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: 4.28.2020

April 28, 2020

COVID-19 DAILY HEALTH UPDATE
(Information from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) current as of 1:00 p.m. Central, Tuesday, April 28, 2020)

Total people with negative results: 63,595 (+2,224)
Total people with positive results: 6,289 (+208)
Hospitalizations: 1,465 (+41) or 23%
Total deaths: 300 (+19)

ACTION ALERT: CONTACT GOVERNOR AND REQUEST ALLOCATION OF 30% OF CARES ACT STATE FUNDING TO WISCONSIN COUNTIES-FUNDS MAY BE RELEASED THIS WEEK
Last week, WCA sent a letter to Governor Evers requesting counties be allocated 30% of funds the state received from the federal CARES Act. WCA thanks all the county officials who contacted the Governor’s office last week and reiterated the WCA request.

The U.S. Treasury recently released guidance on how federal CARES Act funds can be spent and WCA understands the Governor and his administration are now determining allocation of federal funds.

Given that an allocation of funds may be released by the Governor this week, please call/contact Governor Evers TODAY and again request county government be prioritized by being allocated 30% of federal funds received. 

Governor Tony Evers
608-266-1212
eversinfo@wisconsin.gov

Thank you in advance for your assistance and please contact WCA Director of Government Affairs Kyle Christianson at 608-219-3574 or via email with any questions.

BREAKING: DOJ FILES SUIT TODAY ASKING SUPREME COURT TO THROW OUT GOP’S SUIT REGARDING ENFORCEMENT OF GOVERNOR’S STAY-AT-HOME ORDER
Late this afternoon the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a brief with the Wisconsin Supreme Court asking for a lawsuit from Republican legislators preventing enforcement of the Governor’s stay-at-home order (Emergency Order #28) to be thrown out.

GOVERNOR EVERS DIRECTS DNR TO REOPEN SEVERAL STATE PARKS AND FORESTS WITH SPECIAL CONDITIONS
Governor Tony Evers today directed the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to open 34 state parks and forests on May 1, 2020 under special conditions to help minimize overcrowding, allow for social distancing requirements, and to promote a safe and enjoyable experience for staff and visitors.

APRIL 28, 2020 ISSUE OF NACO COUNTY NEWS NOW
The National Association of Counties has released the April 28, 2020 issue of County News Now. Read the latest COVID-19 related stories impacting counties.