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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

I hope you are well, and found some time today to enjoy the outdoors and the spring weather.

This week's COVID-19 Update contains information on avoiding scams, new data from the Department of Health Services, and more.

Additionally, if you or someone you know is having trouble with their unemployment claims due to COVID-19 layoffs, please take note of the info at the bottom of update on how to contact my office for help.

If you have any questions or need assistance with any matter, please feel free to contact my office.

Lisa Subeck
State Representative
78th Assembly District

In This Weeks Update:

Tips to Avoid
COVID-19 Scams

Outdoor Activity is Essential

DHS Releases New Data
About COVID-19

Having Trouble Receiving Unemployment Benefits?


Trusted COVID-19 Resources

Contact Me:

109 North, State Capitol

P.O. Box 8953

Madison, WI 53708

Phone: (608) 266-7521

Toll-Free: (888) 534-0078

Fax: (608) 282-3690

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Tips to Avoid COVID-19 Scams

This week the Office of the Commissioner of Insurance (OCI) shared these quick tips  to protect consumers from scammers offering fake COVID-19 insurance products or attempting to steal personal information. They include:

  • Watch out for scammers offering fake, low-cost COVID-19 insurance to cover medical treatments.  If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

  • Beware of scammers contacting you claiming your health insurance has been canceled and then providing a toll-free phone number or malware link to click in hopes of stealing your personal information.

  • To protect yourself, hang up on robocalls and remember to never disclose personal information over the phone.

  • If you are ever unsure that an insurance company or agent selling you a product is legitimate and licensed to sell insurance in Wisconsin, you can visit the following website from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners.

  • To report suspected scams, fraud, false marketing claims, or other consumer complaints related to COVID-19, please contact the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) Consumer Protection Hotline at DATCPHotline@wisconsin.gov or (800) 422-7128, or file an online complaint.

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Outdoor Activity is Essential

Game Fish Season Gov. Evers' Safer at Home order recognizes outdoor activity as essential. As such, the 2020-2021 Game Fish season will proceed as planned opening on May 2, 2020. All regulations and license requirements apply.

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reminds anglers to fish close to home and practice social distancing whether fishing from a boat, dock, or shoreline. It is recommended that only anglers living in the same household should fish within six feet of one another.

 Fishing licenses are available online through the DNR's Go Wild system or at limited essential businesses throughout Wisconsin. Please visit the DNR's fishing license web page for more information and find open vendors within your community. At this time, our service centers remain closed. Regular fishing rules and regulations apply for all DNR properties.

State Parks & Forests Today the Department of Natural Resources (DNR)  reopened 34 state parks and forests under special conditions. The new conditions will minimize overcrowding, enforce social distancing requirements, and promote a safe and enjoyable experience for staff and visitors. Below are a few of the changes that will be implemented: 

  • An annual park sticker and/or trail pass will be required to visit state parks and trails. 
  • State parks and forests will be open from 6am to 7pm daily.
  • Properties will be closed to the public every Wednesday for maintenance and upkeep.
  • At times, many properties will reach their predetermined safety capacity. When this happens, visitors may be denied entry to the park until existing visitors leave. Visitors are encouraged to visit during non-peak hours (before 10am and after 4pm). You can also check capacity updates at a new web page the DNR launched today.
  • Restrooms at all properties will be closed.
  • Hunting and fishing will be allowed on properties in accordance with the season structure and hours.
  • DNR boat launches are open at properties.
  • All linear/rail-trails are open to the public, which includes ATV trails.
  • Camping, group camps, and shelters will remain closed until May 26.

For more specific details on the reopening of state parks, visit the DNR website HERE.


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DHS Releases New Data About COVID-19

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) released new data this week on its website about COVID-19 facility-wide public health investigations and outbreaks in areas across the state. As of April 29, 2020, Wisconsin has 187 COVID-19 facility-wide public health investigations and outbreaks in the five public health regions of Wisconsin (Northeastern, Northern, Southeastern, Southern, and Western). This data will be updated weekly on Wednesdays and is subject to change. As individual cases are investigated by public health, there may be corrections to the status and details of cases that result in changes to this information.

DHS and local health departments have been working together on COVID-19 facility-wide public health investigations throughout the state, conducting widespread contact tracing, monitoring symptoms, testing symptomatic individuals, and evaluating infection control measures. Any individual who has been in contact with a confirmed case will be notified by a public health official. The Wisconsin National Guard has also deployed specimen collection teams to Grant, Sheboygan, Brown, Kenosha, Milwaukee, and Sauk counties to assist DHS and local health departments in their response.

Facility-wide public health investigations depend on the setting:

A single case of COVID-19 leads to a facility-wide public health investigation in:

  • Long-term care facilities: skilled nursing facilities (nursing homes) and assisted living facilities (community-based residential facilities and residential care apartment complexes).

Two or more cases of COVID-19 lead to a facility-wide public health investigation in:

  • Group housing facilities: correctional facilities, homeless shelters, dormitories, and group homes.
  • Health care facilities: hospitals, clinics, dialysis centers, hospice, and in-home care.
  • Workplace (non-healthcare) settings: manufacturing and production facilities, distribution facilities, offices and other indoor workplaces.
  • Other settings: adult or child day care centers, restaurants, event spaces, and religious settings.

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Having Trouble Receiving Unemployment Benefits? 

If it has been at least three weeks since you submitted your application and you have not received your benefits, my office may be able to help you.

If you are experiencing a different issue with your application, please email Rep.Subeck@legis.wi.gov with the following information: 

  • Full name 
  • Phone number
  • Issue that needs to be resolved 
  • Status of your application
    • Did you apply online?
    • What date did you submit it?

My staff will send this information to DWD and request that they promptly look into your case. I understand that this is a difficult financial time for many, and I am committed to helping you receive your benefits in a timely manner.

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Department of Health Services COVID-19 Site

CDC COVID-19 Information

Governor Evers's COVID-19 Information Hub

US Department of State Travel Advisories

Dept. of Workforce Development COVID-19 FAQs

World Health Organization Corona Virus Info

Childcare Resources for Essential Workers

WHA Situational Awareness Update Tool


Public Health Dane County & City of Madison

County & Tribal Health Officials


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