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Rapid Testing Is Less Accurate Than the Government Wants to Admit

COVID testing
November 17, 2020

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Midwest Governor Conference on COVID-19

November 17, 2020

Conference call of Midwestern Governors on the pandemic crisis.

Wisconsin DHS Media Briefing on COVID Vaccine

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COVID-19 Media Briefing - 11/17/2020

November 17, 2020

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services will hold a media briefing at 1 PM today answering questions about the COVID-19 vaccine.

Who:

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

When: Tuesday, November 16, 2020 at 1:00 p.m.  ** Note time change               

Gov. Evers, DOA Secretary Brennan Announce 54 Awardees for the COVID-19 Movie Theater Grant Program

November 17, 2020

Note that locally grants have been awarded to Micon Cinema, Eau Claire Theater Group LLC (Oakwood Theater), and the Stanley Theater.

Wisconsin Supreme Court Oral Argument: Jeré Fabick v. Tony Evers

November 16, 2020

Today the Wisconsin Supreme Court heard oral arguments in this case, in which Mr. Fabick is suing the Governor's emergency orders for the COVID-19 emergency, claiming that the Governor may not extend emergency orders beyond 60 days without permission from the state legislature. This is the video of the proceedings thanks to

Hunters Reminded Of COVID-19 Safety Measures During Deer Season

White-tail Deer
November 16, 2020

MADISON, Wis. – With deer season underway, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is urging hunters to keep COVID-19 safety measures in mind and use the

Eau Claire and Altoona Libraries closing temporarily

library interior
November 15, 2020

In a press release today the L. E. Phillips Memorial Library in Eau Claire announced that they will be closing temporarily due to COVID-19 concerns. This includes all in-person library activities including holds, pickup, and browsing. The library expects the closure to last at least until Nov. 30, at which time the library leadership will re-examine the status of the community and the public health data to decide if it is safe to open the library again. 

COVID-19 roundup for Nov. 14, 2020

Dunn County COVID-19 Report
November 14, 2020

There are many news stories about the pandemic to cover, and although much of it is better than the recent reports, the general picture in the Chippewa Valley is still not rosy.

Friday night the Eau Claire School District announced that they are moving to a full virtual learning model beginning Monday, Nov. 30. In a statement issued yesterday, Superintendent Michael Johnson wrote:

COVID-19 Media Conference for 11/12/2020

COVID-19 Media Briefing - 11/12/2020

November 12, 2020

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, November 12, 2020 at 1:30 p.m.        

State reaches a new record for COVID-19 cases

positive case graph
November 10, 2020

Today's COVID-19 numbers reach a new record for new reported cases per day, at 7073 new cases in today's numbers. The new current 7-day rolling average of cases is 5825, also a new record. This is particularly surprising as Monday reported cases are generally low since they reflect activity over the weekend. 35% of today's reported tests were positive.

Governor Evers addresses the state on the pandemic, signs new order

Governor Tony Evers

Gov. Evers to Deliver Statewide Address on COVID-19 Pandemic

November 10, 2020

Governor Evers addressed the state on the topic of the COVID-19 pandemic this evening at 6:05 PM. The address was carried live on this page and in other media.

The text of the Governor's speech is below, and the new Executive Order 94 is also attached below.

Good evening, Wisconsin. Governor Tony Evers here. Thank you for tuning in tonight.

I know I don’t have to tell you that this year has been one of major challenges.

Virus growth in the Chippewa Valley continues unchecked

Daily and 7-day-average positive cases
November 9, 2020

The COVID-19 situation in the Chippewa Valley is quickly growing out of control. The graph above is the number of daily COVID-19 cases since the state started tracking the pandemic. We added the orange graph over the weekend, which is the number of cases averaged over the past 7 days, which is a cleaner indication of growth because it smooths over the daily spurts.