News – April 16, 2020

(Madison) Following state Senate passage on a 31-to-0 vote, Governor Tony Evers Wednesday signed a COVID-19 bill approved Tuesday by the Assembly. In a statement, Evers said the bill “falls short of what is needed” given the magnitude of the pandemic, but that he wasn’t willing to delay the state’s response to the crisis.

(Dodge County) The Wisconsin Department of Health is reporting that the state has experienced 12 deaths from Tuesday to Wednesday, bringing the total to 182. There was an increase of 166 positive cases with 3721 now confirmed. Of those cases, 1091 people required hospitalization, which is 29-percent. To date over 39-thousand Wisconsinites have been tested and were found not to have coronavirus. Dodge County has 19 positive cases while the number of negative results has increased from 538 on Tuesday to 551 on Wednesday. Dodge County reported its first death on Monday. Fond du Lac County has 59 positive tests and is now reporting a third death. Washington County has had three deaths recorded with 78 people testing positive. There are 27 positive cases in Columbia County with one death on record. Jefferson County is at 24 positive cases. Green Lake County has one positive case.

(Beaver Dam) Marshfield Medical Center-Beaver Dam is closing its COVID-19 Clinic Tuesday afternoon April 14 and will begin referring patients to its consolidated primary care clinic or its emergency department/urgent care unit, depending on each individual’s symptoms. Those experiencing respiratory or COVID-19 type symptoms like dry cough, fever or shortness of breath should continue to call the COVID-19 hotline [at 877-998-0022] to be screened by a medical professional. Once screened, callers will be directed to receive care at the appropriate location. The clinic opened on March 25. The hospital will soon be announcing expanded telehealth options for both primary care and specialty clinics.

(Madison) The COVID-19 crisis has a lot of people worried about their health coverage, and some scammers are out to bilk people out of their savings. State consumer protection administrator Lara Sutherlin says many groups and companies are offering less than ideal health plans or even entirely phony offers for coverage. Sutherlin says, as always, to read the fine print on a plan before you sign for it, and make sure your own insurance doesn’t cover something like telehealth before you make a purchase.

(Waupun) Citizens in Waupun have a new service available that will alert them of any local alerts. The city has partnered with Nixle to implement a Community Notification System to warn residents in real-time of localized emergencies and relevant community advisories. The warnings can be sent via text, email, web, social media and by the Nixle Mobile app. Nixle provides a mass communications hub built exclusively for government to provide secure, reliable and relevant information to the public. Information about singing up for alerts can be found on

(Beaver Dam) Meeting by phone yesterday (Wednesday), the Beaver Dam Community Development Committee approved a series of grants for downtown businesses. Twenty-thousand dollars was directed to 116 Front Street to go with a $300-thousand-dollar investment. Integrated Automotive Solutions is getting $17-thosuand dollars for $35-thousand dollars’ worth of exterior work. Family Youth Interaction is getting $15-thousand dollars to complement a $30-thousand-dollar storefront remodel. Downtown Revitalization New Business grants totaling $5000 were awarded to Epic Ink and Art on the Town. The funding for the grants comes from TIF #6 and can only be used in the downtown area.

(Wisconsin) Officials with the Wisconsin Counties Association and the state’s Department of Transportation are clarifying that state roadways and borders remain open to in-state and out-of-state travelers. Under the Governor’s Safer at Home order, drivers are asked to avoid “non-essential” travel throughout the public emergency period. State Patrol and county sheriff’s departments continue to enforce traffic laws as usual, but are not pulling over vehicles with out-of-state plates or others motorists just to ask about the purpose of their trip.

(Wisconsin) Senator Tammy Baldwin is backing former Vice President Joe Biden as the race for the presidency continues. On Wednesday, Baldwin released a video endorsing the former VP, saying that Biden has always “fought for the bold, progressive change that working families need.” Congressman Ron Kind was the first major Wisconsin democrat to back Biden, doing so before the Spring elections last week.

(Madison) The U-S Air Force says F-35 fighter jets will be coming to Madison’s Air National Guard base. The formal announcement, from the office of U-S Senator Ron Johnson, follows a lengthy review process. The jets will replace aging F-16s based at Truax Field on Madison’s North Side. Basing the F-35 at Truax was opposed by neighborhood groups and even the Madison Common Council, which approved a resolution opposing the jets. Supporters, including the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce, argued that Wisconsin needs the Air National Guard more than ever, to keep the state safe.

(Beaver Dam) Lots of summer events have already been cancelled but the 2020 Children’s Radiothon will be going on as planned on WBEV and 95X. The 27-hour marathon broadcast will be held during its traditional time slot beginning at 6am on Thursday, June 18 and concluding on Friday, June 19 at 9am. Now in its 23rd year, the Radiothon raises money for local non-profits that work with kids. Four new non-profits have been added this year for a total of 17. You can find the full list at Last year, the Radiothon brought-in $127,350, bringing the 22-year-total to $2-million-123-thousand-dollars.