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Posted on: July 29, 2020

July 29 Coronavirus Updates

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AUGUST 11 PRIMARY: ABSENTEE VOTING UNDERWAY

There is still time to request an absentee/vote-by-mail ballot for the Aug. 11 Partisan Primary. Voting absentee by mail is safe, easy, and secure. Request an absentee ballot at www.myvote.wi.gov  

Requests must be received on or before 5 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 6. The completed ballot must be received by the polling location for the ward of the voter or at the City Clerk no later than 8 p.m. on election day (in 2020, Aug. 11 

In-person absentee voting is now open at City Hall, through Aug. 7 for the Aug. 11 Partisan Primary. Drive through voting will also be available during this time. 

  • Drive through voting hours: Monday - Friday, 1:30 - 4:30 p.m. 
  • In-person voting hours: Monday - Friday, 11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (5 p.m. on Aug. 7) 

MORTGAGE AND HOUSING ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE

If you’re concerned about how to pay your mortgage or rent due to the coronavirus national emergency, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) , and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)  are working together to help homeowners and renters during the coronavirus pandemic. Learn more about mortgage relief, protection for renters, and more: https://www.consumerfinance.gov/coronavirus/mortgage-and-housing-assistance/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=wc&utm_term=Jul2820 

WI DHS PROVIDES RESOURCES FOR SUBSTANCE ABUSE  

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services wants people struggling with harmful substance use to know they are not alone. Help is available. It is OK to ask for help. 

DHS’s partners and providers are working hard to serve more people than ever before in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. Services look different, but they are still available. 

Call 211 to be connected to local sources of support through the Wisconsin Addiction Recovery Helpline.  

DHS’s website also has a list of other helplines, hotlines, and virtual meetings for people with substance use concerns. There are also self-care tips on their website for consumers and professionals. 

Wisconsin’s NARCAN® Direct Program offers free access to the nasal spray formulation of naloxone, the opioid overdose reversal drug. We have partnered with 68 agencies—county and municipal health departments, tribal health clinics, and syringe access programs—to provide trainings on how to use NARCAN®. People who complete a training session are offered free doses of NARCAN®. Our website has a map with the location and contact information for the agencies participating in this program. An opioid overdose is a medical emergency. If you think someone has overdosed, call 911. 

DATCP GUIDANCE ON UNSOLICITED SEED PACKAGES

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) has been notified that some Wisconsin residents have received unsolicited packages in the mail containing seeds that appear to have originated from China. The types of seeds in the packages are currently unknown and may contain invasive plant species. Similar packages have been received in other locations across the United States. 

If you receive a package of this type: 

Do not plant or throw away the seeds. 

If the seeds are in sealed packaging, do not open the sealed package. If possible, retain the original packaging. It may be useful as we investigate this issue. 

Please report the seeds to DATCP using this online form: https://bit.ly/331a7g2 

After filling out the online form, please hold onto the seeds and packaging, including the mailing label, until DATCP or APHIS contacts you with further instructions. 

All foreign seeds shipped to the United States should have a phytosanitary certificate which guarantees the seeds meet import requirements. Unsolicited seeds could be invasive species, contain noxious weeds, could introduce diseases to local plants, or could be harmful to livestock. Invasive species and noxious weeds can displace native plants and increase costs of food production. 

DATCP works closely with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) to prevent the introduction of invasive species and protect Wisconsin’s diverse agricultural industry. For continued updates and information on this issue, please visit DATCP’s website: https://datcp.wi.gov/Pages/News_Media/UnsolicitedSeeds.aspx 

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