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COVID-19 Update #5

 

Dear Friends & Neighbors,

The local, state, and federal response to COVID-19 continues to evolve rapidly. Our leaders have had to take drastic and necessary actions to protect Wisconsinites and slow the spread of this virus.

This e-update includes important information on Governor Evers' "Safer at Home" order, local efforts, small business assistance programs, unemployment resources, and much more. 

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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Governor Evers "Safer at Home" Order Aimed at Slowing the Spread of COVID-19

Governor Evers announced the "Safer at Home" order yesterday. The order will go into effect tomorrow (Wednesday, March 25), and will remain in effect for 30 days. You can read the order HERE.

 

This measure is being taken 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 do not yet show any symptoms can transmit the virus. That is why everyone has a role to play in slowing the spread.

Individuals do not need special permission to leave their homes, but they must comply with this order as to when it is permissible to leave home. Here's what you need to know: 

  • People are still able to go to grocery stores and pharmacies. 
  • People are still able to go outside to exercise or walk their dogs.
  • Restaurants will still be able to provide curbside takeout and delivery service.
  • No sleepovers, no playdates, and no dinner parties with friends and neighbors. 
  • All playgrounds are closed until further notice.

If a business is an Essential Business or Operation as defined in this order, it does not need documentation or certification to continue its work that is done in compliance with the order. I strongly encourage businesses to read the order before contacting my office with questions. The order contains detailed information regarding the exemptions that will be helpful for answering questions.

After reviewing the order if a business still has a question or is not exempted but believes their business is doing essential work, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) will be reviewing those cases. Visit HERE for additional information. 

    

Oshkosh Community Cares Drive

The Oshkosh Area United Way is hosting a Community Cares Drive TODAY (March 24) at the Oshkosh Convention Center from 12pm-4pm. They will collect personal protective equipment and other medical supplies for local healthcare workers and first responders. You can view the list of supplies needed HERE

 

Christine Ann Domestic Abuse Services 

Christine Ann Domestic Abuse Services remains staffed 24/7 and ready to support those seeking safety from abuse. Their crisis line is always available at 920-235-5998. Staff members are also able to meet in-person, to check their availability call the crisis line or email info@christineann.net. 

 

Elections Update

The deadline to register to vote online has been extended by federal court order until Monday, March 30. The Wisconsin Elections Commission is working to reinstate online registration in the next few days. Visit HERE to learn more.

 

I share the concerns of local officials around the state about their ability to conduct safe, in-person voting during this pandemic. I encourage everyone to request an absentee ballot as soon as possible so that you can vote safely at home. You can request an absentee ballot HERE by Thursday, April 2 if you are already registered to vote. 
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State Tax Filing Deadline Extended to July 15

The Wisconsin income tax payment and return due dates have been automatically extended to July 15 to match the federal deadline. The three additional months will ensure everyone has enough time to file and make payments without interest or penalties. 

 

Oshkosh Chamber Bar & Restaurant Micro Loan Program

The Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce has established a Bar and Restaurant Emergency Micro Loan program to assist member businesses that have been economically impacted by COVID-19. The loan assistance program will provide up to $2,500 for business purposes at a low-interest rate. You can learn more and apply HERE

 

Oshkosh COVID-19 Relief Fund for 501(c)(3) Organizations

The Oshkosh Area Community Foundation and Oshkosh Area United Way have launched a relief fund to provide financial assistance to local 501(c)(3) organizations impacted by COVID-19 and its economic consequences. All of the funds will go directly to helping those affected throughout our community. You can donate to this important fund or apply for funding HERE

 

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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ThedaCare & Partnership Community Health Center Update

Effective immediately, ThedaCare is postponing all non-time sensitive, non-urgent procedures at all seven hospitals for at least six weeks. This includes elective surgeries, cardiac catheterizations, and interventional radiology procedures. You can learn more about the steps ThedaCare is taking HERE.

Partnership Community Health Center is temporarily suspending preventative and restorative dental care at all locations. They will remain open to treat patients with urgent dental needs. In addition, Partnership is temporarily suspending primary care at their Oshkosh location. They are sending providers to the Appleton location to assist with procedures necessitated by the outbreak.

    

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. 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.

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 after 12 p.m.

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

  

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.

 

Cybersecurity Reminders

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.
 
 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|