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COVID-19 infections causing health care worker shortages

By KATHERYN HOUGHTON Kaiser Health News COVID-19 cases are surging in rural places across the Mountain States and Midwest, and when it hits health care workers, ready reinforcements aren’t easy to find. In Montana, pandemic-induced staffing shortages have shuttered a clinic in the state’s capital, led a northwestern regional hospital to ask employees exposed to […]

Letters: We deserve more from county, local officials to combat COVID-19

Dear editor, Yesterday, the United States had the largest number of positive Covid-19 cases since the pandemic began. Wisconsin and Marathon County continue to set records for positive cases and the number of hospitalizations and deaths.  Over 220,000 Americans have died as a result of Covid-19 so far. Where is the leadership from our elected […]

Appeals court stays Wisconsin limits on gatherings

By TODD RICHMOND Associated Press MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin appeals court on Friday temporarily blocked Gov. Tony Evers’ restrictions on indoor public gatherings pending appeal, dealing the Democratic governor a setback in his efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The ruling from the 3rd District Court of Appeals follows Evers’ administration […]

Sick of COVID-19? Here’s why you might have pandemic fatigue

Jay Maddock, Texas A&M University As the pandemic drags on, following COVID-19 prevention guidelines can feel like more and more of a challenge. This kind of fatigue is not unique to pandemic precautions like sticking with social distancing, masking up and keeping your hands washed. With all kinds of health-related behavior changes – including increasing […]

UW study: High school sports have not spread the coronavirus

By TODD RICHMOND Associated Press MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A new study from the University of Wisconsin-Madison suggests that the state’s high school sports have not caused an increase in COVID-19 infections among athletes. The UW School of Medicine and Public Health released the study Thursday. Researchers led by Dr. Andrew Watson surveyed 207 schools […]

‘Route 51’ revisits COVID-19

WAUSAU – Since a forced pivot to virtual education in the spring of 2020, Wisconsin schools have adopted a patchwork of responses to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. At 10 a.m. today, Oct. 23, Wisconsin Public Radio’s “Route 51” takes a look at the ever-changing educational landscape, both statewide and in local districts.  Host Shereen Siewert welcomes Janice Mertes from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, […]

Evers could extend mask order as case surge continues

By Shereen Siewert Gov. Tony Evers on Thursday told reporters extending the state’s mask mandate past the Nov. 21 expiration date if the coronavirus pandemic continues to rage out of control in Wisconsin. “We’re keeping a close eye on it,” Evers said. “Anything is on the table. The mandate has prompted several lawsuits, but to […]

Wisconsin schools ‘whipsawing’ as COVID-19 hits rural districts

By Peter Cameron For Wisconsin Watch For the first month of the school year, the Millar children of rural Blue Mounds, Wisconsin, stayed home. “It wasn’t very much fun,” the oldest, 10-year-old Adara Millar, said of her virtual learning. “You’re looking at a computer screen for six and a half hours.” To break up the […]

COVID-19 concerns scuttle Wausau East football season

Wausau Pilot & Review The Wausau School District will shut down the Wausau East varsity football program for the remainder of the season, citing concerns over COVID-19 and a lack of available players. “Wausau East High School is suspending Varsity football for the remainder of the 2020 season due to a reduction in the number […]

7 tips for staying safe as COVID-19 cases rise and colder weather heightens the risk

Melissa Burdi, Purdue University As temperatures fall, people are spending more time indoors. That heightens the risk of the coronavirus spreading, but there are some simple steps you can take to help protect yourself and everyone around you. It’s easy to get tired of wearing masks and practicing social distancing. There has even been some […]

JUST IN: Judge puts Wisconsin capacity limit order back into effect

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin judge on Monday reimposed an order from Gov. Tony Evers’ administration limiting the number of people who can gather in bars, restaurants and other indoor places to 25% of capacity. The capacity limits order was issued Oct. 6 by Andrea Palm, secretary of the state Department of Health Services, […]

Your letters: Wausau School District uses poor judgement in opening in-person classrooms

Dear editor, On Nov. 2, Wausau school students will be heading back into the classroom wearing masks and social distancing. On Oct. 15, Wisconsinites set another record with 3,747 new Covid-19 cases. Meanwhile, Wisconsin hospitals have 84 percent of the beds in use, according to the DHS on Oct. 15, 2020. In north central Wisconsin, […]

Sleepless Nights, Hair Loss and Cracked Teeth: Pandemic Stress Takes Its Toll

Aneri Pattani In late March, shortly after New York state closed nonessential businesses and asked people to stay home, Ashley Laderer began waking each morning with a throbbing headache. “The pressure was so intense it felt like my head was going to explode,” recalled the 27-year-old freelance writer from Long Island. She tried spending less […]

Free COVID-19 testing on Tuesdays in Wausau with Wis. National Guard

WAUSAU – Marathon County Health Department will will host free COVID-19 testing weekly on Tuesdays with the aid of the Wisconsin National Guard. The event will provide drive-through COVID-19 nasal swab testing at Marathon County Emergency Management Office, 1308 West St. in Wausau (south of Marathon Park, off 17th Avenue). Non-English speaking support will be […]

Marshfield Clinic Research Institute receives $4 million for rural community COVID-19 study

MARSHFIELD – Researchers at Marshfield Clinic Research Institute recently received a $4 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to study the occurrence and impact of COVID-19 in rural communities, Marshfield Clinic announced this week. “This study will help us understand how the new coronavirus is affecting people in the Marshfield area. […]