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Gov. Evers to issue new public health emergency

Governor Tony Evers

COVID-19 Media Briefing - 11/18/2020

November 18, 2020

There will be a media briefing at 1:30 today on COVID-19 with Governor Evers and others. It would not be surprising if the Governor discussed the package of bills he sent to the legislature yesterday on COVID-19. 

Who:

DWD RELEASES INFORMATION ON UNEMPLOYMENT DATA

November 17, 2020

MADISON – The Department of Workforce Development (DWD) today released unemployment data from March 15 to November 14, 2020, revealingthat 93.28% of the over 8 million weekly Unemployment Insurance claims that have been filed since March 15, 2020, have been processed.

 

COVID and the Arts - Katie Shay, Menomonie Theater Guild

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Interview with Katy Shay

November 17, 2020

Although everyone has been punched in the pocketbook by the pandemic, arts organizations have been particularly hard-hit, particularly performing artists. With most performances banned, or at least a very bad idea, many performers are hurting, and the many new virtual performance opportunities are not cutting it. 

Hobbs Ice Arena to close temporarily

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November 17, 2020

Hobbs Ice Arena in Eau Claire will be closed starting tomorrow (Wed. Nov. 18) due to a concern about the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. In a press release today:

New state records for deaths and hospitalizations from COVID

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November 17, 2020

State-wide Wisconsin is suffering badly from the pandemic. Today's numbers how a record number of hospitalizations (318) and the highest reported one-day number of deaths (92). 2274 people are currently hospitalized with the virus, with 456 people in intensive care. These are both new records.

Governor Evers and DHS Direct an Additional $80 Million to Support Skilled Nursing Facilities

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November 17, 2020

Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers and the state Department of Health Services (DHS) today have pledged an additional $80 million to support Wisconsin’s skilled nursing facilities through the end of the year. In addition, to address critical staffing shortages, DHS is partnering with the Departments of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS) and Workforce Development (DWD) to enhance existing efforts to strengthen the workforce in Wisconsin’s health care and long-term care settings.

Rapid Testing Is Less Accurate Than the Government Wants to Admit

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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

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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

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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:

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