Wisconsin - COVID-19 Covered

Wisconsin

Total Cases: 575,688 (January 22)
Tests Administered: 3,032,777 (January 21)
Fatalities: 6,090 (January 22)
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 additional $70 million in grants to support small businesses throughout Wisconsin. (November 20 
  • Governor Evers announced $6.6 million to support organizations providing out-of-school care for children during the pandemic. (November 18 
  • 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:

  • The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation has announced that it has awarded Wisconsin small businesses an additional $45 million. (December 3) 
  • 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 the launch of the Tourism Relief to Accelerate Vitality and Economic Lift (TRAVEL) stimulus grant program, which will provide $8 million to the tourism industry. (September 14)  
  • Governor Evers announced a $5 million COVID-19 Cultural Organization Grant program aimed at assisting Wisconsin cultural organizations that have been economically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. (September 3)  
  • 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:

  • The Wisconsin Department of Health Services announced that vaccine doses would arrive at assisted living facilities on January 25, marking the beginning of the end of vaccinations for Priority Group 1A. (January 7) 
  • Governor Evers announced the opening of Bamlanivimab Infusion Clinic on December 22. The facility will have the capacity to treat 84 COVID-19 patients a week. (December 21) 
  • Wisconsin received 10,000 initial doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. (December 15) 
  • Governor Evers declared a new public health emergency and reissued the state’s face covering order. (November 23) 
  • Governor Evers issued an executive order that advised Wisconsinites to stay at home as much as possible, and to take hygienic precautions such as extra hand washing and wearing a face covering. (November 10) 
  • Governor Evers announced that public gatherings would be limited to no more than 25 percent of a room or building’s total occupancy. (October 6) 
  • Governor Evers issued an executive order requiring individuals to wear face coverings when indoors and not in a private residence. (July 30) 

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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