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Wisconsin has hit a critical point in our battle against COVID-19. This week we learned that cases are rising, and not just among the college kids on campus. We have real, substantial community spread among all age groups.  Hospitals are at or near capacity in some areas of the state, and we continue to break records when it comes to new cases, deaths and hospitalizations.  This week, Governor Evers and the Department of Health Services told us that “COVID-19 is not slowing down. We have to get this virus under control, and we cannot do that if folks continue to go about their lives as usual. We need Wisconsinites to wear a mask if they have to go out, but right now, the bottom line is that we need folks to stay home.”

 

Let’s all do our part to help the front line health care workers and medical professionals working so hard to contain this virus. Stay home if you can, wear a mask and keep your distance if you can’t.  And as always…wash your hands!

Sincerely,

 

JON ERPENBACH
State Senator
27th District

 

Federal Economic Impact Payment

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) sent a letter out to Wisconsinites, and the nation, who have not yet filed taxes to check their eligibility to claim a Federal Economic Impact Payment. This is for those who may qualify and have not yet received a federal stimulus payment. Qualifying individuals can receive up to $1,200, and married couples can receive up to $2,400. People with children younger than age 17 at the end of 2019 can receive up to an additional $500 for each qualifying child.  The application deadline ends October 15th and can be filed on the IRS.gov website under the Non-Filers Info Tool tab. Not everyone may be eligible, so read more about the criteria with this link.


 DHS Wins Grant Award to Address Alzheimer's Disease 

This week, Governor Evers and First Lady Kathy Evers announced the Center for Disease Control is awarding the Building Our Largest Dementia (BOLD) Infrastructure for Alzheimer ’s disease grant to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. Wisconsin is one of only 15 public health programs in the country to receive this grant. The grant funding will assist in the effort to develop public health strategies for risk prevention, diagnosis, management and care. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services, among other organizations, is working to find new and innovative approaches to support the 120,000 Wisconsinites living with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers.

Learn more. 

$8.3 Million for COVID-19 Testing

Governor Evers has announced $8.3 million to support COVID-19 testing at Wisconsin’s private, nonprofit and tribal colleges and universities. This aligns with Gov. Evers’ efforts to invest in general COVID-19 support across the state for private, nonprofit and tribal colleges and universities. This funding is provided through the Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act dollars to support testing on campuses. There has been an increase in positive cases across the state, especially in 18 to 24 year olds on campuses. It is crucial to test students, faculty and staff who are symptomatic, asymptomatic, or have been in contact with someone who tested positive. This is to stop the spread on campuses and its potential to spread outside the campus.

Learn more.

 

Nursing Home Guidelines

The Department of Health Services released potential guidelines to help nursing homes develop a process for visitation. Nursing homes are not required to put such a process in place, but if they would like to implement one the guidelines released are available. Guidelines include suggestions to only allow family visitors to the residents if they visited often before the start of the pandemic or if their visitation is deemed necessary for the resident’s health.

See the guidelines here.

 

Emergency Order #2

Emergency Order #2 has been issued this week by Governor Evers to aid the healthcare facilities in providing treatment to Wisconsinites impacted by COVID-19. With the alarming, widespread increase of Coronavirus cases across the state, hospitals are at capacity and seeing a shortage in staff available. This is not the same as the flu. It is deadlier and its immediate and long-term impacts are unknown. There have been more than 200,000 deaths across the country due to COVID-19, and this was in the spring and summer. It is estimated with the current state of the pandemic, it will only get worse with the fall and winter seasons coming up. The Emergency Order has been issued to increase the credentials of the workforce, maximize existing workforce resources, and other provisions. Read more about it here.

 

Coping Resources For Kids and Parents Amidst COVID-19

A new link is available in the Resources section of this E-newsletter. It's a resources for helping kids and parents cope amidst this pandemic. I would like to thank a constituent of the 27th District, a practicing physician and child psychologist, for sharing this resources for parents and children coping with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

 

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Resources - 

During this difficult time it is worth reminding Wisconsinites that 211 exists to help when you don’t know where to turn. 211 is a resource managed by the United Way of Wisconsin. Call 2-1-1 or visit their website.

Office of Crime Victim Services

End Abuse Wisconsin 

National Domestic Violence Hotline: Call 1-800-799-7233, text LOVEIS to 22522, or go to thehotline.org for free and confidential support.

Disaster Distress Hotline 

Coping Resources for Kids and Parents Amidst COVID-19 

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Veterans Crisis Line 

Vets for Warriors 

Military One Source 

Resilient Wisconsin

Department of Corrections Helpline: The call center can be reached by members of the public Monday through Friday from 7:45am–4:30pm at (608) 240-5700.

Wisconsin Farm Center 

24/7 Farmer Wellness Hotline

LGBTQ Crisis Line 

HopeLine Text Service 

Wisconsin Elder Abuse Hotline 

Wisconsin Addiction Recovery Helpline 


 

Looking for additional resources? If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to my office at Sen.Erpenbach@Legis.WI.Gov, or call (608) 266-6670. 

 

 
 
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