines from the Winnebago County Health Department, the Department of Health Services, and guidelines set out by the Oshkosh Area School District. Because there is no treatment at hand, and no certainty of a vaccine on the near horizon, taking these precautionary measures are the best actions we can take for the collective well-being of our health, economy, and the education of our children.

I thank each of you for all that you are doing to keep your loved ones safe and healthy. 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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COVID-19 Cases in Wisconsin & Winnebago County

Winnebago County (As of 8AM, 9/15/20)

  • Positive: 1,840 (+75 from 9/14)
  • Negative: 31,006 (+12 from 9/14)
  • Deaths: 20 (+0 from 9/14)

Wisconsin (As of 8AM, 9/15/20)

Stimulating the Oshkosh Economy

Recently, the Wisconsin Department of Tourism has granted Joint Effort Marketing (JEM) funds to the Oshkosh Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) and Life Promotions. The amount of $26,375 received by the CVB for the Sales Promotion Historic Wedding Venues in Oshkosh are aimed to stimulate the Oshkosh economy by approximately $3,085,147.

Life Promotions also received $36,500 for the Lifest that will be held in 2021. This project hope to stimulate the Oshkosh economy by approximately $3,085,147. This event will be held at Sunnyview Fairgrounds in Oshkosh on July 8-11, 2021. If you are interested in this event, tickets for Lifest will go on sale in November 2020.

JEM Grant Program offers funding and guidance to the non-profit organizations in Wisconsin for promotion of tourism events and destinations. The grant reimburses Wisconsin non-profit organizations for qualified advertising costs. To learn more about the JEM program, click here.hcare provider, or your employer. You can learn more about the tool HERE

 

Voting this Coming Fall

The Presidential Election is scheduled to take place on November 3, 2020. The Wisconsin Elections Commission (WEC) wants to make sure that every eligible voter can vote safely and securely. Due to the COVID-19 concerns, every Wisconsinites is provided with information about various voting options so that registered voters can exercise their right to vote.

Whether you have decided to vote by absentee ballot or in-person, the MyVote website will help you navigate through your preferred voting process. If you are not registered, you may also register to vote on the website. All you need is a Wisconsin driver license or a state ID card. For registered voters, you can also request an absentee ballot to be mailed to your preferred address on the website. Please make sure to follow the instructions provided and have an adult U.S. citizen witness your ballot.

An absentee request paper form is also another option for voters who are not comfortable with or do not have access to technology. In early September, the WEC will mail information about voting to approximately 2.6 million registered voters in Wisconsin who have not already requested an absentee ballot. The information packet includes an absentee request form and a postage-paid reply envelope. On September 17, 2020, the Wisconsin’s city, village and town clerks will mail absentee ballots to the registered voters with requests on file. 

 

 Regional Testing Site Update

COVID-19 testing is now available at the Sunnyview Expo Center on 500 E County Road Y on the following days and hours: Monday: 8am-4pm, Tuesday: 11am-7pm, Wednesday: 8am-4pm, Thursday: 11am-7pm, Friday: 8am-4pm, and Saturday: 8am-4pm. You can find more information on who may be tested and testing procedures HERE. Click HERE to take screening questions and register ahead of time before going to the testing site.

 

 Mortgage Assistance for Winnebago County

Winnebago County has launched a COVID-19 Mortgage Assistance Program to help homeowners in Winnebago County with difficulties paying their mortgages due to COVID-19 economic crisis. Applicants may be qualified for the assistance by demonstrating that they were currently on their own homes as of March 1, 2020, and they have faced financial burden due to the pandemic afterwards. Winnebago County will accept applications through October 15, 2020. Click HERE to find further information on how to apply for the program or call 920-236-1144 and leave a voicemail with your address to request an application.

 

CDC Eviction Order

On September 1, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) issued an order halting residential evictions through December 31, 2020. The order applies to just about all residential renters in Wisconsin. That’s very different from the previous federal moratorium, which only protected people residing in properties with federally backed financing or receiving federal assistance.

One of the most important things to know is that protection under the order is not automatic. It applies to a residential tenant who has provided their landlord a declaration containing certain assurances:

  • That the individual used best efforts to obtain all government assistance for rent/housing.
  • That the individual (i) has an income less than $99,000 in 2020 ($198,000 for joint filers), (ii) was not required to report income in 2019, or (ii) received a CARES stimulus check.
  • That the individual is unable to pay full rent because of a substantial loss of work/income/hours, or extraordinary out-of-pocket medical expenses.
  • That the individual is making best efforts to make timely partial payments.
  • That an eviction would likely leave the individual homeless or forced into a congregate living setting because they lack another available housing option that would not increase their housing costs (i.e. there is not a cheaper rental option).

The order includes a declaration form for renters to use. Declarations do not go to the federal government -  just the landlord. Individuals must make these declarations under the penalty of perjury, and each adult listed on a lease must complete the declaration.  Violators of the order can face criminal penalties.

Here is what the moratorium does not do:

  • It does not relieve rent payments
  • It does not prevent late fees/penalties
  • It does not prevent eviction for other reasons
  • It does not affect foreclosure actions
  • It does not protect people residing in hotels/motels or like properties 

DNR Daily Admission Passes Available 

Daily trail and park admission passes will again be sold at all state park system properties. While the options for purchasing a daily admission or trail pass will vary by property, at least one of the following options will be available at each property:

  • Electronic pay station
  • Self-registration station
  • Drive-up window service

Passes can be purchased online at: https://yourpassnow.com/ParkPass/wi

 

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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