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Analysis: Global COVID-19 death toll is more than double official estimate — 5/7/21

A new analysis estimates that COVID-19 has killed 6.9 million people worldwide, more than twice the reported toll of 3.2 million. That includes about 905,000 Americans — higher than the official estimate of 574,000, according to the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation analysis.

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Following denials, thousands of Wisconsinites could gain eligibility for unemployment benefits — 4/29/21

The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development is encouraging nearly 28,000 people who were denied federal pandemic unemployment benefits to reapply. That’s after the U.S. Department of Labor expanded eligibility for its Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program. The agency says it is mailing notices to previously denied applicants who may be eligible for up to 79 weeks of aid payments under the expansion.

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Report: Only 0.03% of fully vaccinated Wisconsinites got ‘breakthrough’ COVID-19 infections; half report no symptoms — 4/28/21

Wisconsin has detected just 605 “breaththrough” COVID-19 infections among 1.8 million residents who are fully vaccinated, David Wahlberg of the Wisconsin State Journal reports. That infection rate of 0.03% demonstrates the staggering effectiveness of getting two injections of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines or a single Johnson & Johnson shot.

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Ron Johnson questions need for widespread vaccination — 4/23/21

Wisconsin U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson is criticizing the push to vaccinate as many U.S. residents as possible to end the deadly COVID-19 pandemic. “The science tells us the vaccines are 95% effective, so if you have a vaccine quite honestly what do you care if your neighbor has one or not?” Johnson said during an interview Thursday with Madison conservative radio talk show host Vicki McKenna, as reported by the Associated Press.

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Wisconsin, U.S. hit vaccine milestones — 4/22/21

As President Joe Biden celebrated 200 million vaccine doses administered across the United States — double the number he promised in his first 100 days in office — Wisconsin set its own milestone Thursday: 4 million shots into arms. Still, public health officials in the state have a steep climb toward achieving “herd immunity” from COVID-19. Milwaukee’s mass vaccination site at the Wisconsin Center is expected to close at the end of May after federal emergency funding for it is scheduled to end. And some regions of Wisconsin are reporting less demand for vaccinations than expected.

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Wisconsin schools get money for COVID-19 testing— 4/21/21

As more Wisconsin school buildings re-open to in-person learning, the federal government is poised to send $175 million to the state pay for COVID-19 testing of teachers, students and staff, the Associated Press reports. The funding helps answer “concerns about new coronavirus variants more easily infecting people under age 16, who are not yet eligible for COVID-19 vaccines,” the AP reports.