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Today we highlight a story profiling a Wisconsin “long-hauler” whose COVID-19 symptoms persist long after he was infected. WPR’s Rob Mentzer tells the story of Paul Mathis of Rib Mountain, Wisconsin, who was diagnosed with COVID-19 in October. Five months later, Mathis still suffers from a sudden racing heart beat, shortness of breath and a diminished sense of smell. Mathis is among a set of people — as many as one-third — who contracted the virus but who have yet to fully recover from it. This story is part of the WPR/Wisconsin Watch series Outbreak Wisconsin, a text and audio project that chronicles how the public health crisis — and the state’s response to it — has shaped residents in various ways. Hear Mathis’ story here.
Wisconsin GOP lawmakers pass bills banning COVID-19 vaccine mandates — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
MPS school board approves April reopening plan, excluding most high school students — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Beloit school board approves hybrid graduation model — Beloit Daily News
LCHD reports waste of 100 COVID-19 vaccine doses — Tomahawk Leader
Data to note
Here’s a look at the Department of Health Services’ vaccine dashboard, which showed Wednesday that 73.2% of Wisconsinites ages 65 and older have gotten at least one dose — as have 26.3% 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 below that of white residents.
Public health officials continue to urge Wisconsinites to wear masks and practice physical distancing until vaccinations are more widely distributed. On Wednesday, the state DHS reported 776 new cases and 10 new deaths, bringing the state’s death toll to 6,597.
WisContext offers this visualization.
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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