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Eau Claire County alert for potential COVID-19 exposure

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August 12, 2020
The Eau Claire City-County Health Department is alerting the public of potential COVID-19 exposure at The Pickle on August 5th and 6th from 11:00pm-1:30am. We recommend if you were there on the given days and times AND are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, to contact your provider to get tested. COVID-19 symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and new loss of taste or smell.

Jeff Smith - Pass the Healthcare Heroes Act

State Senator Jeff Smith
August 12, 2020

Back in April, I participated in a virtual roundtable discussion with Wisconsin’s frontline healthcare workers. Amidst the onset of the COVID-19 epidemic in Wisconsin, this group of healthcare workers shared deeply unsettling safety concerns related to the scarcity of COVID-19 testing, the lack of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and healthcare affordability.


Menomonie Special School Board Meeting to consider censure of board member

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Special Menomonie School Board Meeting

August 12, 2020

This meeting will be held at 8 AM Friday, August 14, and will be live-streamed here.

Dunn County reports Equine Encephalitis in horses

August 11, 2020

The Dunn County Health Department reports that two horses in Dunn County have
tested positive for eastern equine encephalitis (EEE), which is caused by the EEE virus. This is the first
documented EEE activity in the state this year. No EEE cases in humans have been reported in
Wisconsin thus far in 2020. Only three human cases of EEE have been reported in Wisconsin between
1964 and 2017.

Election Coverage August 2020

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August 11, 2020

We will be providing coverage of election results tonight, attempting to concentrate on results of concern to those in Western Wisconsin. 

Wisconsin COVID-19 deaths cross 1000 landmark

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August 11, 2020

Today's COVID-19 numbers reported by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services show 1006 deaths from COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic. Although the rate of deaths has varied somewhat over the last five months and for some time the rate of increase slowed, the general trend has not gotten under control throughout the entire period. Since early July, the average number of deaths and the seven-day average of new cases have been increasing.

That Gentle Reminder Once Again

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August 11, 2020

It's election time again. Since it is a primary,  people around the state will be voting for candidates in a wild variety of offices, many of them local. Local elections are at least as important as the state-wide and national ones since your local officials are often the ones that have the biggest direct effect on your life.

Menomonie School Board approves re-opening plan in heated meeting

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Menomonie School Board Regular Meeting 8/10/2020

August 11, 2020

After a very heated discussion that required a 15-minute suspension of the meeting, the Menomonie School Board approved a re-opening plan for fall.

Milwaukee Irish Fest At Home

August 10, 2020

This summer has been one continuous story of canceled music festivals and other events, leaving concert promoters and venues struggling financially, and fans disappointed. One of the great Wisconsin festivals every year is Milwaukee Irish Fest. This year Irish Fest is going virtual, and will be starting on Thursday and running through the weekend.

Wisconsinites Encouraged To Apply For DNR Surface Water Grant Funds

August 10, 2020

MADISON, Wis. – Wisconsinites will soon have the opportunity to vie for funding to support projects that benefit lakes, rivers and wetlands. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) provides more than $6 million each year for surface water protection and restoration.

Dunn County COVID-19 update for August 7, 2020

August 7, 2020

This week's COVID-19 update  with Dunn County Health Administrator KT Gallagher.

Potential COVID-19 exposure in Eau Claire

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August 7, 2020

The Eau Claire City-County Public Health Department as issued a notice of a potential COVID-19 exposure in the city. 

The potential exposure took place at 

Sports Page Bar on Saturday, August 1st from 4:00pm -2:30am and Sunday, August 2nd from 5:00pm – 2:00am.

If you were potentially exposed to the virus and are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms it is recommended that you contact your health provider for further instructions about getting tested.

Wisconsin DHS Media Briefing for Aug. 7, 2020

COVID-19 Media Briefing - 8/07/2020

August 7, 2020

Today's briefing will start at 2 PM 


  • Deputy Secretary Julie Willems Van Dijk, Wisconsin Department of Health Services 
  • Stephanie Smiley, DHS Division of Public Health Interim Administrator 
  • Dr. Ryan Westergaard, Chief Medical Officer of the Bureau of Communicable Diseases   

What: We will explore new data elements on the DHS COVID-19 website. 

Gov. Evers Announces $32 Million to Support COVID-19 Testing at UW Campuses

August 6, 2020

MADISON — Gov. Tony Evers today announced more than $32 million in financial assistance to the University of Wisconsin (UW) System and the University of Wisconsin-Madison as they prepare to welcome students back to campus this fall.

Eau Claire County issues slightly-modified COVID order, releases joint statement, announces 4th COVID death

August 5, 2020

A joint statement was released today about the COVID-19 situation in Eau Claire County, and particularly in regard to the face-covering mandate. The document is signed by the Eau Claire Chief of Police and Sheriff, the Eau Claire City-County Health Department, the Eau Claire city manager, the Eau Claire County Administrator, and the Altoona Administrator and Chief of Police. It is supportive of the wearing of masks and makes several suggestions:

Google Forecast predicts 15,000 new COVID cases and 97 deaths in Wisconsin over the next two weeks

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August 5, 2020

A new public forecasting model developed by Google and the Harvard Global Health Institute predicts 97 deaths in Wisconsin in the next two weeks and 15,000 new COVID-19 cases.

Governor Evers announces National Guard support for elections due to lack of poll workers

Governor Tony Evers
August 5, 2020

Gov. Tony Evers announced today that the Wisconsin National Guard will assist local election officials as poll workers for the August 11, 2020, primary elections across Wisconsin.

Legislature Must Act for Unemployed

State Senator Jeff Smith
August 5, 2020

“I’ve been working my whole life, and was doing fine before COVID-19, and now suddenly, I can’t work, and can’t get unemployment. I’m scared of what life will be like in a few weeks when I run out of money for food, let alone bills,” said a man whose unemployment benefits were delayed 10 weeks.


Wisconsin Women and Voting - A 100 Year Celebration of Women’s Suffrage

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August 4, 2020

The League of Women Voters of the Greater Chippewa Valley and the Dunn County Historical Society are collaborating to present a traveling museum exhibit commemorating 100 years of Women's Suffrage in the US. Most of the LWV events have been taken on-line during the pandemic, but in this case, there is a physical exhibit to visit at the Rassbach Museum in Wakanda Park, Menomonie.