Dear neighbors,

As you may know, in light of COVID-19 (also known as “coronavirus”), Governor Tony Evers directed the Department of Health Services (DHS) to issue a “Safer at Home” order that prohibits all nonessential business activities.

This order was effective at 8 a.m. on March 25 and will remain in effect until 8 a.m. Friday, April 24, or until a superseding order is issued. All Sherman Park residents are encouraged to stay home as much as possible during this time.

As the Executive Director of the Sherman Park Community Association, Inc. it’s my role to keep residents informed. We are working with our three Aldermen, Michael Murphy (District 10), Russell Stamper (District 15), and Khalif Rainey (District 7), as well as Senator Tammy Baldwin on the federal level, to determine how Sherman Park became a hot zone for COVID-19 and why there are such high mortality rates in our African-American male population.

Like most of you, we are coping with COVID-19 pandemic and observing the ”safer at home” order. I am working remotely and I am now connected to new communication sources. I am learning about the COVID-19 virus and the effects in our community.

Today, we live with a level of uncertainty. But we are all in this together and together we will get through it. Let’s stay together through this tough time! If you know there are seniors living next-door or on your block, please take the time to check on them. Continue to observe the “safer at home” order as much as possible.

We promise to keep you informed and connected!

In this newsletter, you will find the following information and resources for coping with the COVID-19 virus:

  • COVID-19 facts from the Medical College of WI
  • Testing at Ascension St. Joseph Hospital
  • Voting updates
  • Meal sites
  • Resources for all residents
  • Resources for seniors
  • Resources for businesses
  • A message from Alderman Khalif Rainey

Sincerely,

Executive Director

COVID-19 facts from the Medical College of WI

The Medical College of WI (MCW) understands the anxiety and concern that this situation is causing our community, and is offering a number of resources to help keep us safe and educated:

  • Watch this new video regarding coronavirus, its impact on the community, and the resources available.
  • Visit this website for a collection of COVID-19 materials developed by MCW experts (vetted and updated daily).
  • Please review and share this helpful infographic about COVID-19 (click the image to see a larger version):

Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the Community


Testing at Ascension St. Joseph Hospital

Ascension Wisconsin has launched a mobile COVID-19 testing site at Ascension St. Joseph. Anyone interested in being tested must first be pre-screened by an Ascension Medical Group provider by phone (1-833-981-0711) or virtually (using Ascension Online Care).

Ascension Wisconsin will support the health and financial well-being of our patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. Visit this website for information on financial assistance related to testing and treatment.


Voting updates

After numerous unsuccessful attempts to delay the April 7th election, it appears it is on. There are two ways to cast your ballot:

In-person voting

There will be five voting centers in the City of Milwaukee for on Tuesday, April 7th. Voters must go to their assigned voting center based on their aldermanic district and ward:

  • Aldermanic Districts *1, 3 and 6 will be voting at Riverside High School, 1615 E. Locust Street
  • Aldermanic Districts 2, 5 and 9 will be voting at Marshall High School, 4141 N. 64th Street
  • Aldermanic Districts *4, 12 and 14 will be voting at South Division High School, 1515 W. Lapham Blvd.
  • Aldermanic Districts *7, 10, and 15 will be voting at Washington High School, 2525 N. Sherman Blvd.
  • Aldermanic Districts 8, 11, and 13 will be voting at Hamilton High School, 6215 W. Warnimont Ave

Exceptions:

  • District 1, Ward 47 (normally at Hampton School) will be voting at Washington High School
  • District 4, Ward 181 (normally at Charles Allis) will be voting at Riverside High School
  • District 7, Ward 107 (normally at Ben Franklin School) will be voting at Riverside High School
  • District 7, Ward 67 (normally at Barack Obama School) will be voting at Riverside High School

Absentee voting

For everyone who requested an absentee ballot by 5:00 pm on Friday, April 3, 2020, you have until Friday April 13, 2020 to drop your ballot off. Please Note: Drop off times are between 8:00 a.m. and 1:00 p. m. at the following locations:

  • Zablocki Library: 3501 W. Oklahoma Ave. (enter through the courtyard)
  • Bay View Library: 2566 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.
  • Washington Park Library: 2121 N Sherman Blvd.
  • Mill Road Library: 6431 N. 76th St.
  • Frank P. Zeidler Municipal Building: 841 N. Broadway

City of Milwaukee voters who have completed their absentee ballot with certificate envelope can drop it off at any of the locations below.  Election Commission staff are available to witness voter signatures.

You may also mail in your ballot, but it must be received by the city on or before April 13, 2020.


Resources for all residents

UEDA resources

Click here to view and print a comprehensive list of resources for residents, seniors, and businesses from UEDA.

Meal sites

There are several meal sites and food pantries in the Sherman Park area. Click here to view and print the list.

Financial relief

Important updates and resources related to financial relief include:

  • Taxes: The federal income tax filing due date has been extended from April 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020
  • Mortgage assistance: Some servicers are working with borrowers with a loss in income; reach out to yours if you need assistance
  • Rent assistance: If you will miss a rent payment or losing your housing, reach out to your landlord to discuss the situation (or dial 2-1-1 for further assistance)
  • Childcare: The Wisconsin Department of Children and Families has information for child care, including requests for assistance
  • Free Internet Access: Spectrum is offering free 60 days of Internet to households with K-12 or college students (call 1-844-488-8395 to enroll)

Resources for seniors

Food delivery

Many meal sites and food pantries are offering special assistance to seniors. Click here to locate the one closest to you.

Seniors may also dial 2-1-1 for home delivery of food and groceries.

Shopping hours

For seniors who must go out shopping, many grocery stores have special “seniors-only” hours:

  • Aldi: 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. everyday
  • Pick & Save: 6:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. everyday
  • Sendiks: 7:00 am. – 8:00 a.m. everyday
  • Walgreens: 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. only on Tuesdays
  • Target: 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays
  • Walmart: 6:00 a.m. – 7:00 a.m. only on Tuesdays
  • Dollar Tree: 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. everyday
  • Dollar General: 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. everyday
  • CostCo: 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays
  • Sam’s Club: 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays

Emotional support

AARP Community Connections offers multiple free resources to help those who are feeling isolated, depressed, overwhelmed, or anxious:

  • Request a call from an AARP volunteer, or a trained counselor
  • Join “The Mighty,” a safe, supportive online community for people facing health challenges and their caregivers

Resources for businesses

Grants

Visit this website for more information on the federal stimulus package.

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) created a $5 million in funding to provide grants of up to $20,000 to small businesses to assist with expenses or other leave due to hardships created by COVID-19. Funds will be distributed via Wisconsin-based Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs). Learn more

Loans

The Wisconsin Small Business Development Network (SBDC), a resource partner of the SBA, is available to help small businesses apply for federal disaster loans to mitigate the substantial economic injury as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Please visit the Wisconsin SBDC website designed to help business owners understand the qualifications and application process. Consultants across the network’s 13 locations are working remotely via phone, email and virtual tools to assist clients.

Other resources

The Department of Workforce Development has a  library of resources that can help business owners and employers make decisions during this unique time.


A message from Alderman Khalif Rainey

The global pandemic brought about by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has caused the city and state to issue “Stay-at-Home” orders to help slow the spread of the virus. I want to urge all area residents to take these orders seriously. We all have a role to play in bending the curve and staying at home and limiting contact with others can help save lives.The Milwaukee Health Department is asking residents to stay home unless they have to perform or receive vital services. Vital services include health care, child care, grocery/supply stores, gas stations and restaurants (for take-out only). Non-essential services include bars, barbershops and salons, gyms and fitness centers and entertainment venues.

Should someone need to leave their home, please make sure to take proper precautions. Practice proper social distancing and remain six feet apart from other people, remember to regularly wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, cover coughs and sneezes, avoid touching your face, and stay home if you feel sick.

Stay mindful of COVID-19 symptoms, particularly if you have come into close contact with someone who has tested positive. People who have COVID-19 sometimes get fevers, a cough, or have trouble breathing. Most people who get sick from coronavirus start to feel these symptoms between two and 14 days after they catch it.

Those with questions related to COVID-19 can call 2-1-1 to speak with a health care professional Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.

Please stay home, stay safe and be well.