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The Wisconsin State Journal’s Chris Rickert reports on the Wisconsin Supreme Court’s decision Friday that overturned a Dane County health order that closed schools to contain the spread of COVID-19. Writes Rickert: “The 4-3 decision — with all four of the court’s conservatives in the majority — comes with the school year essentially over and as rising vaccination rates appear to have the virus in retreat. The court in September had also placed a temporary hold on the order, meaning schools were free to conduct in-person classes for almost the entire 2020-21 school year, as many religious schools did.” The county’s top health official warned the ruling could make it difficult to contain future infectious disease outbreaks in Wisconsin schools. The head of the conservative legal group that sued called the order an abuse of power.
Wisconsin Supreme Court strikes down Dane County health department order to close schools — Wisconsin State Journal
732 more Northland teens get COVID-19 vaccine — Superior Telegram
Madison School District announces fully in-person return for next school year — Wisconsin State Journal
Vaccine champions work to educate community — Journal Times
Deadline approaching for pandemic insurance relief for some farmers, agency says — La Crosse Tribune
COVID cases remain low as restrictions ease — Beloit Daily News
Data to note
Here’s a look at the Department of Health Services’ vaccine dashboard, which showed Friday that 48.9% of Wisconsinites have received at least one vaccine dose, including 83.8% of those ages 65 and older. Meanwhile, 43.8% of Wisconsinites are fully vaccinated, including 80% 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 Friday, the state DHS reported a seven-day average of 113 new daily infections, continuing a long-term downward trend in new cases. The state also reported six new COVID-19 deaths, bringing the full toll to 7,206.
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.
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