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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.          

Eau Claire Library pickup scheduling now online

L.E.Phillips Library
January 20, 2021

The L. E. Phillips Public Library can now accept scheduling for their Park and Pickup system on-line.   You may now select items from the library, after which you will receive an email stating that the items are ready for pickup, which will include a link to the scheduling form on the library's website. You may pick a time to pick up your library materials there within a 50-minute window of time. 

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.

Presidential Inauguration

Joe Biden 2021 Presidential Inauguration Ceremony

January 20, 2021

Please join us in welcoming in a new administration - Thank you to C-Span for the live stream of the inauguration.

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

vaccine eligibility chart
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.

Menomonie School Board Candidate Forum 2021

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Menomonie School Board Candidate Forum

January 18, 2021

The eight candidates for the school board of the Menomonie Area have accepted an invitation from League of Woman Voters – Greater Chippewa Valley, in partnership with the Menomonie Area Chamber of Commerce, to participate in an online candidate forum on Tuesday, February 2, 7 to 9 pm.

The primary election will be February 16, where voters will vote for three candidates. The top six vote getters will go on to the general election on April 6, where the three winners will be selected.

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.

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