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Wisconsin DHS COVID media briefing 9/22/2021

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COVID-19 Media Briefing - 09/22/2021

September 22, 2021


DHS experts will answer questions about the status of COVID-19 in Wisconsin and our response.


  • Secretary-designee Karen Timberlake, Wisconsin Department of Health Services 
  • Dr. Ryan Westergaard, Chief Medical Officer, DHS Bureau of Communicable Diseases


Wednesday, September 22, 2021 from 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. 

COVID Update from Dr. Hall - 9/20/2021

Dunn County Covid Cases
September 21, 2021
Data update for Dunn County. Cases continue to increase, especially in ages 10-19. All counties in the Chip Valley have broken records for new daily cases this year. Cases in Stout students are still low but starting to tick upward. Two new deaths in Dunn County, both under age 60 and without any underlying health conditions. We've now had three deaths total this month (out of 40 total since the pandemic began), 1 person in their 60's and the other two under 60.

COVID-19 update from KT Gallagher 9/17/2021

KT Gallagher
September 17, 2021

In today's COVID-19 update Dunn County Public Health Administrator KT Gallagher points out serious changes recently in the behavior of COVID-19 in Dunn County. In particular, 10% of the cases are now taking place in children under 9. 

COVID Update from Dr. Hall 9/16/2021

Dunn County COVID-19 Cases
September 16, 2021
Heads up / interim update for Dunn County. We have not seen a 7-day average this high (32) since last December. Continued increasing cases, disproportionately driven by those aged 10-19.

Arrest made in multiple Dunn County homicide

Darren Lee McWright (Osborne)
September 16, 2021

Late yesterday arrest warrants were issued for two suspects in the recent homicide case in which four bodies were found in an abandoned SUV in rural Dunn County.  One arrest has been made of Darren Lee McWright (Osborne), date of birth 03/15/1965 of St. Paul, MN. He is currently being held in the Ramsey County Minnesota Jail. 

A second suspect is Antoine Darnique Suggs, date of birth 06/26/1983. Suggs is believed to be in the St. Paul/ Minneapolis area. 

Four found fatally shot in SUV in rural Dunn County - Sheriff's Press Conference

Dunn Co. Sheriff press conference

September 14, 2021

On September 12, 2021 about 2:18PM the Dunn County Emergency Communications Center received a 911 call reporting a death in the Town of Sheridan in northern Dunn County. Four bodies were found in an abandoned SUV that was driven into a cornfield in the township. 

Menomonie School Board weakens COVID exclusion rules in the district

Menomonie School Board Meeting 9/13/2021

September 12, 2021

PLEASE NOTE - due to the expected great interest in the proposed COVID policy changes tonight's meeting is being moved to the Menomonie High School Auditorium. A notice about this will go out shortly from the district. 

Dunn County COVID-19 Update with KT Gallagher for 9/3/2021

KT Gallagher
September 3, 2021

As always, KT Gallagher, Dunn County Health Department Administrator, give you the Dunn County numbers and answers your questions about the trend for the Delta COVID-19 variant and how to find some of the data for the county and the state on your own. 


Jeff Smith - Enough Talk, Let’s Act

State Senator Jeff Smith
September 22, 2021

I find that participating in a task force or study group can be an eye opening and enriching experience that helps me grow as a person. Without better understanding an issue, state leaders can be flailing in the dark, but hearing from experts and reading about solutions that have worked in other states can help guide our work.


Jeff Smith - Redistricting: The Responsibility of a Lifetime

Senator Jeff Smith
September 16, 2021

Imagine what it must be like to have a job that carries with it a lifetime guarantee. No matter what you do, no matter how you behave, your job can’t be taken from you until you decide to give it up. Make terrible choices that hurt the clients you’re supposed to serve? Ignore calls from customers? Don’t bother showing up to your job for nearly a year? You face no consequences and you keep your job.


Jeff Smith - Homework to Start the School Year

State Senator Jeff Smith
September 1, 2021

We’ve reached that point of year again when kids are excited to return to the classroom, see their friends and begin a new school year. As adults, we can understand their excitement, but it’s up to us to make sure kids can have a safe and successful school year.


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Dunn County leaders urge vaccinations and masks

Dave Bartlett
August 18, 2021

Dunn County Wisconsin, August 18, 2021 – Dave Bartlett, Chairman of the Dunn County
Board of Supervisors, and Diane Morehouse, Dunn County Board Supervisor and Chair of the
County’s Health and Human Services Board, have issued an appeal to all residents of the County
to get vaccinated for COVID-19, and to wear masks when out of the home. The appeal comes as
Dunn County is experiencing a significant rise in COVID-19 infections. “A troubling change

Kiss The Ground - a film about regenerative agriculture

Kiss the Ground Official Movie Trailer (2020)

July 19, 2021

The Healthy Environment Action Team (HEAT) of the Health Dunn Right coalition is holding a free showing of the documentary


Gov. Evers Seeks Applicants for Eau Claire County District Attorney

July 13, 2021
MADISON — Gov. Tony Evers announced today he is seeking applicants for Eau Claire County District Attorney. The appointment will fill a vacancy created by District Attorney Gary King’s resignation, effective August 14, 2021. The new district attorney will serve for the remainder of the unexpired term that ends January 2025.
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