Gov. Tony Evers to give extra $80 million in federal funding to nursing homes to fight the coronavirus

Gov. Tony Evers and his administration said Tuesday they would give an additional $80 million to Wisconsin nursing homes, as the facilities suffer from staffing shortages during the latest wave of coronavirus cases.



Tony Evers wearing a suit and tie: Gov. Tony Evers delivers a primetime speech to urge Wisconsin to stay home at a time of record COVID-19 cases, deaths and hospitalizations.


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Gov. Tony Evers delivers a primetime speech to urge Wisconsin to stay home at a time of record COVID-19 cases, deaths and hospitalizations.

“This has been an incredibly challenging time,” Evers said in a press release issued by the Department of Health Services. “And we can’t express our appreciation enough for the staff at all our skilled nursing facilities. We are truly grateful for their efforts in showing up to work every day and caring for our loved ones, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, and we will continue to support them in any way we can.”

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About $50 million will be used for costs related to the coronavirus pandemic,

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Gov. Tony Evers unveils new COVID relief bill; Vos calls it ‘more of the same’ | Local Government

“Many of the things that Gov. Evers put on the table, not bad ideas, but they were things that we had already done in the spring. So from my perspective, what we have been doing so far has not been anywhere near enough,” he said.

As Speaker, Vos has the ability to convene the Legislature in extraordinary session at any time to pass further legislation, though he hasn’t done so. 

Assuming a compromise is reached on the legislation, Vos said he was open to convening his chamber in a December lame-duck session to act on it, though it’s unclear for now where the Senate stands on that possibility. 

Evers last week teased his COVID legislation in a primetime address, but didn’t share details of what would be included at the time. He had also renewed his call for Wisconsinites to stay at home, releasing an executive order saying as much,

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