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Dear Friends and Neighbors, 

As you know, a novel coronavirus COVID-19 has increasingly become a concern for our communities. Because of this, I wanted to send you a quick update with places you can find important information and trusted updates*.

It is important that we all take this matter very seriously. Be prepared, but do not panic. I know this is a frightening and confusing situation, but we must all come together as a community and take preventive steps to stop the spread of COVID-19. 


Sincerely, 

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LaTonya Johnson
State Senator


*This information is up-to-date as of 2 p.m. on March 17. Please note that this situation is always changing, so please utilize the resources provided below and check them periodically for the most current information. I will also post updates on my Facebook and Twitter accounts. 

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Take Care of your Mental Health during this Pandemic

If all the talk about COVID-19 is making you feel overwhelmed or frightened, contact the SAMHSA Disaster Helpline:

Call DistressLine at 1-800-985-5990
Text TalkWithUs to 66746

The SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline provides 24/7 365 day-a-year crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human caused-disaster. This toll-free, multilingual, and confidential crisis support service is available to all residents of the United States and its territories.

 

Evers Launches New COVID-19 Website with Resources

 

The impacts of COVID-19 is widespread, from public health to economic impacts and many people in our community have questions about social isolation, school closures, and unemployment benefits. 

For these reasons, Governor Evers has put together a new webpage that has resources from across state agencies. This will help make it easier for people to navigate the different questions they have about this unique time. 

This new website includes:
  • Guideline for childcare providers;
  • FAQs about COVID-19 and unemployment benefits;
  • updates on mass gathering prohibitions; 
  • school and university closure information; 
  • considerations for social isolation and travel;
  • much, much more.

I encourage you to check this new website regularly for updates. The Evers administration is closely monitoring legislation pending at the federal level to ensure Wisconsinites have all available resources. This includes encouraging U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin and Ron Johnson to pass federal legislation to provide paid emergency leave, bolster food security programs, and provide other supports to help Wisconsin respond to the impacts of COVID-19 on our communities. The governor is also exploring state legislative options to help provide assistance and relief to Wisconsinites.

Click here for Milwaukee County's COVID-19 webpage.

Click here for the City of Milwaukee's COVID-19 website.

 

Voting Information for April 7 Primary Election

 

At this time, there are no plans to postpone Wisconsin’s primary election on April 7. Voters are encouraged to take precautions and continue mitigating the spread of COVID-19 by taking advantage of requesting a ballot by mail or participating in early voting. 

Receiving a Ballot in the Mail
An absentee ballot allows you to receive a ballot in the mail, cast your vote, and mail it back to your local election officials. Please note you must be registered to request a ballot by mail. March 18 is the last day to register online or by mail. If you are registered, you can download the application and mail it to your municipal clerk. Your application must arrive at your municipal clerk by 5 P.M. on Thursday, April 2, 2020. A copy of your photo identification may be required. Visit the Wisconsin Elections Commission website for more information about this process.

Early Voting via In-Person Absentee 
Early voting is currently underway in the city of Milwaukee and will continue to Sunday, April 5, 2020. City of Milwaukee early voting is available at three sites. More information below. 

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Flattening the Curve

 

The World Health Organization has officially declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic. More and more cases in Wisconsin are being confirmed, making it crucial that we all work together and take preventive measures to reduce exposure.

I am thankful that Governor Evers and his administration have been making difficult, but critical steps to help 'flatten the curve.' That is, reducing the spread of the virus as to not overwhelm our hospitals, clinics and health care workers so that they can continue to provide the necessary care to all those who need it. This situation is evolving rapidly, but so far, the governor has enforced measures such as banning gatherings of 10 or more people (effective March 17 at 5 p.m.), closing K-12 schools, closing bars and restaurants (aside from restaurants being able to provide delivery and takeout; effective March 17 at 5 p.m.), and directing the Public Service Commission to ensure people are not without power during this time even if they are not current on their payments.

While the governor's administration continues to work to provide updates and resources, it is up to all of us to do our part to prevent illness and avoid exposure. Below are ways you can be part of helping keep our loved ones safe. As a reminder, however, due to the evolving nature of this situation, please also keep checking the Department of Health Services' website for timely information and updates.

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Resources for Community Members who need Help

 

There are a variety of resources in the community that are providing services such as making sure children, families, and seniors have food and other basics. For instance, in an effort to ensure our kids continue having access to healthy meals, Milwaukee Public Schools is providing free meals between 11:00 am – 1:00 pm, Monday – Friday. Area food pantries have also implemented special operation procedures to ensure low-income households and seniors have food access. Click a link below for more information:

IMPACT 2-1-1 also has a webpage dedicated to COVID-19 updates and community resources. 

 

Useful Phone Numbers

There are many levels of state and local government that can help answer questions and get you connected with resources you may need. I have listed some useful phone numbers below. You can also see a comprehensive list of numbers by clicking the link below. If you see a change needed or an important number that should be added, please let me know! 

Congresswoman Gwen Moore.............................414-297-1140
Governor Evers.....................................................608-266-1212
Milwaukee Common Council...............................414-286-2221
Milwaukee County Board....................................414-278-4222
Milwaukee Police Department.............................414-933-4444
Poison Control......................................................800-222-1222
Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program..............800-815-0015

Medigap Helpline.................................................800-242-1060
Consumer Protection Hotline..............................800-422-7128
Department of Health Services............................608-266-1865
Workforce Development......................................608-266-3131
Public Service Commission..................................800-225-7729
SeniorCare Wisconsin.........................................800-657-2038
WI Commissioner of Insurance Complaints.......800-236-8517


For other useful phone numbers, click here!