Wisconsin COVID 19 Update
The DHS is now accepting applications for select health care providers to receive funds from the CARES act. A total of 110 million dollars will be distributed to home and community based service providers, assisted living facilities, nursing homes and emergency medical services providers. The remaining 10 million will be sent to rural health clinics,federally qualified health centers and tribal health clinics and is to go towards payments to help offset the losses providers have experienced during the covid 19 pandemic. The percentage of positive COVID 19 tests is at 2.3% with 264 new cases reported in the state and that number has declined over the past couple days. 2 more people died from complications of the virus bringing the total to 647 deaths in the state. 14,047 have recovered from the virus out of over 20 thousand reported cases. Rock county reported 685 total positive cases, Jefferson county reported 128 cases and Walworth county reported 435 positive cases. Rock County health officials are reviewing COVID 19 data from the last two weeks to determine whether the county is ready for phase 2 of the reopening plan. They are reviewing 11 benchmarks and all 11 must be met before moving into phase 2. Phase 2 would recommend businesses open at 50% capacity, private gatherings restricted to 50 people or fewer and additional recommendations for businesses. 6 of the 11 benchmarks were not met during the county’s first evaluation.