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COVID-19 Wisconsin Update #11 (3-18-20 AM)

Executive/Legislative Action of Note:

  • Gov. Tony Evers is expected to issue an executive order today to speed up unemployment benefits for workers affected by the COVID-19. According to a press release by DWD, the Executive Order will waive work search requirements and modify the availability requirements for unemployment insurance benefits for workers impacted by COVID-19.
  • Gov. Evers is also working with lawmakers to immediately repeal a one-week waiting period in collecting unemployment benefits.
  • Gov. Tony Evers is joining a 2:00 PM webinar being hosted by Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce that will include Dep. DHS Secretary Julie Willems Van Dijk, Department of Workforce Development Secretary Caleb Frostman and Wisconsin Economic Development Corp Secretary & CEO Missy Hughes (Link)

University of Wisconsin- Madison;

Chancellor Rebecca Blank announced yesterday afternoon that the University of Wisconsin-Madison was ceasing in-person learning for the remainder of the semester. In the announcement, Chancellor Blank said UW Madison will take the following steps;

  • We will shift to alternate delivery of courses from March 23 through the end of the spring semester, including final exams. Students will receive information about instruction as plans are completed.
  • In addition, we advise those who have opted to travel away from Madison for Spring Break to carefully consider whether they need to return to Madison or can continue the semester from their permanent residence.

Students in residence halls who cannot return home or who are unable to access alternative course delivery from elsewhere may remain in the residence halls. Limited dining services will continue to be open. (Residents will be receiving a follow up message from University Housing shortly.)

  • All units were asked to move all possible employees into teleworking this past Monday, March 16. Beginning March 18, campus will take steps so that the only employees (including graduate student employees) physically working on campus are those needed to deliver essential services that cannot be done via telecommuting. This will be in effect until further notice. Employees who cannot telecommute and who are not involved in essential services will be eligible to use leave.
  • Essential services include public safety, academic course delivery and student support, admissions, financial aid and enrollment for new and continuing students, certain research activities and associated animal care, University Housing, communications as well as core administrative and facility services.

Wisconsin Elections;

The Wisconsin Elections Commission is holding an emergency meeting this afternoon to discuss how to conduct thes state’s spring election on April 7th within the confines of the public health emergency. Members of the public may attend by calling 1-855-947-8255. The passcode is 42463# or you may listen in on WisconsinEye The meeting begins at 4:00 PM. A memo outlining issues to be discussed notes several hurdles that need to be addressed by the Commission on the call, including a shortage of absentee certificate envelopes.

Wisconsin Outbreak

  • Today’s DHS 2:00 pm update will contain new locations where positive test results have been found. La Crosse County Health Department has reported they have been notified of a positive test result in La Crosse county (Link) and several media outlets reported additional positive results in Milwaukee County, and new positive test results in Fond du Lac and Washington/Ozaukee County, bringing the new total new positive results as of last evening to 90 (Link)
  • Below is a visual representation of positive results in Wisconsin by county location based on DHS’s 3-17 update.


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