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Dunn County confirms first COVID-19 death

Health Officer KT Gallagher
September 30, 2020

The Dunn County Health Department has confirmed the first death in the county from COVID-19. In a press release this afternoon Health Department Officer KT Gallagher announced that the fatality was an elderly person and that no further information would be released out of respect for the deceased and their loved ones. Gallagher stated that  “Our hearts go out to the family and friends for their loss.

Ask Dr. Hall - How can masks work?

Alexandra Hall M.D.
September 29, 2020

This is the first in a series of articles about public health and COVID-19 from Alexandra Hall, M.D. Dr. Hall is a physician in Student Health Services at UW-Stout where she also teaches in the Biology Department. You can learn more about Dr. Hall

Wisconsin DHS Media Briefing for 9/29/2020

COVID-19 Media Briefing - 9/29/2020

September 29, 2020


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

When: Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at 1:30 p.m. 

Free COVID-19 testing in Augusta this Wednesday

lab testing photo
September 28, 2020

The Health Department is partnering with the Augusta Community Center to host a community COVID-19 drive-thru community testing site. The event will be on Wednesday September 30th from 2pm – 7pm at the Augusta Community Center, 616 W. Washington Street, Augusta, WI. Testing through the collection site will be free of cost.

New records for COVID-19 infections in the state

COVID Positive Rate for Wisconsin
September 26, 2020

Today's numbers of COVID-19 cases in the state paint a grim picture. Both the number of new COVID-19 cases and the percentage of tests that were positive have hit new records. 22.39% of the tests reported by DHS were positive, and the raw number of positive cases was 2817. 7 new deaths were reported in today's numbers. 528 are currently in the hospital for COVID, which is also a new record. 

Dunn County COVID-19 weekly update with KT Gallagher

Dunn County Seal
September 25, 2020

This week's Dunn County COVID-19 update. As always, KT Gallagher gives you the numbers and answers your questions.

Menomonie Library closing again for in-person visits

Menomonie Public Library
September 24, 2020

On June 1 the Menomonie Public Library re-opened to public visits. The number of COVID-19 infections in the county has increased greatly in the past few weeks, and as a result the library board has decided to close the library again. This decision was reached in conversation with the Dunn County Public Health Department. 

DHS COVID-19 media conference 9/24/2020

COVID-19 Media Briefing - 9/24/2020

September 24, 2020

This is today's COVID-19 media conference call.  Participants are:

New potential COVID-19 exposure in Eau Claire

COVID-19 Virus
September 22, 2020

The Eau Claire City-County Health Department is alerting the public of potential COVID-19 exposure at Scooter’s Bar on Friday, September 18 (9PM-3AM) and Saturday, September 19 (9PM-3AM).

Corona positive percentage tops 20% today

Percent Positive Today Graph
September 20, 2020

Although the number of coronavirus positive tests dropped slightly today (which is normal for a weekend) the 1665 new cases were the fourth-highest number of cases in a single day - the three higher numbers were in the previous three days in Wisconsin. The percentage of positive cases topped 20% today, which is disturbingly high. 

Another record-breaking day for new COVID-19 cases in Wisconsin

New COVID cases graph
September 18, 2020

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services has reported a new record for new COVID-19 cases in the state in the numbers just released. Today's numbers include 2533 new cases, the second day in a row of over 2000 reports. The percentage of positive cases to negative cases has also increased again today to 19.38 percent. The state is facing a quickly-rising pandemic increase after the beginning of school.

Menomonie City Council postpones action on pandemic ordinances

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Menomonie City Council Considers Mask and Capacity Ordinances

September 17, 2020

In a special meeting at 5:30 this evening the Menomonie City Council considered an ordinance requiring mask-wearing in the city. They will also consider an ordinance on attendance limits. The agenda is attached and we will provide a video of the meeting later tonight.

People have been testifying both for and against the proposed ordinance and the meeting has at times been a little rowdy. We will have a recording of the Zoom meeting available later this evening.

Eau Claire City-County Health Department COVID update

Coronavirus, COVID-19, Eau Claire, Update

September 17, 2020

Today's live update from the Eau Claire City/County Health Department.

Record number of COVID-19 cases

Graph - 2034 cases today
September 17, 2020

2034 cases of COVID-19 are confirmed in today's statistics. This is the first time a single day's case number was over 2000. The percentage of positive cases also went back up drastically in today's numbers, reaching 17.77 percent.