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: 5.6.2020

May 6, 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 6, 2020)

  • Total people with negative results: 87,826 (+3,859)
  • Total people with positive results: 8,901 (+335)
  • Hospitalizations: 1,694 (+31) or 19%
  • Total deaths: 362 (+9)

ICYMI: TODAY’S COVID-19 COUNTY AND MUNICIPAL LEADERSHIP WEBINAR WITH CONGRESSMAN KIND, TOURISM SECRETARY MEANEY AND MCW PRESIDENT/CEO DR. RAYMOND
Today, the Wisconsin Counties Association and the League of Wisconsin Municipalities hosted their weekly COVID-19 County and Municipal Leadership webinar.

Guests included Congressman Ron Kind, Tourism Secretary Sara Meaney and Medical College of Wisconsin President and CEO Dr. John Raymond, along with WCA General Counsel Andrew Phillips of von Briesen & Roper, s.c.

DHS: DAILY FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Will DHS be using the updated CDC guidelines for COVID-19 cases to be released from isolation?
Yes. CDC recently updated their guidance to state that COVID-19 patients may be released from isolation after at least three days (72 hours) after symptoms improve AND ten (10) days from the date they first had symptoms. This is a change from the previous guidance of seven (7) days.

The DHS website has been updated to reflect this change in guidance. Please email DHS if you notice any outdated information on the DHS Website.

Will local health departments be required to complete a community health assessment or community health improvement plan (CHA or CHIP) during the pandemic response?
Governor Evers and Secretary-designee Palm recently issued Emergency Order #35 which suspends DHS Administrative Rule 140.04(1)(g)3-4. related to completion of a CHA/CHIP every 5 years. It also suspends DHS Administrative Rule 140.04(2)(a) requiring local health departments to submit an annual report by May 1. DHS may establish new deadlines for submissions required in Administrative Rule 140. If you have advice or information DHS should consider when establishing new deadlines, please contact Matthew Collie, the statewide DHS 140 review coordinator.

Emergency Order #35 also addresses several other DHS programs, as well as licensing and practice of certain health care providers.

FEMA DAILY BRIEFING POINTS FOR COVID-19 PANDEMIC
Below please find Wednesday’s FEMA Daily Briefing Points for the Whole-of-America response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

COUNTIES MATTER: COVID-19 RESOURCES
America’s counties are on the front lines of our nation’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. During this unprecedented public health emergency and the aftermath of an economic crisis, counties are committed to strong intergovernmental cooperation to mitigate COVID-19 and its far-reaching impacts on America’s people and places.