COVID-19 Updates

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New North Region Strength & Determination Video

A huge thank you is extended to these companies and organizations who contributed content that was used in the video or may be used in future initiatives.

For the full list of companies lending a hand click HERE.

Vaccine Info to Support Employee Safety

WisCon occupational safety and health consultants are available at no cost to help Wisconsin’s employers with workplace COVID-19 preparedness and response plans. See the WisCon website for more information and to request their services.

On May 28, 2021, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission posted updated and expanded COVID-19 technical assistance for employers along with a new resource for job applicants and employees. These publications are provided to help employees and employers understand their rights and responsibilities at work during the pandemic. The technical assistance answers COVID-19 questions only from the perspective of the EEO laws.  Other federal, state, and local laws come into play regarding the COVID-19 pandemic for employers and employees.

FAQ for Employers

·        There are so many options for getting vaccinated, haven’t my employees already had the opportunity?

Not necessarily, having many options is not the same as having access to those options or information. Barriers to access can include concerns about missing work to get vaccinated or recover from any vaccination side effects, concerns about cost and insurance, lack of information and not being sure about eligibility, lack of transportation, and opportunities not being available outside of their working hours. For Wisconsin workers, their employers and coworkers are among the most trusted sources of information about vaccines. A few simple communications, policies, and programs can help employees overcome these common barriers and encourage COVID-19 vaccination among your workforce. COVID-19 vaccines help keep your employees—and your community—safe and healthy.

·        I’m concerned that providing an onsite vaccination opportunity or paid leave will hurt my business’s productivity

Offering vaccinations at the worksite provides convenience, builds confidence by seeing others in trusted social circles get vaccinated, and makes everyone safer. By planning for vaccination and staggering those opportunities, employers can be prepared for times when workers may need to recover from vaccination side effects. On the other hand, an outbreak at your workplace cannot be planned for and can more substantially harm a business’s productivity and health of the workforce.

·        How do I get started with providing on-site vaccination for my employees?

Employers can request to be matched with a vaccine provider to hold an on-site clinic for their employees and their families. DHS offers mobile vaccination teams that require no support on the part of the employer, so it‘s easier than ever to bring vaccination on-site.

·        Does our business have to wait for the federal or state government to make a change to paid sick leave legislation before we change our policies?

No. Wisconsin businesses that do not already provide their employees with paid sick days could change their human resources policies to do so. These policies could be comprehensive and specifically provide emergency paid sick days during public health emergencies. (Healthy workers, thriving Wisconsin)

Additionally, payroll tax credits are available through September 30th for small- and medium-sized businesses (i.e., under 500 employees) to cover the full cost of paid leave for employees to get the COVID-19 vaccine and recover from any side effects. For more information, see the IRS Fact Sheet and US Treasury’s Employers: Paid Leave Flyer.

 

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) is working with all state agencies to protect the health of our citizens and provide business sustainability resources aimed at maintaining the vitality of the companies upon which our economy depends.

The WEDC, Regional Leadership Council and AuroraWDC created the COVID-19 CEO Leadership Series Webinars: Lessons Learned from WI CEO’s on How They are Managing the COVID Crisis and later the #Close the Distance Series, which features state business and health leaders on the latest medical updates, insights into how companies are adapting their operations to the COVID-19 pandemic, and how these best practice examples might apply to your business.

To watch these webinars click HERE!

The WEDC created the below guide, ‘Rising to Challenges: Navigating Through COVID-19 In Wisconsin’. This guide is designed to serve as a repository of ideas, tips and best practices compiled from local, state and national resources to allow these communities to survive and thrive in light of current and rapidly changing circumstances.

 

Resources can be found at the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) — website dedicated to COVID-19, along with these additional resources to help your organizations:

RESOURCE LIBRARIES

Badger Bounceback Updates 

Information on grant programs announced by Governor Tony Evers, funded by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA).  These critical one-time investments provide a lifeline to Wisconsin communities and businesses to ensure a strong pandemic recovery.

Vaccine Guidelines for Businesses

Vaccine guidelines developed by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation and Wisconsin Department of Health Services

Crisis Announcements & Resources

Announcements & information from government agencies and health organizations

Re-Opening & Recovery Resources

Sharing Guidelines & Best Practices for Re-Opening and Recovery Across the New North

COVID-19 Supply Chain Connections

Our New North Heroes  

Inspiring response stories from our region.

Financial Assistance Resources 

Need financial assistance?  Numerous financial resources are available to assist

Looking for Work?

Find out who’s hiring now.

As our state continues to reopen, it is more important than ever that we encourage our family, friends, colleagues and neighbors to be safe.

Be Safe Wisconsin has issued a renewed call to practice safe behaviors and asks residents to:

  • Stay home as much as possible and practice good hygiene, including hand washing and sanitizing.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Disinfect frequently used items and surfaces, including mobile devices.
  • Remain 6 feet apart from others and wear a mask or face covering while out in public.

New North, Inc. is a proud partner of the Be Safe Wisconsin campaign. For more information please go to: www.BeSafeWisconsin.org

As the COVID-19 begins to have an increased impact on our businesses and communities, we thank our local media for keeping us informed.