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Dunn County relaxes COVID-19 meeting recommendations

Dunn County Health Administrator KT Gallagher
February 18, 2021

Between Feb. 3 and Feb. 17 the number of new COVID-19 cases in Dunn County met the state standard for a "high" number of cases, which is a drop from the previous "very high" level.

Two additional COVID-19 variant cases in Eau Claire County

COVID virus
February 16, 2021

Two additional cases of the COVID-19 virus variant that was originally found in England have been discovered in Eau Claire. This variant, called  B.1.1.7, is considered to be more readily transmitted than the original virus, and is also possibly more deadly.

Dunn County COVID-19 update for 2/12/2021

COVID update graphic
February 13, 2021

This is the weekly Dunn County COVID-19 update video from Dunn County Health Administrator KT Gallagher. 

Federal Retail Pharmacy Program Launches as Wisconsin Vaccination Rollout Reaches Major Milestones

February 11, 2021

This week marks the launch of the  which is a collaborative effort between the federal government and state health officials to provide free COVID-19 vaccinations at participating pharmacies.

DHS Vaccine Q&A for 2/11/2021 - New Vaccination Dashboard

COVID-19 Media Briefing - 02/11/2021

February 11, 2021


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

When: Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 1:30 p.m.              

The state DHS has released a new vaccination dashboard as announced in the corresponding press release:

DHS and Laboratory Partners Identify Second Case of Variant Strain B.1.1.7 of SARS-CoV-2 in Wisconsin

February 9, 2021

On February 6, Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) and laboratory partners identified a second case of variant strain B.1.1.7 of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes .

DHS COVID-19 Media Update for 2/9/2021

COVID-19 Media Briefing - 02/09/2021

February 9, 2021


  • 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: Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 1:30 p.m.  

Walgreens announces vaccine availability - site promptly crashes

Walgreens site - updates in progress
February 9, 2021

The Walgreens website is now functioning and it is possible to look up the availability of appointments. In my case the site said no appointments are available currently in Menomonie.

Another update -- the site is back in "updates in progress" mode. My guess is that not a lot of appointments will be made any time soon.

Update -- the website is functioning again, but attempts to schedule an appointment are still failing.

Gov. Evers, DHS Announce First Community-Based Vaccination Clinic in Rock County to Open February 16

February 8, 2021

Gov. Tony Evers today with the Department of Health Services (DHS) announced today a new partnership with AMI Expeditionary Healthcare. AMI will help expand vaccine accessibility across the state by operating community-based vaccination clinics. After careful consideration and identifying local health needs, DHS has selected Rock County to be the site of the first clinic currently scheduled to open February 16.

Dunn County COVID-19 update for 2/5/2021

February 6, 2021

This is the weekly COVID-19 update for Dunn County with Dunn County Public Health Administrator KT Gallagher.  At this time 8% of the residents of Dunn County have been vaccinated, and 11% have been vaccinated state-wide.

Eau Claire COVID testing site closed due to weather

February 5, 2021
The National Guard COVID-19 testing site at Peace Church, 501 E. Filmore Ave., Eau Claire will be closed on Saturday, February 6th and Monday February 8th due to extreme cold temperatures.

Details of the closure are in the attached PDF file.

Gov. Evers to Veto GOP Bill Limiting Response to Pandemic

Governor Tony Evers
February 5, 2021
Legislature abandons bipartisan compromise, sends first bill to governor’s desk in more than 290 days

MADISON — Gov. Tony Evers today reacted to the passage of Assembly Bill (AB) 1, which was passed after Republicans abandoned compromise legislation that passed the Wisconsin State Senate with bipartisan support. A previous bipartisan version of AB 1 had received the governor’s support, signaling he would sign that version if Republicans sent it to his desk.  


COVID-19 vaccination appointment information from Dunn County

vaccine information graphic
February 4, 2021

As of Feb. 1 over 2800 COVID-19 shots have been given to Dunn County residents, and 885 have been given to people over the age of 65. The Dunn County Health Department asks you to only make a single appointment for your vaccination when you become eligible. 

This is the appointment information for the major health providers in the county:

Governor Evers signs new health emergency order

Governor Tony Evers

Gov. Evers Puts Public Health Before Politics, Signs New Public Health Emergency

February 4, 2021

Gov. Tony Evers today signed Executive Order  and Emergency Order establishing a statewide public health emergency and requiring face coverings in public places to protect the health and safety of Wisconsinites.

Assembly votes to revoke the face mask mandate

February 4, 2021

The Wisconsin Assembly just voted to accept the amended resolution revoking the governor's mask mandate and has sent the resolution back to the Senate. This, in effect, has removed the state-wide mask mandate. 

The resolution will formally take effect tomorrow after it’s signed by Speaker Robin Vos, R-Rochester, and Senate Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu, R-Oostburg.