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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.

 
AFSCME Thanks Milwaukee Alderpersons for Efforts to Support Furloughed City Employees PDF Print E-mail
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Written by AFSCME Wisconsin, Valerie Landowski   
Saturday, 09 May 2020 08:09

milw-city-workersAlthough the Milwaukee Common Council voted to furlough over 200 employees and move over 500 to work sharing, union thanks Alderwoman Lewis and those who voted to codify employee support in writing.


MILWAUKEE, WI - AFSCME Wisconsin laments the City of Milwaukee Common Council vote to reject economic support for city employees during the COVID-19 response and mounting economic crisis. To meet the 2020 city budget, the City of Milwaukee proposed furloughing over 200 employees and work sharing over 500.

AFSCME Wisconsin represents clerical, administrative, library services, neighborhood services, and public works employees impacted by furloughs and work share.

On Friday, May 8, 2020 the Milwaukee Common Council rejected an amendment introduced by Alderwoman Chantia Lewis to make furloughed and work shared employees economically whole. The amendment would have allowed employees who had not received unemployment insurance benefits within two weeks of beginning their furlough to be recalled to work. This policy would have prevented employees’ loss of pay.

AFSCME Wisconsin Vice President Mark Pelzek stated, “although we acknowledge the reality the City faces with revenue, employees want to partner with the City to find a solution. The furlough and work share plans were formulated without worker input. Being briefed after decisions have been made does not qualify as input. Workers need to be involved.”

Pelzek continued, “we want to thank Alderwoman Lewis and those who voted to codify employee support in writing. We appreciate their continued efforts to protect the financial well-being of Milwaukee employees. It is disappointing that some alderpersons told workers they would advocate for them and then they voted against this amendment. It is clear this amendment would have alleviated the anxiety of city employees.”

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For more information, please contact AFSCME Wisconsin Communications Director Valerie Landowski ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) or (715) 347-2740

 
Grant Program Will Help Ethnically Diverse Micro-Businesses PDF Print E-mail
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Written by GOV Press Wisconsin   
Saturday, 09 May 2020 07:40

businesses-microSmall businesses in our minority communities often don’t have established relationships to financial institutions, but are an important pathway for entrepreneurs.

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New Best Practices and Safety Guidelines for Wisconsin Businesses Announced PDF Print E-mail
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Written by GOV Press Wisconsin   
Saturday, 09 May 2020 07:25

coronavirus-small-businessWEDC developed guides to help businesses, especially small businesses, as they begin the road back to reopening.

Last Updated on Sunday, 10 May 2020 07:38
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Oil communities face prospect of years-long recovery PDF Print E-mail
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Written by The Hill Press   
Saturday, 09 May 2020 07:10

gas-pumpsOil prices took a nosedive in April, trading at a record low by closing at negative $37. Companies have slashed budgets and cut production, but there’s still a global surplus.

Last Updated on Sunday, 10 May 2020 07:22
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Gov. Evers Continues to Expand Community Testing Programs PDF Print E-mail
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Written by GOV Press Wisconsin   
Thursday, 07 May 2020 15:15

covid-19-india-testTesting site locations, contact information, hours of operation, and guidance on how to schedule an appointment now available online.

Last Updated on Saturday, 09 May 2020 17:05
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Evidence mounts that outside is safer when it comes to COVID-19 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by The Hill Press   
Thursday, 07 May 2020 14:48

door-county_bikingYou are less likely to get the coronavirus while outside, a fact that could add momentum to calls to reopen beaches and parks.


WASHINGTON, DC - Health experts say people are significantly less likely to get coronavirus while outside, a fact that could add momentum to calls to reopen beaches and parks closed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Being outside shouldn’t be seen as a completely safe space, health experts say. People should continue to avoid crowds and seek a six-foot distance from other people to stay away from the virus.

But experts are increasingly confident in evidence showing that the coronavirus spreads much more readily indoors than outdoors, a finding that could help guide policy makers seeking to figure out ways to end lockdowns that have shuttered much of the nation’s economy.

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WI Supreme Court Chief Justice Out of Line says Gruszynski PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Assembly Democrats, Ryan Neigbauer   
Thursday, 07 May 2020 11:11

patience-roggensackRoggensack comments that COVID-19 is only spreading through people in meat-packing plants and not “the regular folks” are out of touch with reality.

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Trump’s Health Care Repeal Case Moves Forward PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Khary Penebaker, DNC Member WI   
Wednesday, 06 May 2020 16:47

healthcare-family-drDecision could take Health Care from millions during a Pandemic.

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Gruszynski Urges JFC to Approve DPI Funding Plan PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Assembly Democrats, Ryan Neigbauer   
Wednesday, 06 May 2020 10:42

schoolyard-greenfieldGreen Bay area legislator wants Wisconsin schools and libraries to receive $174.7 million that will be distributed by the Department of Public Instruction.

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New discoveries shift coronavirus timeline by months PDF Print E-mail
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Written by The Hill Press   
Wednesday, 06 May 2020 10:16

coronavirus-outbreak-asiaFirst known case traced to mid-November in China's Hubei province. Virus may have made it here to US by December.

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