Erin Williams, left, and Dorothy McCollum, right, with a photo of Charles Sheppard, a Navy veteran who helped homeless veterans with his work at the VA. Angela Major / WPR
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Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers on Friday criticized the Trump administration for shrinking the state’s next shipment of the new Pfizer coronavirus vaccine — urging the federal government to expedite shipments to Wisconsin and improve communication.

The state learned it would receive just 35,100 doses of the vaccine next week, fewer than expected after this week’s 49,725 doses. States so far have not learned of their next allocations until days before shipping, Evers said, creating logistical headaches.

“This is unacceptable. Wisconsin citizens deserve the vaccine the federal government promised,” Evers said in a statement. “Our healthcare workers and long-term care residents need this vaccine that is ready and available. We call on the federal government to send us more vaccine without delay.”

Mitchell Schmidt has the full story for the Wisconsin State Journal. 

The Department of Health Services on Friday reported 60 new deaths linked to the virus, pushing Wisconsin’s pandemic death toll to 4,315.

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Erin Williams, left, and Dorothy McCollum, right, with a photo of Charles Sheppard, a Navy veteran who helped homeless veterans with his work at the VA. Angela Major / WPR

Gov. Tony Evers calls smaller shipment of COVID-19 vaccines next week ‘unacceptable’ — Wisconsin State Journal 

8 nuns die of COVID-19 in last week at Wisconsin convent — Associated Press 

Charles Sheppard, who helped hundreds of homeless vets in Milwaukee, dies of COVID-19 at 61 — WPR 

Wisconsin health care officials urge patience as COVID-19 vaccine rollout slow — Wisconsin State Journal 

Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson blocks proposal to provide $1,200 coronavirus relief checks — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 

The pace of a pandemic meets the speed of science as Wisconsin takes on COVID-19 — PBS Wisconsin

Appleton resident in their 30s dies of COVID-19 — Appleton Post-Crescent 

Many rural hospitals in the dark, waiting for approval to start receiving COVID vaccines — WKOW

U.S. awaits word on 2nd vaccine as COVID-19 outbreak worsens — Associated Press 

State to introduce phone app to assist with COVID-19 contact tracing — WXPR

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Gina Mahnke of Greendale, who expects to be evicted after a U.S. Centers for Disease Control moratorium expires on Dec. 31, as quoted by WPR

Data to note

WisContext offers these visualizations of Wisconsin COVID-19 infections, hospitalizations and deaths. New documented COVID-19 infections have continued to decline from a pre-Thanksgiving peak. The state is also seeing fewer COVID-19 patients hospitalized since mid-November, although daily totals are still hovering above levels from before November’s surge.

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