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COVID-19 State of Wisconsin Resources

Below please find links to Executive Orders, Emergency Health Orders and other State of Wisconsin agency documents related to the COVID-19 Response. This is list is updated as information and guidance documents are released.

Last updated on Thursday, March 26th 4:00 PM

Documents currently include;

  • Executive Orders
  • Emergency Health Orders
  • Department of Health Services: ForwardHealth Alerts & Updates
  • Office of the Commissioner of Insurance Bulletins related to COVID-19
  • Department of Administration
  • Department of Transportation
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Natural Resources
  • Public Service Commission
  • Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation
  • Department of Safety and Professional Services

 

Executive Orders

Executive Order 72 (March 12th, 2020)

 

Governor Evers Executive Order declaring a health emergency in response to the COVID-19 Coronavirus

 

Emergency Health Orders

 

Order #1 (March 13th, 2020) Order the closure of all public and private Wisconsin schools for purposes of pupil instruction and extracurricular activities, beginning Wednesday, March 18, 2020.
Order #2 (March 14th, 2020) Allows WisDOT to issue permits and waive fees for the delivery of groceries.
Order #3 (March 15th, 2020) Orders the suspension of certain Department of Children and Families administrative rules related to child care, foster care, residential care and in-home facilities
Order #4 (March 16th, 2020) Order prohibiting mass gatherings of 50 people or more.
Order #5 (March 17th, 2020) Order prohibiting mass gatherings of 10 people or more
Order #6 (March 18th, 2020) Order restricting the size of childcare settings
Order #7 (March 18th, 2020) Order to the Department of Workforce Development regarding Unemployment Insurance
Order #8 (March 20th, 2020) Update to Order #5 on Ban on Mass Gatherings
Order #9 (March 20th, 2020) Order to the Department of Corrections
Order #10 (March 21st, 2020) Department of Public Instruction Administrative Rule Suspension and Emergency Orders
Order #11 (March 21st, 2020) Public Service Commission Administrative Rule Suspension
Order #12 (March 24th, 2020) Safer at Home Order

Office of Governor Tony Evers: FAQs on “Safer at Home” Order (updated on 3/24/20)

Department of Health Services: ForwardHealth Alerts & Updates

  • ForwardHealth Alerts are short, targeted publications designed to disseminate the latest COVID-19 information to providers quickly. They may contain news, policy, or resources deemed critical or helpful for providers. Providers will receive messaging letting them know when Alerts have been published that may impact them, and all Alerts relating to COVID-19 will be linked from this page.
  • ForwardHealth Updates announce changes in policy and coverage, prior authorization requirements, and claim submission requirements. Links to all published Updates relating to COVID-19 will be available on this page, as well as being listed on the ForwardHealth Updatespage of the ForwardHealth Portal.

 

Alert 001 ForwardHealth Accepted Procedure Codes From Eligible Providers Who Test Patients for COVID-19
Alert 002 Temporary Policy Changes for Personal Care Providers
Alert 003 Non-Emergency Medical Transportation (NEMT) Services
Alert 004 Tribal and Non-Tribal Federally Qualified Health Centers Billing Guidance for Telehealth Policy Changes in ForwardHealth Update 2020-09
Alert 005 Temporary Changes to Narcotic Treatment Services
ForwardHealth  Update 2020-09 Changes to ForwardHealth Telehealth Policies for Covered Services, Originating Sites, and Federally Qualified Health Centers
ForwardHealth Update 2020-11 COVID-19 Information for Pharmacies
ForwardHealth Update 2020-12 Temporary Changes to Telehealth Policy and Clarifications for Behavioral Health and Targeted Case Management Providers

Office of the Commissioner of Insurance Bulletins related to COVID-19

 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Coverage Request

(March 6th, 2020)

The Office of the Commissioner of Insurance (OCI) is issuing this Bulletin to assist individuals and entities regulated by OCI regarding the provision of insurance-related services during this urgent Coronavirus (COVID-19) public health challenge. In order to protect the public health, insurers, self-funded plans, pharmacy benefit managers and cooperative health plans (collectively, Health Plan Issuers) are requested to identify and remove barriers to testing and treatment for COVID-19. OCI requests Health Plan Issuers that offer health care plans to Wisconsin residents to take the following immediate measures related to the potential impact of COVID-19.
Regulatory Flexibility Regarding COVID-19

(March 15th, 2020)

This bulletin provides guidance to insurers regarding managing corporate governance issues and filing deadlines in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Proctoring of Online Courses

(March 19th, 2020)

This bulletin outlines the temporary changes OCI is making to WI requirements for delivering online courses and online course proctoring.
Complying with Regulatory Requirements during the Public Health Emergency

(March 20th, 2020)

This bulletin provides guidance to insurers regarding compliance with regulatory requirements during the COVID-19 public health emergency.
Coverage for Delivery Drivers during the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency

(March 23rd, 2020)

This bulletin provides guidance to insurers and restaurant regarding insurance coverage for delivery drivers during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

Department of Administration

Teleconference Bid Openings
(March 18th, 2020)
Until further notice, no in-person bid openings for construction projects will be conducted in Madison. Beginning March 19, 2020, the Department of Administration (DOA) is implementing revised bidding procedures for all state construction projects with bid openings occurring in Madison, WI. These revisions are being made in response to Governor Evers’ declaration of a statewide public health emergency.
State Capitol Closed to the Public(March 25th, 2020) Following the announcement of yesterday’s “Safer at Home” order and continued efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19, the State Capitol will be closed to the public beginning at 8:00 a.m. March 26, 2020 until further notice.

Department of Transportation

Go Online for DMV Services

(March 16th, 2020)

Wisconsin DMV reminds customers that the majority of people do not need to visit a DMV for vehicle services. Renewing license plates, changing address, titling a new vehicle, ordering a duplicate driver license or ID card and more can all be done online at wisconsindmv.gov
Driver licenses that expire during COVID-19 public health emergency automatically extended 60 days

 (March 18th, 2020)

  • Driver licenses and CDLs that expire during this public health emergency will be automatically extended 60 days. Late fees will be waived. The driver record, visible to law enforcement, will show the extension and that the driver license is valid.
  • All driver skills tests are being cancelled as of March 18 until further notice.
  • ​Customers are being notified that Administrative Suspension hearings will be offered by telephone (or paper), not in-person.
WisDOT public construction meetings are on hold

 (March 19th, 2020)

​Effective immediately, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) is temporarily suspending all public involvement meetings and open houses for design and construction projects.
Rest areas remain open to support truckers

 (March 20th, 2020)

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) is keeping its 28 rest areas under normal operation to support truckers during a critical time for moving supplies.
DMV Extends emissions testing timeline

 (March 23, 2020)

The extension affects vehicles Kenosha, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Sheboygan, Washington and Waukesha counties and makes the following changes:

  • Customers who have a routine vehicle registration renewal date after March 12 and require an emission test will have 90 days from their renewal date to complete an emission test and maintain valid registration.   
  • Customers who obtained a new vehicle registration this year (January 26-March 12) will need to complete an emission test by June 10 to maintain valid registration.
  • Customers who apply for, or obtained, new registration after March 12 (when the Governor’s emergency Executive Order took effect) will have 90 days from their date of registration to complete an emission test and maintain valid registration. This gives customers another 45 days to complete the original requirement.

Department of Workforce Development

 

Unemployment Insurance Claims Data

(March 20th, 2020)

The Department of Workforce Development (DWD) launched a new webpage that displays preliminary numbers related to unemployment claims received by DWD’s Unemployment Insurance Division (UI).The displayed data currently includes the preliminary number of unemployment applications filed each day in the week, as well as last year’s counts for the same day and week for comparison. The preliminary number of unemployment weekly claims filed each day will be included as of Monday, March 23, 2020. The preliminary numbers will be updated daily.

Department of Natural Resources

 

Fees waived for Wisconsin State Parks & Trails
(March 24th, 2020)
In light of Gov. Evers’ Safer at Home order, item 11.c. recognizes outdoor activity as essential. As such, all State Parks, Trails and Forests remain open and all fees are now waived. The public should stay as close to home as possible and in their community. Parks, law enforcement and property staff will also continue to provide routine sweeps of state park system properties.

Public Service Commission

 

PSC Tells Wisconsin Utilities to Suspend Disconnections for Nonpayment During Public Health Emergency (pdf)

(March 13th, 2020)

The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSC) directed water, electric, and natural gas utilities to cease disconnecting residential service fornonpayment until the state public health emergency has been lifted. Additionally, utilities must make reasonable attempts to reconnect service to an occupied dwelling that has been disconnected.
PSC Awards $24 Million in State Broadband Expansion Grants (pdf)

(March 19th, 2020)

The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSC) met and awarded $24 Million in Broadband Expansion grants. The 72 new grants will extend high-speed internet access to as many as 3,182 business locations and 46,537 residential locations, including 39,778 locations that are currently unserved.

Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation

 

Small Business 20/20 Program The Small Business 20/20 Program provides grant funds to approved community development financial institutions (CDFIs). Approved CDFIs will award grants of up to $20,000 to their existing loan clients to assist with cash-flow challenges resulting from COVID-19.
Businesses that are not currently CDFI clients are not eligible to access these funds, but WEDC will work to expand access to funding through other programs as more resources become available.
Strategies for Small Businesses to Navigate COVID-19 Challenges Downtown District and Business Coronavirus Response: Ideas and Resources.
Small Business Administration The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved Wisconsin’s request for small businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic to access low-interest federal disaster loans. Under the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program, businesses may qualify for up to $2 million in loans to cover losses resulting from the pandemic. The interest rate on the loans is 3.75% for for-profit businesses and 2.75% for nonprofits. Participants may be able to extend payments for up to 30 years.

 

Department of Safety and Professional Services

 

Emergency Online Instruction Memo
(March 18th, 2020)
Due to the disruptions to higher education caused by the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) the Wisconsin Distance Learning Authorization Board (DLAB) is honoring the U.S. Department of Education’s guidance stating that it is ‘providing broad approval to institutions to use online technologies to accommodate students on a temporary basis.Please see the Department of Education’s guidance in its entirety for more information
Letter to Customers regarding ongoing building inspections
(March 18th, 2020)
At this time, the Department of Safety and Professional Services will continue to conduct building inspections where required. As long as construction continues at job sites in the state, we have an obligation to ensure the safety of those buildings now and in the future. However, we recognize the immediate threat to health and safety that COVID-19 presents. Therefore, we are increasing and encouraging the use of video and photo-based inspections in order to limit face-toface contact. Each individual inspector will determine whether the electronic inspection yields the necessary information to provide approval.
Pharmacy Variance Memorandum
(March 20th, 2020)
The Wisconsin Pharmacy Examining Board granted a rule variance that allows pharmacists and compounding pharmacy personnel to re-use personal protective equipment (PPE) during the COVID-19 public health emergency.
Continuing Education Waiver Requests-Plumbers
(March 25th, 2020)
We understand that many of our licensees have encountered difficulty in meeting continuing education (CE) requirements due to COVID-19-related interruptions and cancellations. Therefore, the Department of Safety and Professional Services is accepting requests for CE waivers. These requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

 

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