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: 5.29.2020

May 29, 2020

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

  • Total negative counts: 233,588 (+12,869)
  • Total positive counts: 17,707 (+733)
  • Hospitalizations: 2,499 (+47) or 14%
  • Total deaths: 568 (+18)

WCA, WALHDAB, WPHA and WHA LETTER TO GOVERNOR EVERS AND SECRETARY PALM URGING CONTINUED UTILIZATION OF COLLECTIVE RESOURCES
Today the Wisconsin Counties Association, along with the Wisconsin Association of Local Health Departments and Boards (WALHAB), the Wisconsin Public Health Association (WPHA) and the Wisconsin Hospital Association (WHA) sent a letter to Governor Tony Evers and Secretary Palm urging the continued utilization of collective resources related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The letter states, “The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated the importance of coordination between state government, local government, public health and hospitals in response to public health emergencies. So far, Wisconsin’s public health and health care systems have served Wisconsin well. Our members, along with the state, have stepped up quickly to respond to this pandemic and have largely prevented the COVID-19 surge and large-scale community spread we’ve observed in other states. The dedicated providers and staff working in our member organizations, charged with carrying out these strategies, are owed a debt of gratitude for their work. 

Our organizations appreciate the significant time and resource commitment made by the state to support those on the frontlines of this pandemic. The state has played a vital role in acquiring necessary personal protective equipment, testing supplies and critical financial aid to support our work. 

As we look ahead, we want to continue a dialogue with you to ensure we are best utilizing our collective resources to further “box in” this virus while getting critical non-COVID care to patients who need it. 

In the weeks and months ahead, our health care system will be operating at or above capacity to meet care needs that have been accruing. County and health system behavioral health providers are seeing significant increases in patient cases. Hospitals and health systems have months’ worth of delayed procedures and diagnostic services to schedule. Public health testing and contact tracing will increase to successfully open our state’s economy.”

WEDC’s RELIEF AND RECOVERY RESOURCES FOR BUSINESS
With input from national and state health and industry experts and in partnership with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services, the Wisconsin Department of Tourism and our regional economic development partners, WEDC has compiled a series of industry-specific documents to help Wisconsinites get back to business while taking the necessary precautions to maximize safety.

ICYMI: 2020 WCA ANNUAL CONFERENCE HOUSING OPENS JUNE 1ST: REGISTER ONLINE
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.

Because of high call demand at the Kalahari reservation desk, they ask that you please book your rooms through their online link here, which is a much faster process.

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.