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: 5.21.2020

May 21, 2020

COVID-19 DAILY HEALTH UPDATE
(Information from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) current as of 1:00 p.m. Central, Thursday, May 21, 2020)
Total people with negative results: 163,238 (+8,938)
Total people with positive results: 13,885 (+472)
Hospitalizations: 2,218 (+57) or 16%
Total deaths: 487 (+6)

WISCONSIN FARM SUPPORT PROGRAM ANNOUNCED TODAY WITH $50 MILLION IN RELIEF FOR FARMERS, $15 MILLION FOOD SECURITY INITIATIVE 
Governor Tony Evers today announced the Wisconsin Farm Support Program, a $50 million investment to provide direct payments to Wisconsin farmers in support of the agricultural sector during the COVID-19 pandemic, and a $15 million Food Security Initiative to combat hunger in Wisconsin.

Wisconsin is a national agriculture leader, but COVID-19 has created unprecedented challenges for our farmers, food processors, and all those in the food supply chain. Federal aid so far has attempted to support agriculture nationwide, but Wisconsin farmers have been left out.

Eligible farmers will be asked to apply for the aid through the Wisconsin Department of Revenue, which is working in collaboration with the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection (DATCP). Farm support payments could begin arriving as early as June.

“CONSTRUCTING A SAFE WISCONSIN” VIDEO FEATURES BEST PRACTICES AND PROCEDURES ON ROAD PROJECTS
During the COVID-19 pandemic, road improvement projects are moving forward in Wisconsin. With an eye on safety for those working in transportation, Construction Business Group has released a video on best practices.

UPCOMING NACO WEBINAR: PREPARING TO REOPEN AMERICA’S COUNTIES VIRTUAL TOWN HALL
Join NACo on May 27, 2020 from 2:00-3:30 p.m. for the first in a series of virtual town halls on reopening America’s counties and how county leaders can safely transition local communities and county workforces to a new normal in light of COVID-19.