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Governor Evers extends and modifies Safer At Home restrictions

Governor Tony Evers
April 16, 2020

Today Governor Evers directed Department of Health Services Secretary-Designee Andrea Palm to extend the Safer at Home orders through 8 AM Tuesday, May 26, 2020. As a result, students will not be returning to school this school year, and many non-essential businesses will remain closed. The order extends the Safer at Home period, but also modifies it to be more stringent in some ways and to allow limited operation of some of the businesses that were previously prohibited. 

COVID-19 Roundup for 4/15/2020

April 15, 2020

Over the past two days, the state legislature has passed a COVID-19 bill intended to disburse resources through Wisconsin to battle the viral pandemic.

Governor Evers signs COVID-19 legislation

Governor Evers Signs Assembly Bill 1038
April 15, 2020

Update - early this afternoon Governor Evers received the bill and has signed it.

This afternoon Governor Evers sent a letter to legislative leaders asking that the just-passed COVID-19 bill be sent to his desk for immediate signing.

Millions of Americans Might Not Get Stimulus Checks. Some Might Be Tricked Into Paying TurboTax to Get Theirs.

April 15, 2020

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Congress has approved billions of dollars of checks for Americans hard hit by the biggest round of layoffs in U.S. history. But millions of Americans will have to wait months for that money — and millions more may never get the money at all.

State Legislature to consider COVID-19 bill today and tomorrow

Wisconsin State Capitol
April 14, 2020

The Wisconsin Legislature will begin considering a bill for COVID-19 relief starting tomorrow in a first-ever virtual legislation session. The current draft of the bill differs from the original legislation floated several weeks ago, particularly in that it has removed some of the objectional portions where the Joint Finance Committee took many budgeting powers away from the Legislature and the Governor.

Eau Claire County COVID-19 update for 4/13/2020

April 13, 2020

Today's update is from the Eau Claire, Chippewa, and Dunn County Health Departments

LIVE: April 13, 2020 - COVID-19 updates from Chippewa, Dunn, and Eau Claire Public Health Officers #StopTheSpreadEC

Wisconsin DHS Media Briefing 4/13/2020

COVID-19 Media Briefing - 4/13/2020

April 13, 2020

In today's media briefing Governor Evers led off the meeting, remarking about how different this Easter has been from all Easters past. He remarked on the fact that the Safer at Home program is now working at flattening the infection curve in the state. He thanked the citizens of the state for following the program and stopping the increase of infections. 

"Once the danger of COVID-19 has passed this will change and we will be able to be together safely again"

Wisconsin confirmed COVID-19 cases reach 3213 with 137 deaths

April 11, 2020

Today's report from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services shows a total of 3213 confirmed COVID-19 infections in the state, and 137 total deaths. This is an increase of 145 new cases since Friday. There are 950 hospitalizations in the state, with a 30% hospitalization rate.

Locally there are still no reported deaths in Chippewa, Dunn, and Eau Claire counties. Dunn County reports 9 confirmed cases, Chippewa County reports 18, and Eau Claire County reports 21 cases.

Mayo Clinic System announces furloughs, possible layoffs

April 10, 2020

Mayo Clinic announced furloughs and possible staff layoffs starting April 28 due to decreased business from the COVID-19 outbreak. In a press release this morning Mayo said that staff salaries will be guaranteed until April 28, at which time furloughs and possible layoffs will commence. Mayo also said that they are working to provide support to staff and to make sure that they are ready to re-hire when the clinics can resume normal operation. 

The full statement:

Wisconson Foodshare recipients to receive additional benefits.

Wisconsin Foodshare logo
April 10, 2020

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services has announced expanded FoodShare benefits for over 215,000 households. The increased benefits will help Wisconsin residents stay healthy through the COVID-19 crisis.

Governor Evers announces COVID-19 volunteer plan

Gov. Tony Evers
April 10, 2020

Governor Tony Evers has announced a COVID-19 volunteer system to support the state's healthcare system. Active and retired healthcare professionals and those who wish to help in non-clinical support positions are encouraged to sign up to volunteer through the

Dunn County Health Department Weekly Update 4/9/2020

April 10, 2020

Dunny County Weekly Recap with Health Department Director, KT Gallagher

Rationing Protective Gear Means Checking on Coronavirus Patients Less Often. This Can Be Deadly.

April 10, 2020

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Every morning, between 7 and 8, at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in Queens, several coronavirus patients are pronounced dead.

Today's (4/10/2020) DHS media briefing

COVID-19 Media Briefing - 4/10/2020

April 10, 2020

Today's media briefing will include Governor Evers, DHS Secretary-designee Andrea Palm, Dept. of Veterans Affairs Secretary Mary Kolar, Chief Medical officer of the Bureau of Communicable Diseases Dr. Ryan Westergaard, and Chief Legal Counsel Ryan Nilsestuen. It will be held to update the status of Wisconsin's COVID-19 response.  The meeting will start at 1:30 PM.

Eau Claire Health Department daily briefing

April 9, 2020

LIVE: April 9, 2020 - Eau Claire’s COVID-19 incident updates. #StopTheSpreadEC