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Wisconsin DHS Media Briefing for 1/21/2021

COVID-19 Media Briefing - 01/21/2021

January 21, 2021

Who:

  • Governor Tony Evers
  • Deputy Secretary Julie Willems Van Dijk, Wisconsin Department of Health Services 
  • Dr. Ryan Westergaard, Chief Medical Officer, DHS Bureau of Communicable Diseases
  • Ryan Nilsestuen, Chief Legal Counsel, Office of the Governor

When: Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 1:30 p.m.          

Hobbes Ice Center moves to next opening phase

January 20, 2021

Hobbs Ice Arena staff have met with the Eau Claire City-County Health Department and, based on current COVID-19 levels and projected trends, have determined that it is possible for Hobbs to enter Phase 2 of re-opening which will include the return of a limited number of spectators for team sports beginning January 21, 2020.

Gov. Evers Announces New Public Health Emergency, Issues New Face Coverings Order as State Continues Vaccine Distribution

Governor Tony Everrs
January 20, 2021
Gov. Tony Evers today signed Executive Order and Emergency Order establishing a new statewide public health emergency and face coverings requirement, respectively, as the state continues to expand vaccination distribution across the state.

Vaccine for 65 and up Dunn County residents

65 and Over Vaccine Availability in Dunn County

January 19, 2021

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services announced this morning that COVID-19 vaccine will be available for people 65 years and older starting on January 25. The 65 and over residents will be eligible under the new guidelines for Phase 1b of the vaccine rollout in the state. 

I spoke to Dunn County Health Administrator KT Gallagher today about the effect of this announcement on Dunn County residents, and how this will all work out.

How Operation Warp Speed Created Vaccination Chaos

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January 19, 2021

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Hospitals and clinics across the country are canceling vaccine appointments because the Trump administration tells states how many doses they’ll receive only one week at a time, making it all but impossible to plan a comprehensive vaccination campaign.

Wisconsin DHS Vaccine Q&A

COVID-19 Media Briefing - 01/19/2021

January 19, 2021

The Wisconsin DHS will hold a Vaccine Q&A session today at 1:30 PM. We expect this session to cover information about the new expansion of vaccine availability to all Wisconsin residents over age 65. 

Today the state is reporting 42 more deaths due to COVID-19, so DHS is emphasizing again that we need to continue to follow good practices to prevent the spread of the pandemic.

Wisconsin Seniors over 65 eligible for vaccine on Jan 25

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January 19, 2021

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) today announced that all Wisconsin residents over the age of 65 will be eligible to receive the vaccine starting on Jan. 25. This is a major change in policy from the formerly proposed plan for phase 1b which was intended to cover people over age 70.

Andrea Palm leaving Wisconsin DHS for Biden administration

Karen Timberlake
January 18, 2021

President-elect Joe Biden is continuing to fill out his cabinet appointees, and that he is appointing Wisconsin DHS Secretary-Designee Andrea Palm as Deputy-Secretary of the federal Department of Health Services. Palm will leave the state DHS on Jan. 20.

Dunn County COVID-19 update

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January 17, 2021

This is this week's COVID-19 update from Dunn County, with Dunn County Health Administrator KT Gallagher. Every week KT answers your questions and gives you information about the status of the virus (and now administering the vaccine) in Dunn County.

Governor announces 1B vaccine rollout, extends mask order for 60 days

Governor Tony Evers

COVID-19 Media Briefing - 01/15/2021

January 15, 2021

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services held a Media Update at 1:30 PM today. The video is available here. 

Wisconsin detects new fast-spreading COVID-19 variant

COVID virus
January 13, 2021

On January 12 the Wisconsin Department of Health Services discovered the presence of a new strain of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, in Wisconsin.

Wisconsin Senate modifies Assembly COVID-19 bill - Governor urges passage

Governor Tony Evers
January 12, 2021

In today's Senate session more changes were made to the Assembly's proposed COVID-19 billl, removing many of the items that Democrats and some Republicans in the legislature objected to. The modified bill is now going back to the state Assembly.

Gone are the bans on mandatory vaccines for employment, supermajority votes of school boards and other issues that would cripple local health authorities, and prohibitions of the closing of churches. 

Gov. Evers and Department of Health Services Call on Federal Government to Distribute More COVID-19 Vaccine

January 11, 2021
Gov. Tony Evers and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) are today calling on the federal government to increase the amount of COVID-19 vaccine doses in the state’s weekly allocations. In just nearly three weeks of vaccine allocation and distribution, Wisconsin built up 1,098 vaccine provider locations that stand ready to give vaccinations throughout the state in order to finish Phase 1A and begin vaccinating more Wisconsinites.

DHS COVID-19 Media Briefing for 1/11/2021 - Vaccine Q&A

COVID-19 Media Briefing - 01/11/2021

January 11, 2021
Media Briefing: COVID-19 Vaccine Q & A  Will be streamed live on YouTube

Who:

  • Deputy Secretary Julie Willems Van Dijk, Wisconsin Department of Health Services
  • Stephanie Schauer, Ph.D., Division of Public Health Immunization Program Manager

When: Monday, January 11, 2021 at 1:30 p.m.              

Dunn County COVID-19 update for 1/8/2021

Dunn County COVID-19 graphic
January 9, 2021

This week's COVID-19 update with Dunn County Health Administrator KT Gallagher. KT answers your questions about COVID-19 spread and obtaining vaccinations.

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