Wisconsin - COVID-19 Covered

Wisconsin

Total Cases: 194,540 (October 25)
Fatalities: 1,770 (October 25)
Testing:
  • 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. As testing site information changes frequently. For the most up-to-date information about each testing site contact your local health department. (May 4) 

ECONOMIC RESPONSE

Essential Service Designations:

  • Under Governor Evers’ Stay-At-Home order, essential businesses and operations CISA Liststores that sell groceries and medicine; food and beverage production, transport, and agriculture; restaurants and bars for takeout; child care settings; charitable and social service organizations; weddings, funerals, and religious entities; media; gas stations and businesses needed for transportation; financial institutions and services; hardware and supply stores; critical trades; mail and delivery; laundry services; supplies for essential services and operations; transportation; home care services; professional services; manufacturers, distribution, and supply chain for critical products and industries; hotels and motels; higher education; among others. Details can be found here  

Labor & Workforce Guidance, Standards and Regulations:

  • Wisconsin released official reopening guidance for businesses based on sector. Details for each sector can be found here.   

Economic Stimulus & Relief:

  • Governor Evers announced an estimated $256.4 million in tax relief for Wisconsin taxpayers as a result of the additional revenue collected by the Department of Revenue. (October 20 
  • Governor Evers announced $50 million for an additional round of Child Care Counts payments for early care and education. (October 13 
  • Governor Evers announced an additional $47 million in COVID-19 support for Wisconsinites. (October 5 
  • Governor Evers announced an additional $30 million of CARES Act funding is being directed toward supporting early care and education providers. (September 3 
  • Governor Evers announced that the Department of Workforce Development submitted a grant application for FEMA’s Lost Wages Assistance program. (August 28 
  • Governor Evers announced nearly 12,000 Wisconsin farmers received a total of $41.6 million through the Wisconsin Farm Support Program. (July 27) 
  • Governor Evers announced that 155 local education agencies (LEAs) are eligible to apply for the $46.6 million provided to Wisconsin through the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund. (July 23) 
  • Governor Evers announced more than $80 million in financial assistance for Wisconsin’s K-12 schools and higher education institutions to help alleviate challenges presented by COVID-19. (June 17) 
  • Governor Evers announced $200 million in funding for aeffort aimed at helping local government leaders address some of their most urgent and unique COVID-19 recovery needs. (May 27) 
  • 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) 

Business Support & Resources:

  • Governor Evers announced more than $100 million in investments aimed at providing additional economic stabilization for small businesses and communities. (October 6
  • 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 US Small Business Administration (SBA) approved the state’s request for small business access to federal disaster loans. (March 20 

SOCIAL RESTRICTIONS

Reopening:

  • Governor Evers announced that public gatherings will be limited to more than 25 percent of a room or building’s total occupancy. (October 6 
  • Governor Evers declared a new public health emergency due to a recent surge in campus outbreaks and issued a new face covering order, effective immediately. (September 22 
  • Governor Evers issued an executive order requiring individuals to wear face coverings when indoors and not in a private residence. (July 30 
  • Governor Evers announced additional efforts to distribute personal protective equipment to schools, food processors, and businesses across the state. Wisconsin Emergency Management will begin shipping more than 2 million cloth face masks and more than 4,200 infrared thermometers to K-12 public, charter, and private schools throughout the state. (July 7 
  • Governor Evers’ administration withdrew its virus plan outline amid opposition from the state’s Republican party. (May 18 
  • 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 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) 

SCHOOL PLANNING

K-12:

  • Wisconsin’s education department “expects schools to reopen in the fall” and plans to release reopening guidelines on June 22. (June 15 

State Higher Education:

  • A list of Wisconsin universities and colleges planning to reopen in the fall can be found here. 
  • Governor Evers announced $32 million to support COVID-19 testing on University of Wisconsin System campuses. (August 6) 
  • University of Wisconsin’s 13 schools will reopen in the fall, however how they operate will vary based on campus. (June 14) 

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