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

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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

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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.

Eau Claire City and County approve mask ordinance

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February 2, 2021

Update -- After a long hearing in which 16 people spoke against the new mask ordinance and 10 spoke against it, the Eau Claire City Council approved the mask ordinance 13-0. 3,195 people responded to a survey put out by the city recently and of those respondents 59% favored the mask mandate and 41% asked to not have it implemented.

DHS Vaccine Q&A for 2/2/2021

COVID-19 Media Briefing - 02/02/2021

February 2, 2021

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, February 2, 2021 at 1:30 p.m.              

Dunn County COVID-19 status update for 1/22/2021

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January 23, 2021

As usual, Dunn County Health Administrator KT Gallagher brings you the latest numbers and answers your questions.

There have been 3,876 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Dunn County, and 169 of those are currently active. There have been 26 deaths in the county, and 10 people are currently in the hospital. 

First mobile vaccination teams assisting Wisconsin communities

National Guard Vaccination Site
January 22, 2021

The state’s first mobile vaccination teams began operations this week to assist local health department efforts to administer COVID-19 vaccines across Wisconsin.

The teams, which represent a joint effort of state resources and are made up of Citizen Soldiers and Airmen from the Wisconsin National Guard and vaccinators from the University of Wisconsin system, piloted the program Jan. 19 in Greendale.

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.

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