Dear Friends,

I hope you are well. On Tuesday, Governor Tony Evers issued an executive order urging Wisconsin residents to stay at home, limit interactions, and for businesses to take precautions.
 
We are still seeing record new cases, and that is a major concern, especially for our front-line health care workers and hospitals. It’s more important than ever that we do what we can to stop the spread of COVID-19. It is vital to keep the stress off our health care system and businesses so we can get through this pandemic as quick and as safely as possible.
 
I ask every Wisconsinite to take the virus seriously and take precautions. Please be careful and continue to follow CDC guidelines, wear a mask, social distance, and wash your hands. It’s important to avoid lockdowns that create their own health crises in delayed medical care, mental health stresses, and the loss of businesses and jobs.

As always, if you have any concerns or ideas on how to improve our great state, please do not hesitate to contact me by phone at 608-266-5830 or by email at Sen.Darling@legis.wisconsin.gov.

On, Wisconsin!
DHS Delays SeniorCare Vaccine Coverage
Despite strong bipartisan support, the Evers administration dragged their feet on the expansion of SeniorCare to cover vaccinations for nearly 200 days. With flu season starting and hopeful signs of a vaccine against COVID-19, this is very concerning. 
 
Recently, Representative John Nygren and I sent a letter to Department of Health Services Secretary (DHS) designee Andrea Palm asking why the benefit hasn't been extended to Wisconsin's seniors already.

This week, we learned a vaccine for COVID-19 may be available soon. This delay by DHS creates an unnecessary roadblock for senior citizens in our state. They deserve better and we are demanding answers on why DHS has dragged their feet.
Honoring Our Veterans
On Wednesday we celebrated Veterans Day in Wisconsin. I do not take for granted the sacrifices our brave men and women make for our safety. I truly appreciate all our veterans have done for our state and our nation.
 
One of those amazing veterans is Gary Wetzel from South Milwaukee. Gary earned our nation's highest honor, the Medal of Honor, for his bravery serving in Vietnam.
 
Recently, Spectrum News did a feature on Gary. Click on the picture to meet one of Wisconsin's finest soldiers and learn the amazing story of how he earned the Medal of Honor.
Stop the COVID Spread
The Green Bay Packers are joining a coalition of associations including the Wisconsin Hospitals Association and Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in Wisconsin.

Click on the video to see how you can help stop the spread!
COVID-19 Cases in Our Area
The table above contains data reported on November 11, 2020 from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services on coronavirus cases in our area.
Emergency Room Visits with COVID Symptoms
According to data from the Center for Disease Control, emergency room visits for COVID-19 symptoms are around three percent.

COVID-19 Testing Available
Virtual Cemetery Tours
For the 22nd year, the Wisconsin Veterans Museum is sharing the history of our veterans with virtual Talking Spirits Cemetery Tours.

Click on the picture for 360-degree virtual tours of the stories of veterans buried in Madison's Forest Hills Cemetery. The tour is best accessed from a tablet or laptop computer.
Around the 8th...
Germantown Reverse Christmas Parade
Germantown's Reverse Christmas Parade is set for Saturday, November 14th. The parade starts at 1:00 pm at the Germantown Fire Station and ends at 3:00 pm.

Click on the picture for the parade route!