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Today we highlight the latest installment of our Outbreak Wisconsin series, a collaboration with WPR. In this segment reported by WPR’s Bridgit Bowden, University of Wisconsin-Madison third-year student Azul Kothari describes how he and others navigate the campus during the pandemic. New this semester: Required spit-based COVID-19 tests every few days. “Saliva testing is something that feels really weird to do,” Kothari said. “It’s literally the grossest thing.” In a separate story, UW-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank tells the Associated Press that a normal fall semester is possible if enough faculty, staff and students get vaccinated.
‘I’ve been very fortunate’: Living on campus, Azul Kothari hopes UW-Madison will prevent COVID-19 outbreaks with new testing protocols. — Wisconsin Watch/WPR
Blank: Normal fall semester at UW hinges on vaccinations — Associated Press
Wisconsin’s promised vaccine registry site has launched with just one vaccinator while state works out glitches — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
‘Vaccine angels’ can only do so much: US struggles to make it easier to find COVID-19 vaccination appointment — USA TODAY
Gov. Tony Evers suggests schools could start year early to help students catch up — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
‘Version of normal’ possible this summer as Dane County loosens COVID-19 pandemic restrictions — Wisconsin State Journal
Updated: Survey shows more than 7,000 MMSD elementary students will return for in-person instruction — Cap Times
Ashland schools quarantine incident sparks discrimination claims from Native American family — WPR
Beloit College lowers COVID-19 risk level as situation improves in Rock County — Beloit Daily News
Pediatricians concerned as childhood immunizations drop during pandemic —La Crosse Tribune
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Data to note
Here’s a look at the Department of Health Services’ vaccine dashboard, which showed Wednesday that 56.6% of Wisconsinites ages 65 and older have gotten at least one dose — as have 16.3% of the state’s overall population. Racial disparities persist in distributing vaccines. The shares of Black, Hispanic and Native American residents to receive a dose remain significantly below that of white residents. The disparity between Native Americans and white residents, however, has narrowed in recent weeks.
Public health officials continue to urge Wisconsinites to wear masks and practice physical distancing until vaccinations are more widely distributed.
DHS reported 18 new deaths and 539 new cases Wednesday. WisContext offers this visualization of Wisconsin COVID-19 infections and deaths. Wisconsin’s seven-day average for daily infections ticked up Wednesday after reaching its lowest point since early July.
Find a vaccine site near you
DHS has this interactive map of vaccine providers across Wisconsin. Vaccinations are generally by appointment only and it may take time to schedule appointments with providers due to limited supplies of vaccines.
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Voting deputies cleared to return to Wisconsin nursing homes — Associated Press
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