COVID-19 UPDATES FOR COUNTY OFFICIALS

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.

COVID-19 Daily Update: 4.27.2020

April 27, 2020

COVID-19 DAILY HEALTH UPDATE
(Information from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) current as of 1:00 p.m. Central, Monday, April 27, 2020)

Total people with negative results: 61,311 (+2,076)
Total people with positive results: 6,081 (+170)
Hospitalizations: 1,415 (+18) or 23%
Total deaths: 281 (+9)

ACTION ALERT: CONTACT YOUR FEDERAL DELEGATION TODAY TO URGE THEIR SUPPORT OF COUNTIES IN FOURTH COVID-19 RESPONSE PACKAGE
As Congress considers a fourth COVID-19 response package, the Wisconsin Counties Association today sent a letter to our Congressional delegation urging them to prioritize the work being done by counties to fight this pandemic.

In the letter from WCA Executive Director Mark D. O’Connell, the Association asked our federal delegation to consider providing direct, flexible funding and resources to counties of all sizes.

WCA is requesting you please contact your federal delegates today to urge their support for counties in the fourth COVID-19 response package. Find contact information below.

GOVERNOR EVERS ANNOUNCES EXPANDED OPPORTUNITIES FOR CERTAIN NONESSENTIAL BUSINESSES WITH EMERGENCY ORDER #34
Governor Tony Evers today announced another turn of the dial in expanding allowed operations for nonessential businesses, providing even more opportunities for businesses to get back to work in a safe and responsible way.

Emergency Order #34, signed today by Wisconsin Department of Health Services Secretary-designee Andrea Palm, allows nonessential businesses to do curbside drop-off of goods and animals. This will allow businesses like dog groomers, small engine repair shops, upholstery businesses, and others to safely open.

Today’s order also allows outdoor recreational rentals, such as boats, golf carts, kayaks, ATVs, and other similar recreational vehicles. Additionally, automatic or self-service car washes would be able to operate. All of these businesses must operate free of contact with customers by providing payment options online or over the phone, enact proper disinfecting practices, and operations must be able to be performed by one staff member.

AT A GLANCE: SHEBOYGAN COUNTY DIVISION OF PUBLIC HEALTH ISSUES DAILY UPDATES; COVID-19 DASHBOARD
Our counties are tirelessly working during the COVID-19 epidemic and we’d love to hear what your county is doing to address coronavirus-related issues, from public health to human services. Today, we are highlighting the work of Sheboygan County. Their Division of Public Health has been issuing daily updates about COVID-19 in the county, with a breakdown of caseloads, as well as an interactive dashboard.