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: 5.18.2020

May 18, 2020

COVID-19 DAILY HEALTH UPDATE
(Information from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) current as of 1:00 p.m. Central, Monday, May 18, 2020)

  • Total people with negative results: 144,502 (+4,828)
  • Total people with positive results: 12,687 (+144)
  • Hospitalizations: 2,068 (+30) or 16%
  • Total deaths: 459 (+6)

GOVERNOR EVERS ANNOUNCES $75 MILLION GRANT PROGRAM AND INITIATIVE TO SPUR WISCONSIN’S ECONOMIC RECOVERY, PROMOTE SAFE BUSINESS PRACTICES 
Governor Tony Evers today announced $75 million in assistance for small businesses as part of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation’s We’re All In initiative, a comprehensive effort to celebrate and help Wisconsin’s small businesses get back on their feet and support best practices to keep businesses, consumers, employees and communities safe.

Funded largely by federal dollars received through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, this initiative will provide direct assistance to small businesses most impacted by the duration and restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic. These $2,500 cash grants will assist with the costs of business interruption or for health and safety improvements, wages and salaries, rent, mortgages, and inventory. Businesses will be able to apply for grant assistance in early June. 

WEDC NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS: ETHNIC MINORITY GRANT PROGRAM
Applications are now being accepted for the Ethnic Minority Emergency Grant initiative.

This initiative will award grants of $2,000 per company to ethnic minority-owned businesses with five or fewer full-time equivalent employees (including the owner) in the retail, service or hospitality sectors that have not already received assistance through the Small Business 20/20 Program, the federal CARES Act or the Paycheck Protection Program. Learn more about the initiative, including a full list of eligibility criteria.

Interested companies should verify that they meet the criteria, then gather the necessary documentation and submit their application via the web portal during the application window of May 18-24, 2020.

If the number of qualified applications exceeds the amount of available funds, grant recipients will be chosen at random from the entire pool of qualified applicants.

LATEST NACO COVID-19 RESOURCES
NACo’s latest update includes movement on Capitol Hill for the next potential COVID-19 relief package, as well as estimates of at least a $144 billion budgetary impact across all counties.

FEMA DAILY BRIEFING POINTS FOR COVID-19 PANDEMIC
Below please find the Monday, May 18, 2020 FEMA Daily Briefing Points for the Whole-of-America response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.