Today we highlight a Washington Post profile of a law firm connected to the anti-vaccine movement — part of a network that has challenged coronavirus vaccine mandates nationwide, including at a Rock County, Wisconsin-owned nursing home that’s now weighing whether to lift the mandate.
Wisconsin was already struggling to address homelessness before the COVID-19 pandemic, and the public health crisis only worsened the challenge. Now, advocates are calling for lawmakers to invest in solutions, according to the Cap Times.
“But it appears the widespread action and funding commitments advocates are hoping for won’t be found in Wisconsin’s next budget,” Briana Reilly reports. “Republican lawmakers on the Legislature’s powerful Joint Finance Committee last week opted to increase funding for a housing assistance program by $1.2 million over the next two years — a fraction of the tens of millions of dollars in funding Gov. Tony Evers sought for affordable housing and aid for the homeless.”
COVID-19 infections and deaths in Wisconsin continue to ebb as more residents get vaccinated, but the state may not reach herd immunity until fall — rather than this summer, a top state health leader told the Associated Press. Department of Health Services Deputy Secretary Julie Willems Van Dijk earlier this spring said that Wisconsin could vaccinate […]
The Journal Times reports that the vaccination rate in the Racine Police Department is 51% — much lower than the overall 66% rate among city employees. Reporters Dee Hölzel and Adam Rogan found that nationally, COVID-19 has been the biggest cause of on-duty deaths of police officers in 2020 and 2021.
As life begins to return to normal for many Wisconsinites, negative effects of the pandemic linger. Health care workers who witnessed thousands of their fellow residents suffer and die from COVID-19 are now struggling with the trauma of that experience, writes Madeline Heim of the Appleton Post-Crescent.
As communities across Wisconsin lift their pandemic orders, David Wahlberg of the Wisconsin State Journal reports on a fully vaccinated 75-year-old Madison woman with underlying health conditions who has died from COVID-19.
A team of scientists found little evidence that outbreaks in two University of Wisconsin-Madison dorms fueled further spread of COVID-19 into the community, Kelly Meyerhofer of the Wisconsin State Journal found.
Communities across Wisconsin are re-evaluating public health orders after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended Thursday that fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear masks inside or out, or to distance themselves from others.
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 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.
As new COVID-19 cases decline and vaccination rates slowly rise, major institutions in Wisconsin are welcoming people back — but with conditions. Lawrence University plans to require students to be vaccinated, reports Kelly Meyerhofer of the Wisconsin State Journal.
Molly Beck of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that the leader of the state Assembly in early April rejected an immunocompromised lawmaker’s request to work virtually, responding that COVID-19 is not airborne — contradicting scientific consensus on how it can spread. Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, R-Rochester, and the Legislature’s human resources director, Amanda Jorgenson, have rejected requests from Rep. Jodi Emerson, D-Eau Claire, to participate in floor sessions and committee hearings from her office.
Wisconsin has sharply cut back its request for COVID-19 vaccine doses from the federal government, the Associated Press reports, as some counties here experience high rates of vaccine hesitancy. In Clark County, where the vaccination rate is among the lowest in Wisconsin, the head of immunization says making vaccines more convenient and providing more information to the skeptical may not lead to higher rates.