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On Thursday, federal health officials announced that fully vaccinated people could largely put away their masks and dispense with social distancing — indoors and out. But Dane County and Milwaukee both announced their mask orders remains in place for now. And large swaths of the U.S. population still are not vaccinated, including children ages 12 to 15 who are newly eligible to receive the shot. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Amy Schwabe reports that pediatricians could be the next weapon in the war against the pandemic. “Pediatricians have more experience than other doctors in talking to people who have questions about what goes into their bodies or their children’s bodies, particularly vaccines,” Schwabe writes. “And they are often trusted resources for parents, comfortable in sharing their expertise in an effective manner.”

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Stephen Perkins and Lillian Sizemore pull their masks down to drink beer at the Biergarten at Olbrich Park April 30. People who are fully vaccinated — those who are two weeks past their second dose of either Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine or the one-dose Johnson & Johnson shot — can stop wearing masks in most indoor and outdoor settings, according to new CDC guidance. Ruthie Hauge / Cap Times

Dane County mask order remains in effect as officials review new CDC guidance — Cap Times

CDC: Fully vaccinated people can largely ditch masks indoors — Associated Press

City of Milwaukee lifting limits on gatherings and occupancies June 15, will still enforce indoor mask-wearing — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Pediatricians deal with vaccine hesitancy all the time. Here’s how they are talking to parents about the COVID vaccine. — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Vaccinations of 12- to 15-year-olds begins in Wisconsin — Associated Press

COVID-19 vaccination extended to more youth in Wisconsin as Gov. Tony Evers mulls vaccine incentives — Wisconsin State Journal

Area health groups begin offering child Pfizer vaccines immediately — WAOW

Evers: Small businesses will remain a priority for federal COVID-19 aid, despite funding cut — WPR

Animal shelters see slight uptick in rehoming of pets — WBAY

Maple School Board removes quarantine requirement for in-school close contacts — Superior Telegram

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“Anyone who is fully vaccinated can participate in indoor and outdoor activities – large or small — without wearing a mask or physically distancing. If you are fully vaccinated, you can start doing the things that you had stopped doing because of the pandemic.”

Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Protection.

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 44.8% of Wisconsinites have received at least one vaccine dose, including 82.6% of those ages 65 and older. Meanwhile, 38.5% of Wisconsinites are fully vaccinated, including 77.6% 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. 

On Thursday, the state DHS reported a seven-day average of 465 new daily infections. The state also reported 18 new COVID-19 deaths, for a full toll of 6,953. 

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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Gifford student wins national SC Johnson hand sanitizer design contest — Journal Times

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