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Dunn County Health Department issues new mask advisory

Dunn County Health Administrator KT Gallagher
February 25, 2021

The Dunn County Health Department has issued a new mask advisory for the county. This is not really a change in recommendations so much as it is a reminder that despite the fact that the cases in the state and county have decreased, we are still in a pandemic and will need to remain vigilant until we reach herd immunity through vaccinations.

Gov. Evers, DHS Announce Launch of Four More Community-Based Vaccination Clinics

February 23, 2021

MADISON — Gov. Tony Evers today with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) announced the locations of four additional community-based vaccination clinics. The vaccination clinics will be located in La Crosse County, Racine County, Marathon County, with the last clinic split between Douglas and Barron County. Locations will open within the next two months.

Dunn County relaxes COVID-19 meeting recommendations

Dunn County Health Administrator KT Gallagher
February 18, 2021

Between Feb. 3 and Feb. 17 the number of new COVID-19 cases in Dunn County met the state standard for a "high" number of cases, which is a drop from the previous "very high" level.

Two additional COVID-19 variant cases in Eau Claire County

COVID virus
February 16, 2021

Two additional cases of the COVID-19 virus variant that was originally found in England have been discovered in Eau Claire. This variant, called  B.1.1.7, is considered to be more readily transmitted than the original virus, and is also possibly more deadly.

Walgreens announces vaccine availability - site promptly crashes

Walgreens site - updates in progress
February 9, 2021

The Walgreens website is now functioning and it is possible to look up the availability of appointments. In my case the site said no appointments are available currently in Menomonie.

Another update -- the site is back in "updates in progress" mode. My guess is that not a lot of appointments will be made any time soon.

Update -- the website is functioning again, but attempts to schedule an appointment are still failing.

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.  


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.

Wisconsin DHS Media Briefing for 1/21/2021

COVID-19 Media Briefing - 01/21/2021

January 21, 2021


  • 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.