Wisconsin - COVID-19 Covered

Wisconsin

Total Cases: 15,863 (May 27)
Tests Administered: 216,955 (May 26)
Fatalities: 517 (May 27)
Testing:
  • Governor Evers announced a $1 billion statewide effort to support testing, contact tracing, operations, and resources for local communities. (May 19) 
  • Governor Evers detailed plans for scaling up the state’s contact tracing efforts. (May 6) 
  • Governor Evers announced a plan to make Wisconsin one of the top states in testing per capita. (May 5) 
  • Governor Evers announced coordination with local health departments to create community testing events in locations with a known lack of testing or locations that need additional testing. (May 4) 
  • The state has imposed a four-tiered system for who gets tested, which prioritizes health care workers and high-risk hospital patients showing key symptoms. (March 17) Visit the Wisconsin Department of Health Services website for additional information. (WI DHS) 

ECONOMIC RESPONSE

Essential Service Designations:

  • Governor Evers announced expanding curbside operations for certain nonessential businesses, including dog groomers, small engine repair shops, upholstery businesses, and others to safely open. (April 27) 

Labor & Workforce Guidance, Standards and Regulations:

  • No records found. (May 26) 

Economic Stimulus & Relief:

  • Governor Evers announced $100 million in funding for long-term care, home and community-based services, and emergency medical services. (May 21 
  • Governor Evers announced a $25 million Wisconsin Rental Assistance Program for residents who have experienced income loss as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. (May 20 
  • Governor Evers announced the Wisconsin Farm Support Program, a $50 million investment to provide direct payments to Wisconsin farmers in support of the agricultural sector and a $15 million Food Security Initiative to combat hunger across the state. (May 20) 
  • Governor Evers announced $75 million in assistance for small businesses, funded mostly by the CARES Act, as part of Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation’s “We’re All In” initiative. (May 18) 
  • Governor Evers announced that 1,000 ethnically diverse micro-businesses that have not received SBA Paycheck Protection Program or state relief are eligible for $2,000 grants to assist with losses due to COVID-19. (May 11 
  • The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) approved Wisconsin’s request for a Section 1135 Medicaid waiver, enabling Wisconsin to provide flexibilities Medicaid screenings and assessments and waive certain requirements. (April 22 
  • Governor Evers announced that fees from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation would be waived for the transportation of emergency overweight commodities. (April 13) 
  • Governor Evers issued a moratorium on foreclosures and evictions. (March 27) 

Business Support & Resources:

  • The US Small Business Administration (SBA) approved the state’s request for small business access to federal disaster loans. (March 20)

SOCIAL RESTRICTIONS

Shelter-In-Place Orders:

  • Governor Evers’ administration withdrew its virus plan outline amid opposition from the state’s Republican party. (May 18 
  • The Wisconsin Supreme Court rejected Governor Evers’ extension of the state’s stay-at-home order to May 26. (May 14) 
  • Governor Evers issued an order that will allow all standalone or strip-mall based retail stores to offer in-person shopping for up to five customers at a time while maintaining social distancing practices as well as opening drive-in theaters. (May 11) 
  • Governor Evers announced that dozens of Wisconsin organizations filed an amicus brief asking the Wisconsin Supreme Court to uphold the Governor’s Safer at Home Order as a response to Legislative Republicans asking the Court to block the order as it stands. (April 30) 
  • Governor Evers directed the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to re-open 34 state parks and forests beginning May 1. (April 28) 
  • Governor Evers and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services issued an emergency order outlining Wisconsin’s “Badger Bounce Back” plan which outlines criteria for Wisconsin to be able to reopen its economy in phases as soon as it is safe to do so. (April 21) 
  • Governor Evers encouraged the public to stay home and self-isolate. (March 19) 

Curfews:

  • Governor Evers closed 40 state parks, forests, and recreational areas starting April 10 until further notice. (April 9) 
  • The Supreme Court of Wisconsin rejected Governor Evers’ executive order. (April 7) 
  • Governor Evers barred in-person voting Tuesday and moved the state’s election to June 9. (April 6) 

Social-Distancing Guidelines:

  • Governor Evers issued an executive order that institutes certain timelines established by the Department of Safety and Professional Services (April 10 
  • Governor Evers emphasized that while religious gatherings and services are considered “essential,” any gathering must include fewer than 10 people. (April 10)

Delivery Services:

  • No records were found of a cessation in delivery services. (May 22) 

SCHOOL CLOSURES

K-12:

  • All K-12 schools are closed. (March 13)

State Higher Education:

  • The University of Wisconsin-Madison Office of Financial Aid is offering emergency funds for students. (April 8 
  • A majority of colleges and universities in the state have closed dormitories and moved to online learning, per the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. (March 13) 

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