As issues continue to develop and change at a quick rate with COVID-19, the Coronavirus, we at the Wisconsin Counties Association (WCA) are working alongside Governor Tony Evers, the Administration, the National Association of Counties (NACo) and our general counsel, von Briesen & Roper, s.c., (von Briesen) to provide the latest resources and updates to assist county officials during this unprecedented time.


November 16, 2020

In light of the close presidential election results in Wisconsin, county and municipal clerks throughout the state are preparing for a potential election recount. The Wisconsin Counties Association and its general counsel, von Briesen & Roper, s.c., have received many questions surrounding election recount procedures, particularly surrounding what safety measures may be implemented in light of the ongoing pandemic.

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COVID-19 Legal Resources: Q&A, Sample Resolutions, Templates, Legal Updates

November 16, 2020

Working alongside the Wisconsin Counties Association, WCA General Counsel von Briesen & Roper, s.c. has created a series of legal updates, some in a Q & A format, on various topics. As they are released, they will be added to this page.

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WCA Public Health Guidance; Supplemental Guidance Released

October 15, 2020

The Wisconsin Counties Association has released “Guidance in Implementing Regulations Surrounding Communicable Diseases: An Analysis of Local Health Department and Local Health Officer Powers, Duties, and Enforcement Actions.”

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Temporary Restraining Order Prohibits DHS From Enforcing Emergency Order #3

October 14, 2020

On October 14, 2020, the Sawyer County Circuit Court issued a temporary restraining order that prohibits DHS and its agents from enforcing Emergency Order #3. Learn more and see the new “Supplement to Guidance: Enforcement of Local Health Orders Utilizing Process Set Forth in Administrative Code.”

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Governor Evers Directs Department of Health Services to Limit Indoor Public Gatherings

October 6, 2020

On October 6, 2020, Governor Tony Evers directed Department of Health Services (DHS) Secretary-designee Andrea Palm to issue Emergency Order #3 limiting public gatherings to no more than 25 percent of a room or building’s total occupancy.

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COVID-19 Daily Update: 8.3.2020

August 3, 2020

The 8.3.2020 WCA COVID-19 Daily Update features daily DHS numbers, a letter to Wisconsin’s Congressional Delegation from county executives and a hotline for National Guard COVID-19 test sites.

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COVID-19 Daily Update: 7.27.2020

July 27, 2020

The 7.27.2020 WCA COVID-19 Update includes the postponement of the 2020 WCA Annual Conference, the release of the Forward Analytics COVID-19 data tool, a call to action regarding the next federal relief package, and a link to the “Let’s Go Wisconsin-Help Prevent the Spread of COVID-19.”

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COVID-19 Daily Update: 7.17.2020

July 17, 2020

The 7.17.2020 WCA COVID-19 Update features a large coalition letter signed onto by WCA to our federal delegation requesting additional funding, DATCP COVID-19 Food Security Network Support Grants, and an updated Q&A on Routes to Recovery.

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