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ForwardHealth Update and Safer at Home Order

Tuesday, March 24, 2020  
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Governor Tony Evers today directed Department of Health Services (DHS) Secretary-designee Andrea Palm to issue a Safer at Home order that prohibits all nonessential travel, with some exceptions as clarified and defined in the order, which can be found in its entirety below. The order is effective at 8am Wednesday, March 25, 2020 and will remain in effect until 8am Friday, April 24, 2020, or until a superseding order is issued. Under the order Wisconsin residents are still able to perform tasks essential to maintain health and safety, such as obtaining medicine or seeing a doctor; get necessary services or supplies for themselves or their family, such as getting food supplies. There are broad exemptions for businesses, both for-profit and not-for-profit, in the healthcare, human services and public health fields to continue to operate including hospitals, clinics, and long-term care facilities, among many other healthcare facilities and suppliers and providers of any related or any ancillary healthcare services including allied health providers.

The Department of Health Services released additional guidance on telehealth today. We are reviewing the update in its entirety, but feel it’s important to share with members immediately. The update is attached, click here. Additional guidance to follow what was released today is expected.

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