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November 2020 E-update 


Dear Friends and Neighbors, 

Welcome to my November E-newsletter. It is always an honor to serve the people of Oshkosh.

First, I'd like to wish everyone a safe and Happy Thanksgiving. As we enter the holiday season, I encourage everyone to find ways to celebrate safely and take steps to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus by celebrating virtually or with your own immediate household. 

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




COVID-19 Cases in Winnebago County

With cases on the rise across the state, WCHD highly recommends staying home as much as possible and limiting travel throughout our community.

COVID-19 Cases in Winnebago County

With cases on the rise across the state, the Winnebago County Health Department (WCHD) highly recommends staying home as much as possible and limiting travel throughout our community.

  • Nearly half of the 85 confirmed COVID-19 deaths in our jurisdiction have occurred in just the past 4 weeks.
  • COVID-19 hospitalizations are at record levels across the state. In our region, COVID-19 hospitalizations remain dangerously high. As of 11/18/20, Fox Valley area hospitals had 146 COVID-19 patients hospitalized, an increase from the 134 patients during the week of November 9th.
  • Due to the high amount of community spread, it would be better to assume that “every public place you are in has a high risk of exposure to you”. If you need to leave your home, wearing a mask or face covering and maintaining social distancing is highly recommended. For more information from WCHD, please click HERE
  • Given the crisis levels at the local and state level, the next few weeks are crucial in terms of our health care systems being able to effectively treat people, and our ability to contain and manage the virus below crisis levels. We all have a part to play in the weeks and months ahead.

Governor Evers Public Health Emergency Extension 

As COVID-19 cases continue to rise across the state, and hospitals operating at near or full capacity, Governor Evers has declared a new public health emergency order requiring face coverings. With today’s new order, Wisconsin residents ages five and older are required to wear a face covering when they are indoors or in an enclosed space with anyone outside their household or living unit.

Both orders are effective immediately and will expire after 60 days or with a subsequent superseding order.

  • Executive Order #95 is available here
  • Emergency Order #1 is available here

Holiday Safety & Resources

This holiday season may look different due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of the activities we enjoy most involve the highest risk of exposure. You can still enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday safely by considering the from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services: 

Activities to avoid this Holiday Season:

  • Gatherings with people from outside your household. 
  • Bars, especially indoor spaces. 
  • Indoor dining at restaurants.
  • Crowded parades or race events. 
  • Shopping in crowded stores.

Many of the actions recommended result in lost revenue for local small businesses, many who have been struggling since the beginning of the pandemic. I strongly encourage people who want to follow public health guidelines to consider alternative ways to support their favorite restaurant, bar, or small business during this time.

Shop Local this Holiday Season

Restaurants, bars, and local small businesses have been hit especially hard by the pandemic. As we approach the winter months, there are many ways to support local businesses during the holiday season.

In the spring, I voted to authorize the We're All In Program in my position as a WEDC board member to make sure our businesses have the resources they need to navigate COVID-19. This week, WEDC launched a new We're All In website that includes resources and ideas for businesses to develop the right practices to keep people safe and their future secure.

Visit the Visit Oshkosh website for a full list of local businesses. For small businesses looking for resources to help protect your employees, encourage your customers to adopt safe behaviors, and ultimately keep your business moving in a positive direction, visit the We're All In website 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|