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: 4.29.2020

April 30, 2020

COVID-19 DAILY HEALTH UPDATE
(Information from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) current as of 1:00 p.m. Central, Wednesday, April 29, 2020)

  • Total people with negative results: 66,630 (+3,095)
  • Total people with positive results: 6,520 (+231)
  • Hospitalizations: 1,489 (+33) or 23%
  • Total deaths: 308 (+8)

ACTION NEEDED: URGE YOUR U.S. REPRESENTATIVES TO JOIN BIPARTISAN EFFORT TO PROVIDE DIRECT AID TO COUNTIES
Your help is needed to ensure counties of all sizes receive immediate, direct and flexible assistance in the next federal coronavirus (COVID-19) relief package.
Per the National Association of Counties (NACo) memo found below, please contact your U.S. Representative and urge them to sign on to a bipartisan letter to House leadership calling for direct aid to counties.

DHS RELEASES DATA ABOUT COVID-19 PUBLIC HEALTH INVESTIGATIONS AND OUTBREAKS ACROSS WISCONSIN
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) released new data today on its website about COVID-19 facility-wide public health investigations and outbreaks in areas across the state.

On April 29, 2020, Wisconsin has 187 COVID-19 facility-wide public health investigations and outbreaks in the five public health regions of Wisconsin (Northeastern, Northern, Southeastern, Southern, and Western).

“Data are one of our most critical tools to better understand and fight COVID-19,” said DHS Secretary-designee Andrea Palm. “It is important that we share this information with the public so they understand how we are making decisions about our response to COVID-19, as well as better understand how this virus is impacting different areas of Wisconsin.”

NACO LAUNCHES WE ARE COUNTIES CAMPAIGN
America’s 3.6 million county, parish and borough employees are on the front lines of the nation’s response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. 
The National Association of Counties (NACo) and Americans across the country are showing tremendous gratitude toward these hospital workers, 911 operators, first responders, public health and human services officials, law enforcement personnel, coroners and medical examiners, and many other county employees.

NACo’s We Are Counties campaign aims to put faces on the many frontline services counties provide, and we need your help. Please ask your frontline county employees to submit videos and photos, preferably in uniform, to illustrate that counties are comprised of people responding to this public health and economic crisis.

We Are Counties Resources

FEMA DAILY UPDATE FOR APRIL 29, 2020
FEMA released their daily briefing documents regarding action by the federal agency for April 29, 2020. Below please find information on a wide range of topics released today.