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The Chamber has launched a virtual portal for employers to submit questions relating to COVID-19 and its impact on business. Responses are posted at

Submit questions about the CARES Act, Gov. Evers' "Safer at Home" order, availability of assistance for your business and more by visiting and entering the event code #ASK4BIZ (or simply click here to go directly to the page). Questions can also be submitted via email at

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 focus on how close public and private collaboration and innovative solutions are helping accelerate our COVID-19 response.


Four weeks ago, the request of Dane County Emergency Management and Public Health Madison & Dane County, the Chamber reached out to Greater Madison bio companies to request an inventory of donatable Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). That includes masks, face shields, paper gowns and cloth gowns that can be used by healthcare providers and first responders.

Today, Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway made a new appeal to local businesses and residents to help provide cloth face coverings for essential City of Madison staff, including workers in Streets, Parks and the Water Utility. That includes asking businesses to manufacture cloth face coverings and other Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), if they have the capacity to do so.

Read here for Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines on how to wear, remove and make your own cloth face covering, as well as proper cleaning and sterilization procedures.

Donations of cloth face coverings will be accepted at Fire Station #2 (421 Grand Canyon Drive) and #8 (3945 Lien Road). Contact the city's Office of Business Resources to learn more.


WISC-TV Editorial Director Neil Heinen highlighted the partnership between business leaders and city and county government in a new editorial, praising the fact that "local leaders are talking to each other, sharing ideas and embracing ways to get back to work safely."

Heinen also addressed the importance of investing in child care and planning for continued social distancing as part of a reopening phase of the COVID-19 response, both issues put forward by Chamber President Zach Brandon during their recent conversation.

See the full editorial here.

From all of us at the Chamber, have a safe, happy and enjoyable weekend.


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