Dear Friends,
 
This session, we passed an important reform to our healthcare system that allows patients to receive care in their homes. This week, Fox6 interviewed me on how telemedicine is being used during this pandemic.
 
On Thursday, Governor Evers announced he was closing 40 State Parks in Wisconsin. Representatives Jim Ott, Janel Brandtjen, Dan Knodl, and myself sent a letter to the governor asking him to reconsider. Since the crisis began, the governor and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources have encouraged people to go outside and enjoy our beautiful state. Closing our state parks prevents people from safely socially distancing and getting exercise at the same time. We hope the governor reconsiders this order.
 
I'd like to thank our clerks, poll workers, and voters for all the preparation and hard work they did on Tuesday to help with the election. Our clerks did an amazing job making sure polling places were as safe as possible. Many of our local communities installed several of the safeguards we see in our grocery stores and other essential businesses. 
 
There are plenty of helpful links below to help people through this crisis. There are even more on my website. Please share them with your friends and family or anyone in need. 
 
Finally, I'd like to wish everyone a Happy Easter and and blessed Passover. I hope this time brings you comfort and encouragement.
 
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!
COVID-19 Testing Available
If you need testing for COVID-19, a number of local health care providers are providing tests.


Please call your health provider before going to a hospital or clinic.
Childcare Help for Essential Workers

If you are an essential worker and in need of childcare,
the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families is offering help.

Click on the picture to find out more.
VA Hosting Telephone Town Hall
On Tuesday, April 14th at 4:00 pm, the Department of Veterans Affairs will host a toll-free telephone town hall for Wisconsin's veterans.
 
The Under Secretary for Benefits at the Department of Veterans Affairs, Dr. Paul Lawrence will discuss benefits available to veterans during the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Lawrence will also be available to ask questions. 
 
The call in number is: 844-227-7557.
Help for Workers
If your job is being affected by the Coronavirus, help is available from the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development.

Click on the picture to find helpful links and answers to many questions.
If You Need Help With Food
The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) is a nutrition program for pregnant women, infants, women who are breastfeeding, postpartum women, and children younger than five.

WIC is encouraging women who were recently furloughed to see if they are eligible for help. Click on the picture of find a WIC office near you.
Help for Businesses
Disaster loans are available from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Click on their logo to apply and check your application status.
The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation is created a Small Business 20/20 program to help companies affected by the emergency declaration regarding the COVID-19 virus.

Click on the picture for more information.
The Wisconsin Department of Revenue is allowing small businesses to request an extension to file sales and use tax returns due March 31, 2020 until April 30, 2020 and due April 30, 2020 until June 1, 2020.

Click on the picture for more information.
Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce compiled an "Employer Tool Kit" to help navigate this crisis.

Click on the picture for more.
How to Help
Concordia University in Mequon is making sure health care professionals get the equipment they need during this crisis by 3D printing N95 respirator masks.

They've also created a GoFundMe page to raise money to pay for the supplies they need to make more masks. Click the picture to donate if you are able.
The Coronavirus outbreak is leading to a major blood shortage. The Red Cross and Versiti Blood Center of Wisconsin are looking for healthy donors to give blood and platelets for patients in need.

Click on the links to schedule an appointment.