COVID-19 Wisconsin

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Not a COVID-19 surge yet — but the risk of one is increasing

BY: - April 6, 2021

Some time in mid-January, some people in Wisconsin who were wearing face masks stopped doing so — and every day, a few more people gave them up. In early February, people started traveling more, and longer distances. By a week before St. Patrick’s Day, the state’s steady decline in the number of new COVID-19 cases […]

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With an eye on rising case numbers, health officials urge continued caution

BY: - April 2, 2021

With the onset of spring weather and no statewide mask order now in place, public health officials are reiterating the importance of adhering to behaviors that will prevent the spread of the coronavirus. On Friday, Public Health Madison & Dane County (PHMDC) announced that it was relaxing some public health restrictions, including ending an outdoor […]

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State Supreme Court ends health emergency, mask order

BY: - March 31, 2021

Gov. Tony Evers’ successive health emergencies in response to the novel coronavirus responsible for COVID-19 were unlawful after the first one expired, the state Supreme Court ruled Wednesday, ending the current statewide mask requirement just a few days before it was due to expire. The current health emergency declaration, Executive Order 105 — issued after […]

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COVID-19 vaccine supplies improve, but positive infection rate is slowly rising

BY: - March 26, 2021

While vaccine supplies have generally held steady and state health officials hope to see them increase, the Department of Health Services (DHS) is watching warily as COVID-19 infections creep up again. “We are watching the number of cases very, very closely,” said Deputy Health Secretary Julie Willems Van Dijk at a media briefing on Thursday. […]

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Seniors reject blame game over how long-term care deaths were counted

BY: - March 24, 2021

As the death toll rose over the course of 2020 from the coronavirus pandemic, a large number of the reports entered in the state database lacked a significant piece of information: the living situation of the person who had died. Last week, the state Department of Health Services (DHS) announced an update for about half […]

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On the other side of the pandemic

BY: - March 9, 2021

This coming Friday, March 12, will mark the anniversary of Wisconsin’s first COVID-19 health emergency. When Gov. Tony Evers issued the declaration on Thursday, March 12, 2020, five Wisconsin residents had been confirmed positive with the novel coronavirus. A year later that number has multiplied by 110,000. In Wisconsin, the virus SARS-CoV-2 has infected more […]

‘Spring is coming. It’s been a year of coping with COVID-19’

BY: - March 5, 2021

With COVID-19 vaccinations soaring and new cases continuing to diminish, Julie Willems Van Dijk is urging Wisconsin residents to guard against one particular side effect: Covid fatigue. “We are all tempted to just be done, right?” Van Dijk, Wisconsin deputy health secretary, said Thursday afternoon at the week’s second media briefing on the state’s COVID […]

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 03: U.S. Speaker of the House Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaks as other House Democrats listen during a news conference on the For the People Act at the east front of the U.S. Capitol March 3, 2021 in Washington, DC. The House is scheduled to vote on the act today. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

GOP opposition to state and local aid remains as Senate heads toward vote on COVID bill

BY: - March 3, 2021

WASHINGTON — As Democrats seek to send President Joe Biden their latest $1.9 trillion pandemic relief bill, federal lawmakers remain deeply divided on the question of whether state and local governments need another infusion of federal aid. Supporters of the bill — including numerous Republican mayors — say the answer is a clear “yes.” They […]

Evers signs bill to launch UI overhaul, protect business from COVID-19 lawsuits

BY: - February 25, 2021

Gov. Tony Evers signed legislation Thursday to start an overhaul of the state’s unemployment compensation computer system. The same bill includes language that grants businesses and nonprofit organizations immunity from being sued by people who blame them for transmitting the virus responsible for COVID-19. The new law starts the process for the state Department of […]

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‘We are not out of the woods yet’

BY: - February 19, 2021

A year into the COVID-19 pandemic in Wisconsin, much of the news is getting better — but public health specialists say we need to remain vigilant. Case numbers and deaths are down in the state. Vaccinations are up, and vaccine supplies are increasing. More vaccine providers are coming on board, and by early March, local […]

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New report shows nursing home COVID-19 cases, deaths have fallen

BY: - February 12, 2021

After months of alarming increases in COVID-19 cases and deaths among Wisconsin nursing home residents, a new report indicates that news may be getting better. In the four-week period ending Jan 17, both the rate of new infections and the rate of deaths among Wisconsin nursing home residents were cut almost in half compared with […]

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Injunction motion aims to bring high court back into the mask order fight

BY: - February 10, 2021

The Waukesha plaintiff who is suing in the Wisconsin Supreme Court to end Gov. Tony Evers’ health emergency and mask order now wants the court to block the governor’s latest COVID-19 emergency declaration. Jeré Fabick filed a motion late Tuesday as part of his ongoing lawsuit against the governor, which was argued before the state […]