Gov. Evers Issues Executive Order Declaring Public Health Emergency and Requiring Face Coverings Statewide

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 30, 2020
Contact: GovPress@wisconsin.gov or 608-219-7443
 
Gov. Evers Issues Executive Order Declaring Public Health Emergency and Requiring Face Coverings Statewide
 
MADISON —​ Gov. Tony Evers today declared a Public Health Emergency and issued an Emergency Order requiring individuals to wear face coverings when indoors and not in a private residence, with some exceptions as clarified and defined in the order. The order is effective at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, August 1, 2020, and will expire on September 28, 2020 or by a subsequent superseding order. Executive Order #82 declaring a public health emergency is available here and Emergency Order #1 requiring face coverings statewide is available here.

“While our local health departments have been doing a heck of a job responding to this pandemic in our communities, the fact of the matter is, this virus doesn’t care about any town, city, or county boundary, and we need a statewide approach to get Wisconsin back on track,” said Gov. Evers. “We’ve said all along that we’re going to let science and public health experts be our guide in responding to this pandemic, and we know that masks and face coverings will save lives. While I know emotions are high when it comes to wearing face coverings in public, my job as governor is to put people first and to do what’s best for the people of our state, so that’s what I am going to do.”

Wisconsin is seeing new and significant community spread and increase in cases of COVID-19 which requires that we declare a new public health emergency and require face coverings. Wisconsin has experienced a drastic rise in COVID-19 cases throughout the entire state, with 61 of 72 counties (84 percent) representing 96 percent of the state’s population experiencing high COVID-19 activity. All regions of Wisconsin have high COVID-19 activity levels. This is a dramatic increase from where Wisconsin was in June, when only 19 of 72 counties (26%) were experiencing high COVID-19 activity.

The average number of new confirmed cases of COVID-19 has drastically increased throughout July, with an average of 556 new cases each day between July 1-7, an average of 764 new cases each day between July 8-14 (a 37% increase from the previous week), an average of 890 new cases each day between July 15-21 (a 16% increase from the previous week), and an average of 938 new cases each day between July 22-26 (a 5% increase from the previous week).

Under this order, Wisconsin residents ages five and older are required to wear a face covering when they are indoors or in an enclosed space with anyone outside their household or living unit. Face coverings are strongly recommended if you are outdoors and maintaining physical distancing is not possible. The order also enumerates exceptions to the requirement, listing activities such as when an individual is eating, drinking, or swimming. Individuals with health conditions or disabilities that would preclude the wearing of a face covering safely are also exempt from the requirement. A frequently asked questions (FAQ) document is available here.

“The data is what drives our decisions, and that data tells us we have significant community spread in Wisconsin and need to take statewide action,” said DHS Secretary-designee Andrea Palm. “Community spread means that any interaction out in the community can mean exposure, and because people can spread COVID-19 without symptoms or even knowing they are sick, we need to take universal precautions in order for wearing face coverings to be effective.”

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the medical and scientific community continues to learn more about the virus, including how to best prevent its transmission. Recent scientific studies show that wearing face coverings is very effective in preventing the spread of COVID-19.

“Staying home, limiting interactions, practicing physical distancing, and washing your hands thoroughly are still the most effective ways to stop the spread,” said Dr. Ryan Westergaard, Wisconsin’s Chief Medical Officer and the State Epidemiologist for Communicable Diseases. “But we learn something new about this virus every day. A growing number of scientific studies tell us that face coverings, when used correctly and consistently by a large percentage of the community, are extremely effective for preventing the spread of COVID-19 through respiratory droplets.”

For up-to-date information about Wisconsin’s COVID-19 response, visit the DHS COVID-19 webpage. We also encourage you to follow @DHSWI on Facebook and Twitter, or dhs.wi on Instagram for more information on COVID-19.

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NEW MANUFACTURING ALLIANCE CONNECTS LOCAL BUSINESSES TO COVID-19 RESOURCES

Press Release

Contact: Ann Franz

Phone: (920) 498-5587

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 26, 2020

NEW MANUFACTURING ALLIANCE CONNECTS LOCAL BUSINESSES TO COVID-19 RESOURCES

Green Bay, WI, May 26, 2020: The NEW Manufacturing Alliance is pleased to announce the release of a new NEWMA COVID-19 Directory. The Directory spotlights Alliance member manufacturers and associated businesses in northeast Wisconsin who provide products and services related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

The idea of the Directory originated as members reached out to the Alliance in search of high-demand Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and COVID-19 related business information. As manufacturers retooled to make PPE, others are struggling to find these products. Members are also faced with obstacles of last-minute and increased changes in logistics and legal information. It is a real benefit to the northeast Wisconsin to connect and help these companies collaborate.

 

Ann Franz, Executive Director of the Alliance stated, “To keep our region thriving, we need to help one another in bringing our supply chain closer to home.” Franz added, “It’s my hope companies will consider these businesses as they purchase PPE and other related products and services.”

 

The Directory is user-friendly with hyperlinks and free of charge to the public at  https://newmfgalliance.org/resources/covid-19-alliance-members-respond/.  As an added membership benefit, there is no cost to members advertising in the NEWMA COVID-19 Directory.

 

The NEW Manufacturing Alliance has over 300 members, mostly manufacturers working with educators, workforce development, chambers of commerce, and state organizations to promote manufacturing in our northeast Wisconsin. The vision of the Alliance is that every northeast Wisconsin manufacturer will find the talent it needs.

 

For more information about the NEW Manufacturing Alliance, go to www.newmfgalliance.org or contact Ann Franz at 920-498-5587 or email ann.franz@nwtc.edu.

                                                                       

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Pam Blazei
Marketing Coordinator
NEW Manufacturing Alliance
920-498-6379

CITY OF DE PERE ALERT: COVID-19 Guidance for De Pere Businesses

CITY OF DE PERE ALERT

COVID-19 Guidance for De Pere Businesses

The City of De Pere Health Department (DPHD) is committed to protecting the health and safety of De Pere’s workers, workplaces, and the public during these unprecedented times.

Due to current outbreak conditions in Brown County, it is essential that employers take measures to PREVENT the spread of COVID-19 in their workplace.  DPHD recommends the following measures be implemented: 

  • Sick employees should be sent home immediately. Symptoms would include fever, chills, cough, sore throat, difficulty breathing, headache, body aches, loss of taste and/or smell. 
  • Wear a Mask: Employees should wear a face mask at all times while in the workplace.  Employers can issue facemasks or can approve employees’ supplied cloth face coverings. 
  • Social Distance: Employees should maintain 6 feet and practice social distancing while working and during breaks. 
  • Pre-Screen: Employers should monitor employees and assess symptoms prior to starting work. 
  • Disinfect and Clean work spaces: Clean and disinfect all areas such as offices, bathrooms, common areas, and shared equipment. 
  • Implement Administrative Controls: Stagger breaks and/or work shifts to promote social distancing, provide visual cues as a reminder to workers to social distance. 
  • Modify work stations so that employees are at least 6 feet apart. 
  • Use physical barriers, such as strip curtains, or plexiglass to separate workers from each other. 
  • Place hand sanitizers with at least 60% alcohol in multiple locations to encourage hand hygiene.

 

Please follow the links below for additional information: –

Effective April 27, Small Business Administration Re-Opens Funding Process

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has reopened the application and funding process for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan Program for small business affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

The Paycheck Protection Program is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll.

SBA will forgive loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities.

You can apply through any existing SBA 7(a) lender or through any federally insured depository institution, federally insured credit union, and Farm Credit System institution that is participating. Other regulated lenders will be available to make these loans once they are approved and enrolled in the program. You should consult with your local lender as to whether it is participating in the program.

 

Click on the link below to learn more: 

https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options/paycheck-protection-program

St. Norbert College: What’s the real economic cost of COVID-19?

 

What’s the real economic cost of COVID-19?

 

The economic impact of COVID-19 is staggering – encompassing everything from employment numbers to product availability to the balance in your 401(k) and the price you pay at the gas pump.

 

That much we know. But speculation, hyperbole and competing agendas, among other things, cloud the picture from there.

 

What’s really happening? Join economic and industry experts for a data-driven discussion of COVID-19’s economic impact. Speakers from St. Norbert College’s Center for Business & Economic Analysis (CBEA), Breakthrough and Wipfli Financial will offer diverse industry perspectives as they examine what’s happening across the economic landscape, with particular focus on financial and fuel markets.

 

The Economic Impact of COVID-19
A live webinar featuring:
Marc Schaffer, Associate Professor of Economics, St. Norbert College
Rafia Hasan, Chief Investment Officer, Wipfli Financial
Matt Muenster ’09, Senior Manager of Applied Knowledge, Breakthrough

 

April 30, starting at 2 p.m. CST

 

Anyone with an interest in COVID-19’s impact on the regional, national and global economies is welcome to attend this free event. Registration is required and is open now. Your registration confirmation will include a link to access the webinar.

 

The event is presented jointly by the Schneider School’s CBEA and the St. Norbert College office of alumni and parent relations. We are grateful for the participation and support of our sponsors, Breakthrough and Wipfli Financial.

 

Breakthrough logo Wipfli logo

 

Register Here

 

 

Prevea Offers Tips to Safely Return to Work

COVID-19 Town Hall for Local Businesses

Safely Return To Work

We have all taken significant steps to limit the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. With the Safer At Home order, some businesses temporarily closed or reduced services and productivity, sometimes placing employees on furlough. With the order being lifted in the near future, you may be gearing up to get your business back to full operation. In doing so, you may have questions on how to do this safely.

Join Dr. Ashok Rai, President and CEO of Prevea Health, and his occupational medicine physician partners, for a town hall meeting to help answer your questions of starting your business’ life safely after the COVID-19 Safer At Home order.

Topics will include:

§  Cost effectively disinfect and clean work spaces

§  Recommended masks

§  Health screenings for employees

§  Traveling employees

§  Policies for employees returning to work, tested or non-tested

§  Workplace best practices for vendors/visitors

§  Any additional topics/questions attendees ask

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

8:30 to 9:30 a.m.

Free Zoom Meeting

Register today at www.prevea.com/Town-Hall. Open to all business leaders, brokers and HR, workers compensation and safety managers.

 

COVID-19 Update

Common Ground Healthcare Cooperative Applauds Governor, Legislature for Action on Surprise Bills

Non-profit Health Insurance Cooperative Says COVID-19 Package will Protect Consumers

 

Common Ground Healthcare Cooperative (CGHC) said provisions of the COVID-19 legislation signed into law this week will protect Wisconsin consumers from receiving surprise medical bills for COVID-19 testing and treatment.

“We applaud the Governor for introducing this idea in his coronavirus package and the legislature for improving it and adopting it as part of their package,” said CGHC CEO Cathy Mahaffey. “People should feel confident when seeking care for COVID-19 that they won’t have to worry about unexpected medical bills coming later from out-of-network providers that may have been involved in their diagnosis or treatment.”

Mahaffey explained that the new law, 2019 Wisconsin Act 185, establishes a Medicare-based benchmark for the payment of COVID-19 testing and treatment and requires insurers to use that benchmark to reimburse out-of-network medical providers. The legislation also prohibits health care providers from billing patients for more than the benchmark when a service, treatment, or supplies are related to the treatment of or testing for COVID-19.

These protections are already in place for in-network care through insurance company contracts.

“Simply put, it means that a patient will not receive a surprise bill when he or she is required to go to a non-network hospital due to capacity issues during the pandemic,” she said. “There will be no disagreements over payment for testing and treatment, and no patients stuck in the middle.”

Mahaffey said that CGHC has long advocated for a surprise billing solution based on a benchmark rate of payment for out-of-network care, but the issue took on more urgency with COVID-19. “As we explained to legislative leaders, we all need to work together right now for good of Wisconsin families and those who care for them,” she said. “That means insurers might have to pay a little more than they would otherwise, and providers need to accept that as payment in full.”

Congress has been working on a surprise billing fix at the federal level for several months, even before COVID-19 came into the picture, but they have not been able to come to agreement. “Congress should follow Wisconsin’s model and establish a Medicare benchmark. It’s open, transparent, and one of the easiest things we can do to simplify health care and protect consumers who have lost confidence in our country’s health care system,” said Mahaffey.

Gov. Evers Directs DHS to Extend Wisconsin’s Safer at Home Order

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 16, 2020
Contact: GovPress@wisconsin.gov or 608-219-7443
Gov. Evers Directs DHS to Extend Wisconsin’s Safer at Home Order
MADISON — Gov. Tony Evers today directed Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) Secretary-designee Andrea Palm to extend the Safer at Home order from April 24, 2020 to 8 a.m. Tuesday, May 26, 2020, or until a superseding order is issued. The order implements some new measures to ensure safety and support the progress we’ve made in containing COVID-19, but also allows certain activities to start up again. The order is available here.

“A few weeks ago, we had a pretty grim outlook for what COVID-19 could mean for our state, but because of the efforts of all of you, Safer at Home is working. That said, we aren’t out of the woods just yet,” said Gov. Evers. “As I’ve said all along, we are going to rely on the science and public health experts to guide us through this challenge. So, as we extend Safer at Home, I need all of you to continue doing the good work you’ve been doing so we can keep our families, our neighbors, and our communities safe, and get through this storm together.”

“Before we lift Safer at Home, the steps of testing and more robust public health measures must be in place,” explained Secretary-designee Palm. “These steps will help us reduce the risk of a second wave of the virus. If we open up too soon, we risk overwhelming our hospitals and requiring more drastic physical distancing measures again.”

The extension of the Safer at Home order includes a few changes. Some changes allow more businesses and activities to open back up, while other changes help make businesses safer for employees and customers. The changes in this order include:

Businesses and activities ramping up service and operations:

  • Public libraries: Public libraries may now provide curb-side pick-up of books and other library materials.
  • Golf Courses: Golf courses may open again, with restrictions including scheduling and paying for tee times online or by phone only. Clubhouses and pro shops must remain closed.
  • Non-essential Businesses: Non-essential businesses will now be able to do more things as Minimum Basic Operations, including deliveries, mailings, and curb-side pick-up. Non-essential businesses must notify workers of whether they are necessary for the Minimum Basic Operations.
  • Arts and Crafts Stores: Arts and craft stores may offer expanded curb-side pick-up of materials necessary to make face masks or other personal protective equipment (PPE).
  • Aesthetic or Optional Exterior Work: Aesthetic or optional exterior law care or construction is now allowed under the extended order, so long as it can be done by one person.

Safe Business Practices:

  • Safe Business Practices for Essential Businesses and Operations: Essential Businesses and Operations must increase cleaning and disinfection practices, ensure that only necessary workers are present, and adopt policies to prevent workers exposed to COVID-19 or symptomatic workers from coming to work.
  • Safe Business Practices for Retailers that Essential Businesses and Operations: Retail stores that remain open to the public as Essential Businesses and Operations must limit the number of people in the store at one time, must provide proper spacing for people waiting to enter, and large stores must offer at least two hours per week of dedicated shopping time for vulnerable populations.
  • Supply Chain: Essential Businesses and Operations that are essential because they supply, manufacture, or distribute goods and services to other Essential Businesses and Operations can only continue operations that are necessary to those businesses they supply. All other operations must continue as Minimum Basic Operations.

Other changes include:

  • Schools: Public and private K-12 schools will remain closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.
  • Local parks and open space: Local health officials may close public parks and open spaces if it becomes too difficult to ensure social distancing or the areas are being mistreated.
  • Travel: People are strongly encourage to stay close to home, not travel to second homes or cabins, and not to travel out-of-state if it is not necessary.
  • Tribal Nations: Tribal Nations are sovereign over their territory and can impose their own restrictions. Non-tribal members should be respectful of and avoid non-essential travel to Tribal territory. Local government must coordinate, collaborate, and share information with Tribal Nations.
  • Duration: The changes in this order go into effect on April 24, 2020. The order will remain in effect until 8 a.m. on May 26, 2020.

If you have questions, a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document is available here for your review.

The public should continue to follow simple steps to avoid exposure to the virus and prevent illness including:

  • Avoiding social gatherings with people of all ages (including playdates and sleepovers, parties, large family dinners, visitors in your home, non-essential workers in your house);
  • Frequent and thorough hand washing with soap and water;
  • Covering coughs and sneezes;
  • Avoiding touching one’s face; and
  • Staying home.

This is a rapidly evolving situation, and we encourage you and the public to frequently monitor the DHS website. We encourage you to follow @DHSWI on Facebook, Twitter, or dhs.wi on Instagram. Additional information can be found on the CDC website.

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Window Genie of Green Bay: Offering FREE Gutter Checkups; Specializes in Outside Services

Now is the Perfect Time.
Clean, Protect and Beautify the Outside of Your Home.
At Window Genie of Green Bay, we specialize in outside services such as exterior window cleaning, pressure washing, and gutter cleaning.We’re now offering FREE gutter checkups for all appointments. All of these services can be completed entirely outside the home with little or no customer contact. Let us be your go-to for beautifying and protecting the exterior of your home today!
 

 

Window Genie Gutter Cleaning
Gutters are your home’s unseen problem area. They can cause irreversible damage to your foundation and/or fascia board, and be an insect breeding ground for mosquitoes and termites. With our priority scheduled gutter cleanings you can enjoy clean gutters year round…without getting on a ladder.
 

 

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If you’re like most homeowners, you don’t clean the outside of your windows. That’s because streak-free, quality window cleaning is often difficult, time consuming and dangerous. With our 3-step cleaning process, the streak-free cleaning is done for you. No drips. No streaks. No ladders!
 

 

Window Genie Pressure Washing
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ServPro: Proactive COVID-19 Cleaning

ServPro: Proactive COVID-19 Cleaning

 

 

 

 

To allow SERVPRO to follow appropriate protocol, we have defined the type of contamination by category:

Category 1 – Proactive cleaning only

  • Cleaning requests when there’s no confirmed Coronavirus case and no known Coronavirus exposure

Category 2 – Possible Coronavirus exposure

  • Scenarios where there’s possible Coronavirus exposure

Category 3 – Confirmed, positive Coronavirus case

  • A cleaning request when there’s a confirmed Coronavirus case

Please note: these cleanings will not prevent or protect the building from future contamination

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We are your local SERVPRO in Green Bay, please give us a call if we can help. 920-434-8224