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The New York Times reports that the United States may finally be “turning the corner” on COVID-19. The fact that some states, including Wisconsin, are seeing days with no new pandemic deaths means the coronavirus is on the run, the Times reports. “Americans have entered a new, hopeful phase of the pandemic,” the newspaper reports. But here in Wisconsin, the fight against the virus continues. In the Fox Cities, local brewers are offering free beer to people who get the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine — a “shot and a beer” — to ramp up inoculations. And in Rock County, hospitalizations for COVID-19 are the highest they have been since January. 

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Dr. Sheryl Henderson of UW Health receives her COVID-19 vaccine from athletic trainer Ashlee Smith in December. John Maniaci / UW Health

‘Turning the corner’: U.S. Covid outlook reaches most hopeful point yet — The New York Times

The CDC eviction moratorium may end. What does that mean for Wisconsin? — Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service/Wisconsin Watch

CDC says coronavirus could be under control this summer in U.S. if people get vaccinated and are careful — Washington Post

After a close vote of the Waukesha School Board, school district students and staff will no longer be required to quarantine after exposure — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

COVID-19 nearly caused UW-Madison graduate to drop out; a painful loss brought her back — Wisconsin State Journal

Fox Cities COVID-19 vaccine clinic offering shot and beer chaser — WBAY

‘It’s hard to split yourself’: Milwaukee area educators adjust to hybrid teaching — WUWM

Quotable

“Rock County hospitals would like to remind community members that although the COVID-19 vaccine is now available and some services/activities/events are resuming in the area, this pandemic is certainly not over.”

Statement from the Rock County Health Department, as quoted in the Janesville Gazette.

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 43.9% of Wisconsinites have received at least once vaccine dose, including 81.3% of those ages 65 and older. Meanwhile, 35.8% of Wisconsinites are fully vaccinated, including 76.1% 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 indoors and practice physical distancing until vaccinations are more widely distributed — particularly as more contagious virus variants spread. On Thursday, the state DHS reported a seven-day average of 606 new daily cases. The state also reported 14 new COVID-19 deaths, bringing the full toll to 6,877. 

WisContext offers this visualization:

Find a vaccine site near you

DHS and the federal government have partnered with Vaccine Finder to help Wisconsinites find vaccinations. Vaccinations are often by appointment, but providers are increasingly offering walk-in options. In addition, people seeking COVID-19 shots can text their ZIP code to 438829 to find nearby vaccine providers.  

COVID-19 fact-checking

Not sure if something you heard about COVID-19 is true? FactCheck.org offers this page full of explainers — and debunking of common distortions — about the disease to help you sort out fact from fiction. 

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Hobbies have helped Wisconsinites cope with COVID-19, including knitting and DJing polka records — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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