• COVID-19 Media Briefing - 9/29/2020
  • COVID-19 for Older Adults
  • B.O.S.S. Video Series - Businesses Offering Sustainable Solutions
  • Patrick Gatterman, Northward Peddle & Paddle
  • Dean Veneman, The Promo Agency
  • Update on the “Safer At Home Order” with WEDC Secretary & CEO Missy Hughes:
  • Back to Business
  • Back to Basics in Wood County


  • Recap of National Guard Testing and Order #36

    On Friday, May 8 and Saturday, May 9 the National Guard assisted the Wood County Health Department to provide community testing in Wisconsin Rapids for individuals experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and frontline workers with or without symptoms. The Wisconsin State Emergency Operation Center and National Guard were instrumental in both making this testing available and administering the tests. Over the course of the two days, 267 people were tested and results have been processed on the majority
    of these tests. FULL ARTICLE HERE

    Free COVID-19 Testing in Wood County with National Guard Assistance

    Wood County Health Department has requested assistance from the WI National Guard to scale up COVID-19 testing. The National Guard will be providing drive-through style COVID-19 nasal swab testing in Wisconsin Rapids Friday, May 8th and Saturday, May 9th from 8am-4pm. FULL ARTICLE HERE

    The City of Wisconsin Rapids Announces Emergency COVID-19 Small Business Grant Program.

    The City of Wisconsin Rapids strongly supports local businesses and recognizes their importance within the community. In response to the economic hardship resulting from the COVID-19 virus, the City has created a grant program to assist small businesses with rental lease or mortgage payments for commercial property. It is the purpose of the grant to assist a business in maintaining a storefront or office location during the implementation of the State’s ‘Safer at Home order.’ FULL ARTICLE HERE

    Wood County Health Department Facebook>>>>Here 


    NOTE: Ther current guidelines for events: Events with 10+ are not encouraged. Nor are smaller events if they will unite people who are vulnerable (elderly, chronic health, etc.)


    • YMCA
      • They have availability in childcare for ages 6 weeks to 13 years at this time that is Licensed by the State of Wisconsin and State Assistance Accepted.
      • Priority is given to health care workers, emergency personnel and families with no other options for childcare during this time.


    Wood County is included with many others that have applied for SBA Disaster Assistance. 

    The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering designated states and territories low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Upon a request received from a state’s or territory’s Governor, SBA will issue under its own authority, as provided by the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act that was recently signed by the President, an Economic Injury Disaster Loan declaration. More details to come. 


    Aspirus is working with local and state public health officials to prepare for possible cases of COVID-19 in our area. To prevent the spread of the virus and provide the most appropriate care to the communities we serve, Aspirus has established a call center for people concerned they might be infected with COVID-19. The dedicated line will be operational and staffed by live operators during the following hours:

    7 a.m. – 7 p.m., Monday – Friday

    8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday – Sunday

    Aspirus implements visitor restrictions >>


    Marshfield Clinic

    Marshfield Clinic Health System urges Wisconsin residents to heed the warnings of local, state and national health officials to slow the progression of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

    They support Gov. Tony Evers' announcement Thursday declaring a public health emergency in Wisconsin. It is the first step of many that all of us as a community must embrace in the coming weeks and months.

    Marshfield Clinic Health System has prepared for what is anticipated to be a significant increase in coronavirus cases in Wisconsin.

    Check out their News Network with all things COVID-19 related >>

    https://waow.com/   https://www.wsaw.com/


  • Wisconsin small business grant applications
    Wisconsin will take applications for the state’s COVID-19-related “We’re All In” grant program for small businesses.The Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. (WEDC), which is overseeing the $75 million program, plans to make grants of $2,500 each to 30,000 businesses.
    Wisconsin announces just 140 new cases of the coronavirus, the lowest increase since April
    Newly confirmed cases of the coronavirus reached the lowest point in more than a month Monday, though tests also fell precipitously from record heights late last week. State health officials announced just 140 new cases of the virus Monday out of 3,632 tests. The number of new cases hasn't been that low since April 21.
    Wisconsin announces just 140 new cases of the coronavirus, the lowest increase since April
    Newly confirmed cases of the coronavirus reached the lowest point in more than a month Monday, though tests also fell precipitously from record heights late last week. State health officials announced just 140 new cases of the virus Monday out of 3,632 tests. The number of new cases hasn't been that low since April 21.

    Wisconsin Supreme Court strikes down stay at home order
    In a 4-3 decision, the Wisconsin Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down the state's stay at home order, handing a defeat to Democratic Gov. Tony Evers in his administration's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In its order, the Supreme Court said the stay at home order is "invalid, and therefore, unenforceable," so some businesses and restaurants presumably may open immediately. But some counties, such as Dane, have already issued replacement orders enforcing the elements of the governor's order, and therefore must remain closed.
    Wisconsin Safety Council Releases 8 Step Guide to Keep Employees Safe
    As Wisconsin prepares to return to work, Wisconsin Safety Council – the state’s leading provider of safety training and products – released a guide to be used by employers in an effort to help keep their employees safe. The new publication is meant to summarize guidance from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and National Safety Council (NSC) on how to safely open and operate businesses.
    Wisconsin Business: A Force for Good | Sargento
    Countless businesses across the state of Wisconsin are stepping up in a big way to help during this COVID-19 pandemic and demonstrating why Wisconsin business is a force for good. We think it's crucial to highlight the good that companies are exhibiting. Check out how Sargento, headquartered in Plymouth, Wisconsin, are contributing to charitable foundations and donating cheese.
    Gov. Evers Announces Reopening Guidelines for Wisconsin Businesses
    In an effort to provide actionable advice for businesses, especially small businesses, as they begin the road back to reopening, Governor Evers announced the creation of a set of Reopening Guidelines for Wisconsin Businesses. Included in these guidelines are a set of general guidelines for all businesses (see below), as well as industry-specific brochures. Industry-specific brochures are available for industries such as restaurants, retailers, manufacturers, professional offices, farmers, manufacturers, builders, hotel and motel operators, barbers, personal care services and other fields.

    Wisconsin Department of Health Services Secretary Andrea Palm issued the statewide “Safer at Home” order on March 24. The order defines which industries are considered “essential” and may therefore remain open. WEDC has been the lead state government agency for helping businesses understand what the order means for employers.

    ▶ Governor Evers Shelter in Place Order

    ▶ US Dept. of Homeland Security Guidance on Critical Infrastructure Workers

    ▶ WEDC COVID-19 Business Resources

    ▶ WEDC “Safer at Home” Information and Essential Business Determinations

    ▶ DWD Work Share Fact Sheet

    COVID-19 Update: Governor Evers Issues "Safer At Home" Order - Summary Provided >>>>Full Article

    If employers shuts down temporarily due to COVID19, can employees file for unemployment? Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development is here to answer any questions.>>>> Full Article





    The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was signed by President Trump on March 27, 2020 to provide direct financial relief to businesses and employees. It includes items like loans for small businesses, changes to SBA loans, payments to individuals, expanded unemployment benefits, work share benefits, and paid leave changes.

    ▶ Summary of CARES Act

    Business Related Tax Provisions in the CARES Act

    ▶ U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act


    The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) provides new paid sick leave benefits for employees of companies with less than 500 employees, new FMLA benefits for some employees to care for children now home from school due to COVID-19, and more. To help everyone with compliance, the Department of Labor has issued extensive guidance on the FFCRA. DOL also has a page established with additional resources, such as HR posters that contain information employers are now required to post.

    ▶ WMC Summary of the Family First Coronavirus Response Act

    ▶ DOL Guidance Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Questions and Answers

    ▶ DOL COVID-19 and the American Workplace

    U.S. private payrolls dive by a record 20.2 million
    U.S. private employers laid off a record 20.236 million workers in April as mandatory business closures in response to the novel coronavirus outbreak savaged the economy, setting up the overall labor market for historic job losses last month.
    Democrats Revisit Stimulus Bill’s Tax Breaks for Businesses
    As Congress begins considering the next round of economic-relief legislation, some lawmakers are pressing to revisit a decision to give unprofitable companies more than $150 billion in tax breaks.
    Money for emergency small-business loans has dried up, Small Business Association no longer accepting applications
    A $349 billion coronavirus loan program for small businesses has run out of money less than two weeks after it was launched, the U.S. Small Business Administration said Thursday. The Paycheck Protection Program, part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act passed by Congress in late March, is aimed at helping businesses meet payroll.
    Senate adjourns with no deal on small business loan program
    A fight over hundreds of billions in small business funding will carry into next week after the Senate adjourned for the week on Thursday without an agreement. The Senate held a brief "pro forma" session on Thursday — which are constitutionally mandated absent a larger adjournment agreement

    U.S. Will Approve Some Delays in Tariff Payments Amid Coronavirus Crisis

    The U.S. says it will allow some importers to delay tariff payments, reopening the debate over whether the Trump administration should reverse its trade policy and grant broader tariff relief 

    Click here to learn more

    Pentagon orders 60-day troop freeze

    Defense Secretary Mark Esper has ordered a stop to all troop movement overseas for 60 days to attempt to curb the spread of the coronavirus in the military, according to multiple outlets. 

    Click here to learn more

    Stocks Rise for Second Day With Stimulus in Sight

    U.S. stocks posted their first back-to-back gains since Feb. 12 as investors awaited unprecedented government spending packages aimed at countering the hit from the coronavirus pandemic. 

    Click here to learn more

    Vice President Pence and members of the COVID-19 Task Force hold a press briefing. 3/16/20 Here

    Proclamation on Declaring a National Emergency Concerning the Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Outbreak. --- Full Article

    CDC is responding to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in China and which has now been detected in more than 100 locations internationally, including in the United States. The virus has been named “SARS-CoV-2” and the disease it causes has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”).  Full Article

    Keeping the workplace safe - Encourage your employees to… PDF File


  • Last updated on June 1, 2020

    TOTAL CASES1,787,68026,177 New Cases*
    TOTAL DEATHS104,396696 New Deaths*
    • *Compared to yesterday's data

    Cases & Deaths by Jurisdiction

    31 jurisdictions report more than 10,000 cases of COVID-19.

    This map shows COVID-19 cases and deaths reported by U.S. states, the District of Columbia, New York City, and other U.S.-affiliated jurisdictions. Hover over the map to see the number of cases and deaths reported in each jurisdiction. To go to a jurisdiction’s health department website, click on the jurisdiction on the map.



    New Cases by Day

    The following chart shows the number of new COVID-19 cases reported each day in the U.S. since the beginning of the outbreak. Hover over the bars to see the number of new cases by day.

    Cases by Age

    The following chart shows the age of people with COVID-19. Hover over each bar or click on the plus (+) sign below the chart to see the number of cases in each age group.

    Data were collected from 1,439,311 people, and age was available for 1,436,181 (99.8%) people.

    Cases by Race & Age

    The following chart shows the race of people with COVID-19. Hover over each bar or click on the plus (+) sign below the chart to see the percentage for each race group. Select from the “Age” dropdown list to see the percentage for each age group.

    Data were collected from 1,439,311 people, but race was only available for 718,254 (49.9%) people.

    Cases by Ethnicity & Age

    The following chart shows the ethnicity of people with COVID-19. Hover over each bar or click on the plus (+) sign below the chart to see the percentage for Hispanic/Latino. Select from the “Age” dropdown list to see the percentage for each age group.

    Data were collected from 1,439,311 people, but ethnicity was only available for 657,200 (45.7%) people.

    Cases & Deaths among Healthcare Personnel

    Data were collected from 1,439,310 people, but healthcare personnel status was only available for 307,499 (21.4%) people. For the 66,770 cases of COVID-19 among healthcare personnel, death status was only available for 37,750 (56.5%).