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While the final results nationally are not yet known at the time of this writing, there is one thing we know for sure-poll workers, local clerks and our state election officials did an outstanding job! Thank you to everyone who sought the opportunity of public service Tuesday, congratulations to the winners and a huge thank you to the men and women who worked our polls and clerk’s offices, literally making democracy possible.  Hard-working and dedicated election workers tallied 442,621 ballots in our five counties accurately, efficiently and - in the midst of a pandemic – frankly, heroically this week and each and every one of them deserve our gratitude.  Thank you!

 

Sincerely,

 

JON ERPENBACH
State Senator
27th District

 

On Thursday, Gov. Tony Evers delivered the Democratic Radio Address encouraging Wisconsinites to stay home and take every precaution to protect the health and safety of their friends, neighbors, and communities. Read the transcript below.

 

Hello, Wisconsin. Governor Tony Evers here.

 

While the state and country turned its eyes to the presidential election, Wisconsin had another record setting day for COVID-19 cases, with 5,935 Wisconsinites testing positive on Wednesday.

 

Folks, this pandemic isn’t happening someplace else or to somebody else. Wisconsinites in every corner of our state know firsthand the tragedy and loss of this virus.

 

That’s why we’ve got to get back to the basics of fighting this virus-- I know everyone is tired of all the court decisions whiplash, so here’s the bottom line: stay home.

 

Don’t have people at your home who are outside of your immediate family or household. Don’t host or go to gatherings with people outside of your immediate family or household. Limit your social interactions to a circle of 5, and start planning your holidays to happen virtually.

 

Support our local restaurants by getting your food delivered or picking it up to go. Support our local businesses by ordering online and doing contactless pickup.

 

Visit your doctor using telemedicine if you can. Go for a walk or bike ride and some fresh air outside and enjoy what’s left of the fall, but otherwise please only leave your house if it’s absolutely necessary and essential like picking up prescriptions or grabbing groceries.

 

Make no mistake—every time you choose to stay home, every time you decline a party invitation, every time you get take out instead of dining in, and every time you make another sacrifice after months of sacrifices, you help stop the spread.

 

The choices you make every day could be the difference between preventing a hospitalization or even saving a life. I hope I can count on you for your help. Thank you.

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Grant Opportunity - No Kid Hungry

The Wisconsin Department of Public Infrastructure is encouraging schools to apply for $15,000 grants through the No Kid Hungry School Nutrition Grant Opportunity. The funds are to maximize nutrition programs and emergency food programs in school districts amidst this pandemic. Eligibility will be geared toward equity priority (systemic health, social, and economic inequities disproportionately affect racial and ethnic minority groups), economic and COVID-19 impact, and ability to serve kids today and in the future.

Learn more or apply by November 13th.

 

 Expansion of COVID-19 Testing

Governor Tony Evers with the Department of Health Services Secretary-designee Andrea Palm announced the expansion of COVID-19 testing centers across the state. 71 centers across 56 counties and 7 tribal nations will be available starting October through December 10 for free community testing. This effort is part of Wisconsin’s response plan to the COVID-19 pandemic and is represented by State of Wisconsin Emergency Operations Center, the Wisconsin National Guard, local and tribal public health, and county and tribal emergency management. Testing is a critical part of handling the response to the pandemic, but it is the action taken after the test results that are key in stopping the spread!

See the press release here.

Holiday Fantasy in Lights

The 32nd Annual Holiday Fantasy in Lights is set to begin this weekend. The holiday lights in Olin Park will be on dusk till dawn from November 7 through January 3. This is a safe and free drive through event which is made possible by the Electric Group and other sponsors.  For more information, click here. 

 

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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