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Community COVID-19 testing extended at UW-Stevens Point campuses

Free rapid-results COVID-19 tests will continue to be available to community members at all three University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point campuses through mid-May. UW System will continue to partner with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to provide Abbott BinaxNOW tests and associated confirmatory PCR tests for use across Wisconsin in the coming weeks. […]

Calls mount for Biden to track U.S. health care worker deaths from COVID

Ed Pilkington, The Guardian Calls are mounting for the Biden administration to set up a national tracking system of covid-19 deaths among front-line health care workers to honor the thousands of nurses, doctors and support staffers who have died and ensure that future generations are not forced to make the same ultimate — and, in […]

Ascension COVID-19 Vaccination appointments open to public

Ascension Wisconsin is now vaccinating any eligible person, regardless of health system affiliation, Ascension announced this week. The website to self-schedule is open to the public for those age 18 and older. Sixteen- and 17-year-olds can schedule directly through an Ascension Medical Group Wisconsin provider. To schedule an appointment, visit http://ascn.io/6188HaTLi.  Appointments are scheduled in advance. […]

DHS releases new COVID-19 variant trackers

With new variants spreading in Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services released today a new data table that shows SARS-CoV-2 variant proportions by Health Care Emergency Readiness Coalition (HERC) region. The variants page now also includes information on two additional variant strains of SARS-CoV-2, variants B.1.427 and B.1.429. DHS first identified these variants in Wisconsin […]

Wisconsin records highest number of virus cases in 2 months

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin recorded the highest number of new COVID-19 cases in two months on Thursday, leading to new warnings from state health officials about the growing spread of more contagious variants and a renewed call for everyone to be vaccinated as soon as possible. The seven-day average of new cases was twice […]

UW students who get vaccinated won’t be tested for virus

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — University of Wisconsin students who get vaccinated for COVID-19 will no longer have to be tested weekly for the virus under a policy change that interim President Tommy Thompson on Wednesday called an incentive to bolster vaccination rates on campus. “It’s a way for us to reward students who want to […]

Walgreens adjusts second Pfizer COVID dose per CDC guidance

By Shereen Siewert Walgreens pharmacies, which had been scheduling customers’ Pfizer doses 28 days apart instead of the CDC-recommended 21 days, will now shift second doses for customers, company officials confirmed Wednesday. The New York Times reported Monday that the doses were scheduled four weeks apart to make scheduling appointments easier. But as the Times […]

Portage County to issue face-covering order

Portage County officials plan to issue a face-covering order for the county in the coming days after the Wisconsin Supreme Court on March 31 struck down Gov. Tony Evers face mask mandate. Portage County officials say they have been watching this situation closely. The Supreme Court acknowledged that its ruling only decided the scope of […]

‘We’re not given the option to get vaccinated’: Advocates work to narrow racial and ethnic disparities in Wisconsin

By Bram Sable-SmithWPR/Wisconsin Watch Barbara felt ecstatic in January when a Wisconsin Department of Health Services letter confirmed that she and her parents were eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations.  The 28-year-old education student lives with her parents in Milwaukee. All three share caretaking duties for Barbara’s young child, who is on the autism spectrum. That unpaid […]

Fully vaccinated can travel again, says new CDC guidance

NEW YORK (AP) — Add travel to the activities vaccinated Americans can enjoy again, according to new U.S. guidance issued Friday. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its guidance to say fully vaccinated people can travel within the U.S. without getting tested for the coronavirus or going into quarantine afterward. Previously, the agency […]

Marshfield Clinic Research Institute primary lab in COVID-19 vaccine study

MARSHFIELD – Marshfield Clinic Research Institute, the research division of Marshfield Clinic Health System, was the sole reference laboratory in the nation to support the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-led study on COVID-19 vaccine effectiveness released March 29. The research revealed mRNA vaccines to be 90 percent effective after the second dose against SARS-CoV-2, […]

Marathon Co. issues mask advisory

By Shereen Siewert The Marathon County Health Department on Thursday issued a mask advisory urging residents to wear face coverings to slow the spread of COVID-19. The advisory, which does not carry any enforcement action, was issued on the heels of a March 31 Wisconsin Supreme Court decision that struck down Gov. Tony Evers’ mask […]

What COVID-19 vaccine side effects might I expect?

Matthew Woodruff, Emory University Takeaways You might experience redness and soreness in the arm where you got the shot, tiredness, muscle aches, chills and nausea, but these symptoms won’t last long. You will be monitored for 15-30 minutes after you get your shot for more serious side effects, which are rare. Side effects do not […]

UW System extends tuition credit to students working at COVID vaccination sites

MADISON — The $500 tuition credit for eligible UW System nursing and pharmacy students working at COVID-19 vaccination sites is extended to May 22, the University of Wisconsin System announced this week. The credit had been set to expire on March 31.  Students also will be eligible for a new summer $500 tuition credit for […]

JUST IN: Wisconsin Supreme Court strikes down mask mandate

By Shereen Siewert Wisconsin’s mask mandate was struck down Wednesday by the Wisconsin Supreme Court, which ruled that Gov. Tony Evers exceeded his authority by issuing the order. Local ordinances in many counties and communities remain in place. Wausau does not have an ordinance, but council members last week approved extending a mask resolution that […]