Press Release: Gov. Evers Provides Update on Investments made in Public Health, Emergency Response, and Economic Stabilization

Office of Governor Tony Evers
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Gov. Evers Provides Update on Investments made in Public Health, Emergency Response, and Economic Stabilization
Administration continues to prioritize Wisconsin communities in COVID-19 pandemic response

MADISON —​ Gov. Tony Evers today provided an updated accounting of federafunds invested in public health, emergency response efforts, and economic stabilization in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Funds were allocated by the Evers Administration from the state’s Coronavirus Relief Fund, which was made available to Wisconsin through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

“We know that the COVID-19 pandemic has affected Wisconsinites in every corner of our state,” said Gov. Evers. “We’re going to continue working to make sure that every Wisconsinite knows how these funds are being used to fight the pandemic and support families, farmers, and small businesses who need it most.”

To date, federal funds have been invested in emergency response/public health measures and economic support initiatives for Wisconsin residents, businesses, and communities. As of October 9, the state has expended $476 million and obligated an additional $479 million. An additional $919.1 million in funds have been committed but are not yet distributed. Roughly $120 million remain unallocated to ensure the state continues to have the flexibility to respond to emerging needs.

Additional information on these efforts is available on Wisconsin’s COVID-19 Response and Recovery Investment dashboard website. The website provides transparent and regularly updated information regarding how and where Wisconsin is investing federal funding, including significant funding from the federal CARES Act.

Federal CRF dollars must be expended by the end of 2020, leaving Wisconsin and other states facing a significant cliff in available funding despite the ongoing pandemic. The Administration is continuing to make regular revisions to allocations to reflect actual costs in order to ensure Wisconsin is able to utilize funds prior to the federal deadline.

As of yesterday, Wisconsin has 173,891 positive cases of COVID-19, 9,319 hospitalizations, and 1,600 deaths due to the coronavirus. Current trends continuing to show an increase in cases in Wisconsin, requiring a continued investment in these detection and mitigation efforts.

Public Health & Emergency Response (in millions) 


Initial Allocation 

Revised Allocation 

Surge Operating Fund 






Emergency Procurement 



Testing Program (including National Guard, local community and higher education testing efforts) 



Contact Tracing 



State FEMA match/agency expenses 




Public Awareness Efforts 



Isolation Facilities 







Economic Support and Recovery Initiatives (in millions) 



Health Related Programs 


CARES Act Provider Payments (including Long Term Care, Community-based, EMS Grants) 


Underserved Clinics & Tribal Health 




Medical College of Wisconsin 


Enrollment Assistance 


Other Health Care 


Impacted Industries 


WEDC (including We’re All In Round 1 and Round 2) 


Agriculture Direct Support Payments 


Tourism – Destination Marketing Organizations 


Lodging Industry Assistance 


Live Venue Assistance 


Movie Venue Assistance 


Cultural Institutions 


Education & Child Care 


Out-of-School Support 


Higher Education 


Child Care Counts Program 


Individual Assistance 


WI Rental Assistant Program (WRAP) 


Food Security Initiatives 


Local Government & Tribes Routes to Recovery 


LIHEAP & Keep Wisconsin Warm Fund Utility Assistance 


Other Initiatives 


Broadband expansion 


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