MADISON —​ Gov. Tony Evers today provided an updated accounting of federal funds invested in public health, emergency response efforts, and economic stabilization in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Funds were allocated by the Evers Administration from the state’s Coronavirus Relief Fund, which was made available to Wisconsin through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

“We know that the COVID-19 pandemic has affected Wisconsinites in every corner of our state,” said Gov. Evers. “We’re going to continue working to make sure that every Wisconsinite knows how these funds are being usedto fight the pandemic and support families, farmers, and small businesses who need it most.”

To date, federal funds have been invested in emergency response/public health measures and economic support initiatives for Wisconsin residents, businesses, and communities. As of October 9, the state has expended $476 million and obligated an additional $479 million. An additional $919.1 million in funds have been committed but are not yet distributed. Roughly $120 million remain unallocated to ensure the state continues to have the flexibility to respond to emerging needs.

Additional information on these efforts is available on Wisconsin’s COVID-19 Response and Recovery Investment dashboard website. The website provides transparent and regularly updated information regarding how and where Wisconsin is investing federal funding, including significant funding from the federal CARES Act.

Federal CRF dollars must be expended by the end of 2020, leaving Wisconsin and other states facing a significant cliff in available funding despite the ongoing pandemic. The Administration is continuing to make regular revisions to allocations to reflect actual costs in order to ensure Wisconsin is able to utilize funds prior to the federal deadline.

As of yesterday, Wisconsin has 173,891 positive cases of COVID-19, 9,319 hospitalizations, and 1,600 deaths due to the coronavirus. Current trends continuing to show an increase in cases in Wisconsin, requiring a continued investment in these detection and mitigation efforts.


Public Health & Emergency Response (in millions)


Initial Allocation

Revised Allocation

Surge Operating Fund






Emergency Procurement



Testing Program (including National Guard, local community and higher education testing efforts)



Contact Tracing



State FEMA match/agency expenses




Public Awareness Efforts



Isolation Facilities







Economic Support and Recovery Initiatives (in millions)



Health Related Programs


CARES Act Provider Payments (including Long Term Care, Community-based, EMS Grants)


Underserved Clinics & Tribal Health




Medical College of Wisconsin


Enrollment Assistance


Other Health Care


Impacted Industries


WEDC (including We’re All In Round 1 and Round 2)


Agriculture Direct Support Payments


Tourism – Destination Marketing Organizations


Lodging Industry Assistance


Live Venue Assistance


Movie Venue Assistance


Cultural Institutions


Education & Child Care


Out-of-School Support


Higher Education


Child Care Counts Program


Individual Assistance


WI Rental Assistant Program (WRAP)


Food Security Initiatives


Local Government & Tribes Routes to Recovery


LIHEAP & Keep Wisconsin Warm Fund Utility Assistance


Other Initiatives


Broadband expansion


Wisconsin Eye









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