News – April 1, 2020

(Dodge County) Dodge County has ten positive cases of COVID-19 as of 2pm yesterday (Tuesday), up two from Monday. That is according to the Wisconsin Department of Health’s latest official daily update which indicates that statewide there are 1351 positive cases, an increase of 130 from Monday. There were two more deaths reported in the 2pm statewide update with Wisconsin officially at 16. To date, 17,375 people have tested negative. Columbia County public health officials are reporting 14 cases, though the state is reporting nine. Jefferson County increased by one from Monday to Tuesday with 11 cases. Washington County is up six from Monday to 40 while Fond du Lac County is up one to 22. Fond du Lac County has two of the state’s 16 deaths.

(Madison) Two more Dane County Sheriff’s deputies have tested positive for COVID-19. Sheriff Dave Mahoney says deputies and inmates who’ve tested positive were either housed or working in the county jail. The deputies, ages 27 and 46, are both at home in quarantine, as are two who tested positive last weekend. The first inmate to test positive has been released from jail. The second inmate remains in quarantine in the jail and is currently symptom free.

(Madison) Governor Tony Evers on Tuesday requested that President Donald Trump declare a federal emergency disaster for Wisconsin. Evers sent a letter to the Federal Emergency Management Agency making the request, as a result the COVID-19 pandemic. It covers all 72 counties and 11 federally recognized tribes. Evers said the outbreak has caused multiple deaths, exhausted many of state resources, resulted in record unemployment claims, and taken a toll on the community infrastructure that is in place to protect the public. *KILL AFTER 10:30am*

(Madison) Wisconsin has received its second phase of personal protective equipment from the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS). Governor Evers announced yesterday (Tuesday) that the supplies from the SNS are being delivered to healthcare workers, emergency medical services and medical facilities including hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities and clinics across the state. Evers says he wants to make sure healthcare workers can continue their good work. The second phase includes over 51-thousand N95 respirators, 130-thousand surgical masks, 23-thousand face shields and 79-thousand pairs of gloves.

(Mayville) The Mayville Fire Department has set up personal protective equipment (PPE) kits to keep in their ambulances during the coronavirus pandemic. The department says each kit contains needed PPE to safely respond to COVID-19 and other calls with biological concerns. The kit holds a tyvek suit, a gown, gloves, booties and an N95 mask. Goggles are kept in the ambulances for crews as well. The department says they goal and mission continues to be keeping their crews, fellow responders and the community safe.

(Madison) Governor Tony Evers is not ready to issue a statewide order that would shut off water and power to non-essential businesses that fail to close under the “Safer at Home” order. West Allis police were told Monday that a Hobby Lobby store there was open. Police said they educated the business about the order and it closed without incident.

(Madison) Wisconsin dairy farmers were already struggling and the COVID-19 pandemic has made things worse. Many of those farmers depend on selling their milk to restaurants, schools and the hospitality industry.  Alice in Dairyland Abigail Martin says buying local and keeping produce moving is vital to Wisconsin’s farmers. About one-third of the state’s dairy products are sold in the food service trade – mostly cheese.  Some dairy producers say the pandemic has caused milk prices to fall below their costs at a time when they need the money for the upcoming planting season.  They say if processing plants close or cut production, they could find themselves dumping their milk.

(Wisconsin) Wisconsin-based Kohl’s department store chain says it’s extending its closings until further notice. Store employees who had been paid for the past two weeks will be furloughed. CEO Michelle Gass says she made the decision to keep the stores closed to keep shoppers and workers safe. Some corporate employees will also be furloughed.

(Dodgeland) Dodgeland School Board President Dave Beal says their proposed referendum is about preparing the building for the next generation of students. If approved, the $17-million-dollar question would address educational spaces, overall safety and infrastructure of the campus. District Officials say the mill rate would drop a projected 40-cents if voters approve the referendum. The reason for the decrease is because this year the school will finish paying off the loan associated with building the Dodgeland campus in 2000. As a result, the debt portion of the school property tax bill will drop.

(Beaver Dam) A Beaver Dam woman was charged yesterday (Tuesday) with the leaving the scene after striking a child with her vehicle. Rebecca Davison allegedly struck the 10-year-old child in the area of 704 South Spring Street last October. Davison reportedly said she came to a complete stop and noticed the child walked into the rear passenger side of her SUV. Davison allegedly said she stopped for a short period of time but noticed the child seemed fine and walked away towards the sidewalk so she drove away. If convicted, the 44-year-old Davison face no more than nine-months in prison. An initial appearance is scheduled for July 6th.

(Beaver Dam) A Sheboygan man was charged yesterday (Tuesday) with stealing power tools from Beaver Dam Menards. Ryan Shaw allegedly stole three nail guns from the store last October. The total cost of the items taken was $688-dollars. If convicted, Shaw faces over 10 years in prison. An initial appearance is scheduled for July 6th.

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Police Department has cited the individual who caused private property damage near Wayland Street. On Monday, the department posted surveillance video on their Facebook page of an SUV style vehicle driving at an accelerated pace from Nancy’s Notion through Beichl Avenue and into the parking lot of the American Legion building. As the vehicle enters the American Legion parking lot, it goes airborne for a brief moment before landing. Yesterday (Tuesday), the department says they cited the individual for multiple offenses for his driving behavior and damaging private property. They also thanked the public for helping identify the suspect in the video.