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COVID surges as masks decline, hurting the most vulnerable

COVID surges as masks decline, hurting the most vulnerable

As COVID-19 cases rise again in Wisconsin and across the country, there are even fewer universal requirements than in the past to help protect people from contracting the novel coronavirus or spreading it to others. As a consequence, people who all along have been the most vulnerable to illness are still  at risk while they…

Marathon County anticipates rise in COVID-19 hospitalizations, recommends precautions

Marathon County anticipates rise in COVID-19 hospitalizations, recommends precautions

Damakant Jayshi The Marathon County Health Department is recommending precautions amid an uptick in COVID-19 cases and the increased likelihood of more hospitalizations related to the virus. With its new COVID-19 case rate status updated on Friday, Marathon County is back in the ‘high’ transmission category after staying at ‘medium’ or ‘low’ levels for nearly…

COVID-19 cases rise again, testing CDC’s new assessment tool

COVID-19 cases rise again, testing CDC’s new assessment tool

With another surge in COVID-19 infections, new cases and hospitalizations in seven Wisconsin counties are high enough combined that new federal guidelines call for everyone to wear masks when gathering indoors.  In those counties, “there’s enough community transmission that the number of cases is high,” said Dr. Ryan Westergaard of the Wisconsin Department of Health…

NCHC to host appreciation event for COVID-19 response efforts

NCHC to host appreciation event for COVID-19 response efforts

WAUSAU – In partnership with the Aging & Disability Resource Center of Central Wisconsin, North Central Health Care will host Wisconsin Department of Health Services Secretary Karen Timberlake and Deputy Secretary Deb Standridge for the Moving Forward Together appreciation event at 11 a.m. April 28. The event will be held at Mount View Care Center, 2400 Marshall…

COVID-19 cases rise again, tripling in the last month

COVID-19 cases rise again, tripling in the last month

A new COVID-19 surge is underway in Wisconsin, with the average number of new cases per day now three times what it was a month ago. So far, however, hospitalizations have remained low in the aftermath of a massive spike at the beginning of 2022. According to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS), as…

Report ties COVID-19 deaths to poverty, systemic policy failures

Report ties COVID-19 deaths to poverty, systemic policy failures

People who lived in the nation’s poorest counties have died from COVID-19 at nearly twice the rate of people in wealthier counties, according to a new report released Monday. And death rates in poor counties compared to those in wealthy ones grew even more sharply over the last year, in a series of successive COVID…

UW-Stevens Point community COVID-19 testing reduced

UW-Stevens Point community COVID-19 testing reduced

Community COVID-19 testing at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point is being reduced at the Stevens Point campus and will end after March 31 in Wausau and Marshfield. In Stevens Point, tests are in Science Building, Room C124, 2001 Fourth Ave., as follows: Through April 1 – Tests are offered Mondays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 8…

DHS: Wastewater shows COVID increase, but significance not yet certain

DHS: Wastewater shows COVID increase, but significance not yet certain

by Erik Gunn, Wisconsin Examiner March 16, 2022 Concentrations of the virus responsible for COVID-19 in wastewater in some Wisconsin cities have been increasing, state health officials confirmed Tuesday, but the significance of that development isn’t clear. Wastewater virus testing “has been shown to be a leading indicator of cases,” according Elizabeth Goodsitt, a spokeswoman…

Wausau School District eliminates COVID protocols

Wausau School District eliminates COVID protocols

Damakant Jayshi Wausau schools will do away with all COVID-19 protocols and return to pre-pandemic procedures – effective immediately – after a vote Monday by the Board of Education. Before the meeting, district officials issued a statement saying they would do away with the district’s COVID-19 matrices and dashboard if the Board approved the measure,…

Wisconsin child dies of rare condition linked to COVID-19

Wisconsin child dies of rare condition linked to COVID-19

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Wisconsin child has died of a rare condition linked to COVID-19. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Friday the child is the first in the state to die of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome. State health officials said the child died sometime within the last month. The child was under 10 years old and…

As deadlines loom, thousands of nursing home workers remain unvaccinated

As deadlines loom, thousands of nursing home workers remain unvaccinated

By Shereen Siewert With weeks remaining until federal deadlines to vaccinate all health care workers against COVID-19, the most recent federal data show that many nursing homes have a long way to go, including several facilities in the Wausau area. In January, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the mandate covering 76,000 health care facilities that…

State medical officer: COVID could become endemic in 2022

State medical officer: COVID could become endemic in 2022

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — COVID-19 could become endemic by the end of the year, Wisconsin’s top medical officer said Thursday. Department of Health Services Chief Medical Officer Dr. Ryan Westergaard still warned that case counts could periodically spike but the disease likely will reach a stage in 2022 where case numbers remain fairly constant. Westergaard’s…

EXPLAINER: COVID vaccines for kids under 5: What’s next?

EXPLAINER: COVID vaccines for kids under 5: What’s next?

By LAURAN NEERGAARD AP Medical Writer Parents who thought their children under 5 would have to wait several more months for COVID-19 vaccinations instead just might get them as early as March. Here’s what needs to happen first, and some things to expect if they do become available in the U.S. GOVERNMENT REVIEW Pfizer has…

Novavax submits vaccine for FDA emergency use authorization

Novavax submits vaccine for FDA emergency use authorization

Damakant Jayshi After months of delay, drugmaker Novavax submitted its request to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to grant its COVID-19 vaccine an emergency use authorization (EUA), the biotechnical company said in a statement on Monday. “The request for EUA is based on the totality of pre-clinical, clinical and manufacturing-related (CMC) data provided to…

Experts swat rumors about COVID-19 vaccine impact on fertility

Experts swat rumors about COVID-19 vaccine impact on fertility

Damakant Jayshi Epidemiology experts are refuting rumors that children receiving COVID-19 vaccines could suffer harmful side effects, including fertility issues that could plague them as adults. Dr. Katelyn Jetelina, Assistant Professor at University of Texas Health, spoke out about the issue in her newsletter this week. She referred to two new, large studies that debunk…