• The Heart of Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce is a resource for businesses and the community. In an effort to keep the community informed we have developed a resource page related to the COVID-19

    This is not just about COVID-19 but about doing our part to ensure there is capacity at our medical facilities to be able to assist with ALL illnesses. This is not about us as individuals but about protecting people with vulnerable immune/compromised systems and our friends and family over 60.

     It is important for all of us to continue to support local businesses with our individual patronage. Of course, continue to take appropriate precautions with healthy habits like washing your hands, avoiding direct contact and staying home if you’re sick. Listed below are some ways you can continue to support local businesses with limited exposure. See the resources below! Please call, email and stay in close touch. Let's be proactive now. This is a true test of all of our leadership to ensure that Central Wisconsin’s business community can navigate through this challenging time.

    We thank our members, businesses and the community for their continued support during this time.

  • Navigating Coronavirus for Small Businesses

    This page provides business owners with links to information so they may prepare for the continued spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Wisconsin and plan accordingly impacts to their business operations. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) offers up to date information about the spread of the virus, and healthy habits to reduce the risk of infection.

    Your business may be affected by coronavirus in four principal ways, including:

    • workforce health
    • supply chain issues
    • travel advisories and restrictions
    • changes in consumer demand

    The most affected industrial sectors to date include tourism and travel (airlines, cruise ships, and hotels), education, and oil, as demand has decreased. The federal government is looking at various steps to stabilize financial markets, as noted below in several of the cited sources.

    While your business may be affected in any of the four areas noted, employee health is a particular concern. The CDC indicates that business owners should take the following steps with regard to employee health.

    • Emphasize staying home when sick, and proper respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene by all employees
    • Perform routine environmental cleaning
    • Advise employees before traveling to take certain steps>>>>>>>>>> Full Article
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  • LOCALLY:

  • 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.)

    Childcare

    • 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

    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/

  • NATIONALLY:

  • 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

     

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  • Coronavirus Tax Relief
    The IRS has established a special section focused on steps to help taxpayers, businesses and others affected by the coronavirus.

    Coronavirus Resources
    The U.S. Department of Labor has resources to help workers and employers prepare for the COVID-19 virus (also known as novel coronavirus).

    Coronavirus: Resources, Updates, and What You Should Know
    The U.S. Treasury Department is supporting American workers and businesses who are impacted by the coronavirus.

  • COVID-19: U.S. at a Glance*†
    • Total cases: 304,826
    • Total deaths: 7,616
    • Jurisdictions reporting cases: 55 (50 states, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam,  Northern Marianas, and US Virgin Islands)

    * Data include both confirmed and presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 reported to CDC or tested at CDC since January 21, 2020, with the exception of testing results for persons repatriated to the United States from Wuhan, China and Japan. State and local public health departments are now testing and publicly reporting their cases. In the event of a discrepancy between CDC cases and cases reported by state and local public health officials, data reported by states should be considered the most up to date.

    † Numbers updated Saturday and Sunday are not confirmed by state and territorial health departments. These numbers will be modified when numbers are updated on Monday.

    New Weekly COVID-19 Surveillance Report
    COVIDView Newsletter

    New COVIDView
    A weekly surveillance summary of U.S. COVID-19 activity. The report summarizes and interprets key indicators including information related to COVID-19 outpatient visits, emergency department visits, hospitalizations and deaths, as well as laboratory data.
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    Hospitalizations
    U.S. COVID-19 lab-confirmed hospitalizations for all ages.

    Mortality
    Provisional Death Counts for COVID-19 and pneumonia.

    States Reporting Cases of COVID-19 to CDC*

    * Data include both confirmed and presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 reported to CDC or tested at CDC since January 21, 2020, with the exception of testing results for persons repatriated to the United States from Wuhan, China and Japan. State and local public health departments are now testing and publicly reporting their cases. In the event of a discrepancy between CDC cases and cases reported by state and local public health officials, data reported by states should be considered the most up to date.

    Self-reported by health department characterizing the level of community transmission in their jurisdiction as: “Yes, widespread” (defined as: widespread community transmission across several geographical areas); “Yes, defined area(s)” (defined as: distinct clusters of cases in a, or a few, defined geographical area(s)); “Undetermined” (defined as: 1 or more cases but not classified as “Yes” to community transmission); or “N/A” (defined as: no cases).

     

    Cumulative total number of COVID-19 cases in the United States by report date, January 12, 2020 to April 4, 2020, at 4pm ET (n=304,826)*†

     

    * Does not include cases among persons repatriated to the United States from Wuhan, China and Japan.

    † Numbers updated Saturday and Sunday are not confirmed by state and territorial health departments. These numbers may be updated when the official numbers are provided on Monday.

    COVID-19 cases in the United States by date of illness onset, January 12, 2020, to April 2, 2020, at 4pm ET (n=63,995)*

    * Does not include cases among persons repatriated to the United States from Wuhan, China and Japan, or U.S.-identified cases where the date of illness onset or specimen collection date has not yet been reported. Date is calculated as illness onset date if known. If not, an estimated illness onset date was calculated using specimen collection date.

    Note: On March 24, CDC updated the data included in this figure to include estimated illness onset date.

    Cases of COVID-19 Reported in the US, by Source of Exposure*†
    Cases of COVID-19 Reported in the US, by Source of Exposure
    Travel-related 1,388
    Close contact 4,325
    Under investigation 233,566
    Total cases 239,279

    * Data include both confirmed and presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 reported to CDC or tested at CDC since January 21, 2020, with the exception of testing results for persons repatriated to the United States from Wuhan, China and Japan. State and local public health departments are now testing and publicly reporting their cases. In the event of a discrepancy between CDC cases and cases reported by state and local public health officials, data reported by states should be considered the most up to date.

    † CDC is no longer reporting the number of persons under investigation (PUIs) that have been tested, as well as PUIs that have tested negative. Now that states are testing and reporting their own results, CDC’s numbers are not representative of all testing being done nationwide.