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Wisconsin’s moratorium on utility shutoffs is set to expire on April 15, leaving an estimated 93,000 homes and 4,000 businesses statewide at risk of disconnection. The expiring moratorium offered a reprieve to struggling residents throughout much of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

What are folks behind on their payments to do now? Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service reporter Matt Martinez offers tips and resources for residents of Milwaukee and statewide. Utility officials recommend first trying to negotiate a payment plan with utility providers. If that doesn’t work, the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin might facilitate those negotiations, Martinez reports. The PSC’s consumer affairs team can be reached at 1-800-225-7729.

Wisconsinites can also apply for state energy assistance here

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Quotable

“This is not people not wanting to pay their bills. … This is people just trying to survive, and it’s set up for them to fail. This is people just trying to keep their lights on.”

Dana Kelley, health care equity co-op coordinator at Citizen Action of Wisconsin and civic engagement organizer at North Side Rising, speaking to Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service about the looming expiration of Wisconsin’s moratorium on utility shutoffs 

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 Thursday that 77.5% of Wisconsinites ages 65 and older have gotten at least one dose — as have 35% of the state’s overall population. Some 21.9% of Wisconsinites are fully vaccinated. 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 Thursday, the state DHS reported 1,046 new cases. The state also reported 14 new COVID-19 deaths, pushing the full toll to 6,667. 

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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