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Reminder - Protect yourself and those around you. Follow CDC and DHS guidelines to stay safe. 
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are able.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

The CDC has recently updated their recommendations regarding the use of cloth face coverings, especially in areas of significant community-based transmission. Learn more. 



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 

Disaster Distress Hotline 

Veterans Crisis Line 

Vets for Warriors 

Military One Source 

Gov. Evers Announces COVID-19 Volunteer Program

Gov. Tony Evers announced that the state is seeking volunteers to support Wisconsin's healthcare system during the COVID-19 pandemic. Active and retired healthcare professionals and those who wish to help in non-clinical support positions are encouraged to sign up to volunteer through the Wisconsin Emergency Assistance Volunteer Registry (WEAVR)



From the Office of Commissioner Insurance -  If you have lost your health insurance during COVID-19 and want to know your options, FREE help is available online and by phone. You are not alone in facing this. Learn more at

Guide: How To: Health Insurance After Job Loss


DNR Closes 40 State Parks, Forests and Recreational Areas

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is modifying its state park operations on a case-by-case basis to maintain the safest environment for visitors and staff.

Due to unprecedented crowds, litter, vandalism and the need to protect the health and safety of our visitors and staff, Gov. Evers has directed the DNR to close the following Wisconsin State Parks, Forests and Recreational Areas effective Friday, April 10. 

Learn more. 


DATCP, WEDC Notify Farmers of Federal Paycheck Protection Program

Following new guidance issued by the U.S. Department of Treasury and the Small Business Administration (SBA), the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) are notifying the state’s farmers about the opportunity to apply for the federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).

Learn more.

DATCP's Wisconsin Farm Center is Here to Help, Learn more here. 


DWD Launches New Links in Spanish and Hmong Related DWD COVID-19 Information 

The Department of Workforce Development (DWD) today released new links for COVID-19 information in Spanish and Hmong. The existing information on DWD's website designated for up-to-date COVID-19 information in English was translated to comprehensively disseminate relevant information to more Wisconsinites.

Learn more.


COVID-19 Child Care Resources

The Department of Children and Families and local partners are working to connect healthcare providers and essential employees with available child care to ensure that they can continue to serve our communities during COVID-19. Learn more at


Wisconsin Historical Society: COVID-19 Journaling Project

The Wisconsin Historical Society has long been a leader in documenting history as it happens, dating back to the Civil War when Founding Director Lyman Draper asked soldiers stationed at Camp Randall to record their daily lives in journals. You can help write a new chapter in history, chronicling the COVID-19 pandemic's impact on Wisconsin and beyond. You can share your story with future generations, learn more here. 


Wisconsin’s Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness Week is April 13-17

Gov. Tony Evers has declared April 13-17 Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness Week in Wisconsin, and ReadyWisconsin is encouraging everyone to take time this spring to talk about weather safety with their families. ReadyWisconsin, the National Weather Service and Wisconsin Broadcasters Association also encourage everyone in the state to participate in a Virtual Tornado Drill at 1:45 p.m. on April 16.

Learn more. 

Paycheck Protection Program

If you’re an Independent Contractor or a Sole Proprietor, your Paycheck Protection Program application opens today! PPP funds come with low interest rates and are first come, first serve- be sure to apply right away! Learn more. 




Looking for additional resources? I have added a tab to my website title "COVID-19 Updates," where I have been compiling helpful resources and information. The page is updated frequently with new information. 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. 




 Governor Evers Emergency Orders 


4/10/2020: Emergency Order #24: Relating to the Department of Transportation Emergency Overweight  Commodity Permits 

4/9/2020: Emergency Order #23: Related to the Department of Veterans Affairs Assistance to Needy Veterans Program

4/9/2020: Emergency Order #22: Related to Certain Timelines Established by the  Department of Safety and Professional Services 

4/3/2020: Emergency Order #21: Relating to the Department of Health Services Administrative Rule Suspensions and Order 

4/3/2020: Emergency Order #20: Relating to Modification of Emergency Order # 16 

4/2/2020: Emergency Order #19: Appropriate Use Of COVID-19 Information by Law Enforcement Agencies, First Responders, and Public Safety Workers



What Can I Do to Help 


Gov. Evers Announces COVID-19 Volunteer Program: Gov. Tony Evers announced that the state is seeking volunteers to support Wisconsin's healthcare system during the COVID-19 pandemic. Active and retired healthcare professionals and those who wish to help in non-clinical support positions are encouraged to sign up to volunteer through the Wisconsin Emergency Assistance Volunteer Registry (WEAVR)

PPE Donation/Buyback program: We are looking for companies, educational facilities and other organizations that may have personal protective equipment (PPE) that could be used in the state’s response to the COVID-19 emergency.

The state appreciates donations, and is willing to reimburse large quantities of PPE at fair market value. Please fill out the below form if you have the specific items listed below. If you have less than 50 items of any of the below items, please consider donating to local health care organizations. Sign up here:

Update from Department of Children and Families (DCF): DCF is seeking early childhood educators to help provide child care and meet the school-age needs of Wisconsin’s essential personnel during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you are an educator who is able to serve, we’re seeking your help in providing care to Wisconsin’s essential personnel. Please fill out this survey with your information and availability so we can connect you with local service needs. By filling out this survey, you may be considered to assist in providing child care for individuals who provide essential services in Wisconsin. 

Hope House - Hope House of South Central Wisconsin provides free services to people affected by domestic violence and sexual assault in Sauk, Columbia, Adams, Juneau, and Marquette Counties. Services can be accessed by calling the 24-hour helpline at 1-800-584-6790.

During this challenging time, Hope House would appreciate donations to help us continue to support those in need, including:

- Toiletries
- Cleaning Supplies
- Hygiene supplies
- Canned and Boxed Foods

Donations can be dropped off or shipped to Hope House, 720 Ash Street, Baraboo, WI 53913. Monetary donations are also greatly appreciated and can be done online via Facebook or PayPal.

United Way - To connect potential volunteers and organizations, the United Way of Wisconsin, Serve Wisconsin, and the Wisconsin Volunteer Coordinators Association created the COVID-19 Response Initiative on the Volunteer Wisconsin website.

Red Cross - the Red Cross is experiencing blood drive cancellations like no other time in recent history and their inventory is at critical levels. Their sites are taking extra precautions to make sure giving blood is safe. If healthy, please consider giving blood by calling 1-800-RedCross or going to

WRA - Establishments around the state are offering services during COVID-19. Find a list of restaurants open for delivery/pick-up and add yours to the list here.

Contacting My Office

Feel free to contact me with any inquiries. Please visit my website for press releases and other Capitol updates.