Iron County Progressive

 

Assembly Seat Reelection

 

 

Hello to my constituents in Northern Wisconsin,

The election is over, and I'm beyond grateful and humbled that the voters of the 74th Assembly District chose me once again as their representative. I'd like to thank everyone who participated in our elections amidst many unprecedented challenges, especially the hardworking clerks and volunteers that risked their safety to ensure every vote was counted. 

This has been a difficult year for so many of us. Across Wisconsin, there are businesses that are suffering, families that are struggling, and high tensions between neighbors after a polarizing election. And of course, we can't forget that there are so many of us that are missing someone tonight due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

With all this in mind, I am ready to meet this moment head on and get to work. The people of Wisconsin need their government to protect and advocate for them—inaction is simply unacceptable. 

As always, I will be a voice for the people of Northern Wisconsin. You put your faith in me, and I take that responsibility seriously. I will work hard, with transparency and without self-interest. That is my promise to you. 

Thank you all, and stay safe,

 

 

 

COVID-19 Update

 

 

COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and fatalities are on the rise in Wisconsin. Currently in north central Wisconsin, hospitals are at 92 percent capacity.

This week, Governor Tony Evers gave a speech concerning the rise in cases. Here is just a brief excerpt:

The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation estimates 5,000 Wisconsinites could be lost to COVID-19 by January 1st if no further actions are taken to get this virus under control. That means another 2,500 people who might not be with us on New Year’s Day.

Wisconsin, this is serious. This crisis is urgent.

Across our state, families, workers, and communities continue to face the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Our healthcare workers are going to work every day, working three, sometimes four, shifts in a row, often having to reuse or share masks, and putting themselves and their families at risk to do their jobs. We owe them our thanks, but they also deserve our action.

I am concerned about what our current trajectory means for Wisconsin healthcare workers, families, and our economy if we don’t get this virus under control.

So, I want to be clear tonight: each day this virus goes unchecked is a setback for our economic recovery.

Our bars, restaurants, small businesses, families, and farmers will continue to suffer if we don’t take action right now—our economy cannot bounce back until we contain this virus.

So, tonight, I have signed Executive Order #94 advising Wisconsinites to stay home to save lives.

We must get back to the basics of fighting this virus just like we did last spring, and it starts at home.

It's not safe to go out, it’s not safe to have others over—it's just not safe. And it might not be safe for a while yet.


See the full remarks here.

As you may recall, a Republican legal challenge and ultimate state Supreme Court decision stripped the governor of any power regarding orders to keep Wisconsinites at home. So right now, it's down to all fo us to do the right thing.

I know it's been a long, long year, and we are all getting tired. But just remember that every day that you've been safe and made good decisions, you may have saved a life. 

So please, stay home when you are able, keep a distance, limit gatherings and wear a mask, for the safety of you and everyone around you. 

As always, the best local information on your communities can be found with your county or tribal health departments:

If you need further information, feel free to reach out to my office with questions or concerns. 

 

 

Community COVID-19 Testing Sites

 

 

Below is a list of publicly available community testing sites throughout Northern Wisconsin. There are ongoing efforts to expand and open new testing sites throughout the state, so please check out the DHS testing locations website for updates and new sites. 

Ashland County
November 19th and December 3rd, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Ashland County Highway Garage, 39181 State Hwy 13, Highbridge, WI 54846
Drive-thru testing, no appointment needed

Bayfield County
November 19th and December 10th, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Iron River Community Center, 8275 E Mill St, Iron River, WI 54847   
Drive-thru testing, no appointment needed

Douglas County
Ongoing testing
CVS Pharmacy, 2631 Tower Ave, Superior, WI 54880    
By appointment, Click here for more information

November 20th and December 4th, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.
Douglas Superior Community Testing, 1011 Susquehanna Ave, Superior, WI 54880    
Drive-thru testing, no appointment needed

Iron County
December 8th, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Hurley City Library, 405 5Th Ave N, Hurley, WI 54534    
Drive-thru testing, no appointment needed

Sawyer County
Ongoing every Wednesday until December 9th, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Winter Fire Hall, 5116N Crawford Street, Winter, WI 54896   
Drive-thru testing, no appointment needed

Vilas County
Ongoing every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Ascension Medical Group-Eagle River, 201 E Hospital Rd, Eagle River, WI 54521    
By appointment, call (715) 477-3000    

 

 

Unemployment Assistance

 

 

If you are waiting on your unemployment benefits, my office may be able to assist. If it has been at least three weeks since you submitted your application and you have not received your benefits, email rep.meyers@legis.wisconsin.gov with the following information: 

  • Full name 
  • Phone number
  • Home address
  • Email
  • Issue you want to be resolved (i.e. When will I receive my benefits?)
  • Status of your application
  • Last four digits of your social security number 

My staff will send this information to the Department of Workforce Development (DWD) and request that they promptly look into your case. 

 

 

 

As always, the best information on COVID-19 can be found at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. There is also great information to be found for all of the state of Wisconsin agencies at the governors website, govstatus.egov.com.

Important note: The information in this update is relevant as of November 13th at 9 a.m. Things are moving quickly and bound to change. 

 

Feel free to reach out to my office with any questions or concerns. Email me at rep.meyers@legis.wisconsin.gov or call at (608) 266-7690.

Be well, and thank you.

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