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: 5.26.2020

May 26, 2020

COVID-19 DAILY HEALTH UPDATE
(Information from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) current as of 1:00 p.m. Central, Tuesday, May 26, 2020)

  • Total negative counts: 200,874 (+7,495) 
  • Total positive counts: 15,863 (+279)
  • Hospitalizations: 2,362 (+23) or 15%
  • Total deaths: 517 (+3)

UPDATE: CARES FUNDING FOR LOCAL AND TRIBAL HEALTH AGENCIES
On Tuesday, May 19, 2020, Governor Evers announced that $50 million in CARES funding would become available for local public health agencies and tribal health centers to assist in providing disease investigations, contact tracing, and monitoring of individuals to combat the spread of COVID-19 illness.

This funding is intended to reimburse local and tribal agencies for COVID-19 related personnel expenses. Approved uses of this funding include personnel-related costs for existing local staff, new full-time staff, limited term employees, and contracted staff, along with the tools needed to conduct disease management, contact tracing, and monitoring.

Actual expenses that occurred between March 1, 2020 and December 31, 2020 would be eligible for reimbursement. Additional process guidance will be coming at a later date.

Allocation of this funding will be based on an algorithm that may include: jurisdictional population, modeled estimation of staff resources needed, the proportion of COVID-19 tests expected within the jurisdiction, currently available staff time within the health agency, and the number of COVID-19 positive cases.
More information on the final allocation per jurisdiction will be forthcoming.

2020 WCA ANNUAL CONFERENCE HOUSING UPDATE
The 2020 WCA Annual Conference will be held September 20-22, 2020 in Sauk County. Housing for the event opens June 1, 2020 at 8:00 a.m.

As of right now, the WCA Annual Conference will go on and we are currently working with the Kalahari Resort and Convention Center to ensure that safety measures are in place. Please stay tuned to your inbox and www.wicounties.org for the latest updates on the event.

Because of the unknown of the COVID-19 Pandemic and what our future holds regarding this Pandemic, for your convenience, listed below are all the 2020 WCA Conference hotel cancellation policies.

COUNTIES ENCOURAGED TO APPLY FOR UW-MADISON’S UNIVERCITY YEAR
The state of local government is up in the air with all the uncertainty of COVID-19. 

Wouldn’t it be nice to have a partner helping you think through how your county will bounce back? It could mean a revised economic development plan, or an improved mechanism for communicating with citizens or localities, or rethinking how county services will be offered, or how to think differently about tourism in this uncertain time. 

WHAT IS UNIVERCITY YEAR? 
UniverCity Year is a three-year partnership where local governments pitch ideas to UW-Madison, and they match you with courses and resources on campus that help you think through your approach to those issues. 

It could be COVID-19 response, or affordable housing, or water quality/nutrient management, or parks/recreation. Counties have made up the majority of program participants over the last four years, and are especially encouraged to apply to the program. 

Proposals for the 2020-2023 UniverCity Year are due Monday, July 27, 2020 by 9 a.m. They are flexible about working with you to customize an experience that works for your county, regardless of how big or small, rural or urban, many or few projects.

FEMA DAILY BRIEFING POINTS FOR COVID-19 PANDEMIC
Below please find the Tuesday, May 26, 2020 FEMA Daily Briefing Points for the Whole-of-America response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.