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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

COVID Testing Graphic
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.

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

Covid virus
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.

COVID-19 DHS Media Availability for 10/22/2020

COVID-19 Media Briefing - 10/22/2020

October 22, 2020


  • Governor Tony Evers
  • Secretary-designee Andrea Palm, Wisconsin Department of Health Services 
  • Dr. Ryan Westergaard, Chief Medical Officer for the DHS Bureau of Communicable Diseases
  • Ryan Nilsestuen, Chief Legal Counsel, Office of the Governor
  • Deb Standridge, Chief Executive Officer of the Alternate Care Facility at State Fair Park. 


When: Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 1:30 p.m

5th CD Fair Maps Hearing

peoples Map Commission
October 21, 2020

The People's Map Commission appointed by Governor Evers is continuing to have hearings to receive input on the creation of fair maps in the state. The hearing concentrating on the 5th Congressional District will be held on Oct. 29 from 6-8:30 PM. The deadline for registering to comment during this hearing is 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. Each speaker will have 3 minutes to speak.

This week's COVID-19 numbers - it's not as bad as it looks

COVID Percent Positive by Day
October 20, 2020

On the surface, the COVID-19 statistics for the last few days paint a really confusing picture. This graph is perhaps the most difficult example (percentage of tests that are positive by day). The world has not gone topsy-turvy but is mostly a side-effect of the upgrade that the state did over the weekend to the WEDSS system. This is the system the state uses to collect COVID-19 and other data from local public health offices.

DHS Media Call for 10/20/2020

COVID-19 Media Briefing - 10/20/2020

October 20, 2020

This is today's COVID-19 Media Call. 


  • Governor Tony Evers
  • Secretary-designee Andrea Palm, Wisconsin Department of Health Services 
  • Dr. Ryan Westergaard, Chief Medical Officer for the DHS Bureau of Communicable Diseases   
  • Ryan Nilsestuen, Chief Legal Counsel, Office of the Governor

When: Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at 1:30 p.m.                 

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

COVID virus
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. 

Tony Evers' order on restaurant and bar capacity upheld

Governor Tony Evers
October 19, 2020

A Baron Court judge ruled against the Tavern League and upheld the rule imposed by the Evers administration that limited the size of public gatherings to 25% of the legal capacity of the venue. This will again affect the number of people that restaurants and bars can serve.

Inside the fall of the CDC

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October 18, 2020

Reprinted by permission under a Creative Commons license from ProPublica

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At 7:47 a.m. on the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend, Dr. Jay Butler pounded out a grim email to colleagues at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.

Dunn County COVID-19 update with KT Gallagher for Oct. 16, 2020

KT Gallagher
October 17, 2020

This week's update and information about how COVID is spreading in the county.

DHS Media Briefing for Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020 - Gov. Evers announces broadband grants

COVID-19 Media Briefing - 10/15/2020

October 15, 2020

In today's media briefing Governor Evers talks about funding for broadband as part of recovering from the pandemic. More information on the broadband grants is included below. The press conference also covers the dangerous state of hospital bed availability in the state and the rapid increase in COVID-19 cases.


Wisconsin DHS Media Briefing 10/14/2020

COVID-19 Media Briefing - 10/14/2020

October 14, 2020

This media briefing is a Q&A session on the Alternate Care Facility.

Will be streamed live on YouTube


  • Deputy Secretary Julie Willems Van Dijk, Wisconsin Department of Health Services 
  • Deb Standridge, CEO of the Wisconsin State Fair Park Alternate Care Facility

When: Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at 2:00 p.m.  ** Note time change