The businesses in the Greater Wausau Region are emerging from a dark time. Soon, we all will be asked to play a role in supporting our favorite shops and restaurants. Together, we can restart our economy.
The Ready. Let's Grow! campaign offers community members an opportunity to rally around local businesses.
If you would like to share your positive story about an experience with a local business, organization or individual, contact Brian Otten at the Greater Wausau Chamber of Commerce.
Supreme Court ruling
The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled on a 4-3 vote yesterday that Governor Tony Evers’ administration overstepped its authority when it extended the governor’s 'Safer at Home' order until May 26. The full ruling can be read here and Ruder-Ware's Coronavirus Team reviews the ruling at RuderWare.com.
DashboardsThe Wisconsin Department of Health Services has released a wide array of data about COVID-19 in Wisconsin, including:
- Summary data
- Case data
- Deaths data
- County-level data
- Hospital capabilities data
- Badger Bounce Back dashboard
Governor announces $25 million Rental Assistance Program
Gov. Tony Evers announced in May the launch of a $25 million Wisconsin Rental Assistance Program for Wisconsinites who have experienced income loss as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Administered by the Department of Administration (DOA), the Wisconsin Rental Assistance Program will provide direct financial assistance for owed rent, security deposits, and wrap around services for program eligible individuals.
More details about the Wisconsin Rental Assistance Program, including complete eligibility criteria, application documentation requirements, and the distribution process for the rental assistance, will be shared in the upcoming days. Initial details regarding the program are available on doa.wi.gov.
Masks available through Chamber members:
The Greater Wausau Chamber of Commerce has built a list of member companies that offer masks for sale. We'd like to support the retailers in our community by building an online guide letting others know what they have available and how to make the purchase.Ascentives Inc: Branded masks available.
Bull Falls Harley-Davidson of Wausau: Bandanas and buffs available.
Complete Office of Wisconsin: Masks available.
Fully Promoted: Both three-ply and KN95 masks are available, as well as branded options.
Hsu's Ginseng Enterprises Inc: Open to partnering with local businesses who wish to access their supply chain.
K-tech Kleening: Some masks available.
Quality Resource Group Inc: Branded masks available.
TD Fischer Group: Branded masks available
Young's Drug Store: 100% cotton masks with non-woven lining are available.
If your business is a retailer or supplier of masks, please share those details with Sharon at email@example.com or 715-845-6231.
The President recently released a guide titled Thirty Days to Slow the Spread.
Review the full Emergency Order #34 'Safer at Home' order, issued on Monday, April 27.
The state’s Department of Workforce Development recently announced that some Wisconsinites who’ve exhausted their unemployment benefits can now apply for an additional 13 weeks of assistance. The Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation program was created as part of the CARES Act, the federal coronavirus stimulus bill passed by Congress in March. Visit DWD.Wisconsin.gov to learn more.
Members of the Chamber are encouraged to post available temporary positions to WausauChamber.com through their MIC (Member Information Center) account. Non-members are welcomed to share temporary job openings by contacting the Chamber’s marketing manager, Brian Otten at 715-848-5947.
The Greater Wausau Chamber of Commerce provides a Childcare Connection resource in an attempt to serve those whose childcare options have been impacted by measures mandated to prevent the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). This resource is intended to serve as the connecting piece between businesses of all types and those who can provide childcare.
The Chamber has compiled a list of local restaurants who are offering take-out and/or delivery options.
The Chamber offers a daily community email update during the work week (Monday through Friday). This message will be sent to the entire chamber membership and to community members who sign up here.
The Greater Wausau Chamber of Commerce fills a unique role as an organization in our community. The Chamber serves as the connecting piece between businesses of all types, government entities, educational institutions and the not-for-profit sector. These connections will be tested in the coming weeks due to the necessary measures which have been put into place, and those which will follow, to prevent the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) across our country.
We are actively monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and continuously evaluating options for all of our upcoming programs and events. Our primary concern is for the safety of our members and the community.
The team at the Greater Wausau Chamber of Commerce is poised to assist our members and others in the community to help soften the blow that will impact our community and families. The Chamber is not an expert in this health crisis, but we are able to uniquely connect, coordinate and convey critical information to the business community and our partners in an effort to inform and guide. Because this virus knows no geographic boundaries, our office is reaching out to our chamber peers in Merrill, Stevens Point, Marshfield and Wisconsin Rapids to explore ways in which we can support each other.
Guidance for employees who are sick:
According to the Marathon County Health Department, businesses should not require employees to have a release from a physician to return to work. Doing this puts more stress on our health care system by sending well workers into clinics that are already stressed. It also creates the risk that a well person comes into contact with a sick person in the clinical setting.
Employees who have experienced symptoms can return to work when these three things have happened:
They have had no fever for at least 72 hours (that is three full days of no fever without the use medicine that reduces fevers)
other symptoms have improved (for example, when your cough or shortness of breath have improved)
at least 7 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared
If you are awaiting for a test result the employee must self-isolate and monitor symptoms for at least 7 days since their symptoms began, AND three days after their symptoms resolve.
If employers have questions about an employee who has been tested they can call the Health Department at 715-261-1900 for guidance.