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Evers Begins Administrative Rule Making Process in Response to Supreme Court PDF Print E-mail
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Written by GOV Press Wisconsin   
Friday, 15 May 2020 15:31

coronavirus-nurse-tiredSlow Administrative Code making process needed to enact protections for Wisconsinites during the COVID-19 pandemic as required by Court.


MADISON - Following the Supreme Court of Wisconsin's ruling striking down Wisconsin's Safer at Home order, Gov. Tony Evers today approved a statement of scope developed by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) beginning the administrative rule making process to enact protections for Wisconsinites during the COVID-19 pandemic. The governor's approval letter is available here and the scope statement is available here

The governor's statement on the Supreme Court of Wisconsin's ruling is available here.

Last Updated on Saturday, 16 May 2020 15:41
 
Trump says testing may be 'frankly overrated' PDF Print E-mail
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Written by The Hill Press   
Friday, 15 May 2020 15:22

trump-pence-coronavirus"We have more cases than anybody in the world, but why? Because we do more testing,” Trump said.

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Supreme Court Shifts Responsibility for Pandemic onto Legislature PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Citizen Action of Wisconsin Press   
Friday, 15 May 2020 15:00

patience-roggensackWhat the state now must do to save lives and successfully open the economy is clear: will the GOP Legislature start doing its job?

Last Updated on Saturday, 16 May 2020 15:20
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Brown County Public Health Order and Green Bay Police PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Green Bay Mayor's Office Press   
Friday, 15 May 2020 14:28

gb-documentPolice Department is asking the Green Bay Community for voluntary compliance with the order for the safety of everyone.


GREEN BAY, WI - There is a public health order currently in place, issued on May 13, 2020 by Brown County Health and Human Services Department-Public Health Division (Public Health). The City of Green Bay and the Green Bay Police Department are asking for the Green Bay Community for voluntary compliance with the order for the safety of everyone in the Green Bay community.

Brown County Public Health does not expect or intend local law enforcement agencies to enforce the county health order declared last night. They understand this is a health emergency and issue but they may at times need the support of local law enforcement.

Reported violations of the order may be investigated by Brown County Public Health.

All reported violations of the order called in to the Brown County Communications Center will be vetted by Communication Center personnel. Generally speaking, safer at home order violations will not result in an officer being dispatched. Rather, those violation will be logged and investigated by Public Health if they deem it necessary.

Brown County Public Health’s actions may include education, warnings, citations or license revocation. The Health Department wants to emphasize voluntary compliance and will try to take the least restrictive measure as possible to gain compliance.

A citizen can report a Public Health order violation by calling 448-6400 or emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 
Supreme Court Rules Against Science, Health and Safety of Wisconsinites PDF Print E-mail
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Written by GOV Press Wisconsin   
Thursday, 14 May 2020 16:31

covid-19-workers-wireapCOVID-19 has killed more than 400 of our family members, friends, and neighbors and thousands more are sick. Going through the rule making process to respond to an epidemic sets back the battle.

Last Updated on Thursday, 14 May 2020 17:19
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Partisan Supreme Court Further Divides Wisconsin PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Citizen Action of Wisconsin Press   
Thursday, 14 May 2020 10:28

wisc-supremecourt-justicesThe Wisconsin Court’s divisive brand of partisanship on the social distancing directive risks making the worst public health threat in a century deadlier and the most severe economic downturn since the Great Depression more catastrophic.

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Voter Protection Effort Finds Widespread Confusion in April Election PDF Print E-mail
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Written by League of Women Voters WI, Debra Cronmiller   
Wednesday, 13 May 2020 10:17

coronavirus-votingA new report by Wisconsin Election Protection and the League of Women Voters shows holding an election during the coronavirus pandemic caused problems that made it more difficult to vote, leading to disenfranchisement across the entire state.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 May 2020 10:38
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Brown County Expands COVID-19 Testing PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Green Bay Mayor's Office Press   
Wednesday, 13 May 2020 09:59

covid-19-testCOVID-19 testing sites now open at the Resch Center and Casa ALBA Melanie to allow anyone who lives or works in Brown County to be tested.

Last Updated on Thursday, 14 May 2020 10:19
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Appointments Made to Governor's Task Force on Student Debt PDF Print E-mail
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Written by GOV Press Wisconsin   
Tuesday, 12 May 2020 09:18

uwgb-studentsGroup will address college affordability and ensure that a great education doesn't come at the cost of decades of crippling debt.

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Gov. Evers Announces Another Turn of the Dial for Wisconsin Businesses PDF Print E-mail
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Written by GOV Press Wisconsin   
Monday, 11 May 2020 10:41

business-small-openToday's order allows in-person shopping at all standalone or strip-mall based retail stores with social distancing and drive-in theaters to operate.

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Battelle Critical Care Decontamination System Ready for Use in Wisconsin PDF Print E-mail
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Written by GOV Press Wisconsin   
Saturday, 09 May 2020 18:33

coronavirus-ppeState’s Health Care Workers and First Responders Encouraged to Submit N95 Respirators For Decontamination and Reuse.


MADISON — Gov. Tony Evers today announced Wisconsin’s new Battelle Memorial Institute Critical Care Decontamination System™ is now ready and available for use by the state’s health care workers and first responders to decontaminate their N95 respirators so they can be reused up to 20 times. The Battelle system decontaminates N95 respirators by killing viruses and bacteria using hydrogen peroxide gas, and will greatly extend the life of a vital piece of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

tony-evers“The addition of our new Battelle decontamination system will greatly aid in our state’s fight against the COVID-19 outbreak,” Gov. Evers said. “Our front line workers are in need of these critical PPE supplies, and we are doing everything we can to supply them with the tools to effectively do their jobs while preventing further spread. I encourage all of our frontline workers to save their N95 respirators so they can be decontaminated using our new Battelle system. The Battelle system represents one of the many ways Wisconsin is working to have decontamination services readily available for health care workers and first responders.”

The Battelle system will be able to decontaminate up to 80,000 N95 respirators on a daily basis. It can decontaminate respirators up to 20 times without degrading filtration performance. The usual decontamination turnaround time for users is a maximum of 72 hours, plus shipping time, as long as the site is not over its capacity for use. The Battelle system can only decontaminate respirators, and not other items of PPE. It is also not authorized for use with respirators containing cellulose-based materials.

Battelle decontamination services, including shipping, will be provided to Wisconsin healthcare organizations and professionals free of charge. Eligible healthcare providers include, but are not limited to, hospitals, nursing homes, public health professionals, human and child protective services offices, emergency managers, first responders, coroners, medical examiners, law enforcement and correctional institutions, home health organizations, pharmacists, rural health services and dental offices.

“Our Wisconsin site will be a state-wide operation, and we are hoping to get respirators from throughout the Badger state here for decontamination,” said Caitlyn Farragher, Battelle’s Wisconsin site lead. “We plan to run a 24-hour operation in order to ensure a timely turnaround time for all of our users.”

The new Battelle system highlights decontamination efforts ongoing throughout Wisconsin to try to ensure that health care workers and first responders can be as safe as possible when performing their duties.

With all of the decontamination efforts underway in Wisconsin, health care workers and first responders are being asked to save their used PPE supplies for decontamination. Throughout the past couple of weeks, outreach efforts were conducted to inform health care workers and first responders on how to sign up for the Battelle system decontamination service, and ensure their masks are safely returned to them.

“It is our goal to get as many N95 respirators decontaminated as we possibly can,” said Jim Langdon, COVID-19 decontamination response lead at the State Emergency Operations Center. “We are also working to ensure that the process for submitting an item for decontamination is easy and timely for our state’s health care workers and first responders.”

Through a partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), the State of Wisconsin received the Battelle system this week. Battelle developed the system in 2015 to help decontaminate PPE to prevent further spread of Ebola. The Columbus, Ohio company is currently deploying the system to 60 different sites across the nation.

Beyond the Battelle system, other decontamination efforts in Wisconsin include UV decontamination sites. These sites service N95 respirators as well as other types of PPE, such as face shields, gowns, and aprons. UV decontamination facilities are currently operating in much of Wisconsin, highlighted by sites in Brown, Dane, Kenosha, and Sawyer counties.

In addition to statewide decontamination efforts, Wisconsin continues to work on building up its stockpile of PPE supplies. Last week Wisconsin received a delivery of 230,000 N95 respirators from FEMA. Gov. Evers continues to request more of these supplies to meet Wisconsin’s pressing need.

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

 
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