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A Note from Rep. Edming

Thank you for taking the time to read this e-update. As you are likely aware, the situation surrounding COVID-19 or the Coronavirus has rapidly changed over the past several days here in Wisconsin and across the nation.  With this unprecedented situation, my staff and I are doing our best to assist constituents of the 87th District.  We are still able to retrieve voicemails and emails, however, our response times may be a bit longer than normal.  We will do our best to keep you updated and to assist you.
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COVID-19 Update

Quite a bit has happened since last week's e-update with COVID-19 or the Coronavirus pandemic.  The situation has been rapidly changing over the past several days and I'm sure you have seen the effects this situation is having on daily life in the 87th Assembly District.  Here are some of the developments that have occurred over the last several days:

  • At the direction of Governor Evers, the Department of Health Services (DHS) has issued an order that bans gatherings larger than 10 people. At this time, this ban does NOT apply to places such as pharmacies and grocery stores. For more information on this restriction, I would encourage you to read the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document prepared by the governor’s office by clicking here.
  • Also at the direction of the governor, DHS has issued an order to restrict the size of all child care settings. At this time, child care centers may not operate with more than 10 staff present at a time and may not operate with more than 50 children present at one time. For more information, you can read the press release from the governor’s office by clicking here.
  • Governor Evers has issued an order that waives the work search requirements and modifies the availability requirements for unemployment benefits.  More information on these changes can be found by clicking here.
  • In addition, the Department of Workforce Development (DWD) has released a FAQ website to provide information regarding COVID-19 and Unemployment Benefits. https://dwd.wisconsin.gov/covid19/public/ui.htm
  • The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation announced a grant program to help some small businesses impacted by COVID-19.  Click here for more information.
  • I've heard from several constituents with small businesses about the need to designate Wisconsin as a disaster zone, due to COVID-19, in order to unlock federal aid from the Small Business Administration. This request is something that must come from Governor Evers, and I was glad to see that he issued the request on Wednesday. We now wait on action on this request from the federal government.
  • Lastly, the state has created a site that provides information from a number of state agencies including the Department of Health Services. This site allows you to sign-up for email notification when the site is updated. You can find it here: https://govstatus.egov.com/wi-covid-19

Please feel free to reach out to my office if you need help navigating these resources or have any additional questions. My staff and I will do the best we can to assist you.  In addition, I encourage you to continue to follow the advice of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS). To protect the people around you please continue to:

  • Clean your hands often
  • Avoid close contact by practicing social distancing (maintaining a distance of at least 6 feet apart)
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Wear a face mask if you're sick
  • Stay home if you're sick

For the latest information and to stay up to date on COVID-19, I encourage you to visit the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) website or the CDC website


Eat Local

Many of our bars and restaurants around the 87th Assembly District are hurting right now. As a small business owner myself, I understand the hardship small businesses are facing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Based on federal and state guidance, restaurants and bars in Wisconsin have been ordered to be closed to diners to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. At this time, the emergency orders issued by Governor Evers do not, however, prevent these establishments from providing take-out or delivery options to customers.

In an effort to help support our community, my office is working on compiling a list of local venues that we believe to be offering meal service to customers. If your dining establishment in the 87th District is offering delivery or take-out meals, please contact my office at Rep.Edming@legis.wi.gov and ask to be added to our list.  Please include the name of the establishment, phone number, address, and whether you are doing take-out, delivery, or both. Once my office has compiled this list, we will be posting it on my website, repedming.com.

or folks in the Hayward area, the Hayward Area Chamber of Commerce already has a great list of businesses in that area of the district that are still serving customers. You can view their list by clicking here.

In addition, the Wisconsin Restaurant Association (WRA) is collecting this information throughout the state to keep the public informed. Restaurants can fill out the form here to let the WRA know of their plans to stay open or close, which will be shared on their website. The WRA has a list sorted by county of restaurants that are still open and providing delivery, carry-out, or curbside pickup services. Click here to view this list.

3.20.20 - Northwoods Country Store

I stopped at Northwoods Country Store in Jump River to grab lunch today and help support them during this difficult time. I had one of their fish dinners and it was fantastic. 

Quick Links to COVID-19 Resources

Around the 87th

Upcoming Events Around the 87th

Due to the order from Governor Evers and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services that social gatherings larger than 10 people be prohibited, my office and I decided it best to remove the "Upcoming Events Around the 87th" portion of the e-update for the time being. I hope you all stay healthy. I know we are all looking forward to events around the district once this situation is behind us.

Stay Up to Date

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