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: 5.7.2020

May 7, 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 7, 2020)

  • Total people with negative results: 93,035 (+5,209)
  • Total people with positive results: 9,215 (+314)
  • Hospitalizations: 1,732 (+38) or 19%
  • Total deaths: 374 (+12)

JOIN NACO TOMORROW FOR A LEGISLATIVE CALL ON COVID-19 RESPONSE
Please join the National Association of Counties (NACo) TOMORROW, May 8, at 4:00 p.m. EDT for an update on county priorities in federal coronavirus (COVID-19) response efforts. Submit questions before and during the call, email questions@naco.org.

DHS LAUNCHES NEW ONLINE TOOL TO ACCESS COVID-19 TESTING SITES
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) has launched a new online resource that makes it easier for the public to access testing sites throughout the state. This searchable map, available here, provides Wisconsinites with testing site locations, contact information, hours of operation, and guidance on how to schedule an appointment.

“We’ve made great progress in expanding our testing capacity these last few weeks, and now we’re taking the next step to help connect Wisconsinites who have symptoms of COVID-19 to testing sites in their communities,” said Governor Tony Evers. “Everyone in the state who needs a test should be tested, and through the Badger Bounce Back Plan, we’re taking a comprehensive approach to make sure that’s the case.”

The State Emergency Operations Center, DHS, Wisconsin Emergency Management, and Wisconsin National Guard are also working with local health departments to create community testing events in places with a known lack of access to testing or where additional testing is needed because of high rates of COVID-19. The new searchable map helps connect Wisconsin residents who have symptoms of COVID-19 to locations in their community where they can get tested. DHS will update the map daily to notify the public about new testing sites in communities across the state.

FEMA DAILY BRIEFING POINTS FOR COVID-19 PANDEMIC
Below please find the Thursday, May 7, 2020 FEMA Daily Briefing Points for the Whole-of-America response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

PPE PURCHASING OPTIONS FOR KN95 AND 3 PLY MASKS
We have received information from WCA Services, Inc. associate Omnia Partners that Office Depot has very large quantities of KN95 and 3 ply masks currently in stock in Chicago distribution centers. 
Below please find a flyer regarding the masks, with changes including steady flow for regular consumption or large one-time orders. Quotes will be held for five business days.

About Omnia Partners
U.S. Communities Government Purchasing Alliance and National IPA have integrated and rebranded as OMNIA Partners: Public Sector, making it the nation’s most experienced cooperative purchasing organization serving state and local government, K-12 education and higher education institutions.
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Tom Ford
Regional Manager, Midwest
847.372.3381