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: 6.16.2020

June 16, 2020

COVID-19 DAILY HEALTH UPDATE
(Information from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) current as of 1:00 p.m. Central, Tuesday, June 16, 2020.)

  • Total negative counts: 414,330 (+10,883)
  • Total positive counts: 23,198 (+266)
  • Total ever hospitalized: 3,096 (+35) or 13%
  • Total deaths: 703 (+9)

Data from WI Department of Health Services
Key Data Summary Updates for June 15, 2020 (unless otherwise noted)

WCA SPEAKS WITH WEDC SECRETARY HUGHES ON WE’RE ALL IN GRANT PROGRAM: APPLICATIONS DUE JUNE 23
On June 16, 2020, the Wisconsin Counties Association virtually sat down with Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) Secretary Missy Hughes to discuss the We’re All in Small Business Grant Program, which will provide $2,500 to 30,000 small businesses in Wisconsin. The online grant application is accessible for one week from 8 a.m. Monday, June 15 through 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, June 23, 2020. Learn more at www.wedc.org.

Background
The We’re All In Small Business Grant Program will provide $2,500 grants to 30,000 small businesses. It is designed to help small businesses get back on their feet amid the COVID-19 pandemic while also encouraging them to adopt best practices to keep employees, customers and communities safe.

Funded by the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the grants will help small businesses with the costs of business interruption or for health and safety improvements, wages and salaries, rent, mortgages and inventory.

FOWARD ANALYTICS RELEASES ECONOMIC ACTIVITY IN A PANDEMIC: WISCONSIN TAXABLE SALES IN MARCH AND APRIL
A new report issued today by Forward Analytics, Economic Activity During a Pandemic: Wisconsin Taxable Sales in March & April, shows the varying impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our state’s economy.

According to recently released data from the Wisconsin Department of Revenue, taxable sales in Wisconsin declined 10.5% in March and April compared to the same months in 2019. These two months represent the early stages of the Covid-19 pandemic in Wisconsin and the “Safer at Home” order issued in late March and lasting through May. 

  • Get a PDF copy of the report, Economic Activity in a Pandemic: Wisconsin Taxable Sales in March & April, here.
  • See additional county maps in Tableau here.
  • View the media release on Economic Activity in a Pandemic: Wisconsin Taxable Sales in March & April, here.

LOCAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYMENT CONTINUES TO DECLINE DESPITE REBOUND OF OTHER INDUSTRIES
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released its monthly jobs report for May, reflecting a recovery in overall labor market conditions, but not for local governments. To compound the nearly 800,000 local government jobs lost in April, local governments lost another 487,000 in May. This additional loss brings the total number of local government jobs lost for just these two months to nearly 1.3 million, including both education and non-education related jobs, and reveals the financial challenges of county governments across the nation.