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COVID-19 Media Briefing for 10/27/2020 - new record for cases and deaths

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COVID-19 Media Briefing - 10/27/2020

October 27, 2020

The state today has reported a record number of COVID-19 deaths (64 new deaths reported today). Additionally, 5,262 new infections were reported today, which is also a new record.


Free Dunn County Covid Testing

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October 26, 2020

A free COVID-19 testing clinic will be held in Menomonie on Oct. 27, Nov. 10, Nov. 24, and December 8 from 11 AM until 7 PM. Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 may be tested at the clinic. It will be held in the large animal building at the County Fairgrounds (Dunn County Rec Park) at 620 17th St. South East. More details are available in the graphic above. 

This clinic will be supported by the Wisconsin National Guard.

US Supreme Court stops changes to Wisconsin election law for Nov. 3

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October 26, 2020

The US  Supreme Court ruled 5-3 today to no allow changes to the election laws in Wisconsin to allow more time to send absentee ballots in. The result of this ruling is that all absentee ballots for the Nov. 3 election must arrive by 8 PM on election day. The court believed that the courts should not be deciding on and changing election law due to the pandemic. 

Menomonie School Board approves winter sports

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Menomonie Special School Board Meeting 10/26/2020

October 26, 2020

In accordance with the guidelines from the Dunn County Health Department, in-person attendance for the public Board meeting will be limited to 25 people. It is anticipated that there will be 14 spaces available for members of the public. The meeting will also be live-streamed on this page, Facebook Live, and

With All Eyes on Wisconsin, Partisan Gridlock at State Elections Commission Frustrates Voters and Local Officials

October 26, 2020

Evers recall effort fails

Governor Tony Evers
October 26, 2020

Despite claiming last week that the Evers recall campaign had sufficient signatures to force a recall election, this morning organizer Misty Polewczynski announced that the campaign did not have enough signatures to continue. The signatures were due at the Wisconsin Elections Commission office tomorrow, Tuesday Oct. 27.

Dunn County COVID-19 update for 10/23/2020

Data Update
October 23, 2020

972 Positive Cases in Dunn County 

10,794 Negative Cases in Dunn County 

797 Confirmed Cases that Have Now Been Symptom Free for 10 days and Have Been Released from Isolation. 

190,478  Positive Cases in Wisconsin 

1,744,072 Negative Cases in Wisconsin

1,745 Deaths in Wisconsin 

As cases continue to rise, please keep these things in mind when you do choose to leave your home.

-- Stay at home except for essential travel;

COVID-19 Misinformation And The Paranoid Style In Wisconsin's Pandemic Politics

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October 23, 2020

When the coronavirus started spreading around Wisconsin in the spring of 2020, Dr. Chad Tamez hosted Facebook Live sessions to help patients understand what was initially a mysterious new pathogen. A family physician who co-owns a private practice in West Bend, Tamez seized on the power of social media to discuss new medical findings about the coronavirus.


Jeff Smith - Search for Truth During an Election

State Senator Jeff Smith
October 27, 2020

As we approach another Election Day, we all feel the heat from both major political parties as they do all they can to get their voters to show up for their candidates. Many voters – if they haven’t already – will stop answering the phone to avoid robocalls. Mailboxes will be filled with full-sized glossy cards and TV ads will play one after another, either celebrating or desecrating a candidate.

A real Halloween threat

State Senator Jeff Smith
October 19, 2020

Halloween is typically a time we enjoy spooky things. We find ways to get scared, whether it’s a haunted corn maze or horror flick.  This year, however, it seems like we’re living in a scary movie with no clear happy ending in sight. What’s even scarier is we don’t have the leadership to help us through this horrific time.


Weekend upgrade confuses the COVID-19 number - but it is still clear we have a problem

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October 19, 2020

As you will see if you look at the COVID graphs for today on the site, the reporting from the state was a little disrupted over the weekend as the Wisconsin Electronic Disease Surveillance System was being upgraded to be more flexible and powerful. A lot of data flowed out of the system again this afternoon after a weekend period of no reporting. DHS recommends looking at the 7-day average of cases rather than individual days, as that makes the general trends much clearer. 

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October 27, 2020

It has been quite a while since I last wrote a community update. But life has been crazy here, and something else always gets in the way. Today I am fixing this.

Gov. Evers Announces Additional Tax Relief for Wisconsin Taxpayers

Goverrnor Tony Evers
October 20, 2020
Sales and use taxes from out-of-state retailers and marketplace providers results in more than $250 million in tax relief targeted toward lower and middle-income taxpayers 
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