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As more Wisconsin school buildings re-open to in-person learning, the federal government is poised to send $175 million to the state pay for COVID-19 testing of teachers, students and staff, the Associated Press reports. The funding helps answer “concerns about new coronavirus variants more easily infecting people under age 16, who are not yet eligible for COVID-19 vaccines,” the AP reports. Meanwhile, the Wisconsin State Journal reports that a once-promising COVID-19 treatment is falling out of favor as clinical trials have shown little benefit to using plasma from patients who have recovered from the virus to treat new cases of infection.

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Public Health Madison and Dane County employees and members of the Wisconsin National Guard operate a drive-through testing facility for COVID-19 at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wis., on May 13, 2020. Credit: Will Cioci / Wisconsin Watch

Wisconsin schools receiving $175 million for COVID-19 tests — Associated Press

Spotlight dims on donor plasma treatment for COVID-19 — Wisconsin State Journal

Pediatricians concerned about rise in COVID-19 among kids — WPR

MPS COVID-19 testing identifies if class tests positive, not individual — WISN

Local school districts waiting for millions in COVID-19 money to help students — GazetteExtra

What to know about Wisconsin’s vaccine plan, who’s eligible and where to get it — USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin

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“That’s the concern that a lot of us have right now. We’re seeing some school districts make masking optional. We’re seeing a lot of sport and athletic events where masking and other mitigation measures are not being taken.”

Dr. Greg Demuri, UW Health pediatric infectious disease specialist, commenting to WPR about the rising number of children with serious complications from COVID-19.

Data to note

Click on the image above to see Wisconsin DHS COVID-19 vaccine data, which is updated daily.

Here’s a look at the Department of Health Services’ vaccine dashboard, which showed Wednesday that 40.7% of Wisconsinites have received at least once vaccine dose, including 79.7% of those ages 65 and older. Meanwhile, 28.8% of Wisconsinites are fully vaccinated, including 72.6% of those older than 65. 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 — particularly as more contagious virus variants spread. On Wednesday, the state DHS reported a seven-day average of 672 new cases. The state also reported three new COVID-19 deaths, pushing the full toll to 6,721. 

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. Curious about how well your county is doing on vaccinations? The Washington Post created this searchable map

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