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H2N to provide vaccination clinic at Wausau’s first Juneteenth Celebration

The Hmong and Hispanic Communication Network (H2N) is partnering with Wausau’s Juneteenth Celebration to provide a free COVID-19 vaccine clinic. The Juneteenth event will take place June 19, 2021, at the Whitewater Music Hall from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. The free vaccine clinic will be open from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. and is […]

Aspirus Health to hold vaccination clinic at Concerts on the Square

WAUSAU–  Aspirus Health is bringing the COVID-19 vaccine directly to the people on the street. The health care system began offering a COVID-19 vaccination clinic at Wausau Event’s first 2021 Concert on the Square series on June 16 and plans to hold the clinic at each of the subsequent concerts this summer. Aspirus can offer either the […]

UW-Stevens Point COVID testing location to change

STEVENS POINT – Free rapid-results COVID-19 tests, available to community members at all three University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point campuses this summer, will be held in a new location on the Stevens Point campus. Starting June 21, BinaxNow antigen testing will be offered in the Multi-Activity Center in Marshfield Clinic Health Systems Champions Hall, 2050 Fourth […]

Community COVID vaccination clinic to begin cutting back hours

WAUSAU – Starting the week of June 14, the COVID-19 Community Vaccination Clinic at Northcentral Technical College in Wausau will begin reducing clinic vaccination days and hours to accommodate the timeframes of highest demand. This gradual transition will prepare the clinic for closure in July, with a specific closing date to be announced. The clinic […]

Doctor on call? Lawmakers debate how much to pay for phone appointments

By Rachel Bluth It took covid-19 to give millions of Americans the option of telling their doctor about their aches and pains by phone. But now that more doctors and patients are returning to in-person appointments, policymakers across the country are divided over how much taxpayer money to keep spending on phone appointments. Although they […]

UW-Stevens Point campuses open to public with updated policies

As the University of Wisconsin -Stevens Point transitions to a more familiar campus experience, its campuses are open to the public this summer and various aspects of campus are changing. As of June 7, UW-Stevens Point no longer requires face coverings for those who are fully vaccinated. The decision from Chancellor Thomas Gibson is based on […]

Spreading vaccine fears – and cashing in

By Liz Essley Whyte | The Center for Public Integrity Heather Simpson never thought to question vaccines. Her parents vaccinated her when she was a child, and she got tetanus and flu shots as an adult. But when she and her husband were thinking about starting a family, she saw an ad for the documentary […]

New CDC study continues to show COVID-19 mRNA vaccines effectiveness

MARSHFIELD – A follow-up analysis of the COVID-19 mRNA vaccines showed they continue to be highly effective, and vaccinated people who did get COVID-19 had less detectable virus and were sick for a significantly shorter time with significantly reduced symptoms. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-led study pre-printed in MedRxiv and due for publication in the […]

Your letters: Create vaccination centers where the kids are – school

Dear editor, How is Wausau, the Wausau School District, Wausau’s Public Health and Safety Committee, and the Marathon County Health Department preparing for the return of kids to the classroom in the fall in terms of mitigating the spread of COVID, particularly kids from homes of poor and working class families? Sick kids create stress […]

I’m fully vaccinated but feel sick – should I get tested for COVID-19?

Arif R. Sarwari, West Virginia University Imagine last night you developed a little runny nose and a sore throat. When you woke up this morning you started coughing and had a fever. In the past year, your mind would have immediately jumped to COVID-19. But if you are already fully vaccinated, you might wonder: Should […]

More than 1,000 nursing, pharmacy students receive tuition credit for providing vaccinations during pandemic

MADISON — More than 1,000 nursing and pharmacy students across the University of Wisconsin System have provided COVID-19 vaccinations and earned a $500 tuition credit while also receiving valuable work experience, UW System President Tommy Thompson announced recently. Thompson also reiterated that the UW System is offering a second vaccination credit opportunity throughout the summer, […]

COVID-19 hospitalizations at their lowest level in Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Hospitalizations due to the COVID-19 virus are at their lowest recorded levels in Wisconsin, a 92% drop from the peak less than seven months ago. The Wisconsin Hospital Association said that as of Monday, there were 186 people reported as hospitalized statewide due to the virus. The previous low was 192 […]

Pandemic leads doctors to rethink unnecessary treatment

Bruce Alpert Covid-19 is opening the door for researchers to address a problem that has vexed the medical community for decades: the overtreatment and unnecessary treatment of patients. On one hand, the pandemic caused major health setbacks for non-covid patients who were forced to, or chose to, avoid tests and treatments for various illnesses. On […]

Corporations encourage employee vaccinations but stop short of mandates

Anna Almendrala Many of the companies with the largest number of employees say they’ll do almost anything to encourage their employees to get vaccinated. But a survey of some of them found that none would be inclined to mandate shots as a condition for holding a job. Almost all 15 companies surveyed — among the […]

COVID-19 deaths surpass 7,000 in Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The number of COVID-19 deaths has now surpassed 7,000 in Wisconsin, but data that shows the number of coronavirus cases declining and more people being vaccinated offered some hope in the yearlong pandemic. The state Department of Health on Wednesday reported five new deaths and 330 new cases of COVID-19, which […]