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Wisconsin DHS COVID-19 briefing for July 7, 2020 and state-wide PPE distribution

COVID-19 Media Briefing - 7/07/2020

July 7, 2020

This is the first state-wide COVID-19 briefing since 6/23/2020. We expect that there will be discussion today about the increasing levels of coronavirus infection in the state and how that will be addressed.

Jeff Smith - Student Debt and our Future

Senator Jeff Smith
July 7, 2020

Most of us have to take on some debt at some point in our lives, whether we take out loans to purchase a car or to help us become homeowners.  Oftentimes, people borrow with clear expectations, understanding the whole process. Student loans are different and for many reasons.

 

Staying Chill When the Heat is High

July 6, 2020

Water, planning, and rest are the keys to successful outdoor activities when the heat is high. The plan for extreme heat must include taking along enough water for the activity or having infallible means of procuring more water, planned cooling off time, and plans for keeping hydrated. Water can be carried in old fashioned canteens like my well worn one on the left, water bottles, or hydration packs. The most important aspect of the plan is following it.

Eau Claire School Board 7/6/2020

Eau Claire School Board Meeting - July 6, 2020

July 6, 2020

Tonight's board agenda:

 

Menomonie City Council denies 3 event permits, approves one other

Menomonie, WICity Council Meeting 7/6/2020

July 6, 2020

Please excuse the sound quality on this recording. It is a continuing difficulty because the council is holding these meetings as a hybrid of a live meeting and sending it out on Zoom. Therefore there is echo very often due to sound from the PA system in the room bleeding through to the laptops.

Tonight's city council meeting will involve the following new business:

Wisconsin COVID-19 numbers rapidly deteriorating

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July 5, 2020

Wisconsin's coronavirus infection numbers have changed alarmingly over the past week, showing a severe increase, particularly in the last two days. Though it is hard to draw a lot of conclusions from a day or two of numbers, we're currently seeing a trend that is disturbing.

Where did Channel 13 go?

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July 3, 2020

If you watch WEAU, Channel 13 on an antenna (as opposed to cable or an over-the-top provider) you may have found that Channel 13 disappeared this afternoon. Many TV stations are changing frequency due to an FCC auction of frequencies. Channel 13 changed frequencies at 2 PM today. If you are not getting Channel 13 you will need to re-scan on your television sets to continue to receive the channel.

Have a great holiday weekend - but stay safe

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July 3, 2020

It's Fourth of July weekend in Wisconsin. It's normally a time for outdoors, fireworks, fun, and crowds. But not so much this year. Lots of activities are being scaled back, but many of you are going to want to go out and have a normal 4th. I get it. 

Westbound 94 closed at Menomonie

July 2, 2020

Update --- the road is patched and traffic is again normal. It's always amazing what a snarl these highway closures cause in Menomonie.

Frac sand supplier Covia files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

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July 1, 2020

Frac sand supplier Covia has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. In Wisconsin, Covia has facilities in Columbia, Dunn, Monroe, Pierce and Waupaca counties, including the only frac sand mine in Dunn. Covia has entered into a cost-reduction agreement with its secured creditors, and intends to reduce costs by $1 billion. Covia owns 32 mines, and is a result of the merger of Unimin and Fairmont Santrol.

Jeff Smith - Patriotism: Protecting the health of Americans

Senator Jeff Smith
July 1, 2020

As we move through a year that has already been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, we think ahead to when we can resume normal activities, be part of community gatherings and celebrate holidays, like Independence Day.

 

Independence Day invokes strong feelings about patriotism and freedom. Many Americans use this time of year to celebrate the holiday and express these feelings, whether it’s in the form of yard displays, fireworks or even red, white and blue clothing.

Dane County order closes bars, limits restaurants

Madison, WI
July 1, 2020

After a week of quickly-increasing COVID-19 cases in young people, and 21% of the cases stemming from bars, the Madison and Dane County Health Department this morning ordered a reduction in capacity for restaurants and the shuttering of all bars for any non-takeout service.

Matt Rothschild - Cynical Appeals Court Helps Wisconsin GOP

Matt Rothschild
June 30, 2020

The outrageous decision by the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago to limit early voting in Wisconsin was a gift to Wisconsin Republicans.

The three-judge panel – all appointed by Republicans – overturned the decision by Judge James Peterson of Madison, who had ruled that parts of the Voter ID law limiting early voting were unconstitutional because they were aimed at reducing African American turnout.

League of Women Voters files suit on failure of absentee ballot system

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June 30, 2020

[MADISON, Wis.] – Despite the heroic efforts of municipal clerks preparing and mailing out an unprecedented number of absentee ballots in Wisconsin’s April 7 election (more than 1.2 million ballot requests were made), the system experienced a catastrophic failure as numerous ballots were never delivered to voters who requested them or arrived too late for voters to cast them.

Here Comes The Rain Again

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June 29, 2020

Apologies to the Eurythmics. But you will notice the big red banner at the top of the site is telling you we are under a flash flood warning. They mean it. People in the area are reporting various amounts of rainfall from 5-8 inches since this started last night, and it's still coming down hard here outside of Downsville. The farm rain gauge broke the other day so I do not know what we have received here, but it's a lot of rain.

Museums preserve clues that can help scientists predict and analyze future pandemics

June 27, 2020
Specimens like these at Dublin’s Natural History Museum contain valuable information about the evolution of pathogens and host organisms.

Dunn County COVID-19 Update for 6/26/2020

Status Update
June 26, 2020
Dunn County COVID-19 Weekly Update

Thanks for your patience! Here is the weekly COVID-19 update with Dunn County Health Department Director, KT Gallagher.

Still more possible contact risks in Eau Claire

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June 26, 2020

For the third day in a row the Eau Claire City-County Health Department is reporting possible contact risks in Eau Claire, again involving bars on Water St. Today's report is another contact possibility at The Pickle (at a different time) and a potential risk of exposure at Brother's. Anyone who was attending these businesses during the listed hours and are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should contact their health provider.

Interview with Dr. Mark Neumann

Mark Neumann

An interview with Mark Neumann

June 25, 2020

We recently interviewed Dr. Mark Neuman, congressional 3rd CD Democratic Candidate. Neuman is running against Ron Kind in the August primary. You may also listen to this interview .

Eau Claire reports potential new COVID-19 exposures

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June 25, 2020

The Eau Claire City-County Health Department has reported two new cases of potential COVID-19 exposure. Anyone who was at these establishments on the given days and times AND are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should contact their provider to get tested. Both establishments are cooperating with the public health investigations. 

Times and places of potential exposure include:

• The Pickle on June 19 from 10:30 PM – 12:00 AM and June 20 from 11:30 PM -1:30 AM

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