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State, Marathon County release latest vaccine report

By Shereen Siewert Marathon County health officials on Wednesday released their first vaccine availability status report, which shows that 5,963 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been given to county residents as of Jan. 19. The reports, issued by Public Information Officer Judy Burrows, will be issued weekly to reflect the status of vaccine delivery in […]

Assembly Republicans want public to have vaccine by March

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The COVID-19 vaccine would have to be available to the general public by mid-March, rather than June as state health officials estimate, under a bill from the Republican chairman of the Wisconsin Assembly Health Committee. The measure, up for a public hearing Wednesday, grows out of criticism from Republican lawmakers about […]

COVID vaccinations for adults 65+ through Aspirus

(NEWS RELEASE) -The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) on Tuesday announced the state will further expand its COVID-19 vaccine eligibility within Phase 1B effective Monday, January 25. Per the announcement, this means adults 65 years and older will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. Police and fire department personnel became eligible as part of […]

Everyone over 65 next in line for vaccine in Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Everyone over age 65 in Wisconsin will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine starting on Monday, a group of 700,000 people that is more expansive than originally envisioned to be next in line for the shot, the state Department of Health Services said Tuesday, . The department also cautioned that the […]

Wisconsin’s top health official departing for federal job

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin’s top health official is leaving for a job with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under President-elect Joe Biden. Andrea Palm, secretary-designee of the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, has been nominated as deputy secretary of the federal agency. “Andrea Palm is a public servant through and through […]

So you’ve tested positive. What next?

By Bram Sable-Smith WPR/Wisconsin Watch Morganne Seiner struggled to decide whether to visit her sister’s family in Marshfield, Wisconsin for Christmas. The 29-year-old Waterloo resident is five-months pregnant with her first child, a girl. She knew that traveling could put herself and the baby at risk.  On the other hand, Seiner had lived in what […]

Evers calls lack of 2nd vaccine doses ‘slap in the face’

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers blasted federal officials Friday for promising to release the remainder of their COVID-19 vaccine stockpile when it apparently was already exhausted, calling the pledge a “slap in the face.” Evers has been taking pointed criticism from Republican legislators for weeks over the slow pace of Wisconsin’s vaccine rollout. […]

Wausau mulls extending face mask requirement

By Shereen Siewert Wausau officials next week will consider extending the city’s face covering resolution, citing concerns over a new, more contagious strain of COVID-19 first detected in Wisconsin this week. Members of the council in November approved a face covering resolution to take effect when Gov. Tony Evers’ statewide mandate expires or if the […]

5 Reasons to Wear a Mask Even After You’re Vaccinated

Liz Szabo, Kaiser Health News January 15, 2021 As an emergency physician, Dr. Eugenia South was in the first group of people to receive a covid vaccine. She received her second dose last week — even before President-elect Joe Biden. Yet South said she’s in no rush to throw away her face mask. “I honestly […]

Wisconsin launches mobile vaccination plan

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin is launching a mobile coronavirus vaccination program next week to be operated by the Wisconsin National Guard and health officials, Gov. Tony Evers announced Friday. Nine mobile labs will be dispatched across the state starting on Tuesday, Evers said. They will be staffed by members of the National Guard as […]

GOP panel grills Evers’ administration over vaccine pace

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Assembly Republicans grilled health officials with Democratic Gov. Tony Evers’ administration Thursday about the slow pace of COVID-19 vaccinations in Wisconsin, saying the process is a cumbersome mess. The Assembly’s health committee held a hearing to learn more about the state’s distribution process. The committee’s chairman, Rep. Joe Sanfelippo, began the […]

Report: COVID-19 eased drug treatment rules, saving lives

Editor’s note: This story first appeared here and is being republished by permission through the Solutions Journalism Network. By Christine Vestal, Stateline, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts When the pandemic hit in March, people in treatment for substance use disorder worried they would lose access to the medications and counseling they rely on. […]

Marshfield Clinic begins vaccinating community health care workers

Marshfield Clinic Health System is now scheduling community health care workers and emergency responders in north-central Wisconsin who qualify for COVID-19 vaccination based on the Wisconsin State Disaster Medical Advisory Committee’s definition of a health care worker, according to a news release issued Tuesday. These individuals include health care personnel and emergency responders who provide […]

Your letters: Vaccination data is crucial

Dear editor, Kudos to the Pilot & Review, as well as other media, for publishing daily statistics on the COVID 19 pandemic in our state and area. Readers are closely watching these numbers in the hope that they will continue to decrease, and that safety precautions being taken are having an effect. The next set […]