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: 5.20.20

May 20, 2020

COVID-19 DAILY HEALTH UPDATE
(Information from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) current as of 1:00 p.m. Central, Wednesday, May 20, 2020)

Total people with negative results: 154,300 (+6,063)
Total people with positive results: 13,413 (+528)
Hospitalizations: 2,161 (+51) or 16%
Total deaths: 481 (+14)

GOVERNOR EVERS ANNOUNCES $25 MILLION WISCONSIN RENTAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
Governor Tony Evers today announced the launch of a $25 million Wisconsin Rental Assistance Program for Wisconsinites who have experienced income loss as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Administered by the Department of Administration (DOA), the Wisconsin Rental Assistance Program will provide direct financial assistance for owed rent, security deposits, and wrap around services for program eligible individuals.

The effort is funded by $25 million in federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act dollars.

HOMELAND SECURITY’S CYBERSECURITY AND INFRASTRUCTURE SECURITY AGENCY RELEASES UPDATED GUIDANCE ON ESSENTIAL CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE WORKFORCE
On May 19, 2020, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) released version 3.1 of its Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce. Version 3.1 provides clarity around many individual worker categories, including expanded language for those workers supporting at-risk communities and the essential nature of health facility workers in communities across the country.

The revision also includes updated language to better reflect terminology used in food and agriculture industries, and includes other minor technical adjustments. Further, it addresses changes in the daily lives and routines driven by COVID, adding as essential those who enable telehealth and the availability and sale of goods and services to enable home schooling.
This Guidance is not a federal mandate, and final decision on its use remains with state and local officials, who must determine how to balance public health and safety with the need to maintain and/or more fully return-to-work critical infrastructure personnel in their communities.

As the nation’s response to and recovery from COVID-19 continues to evolve, CISA will work in close coordination with our partners across government and industry to update this list as needed.

UPCOMING NACO WEBINAR: ADMINISTERING AN ELECTION DURING THE COVID-19 CRISIS
NACo will host a webinar on June 3, 2020 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. to discuss the challenges of navigating an election in the age of COVID-19.

The webinar will include a focus on how states are planning for primaries and the general election, a discussion of considerations for counties implementing vote-by-mail, and a look at considerations and costs around personal protective equipment (PPE) and social distancing related to polling places.

ICYMI: 2020 NACo ANNUAL CONFERENCE CANCELLED, ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING WILL BE VIRTUAL
The safety and well-being of conference participants is our top priority. In light of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and after much thoughtful discussion, including concerns about large gatherings, the National Association of Counties (NACo) Board of Directors has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 NACo Annual Conference and Exposition and proceed with a virtual Annual Business Meeting, including the election for 2nd Vice President, consideration of bylaws amendments and other association business.