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Happy May Day! State Parks are now open! On May 1, 34 State Parks and Forests re-opened with special conditions, after previously being closed due to concerns over COVID-19, littering and vandalism. You can learn more here. I feel confident that everyone will do their part to help keep our parks safe and clean for all to enjoy.

 

Sincerely,

 

JON ERPENBACH
State Senator
27th District

 

EMERGENCY ORDER #34 - Interim Order to Turn the Dial

Starting April 29th, the Governor turned the dial, allowing "non-essential" businesses to do more, including:

- Minimum Basic Operations may now include customer curb-side drop-off of goods or animals for the purpose of having those goods or animals serviced, repaired, or cared for by the business.

- Minimum Basic Operations may include rental of recreational equipment including but not limited to boats, kayaks, canoes, paddle boats, golf carts, snowmobiles, and ATVs.

 


 

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 

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.

The 2020-2021 Game Fish Season Begins Tomorrow

Gov. Evers' Safer at Home order recognizes outdoor activity as essential. As such, the 2020-2021 Game Fish season will proceed as planned opening on May 2. All regulations and license requirements apply.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources reminds anglers to fish close to home and practice social distancing whether fishing from a boat, dock, or shoreline. It is recommended that only anglers living in the same household should fish within six feet of one another.

Fishing licenses are available online through the DNR's Go Wild system or at limited essential businesses throughout Wisconsin. Please visit our fishing license web page for more information and find open vendors within your community. At this time, our service centers remain closed.

Regular fishing rules and regulations apply for all DNR properties. Learn more.

 

OCI: Top 5 COVID-19 Insurance Fraud Scams 

1. Fake Insurance - Watch for fake health-insurance agents selling low-priced insurance to cover coronavirus "treatment."

2. Cancelled Health Insurance - Beware of bogus calls warning you that your health insurance was "cancelled." 

3. Corona Medicines, Tests - Scammers are peddling fake vaccines, drugs, "all-natural" or "organic" medicines.

4. Senior Scams- Beware of free "virus" tests at senior centers, health fairs or in your home.

5. Bogus Travel Insurance - Be wary of pitches for travel insurance that claim to cover coronavirus related trip cancellations. 

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Wisconsin National Guard conducting mobile testing at sites around the state

As of April 29th, there are 11 specimen collection teams comprised of more than 300 citizen soldiers and airmen, establishing mobile testing sites at locations ranging from correctional facilities and health clinics, to private businesses, and community-based testing sites. A community-based mobile testing site began operations on April 29th in Baraboo, Wisconsin.

Learn more here.

 

Update from DATCP: DATCP Adopts Emergency Rule Prohibiting Late Fees on Rentals

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) has approved an emergency rule to prohibit late fees or penalties for missed or late rent payments during COVID-19. Due to the rapidly changing economic landscape, many people have also had to navigate job losses, furloughs, and layoffs. As a result, their incomes are lower or gone altogether, making it extremely difficult to pay their rent in a timely manner during this public health emergency.

The emergency rule (Wis. Admin. Code Ch. ATCP 134​) prevents landlords from charging late fees or penalties for missed or late rent payments during the public health emergency and for 90 days afterward. DATCP will hold a public hearing and comment period on this emergency rule via teleconference.

Learn more here.


 

 

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 

4/27/2020: Emergency Order #34: Interim Order to Turn the Dial 

 

4/24/2020: Emergency Order #33: DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE ADMINISTRATIVE RULE SUSPENSIONS 

4/23/2020: Emergency Order #32: RELATING TO THE OPERATION OF THE ALTERNATIVE CARE FACILITY 

4/20/2020: Emergency Order #31: Badger Bounce Back

4/17/2020: Emergency Order #30: DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES ADMINISTRATIVE RULE SUSPENSIONS

4/17/2020: Emergency Order #29: UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN SYSTEM ADMINISTRATIVE RULE SUSPENSIONS 

4/16/2020: Safer at Home FAQS

4/16/2020: Emergency Order #28: Safer at Home

4/14/2020: Emergency Order #27: Related to Joint Effort Marketing Administered by the Department of Tourism 

View more.

 

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: https://covid19supplies.wi.gov/donations

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 redcrossblood.org.

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.