Coronavirus

Coronavirus Updates

Our federal, state, and local public health officials are working to slow the spread of coronavirus. It is important to have official resources to keep our community informed. Below, please find up-to-date information regarding coronavirus from CDC, Wisconsin Department of Health Services, and public health experts. All links below are to official government websites.

The State of Wisconsin is looking for companies, educational facilities and other organizations that may have personal protective equipment (PPE) that could be used in the state’s response to the COVID-19 emergency. You can fill out a donation form HERE: https://covid19supplies.wi.gov/Donations

The state appreciates donations, and is willing to reimburse large quantities of PPE at fair market value. Please fill out the below form if you have the specific items listed below. If you have less than 50 items of any of the below items, please consider donating to local health care organizations.

Coronavirus Scam Prevention Telephone Town Hall: May 6, 2020

Did you miss the telephone town hall? Listen to it here!

Thank you to those who participated in our coronavirus scam prevention telephone town hall! I hope you found the information useful. Please see below for helpful links.

Get FTC Consumer Alerts: ftc.gov/subscribe

Learn the facts: ftc.gov/coronavirus

To report scams to the FTC, consumers should visit www.ftc.gov/complaint or call 1-877-FTC-HELP

Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection Hotline:1-800-422-7128 and www.datcp.wi.gov   

Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection Resources: https://datcp.wi.gov/Pages/News_Media/Covid19ConsumerProtection.aspx

Wisconsin AARP Information: https://states.aarp.org/wisconsin/wicovid19

Wisconsin AARP Scam Resourcesaarp.org/fraudwatchnetwork

Receive updates on your Economic Impact Payment: irs.gov/coronavirus/economic-impact-payments

State of Wisconsin Links

For information on unemployment, please visit: https://dwd.wisconsin.gov/covid19/

For information for farmers, restaurants, retailers, and resources for scams, please visit: https://datcp.wi.gov/Pages/News_Media/Covid19.aspx

For information on veterans benefits, services and resource centers, please visit: https://dva.wi.gov/Pages/newsMedia/COVID19.aspx

For resources on tax filing, please visit: https://www.revenue.wi.gov/Pages/News/2020/wi-covid-19.aspx

For information on child care and child welfare, please visit: https://dcf.wisconsin.gov/covid-19

For FAQs on the mass gathering order, child care setting order, and K-12 school closure order, please visit: https://evers.wi.gov/Pages/Home.aspx

FAQs: Economic Impact Payments

Who is eligible? (Updated April 26, 2020)

household filers, and $2,400 for married filing jointly if they are not a dependent of another taxpayer and have a work eligible Social Security number with adjusted gross income up to:

  • $75,000 for individuals if their filing status was single or married filing separately
  • $112,500 for head of household filers and
  • $150,000 for married couples filing joint returns

Taxpayers will receive a reduced payment if their AGI is between:

  • $75,000 and $99,000 if their filing status was single or married filing separately
  • 112,500 and $136,500 for head of household
  • $150,000 and $198,000 if their filing status was married filing jointly

The amount of the reduced payment will be based upon the taxpayers specific adjusted gross income.

Eligible retirees and recipients of Social Security retirement, survivor, or disability benefits (SSDI), Railroad Retirement benefits, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and VA Compensation and Pension (C&P) will receive a payment.

For eligible taxpayers who filed tax returns for 2019 or 2018, they receive the payments automatically.

Those who don’t usually file a tax return and receive Social Security retirement, survivor, or disability benefits (SSDI), Railroad Retirement benefits, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and VA Compensation and Pension (C&P) also receive automatic payments of $1,200. While some of these groups receive Forms 1099, many in this group don't typically file tax returns. Many people in these groups are expected to see the automatic $1,200 payments later this month, with SSI and VA payments expected to start in May.

For people who have little or no income and didn’t file a tax return or don’t receive any of the federal benefits listed above, they are also eligible for an Economic Impact Payment. They need to register with the Non-Filer tool on IRS.gov as soon as possible so they can receive a payment.

 

Do I need to take action?

 

People who filed a tax return for 2019 or 2018

No additional action is needed by taxpayers who:

  • have already filed their tax returns this year for 2019. The IRS will use this information to calculate the payment amount.
  • haven’t filed yet for 2019 but filed a 2018 federal tax return. For these taxpayers the IRS will use their information from 2018 tax filings to make the Economic Impact Payment calculations.

People who aren't typically required to file a tax return

Social Security and Railroad Retirement recipients who are not typically required to file a tax return need to take no action. The IRS will use the information on the Form SSA-1099 and Form RRB-1099 to generate Economic Impact Payments of $1,200 to these individuals even if they did not file tax returns in 2018 or 2019. Recipients will receive these payments as a direct deposit or by paper check, just as they would normally receive their benefits. Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) recipients are also part of this group who don't need to take action.

For Social Security, Railroad retirees and SSDI who have qualifying children, they can take an additional step to receive $500 per qualifying child.

There are other individuals such as low-income workers and certain veterans and individuals with disabilities who aren’t required to file a tax return, but they are still eligible for the Economic Impact Payments. Taxpayers can check the IRS.gov tool - Do I Need to File a Tax Return? - to see if  they have a filing requirement.  

If you don’t have to file, use the "Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info Here" application to provide simple information so you can get your payment.

 

Resources for Small Businesses

Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act

Guidelines for Reopening Your Business

Guidance for Businesses and Workplaces from the CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/guidance-business-response.html

OSHA Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19: https://www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA3990.pdf

Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation Reopen Guidelines for Wisconsin Businesses: https://wedc.org/reopen-guidelines/

Small Business Administration (SBA)

For all coronavirus releated information for small business owners, including information on how to apply for Economic Injury Disaster Loans, please visit: https://www.sba.gov/page/coronavirus-covid-19-small-business-guidance-loan-resources

Please contact the Wisconsin Small Business Administration office if you have questions or concerns: https://www.sba.gov/offices/district/wi/milwaukee

For information on Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL): https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/Information/EIDLLoans

To apply for a disaster loan:  https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/

More information on Economic Injury Disaster Loans can be found HERE or HERE.

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) announced that it is creating a program which will be known as Small Business 20/20 (SB20/20).  According to the WEDC, this program will “provide grants of up to $20,000 to targeted businesses with no more than 20 employees to cover rent and to meet payroll expenses, including paid leave (including sick, family and other leave related to COVID-19).”  For more information about SB20/20, you can visit: https://wedc.org/sb2020.

The Wisconsin Business Development (WBD) now offers temporary payment deferment options for WBD SBA 504 Borrowers impacted by COVID-19.  For details regarding these deferment options you can visit: https://www.wbd.org/temporary-504-loan-deferment-information.

Department of Labor (DOL)

Information for employees: Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Employee Paid Leave Rights

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Under the White House Coronavirus Task Force’s direction, FEMA, HHS and our federal partners continue to work closely with state, local, tribal and territorial governments in executing a whole-of-government response to fight the COVID-19 pandemic and protect the public. The outpouring of support from the private sector to provide medical supplies and equipment has been tremendous. To help us match the many offers of assistance to the right place, at the right time, and in the right quantity, we ask for your help in ensuring partners know how to connect.   

To sell medical supplies or equipment to the federal government, please submit a price quote under the COVID-19 PPE and Medical Supplies Request for Quotation. Full details can be found in the solicitation (Updated Notice ID 70FA2020R00000011). This solicitation requires registration with the System for Award Management (SAM) in order to be considered for award, pursuant to applicable regulations and guidelines. Registration information can be found at www.sam.gov. Registration must be “ACTIVE” at the time of award. 

If you have medical supplies or equipment to donate, please provide us details on what you are offering through our online medical supplies and equipment form at https://www.fema.gov/covid19offers.

If you are interested in doing business with FEMA and supporting the response to COVID-19 with your company’s non-medical goods and/or services, please submit your inquiry to the Department of Homeland Security’s Procurement Action Innovative Response (PAIR) team at DHSIndustryLiaison@hq.dhs.gov.

In addition to these avenues to help, licensed healthcare professionals that want to volunteer can get information on eligibility, view credential levels by clinical competency and register with the Emergency System for Advance Registration of Volunteer Health Professionals in their state. 

If you are a hospital or healthcare provider in need of medical supplies, please contact your state, local, tribal or territory department of public health and/or emergency management agency. Any needs that cannot be met by the state or tribe are then sent to the respective FEMA regional office who are coordinating requirements through the FEMA National Response Coordination Center. FEMA is working with the Department of Health and Human Services and other federal agencies to fulfill requests and ship supplies as quickly as possible. 

Additional ways to help can be found at www.fema.gov/coronavirus/how-to-help

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Resources for You

Wisconsin Department of Health Services: Outbreaks in Wisconsin

Kenosha County COVID-19 Information Center

Central Racine County Health Department

Rock County Coronavirus Disease 2019

Milwaukee County Health and Human Services

Coronavirus- Waukesha County

Walworth County Health and Human Services

CDC: Situation Summary

CDC: Coronavirus Disease 2019 Information for Travel

CDC: Preventing COVID-19 Spread in Communities

For information from Wisconsin Department of Health Services, please visit their website here.

Avoiding Coronavirus Scams

Here are some tips from the Federal Trade Commission (TTC) to help you keep the scammers at bay:

  • Hang up on robocalls. Don’t press any numbers. Scammers are using illegal robocalls to pitch everything from scam Coronavirus treatments to work-at-home schemes. The recording might say that pressing a number will let you speak to a live operator or remove you from their call list, but it might lead to more robocalls, instead.
  • Ignore online offers for vaccinations and home test kits. Scammers are trying to get you to buy products that aren’t proven to treat or prevent the Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) — online or in stores. At this time, there also are no FDA-authorized home test kits for the Coronavirus. Visit the FDA to learn more.
  • Fact-check information. Scammers, and sometimes well-meaning people, share information that hasn’t been verified. Before you pass on any messages, contact trusted sources. Visit What the U.S. Government is Doing for links to federal, state and local government agencies.
  • Know who you’re buying from. Online sellers may claim to have in-demand products, like cleaning, household, and health and medical supplies when, in fact, they don’t.
  • Don’t respond to texts and emails about checks from the government. The details are still being worked out. Anyone who tells you they can get you the money now is a scammer.
  • Don’t click on links from sources you don’t know. They could download viruses onto your computer or device.
  • Watch for emails claiming to be from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or experts saying they have information about the virus. For the most up-to-date information about the Coronavirus, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).
  • Do your homework when it comes to donations, whether through charities or crowdfunding sites. Don’t let anyone rush you into making a donation. If someone wants donations in cash, by gift card, or by wiring money, don’t do it.For general information on coronavirus symptoms, how to stop the spread of germs, and what to do if you are sick, please visit CDC’s website or check out information below.

For the latest international travel health notices, please visit here. According to CDC, travel health notices inform travelers and clinicians about current health issues that impact travelers’ health, like disease outbreaks, special events or gatherings, and natural disasters, in specific international destinations.

Below is a fact sheet from CDC on information you need to know about coronavirus.

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