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Frequently asked questions regarding COVID-19 in Wisconsin answered

Posted: 8:44 PM, Mar 25, 2020
Updated: 2020-03-26 12:47:22-04
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As the 2019 novel coronavirus continues to spread across the country and the world, many viewers have reached out to us with questions regarding COVID-19. We're learning more information each day, so here is our best effort to answer your frequently asked questions.

How do I get an absentee ballot?

Wisconsin residents can go online to request an absentee ballot through March 30. Milwaukee residents can also call (414) 286-8683.

Is my business considered "essential?"

Wisconsin residents can get that information on the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation's website or call (608) 210-6700.

My business is non-essential and closed, where can I go for financial help?

This is also on the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation's website. You can call (608) 210-6700 for more answers.

My business is open, can you let your viewers know?

Sure! Click here to fill out the form, and a member of the web team will update it on our full listings page.

I'm out of work, what do I do?

Go to the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD)'s website. While there, you can find resources which include: filing for unemployment, unemployment insurance, and veterans/disability employment services. You can also call DWD by phone during business hours at (414) 435-7069.

Another great resource is the Job Center of Wisconsin. They assist those who have already filed for unemployment as well as list resources to help people find a new job.

I can't pay my rent/bills/afford groceries due to COVID-19, what do I do?

The best resource would be calling 2-1-1 on your phone. IMPACT 2-1-1 is a central access point for people in need. They are willing to provide assistance with immediate concerns.

Can I leave my home during the 'Safer at Home' order?

Yes, you can leave your home. The order prohibits "nonessential travel," but you can still go outside and to places including the grocery store, gas stations, and post offices. The order will remain into effect until 8 a.m. April 24.

According to Governor Evers, essential businesses includes (but is not limited to):

  • Health care operations, including home health workers;
  • Critical infrastructure;
  • Businesses that provide food, shelter, and social services, and other necessities of life for economically disadvantaged or otherwise vulnerable individuals;
  • Fresh and non-perishable food retailers, including convenience stores, grocery stores, farmers’ markets, and food banks;
  • Businesses that ship or deliver groceries, food and goods directly to residences;
  • Pharmacies, health care supply stores and health care facilities;
  • Child care facilities, with some limitations;
  • Gas stations and auto repair facilities;
  • Banks;
  • Laundry businesses, dry cleaners and services necessary for maintaining the safety, sanitation and essential operation of a residence, including garbage collection;
  • Hardware stores, plumbers, and electricians;
  • Educational institutions, for the purposes of facilitating distance learning;
  • Roles required for any business to maintain minimum basic operations, which includes security, and payroll; and
  • Law and safety, and essential government functions will continue under the recommended action.
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Coronavirus in Wisconsin

Confirmed cases: 1,288 (as of Monday evening)

Deaths: 23

Negative tests: 15,856

More information: COVID-19 on the Wisconsin DHS website

Hotline: Call (414) 286-6800 (M-F 8:00 a.m.-4:45 p.m.)

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