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The Chamber has a virtual portal for employers to submit questions relating to COVID-19 and its impact on business. Submit questions by visiting Slido.com and entering the event code #ASK4BIZ (or simply click here to go directly to the page). Questions can also be submitted via email at ask@madisonbiz.com. Responses are posted at madisonbiz.com/covid19faq.

Good evening --

Here are the latest updates on the COVID-19 outbreak and our organizational efforts to inform and ensure an effective community response.

Today's highlights include our spring COVID-19 business survey, new liability protections for businesses and the latest COVID data from Public Health.

COVID-19 BUSINESS SURVEY: SPRING 2021

This afternoon, in partnership with several area chambers and business membership organizations, we sent a new survey to Greater Madison businesses asking for information regarding current business operations, challenges and potential opportunities in the months ahead. This is the third survey we have shared since the beginning of the pandemic, and the information we have collected has been vital to our advocacy with elected and public officials at all levels of government.

Note that only one person from each organization received this communication. If you received this survey, please take the time to complete it before 5 p.m. on Monday, March 8 so we can continue to effectively advocate on your behalf for a predictable path forward balancing the needs of health, the economy and public confidence.

LIABILITY PROTECTIONS

Last week, Gov. Tony Evers signed into law Special Session Senate Bill 1, which includes COVID-19 liability protections – retroactive to March 1, 2020 – for businesses, individuals and schools, a provision the Chamber supported. The bill overwhelmingly passed the Senate and Assembly last month.
 
Under the law, businesses, individuals and schools are not liable for “the death of or injury to any individual or damages caused by an act or omission resulting in or relating to exposure, directly or indirectly, to the novel coronavirus identified as SARS-CoV-2 or COVID-19 in the course of or through the performance or provision of the entity's functions or services.” However, liability protections do not apply “if the act or omission involves reckless or wanton conduct or intentional misconduct,” such as intentional violation of public health orders.

DANE COUNTY COVID-19 DASHBOARD

More than 17 percent of Dane County residents have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, according to the latest data compiled by Public Health Madison & Dane County. More than 10 percent of residents are fully vaccinated.

Positive cases have declined recently in Dane County, with the 14-day average down to 88 new cases per day, compared to 168 new cases per day at the beginning of the year. Hospitalizations are also down, with 37 hospitalized countywide in the past week. See the full dashboard here.

Combined with the newly available Johnson & Johnson vaccine, if these trends continue, we are hopeful they will yield positive results for businesses, our community and the ongoing easing of regulations. The Chamber will continue to advocate for the alignment of public health, the economy and public confidence.

The current PHMDC order remains in effect until March 10 at 12:01 a.m.

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