(Madison) Governor Tony Evers on Thursday said he’s communicating with Assembly Majority Leader Robin Vos regarding the state’s pandemic response – just not one-to-one. Evers says Going back and forth with Robin Vos at this time is not necessarily helpful. He adds that his staff and Vos’ staff, talk nearly most days. Apparently not satisfied with those staff meetings, Vos and Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald of Juneau sent a letter to Health Services Secretary-designee Andrea Palm yesterday, asking her to “immediately” begin working with them on an emergency rule, to replace the Safer at Home order she issued at Evers’ request. The leaders have also asked the state Supreme Court to block extension of the order – originally set to expire today – now set to end on May 26th.
(Springfield, Illinois) Meanwhile, Illinois’ governor has extended a modified version of their Stay At Home order through at least May 30. And according to the Chicago Sun Times, the Illinois order will require people to cover their faces in most public settings. The Illinois order will also allow some businesses and state parks to reopen, including golf courses.
(Madison) State health officials are stepping up the number of people they have investigating the spread of COVID-19. Health services secretary Andrea Palm says when they get word of a positive case of coronavirus, the department works to find out who the infected person contacted, when and where. Palm says having that graph of how the virus spreads is vital in being able to prevent further spread.
(Dodge County) The Wisconsin Department of Health reporting 11 additional deaths from Wednesday to Thursday, bringing the total to 257. There was an increase of 207 positive cases with 5052 now confirmed. Of those cases, 1318 people required hospitalization, which is 26-percent. To date, over 51-thousand Wisconsinites have been tested and were found not to have coronavirus. Dodge County has 20 positive cases while the number of negative results increased from 689 on Wednesday to 714 on Thursday. Dodge County reported its first death last week; a resident who died out of state. Washington County has experienced four deaths with 90 people testing positive. Fond du Lac County has three deaths on record with 66 positive tests. There has been one death in Columbia County and 27 positive cases. Jefferson County is at 37 positive cases. Green Lake County has one positive case.
(Madison) The people who are planning to protest Wisconsin’s Safer at Home order do not care that they do not have a permit. Organizers of today’s planned rally outside the State Capitol say they still plan to show their displeasure with Governor Evers’ order that keeps people at home and keeps businesses in the state closed till May 26th. The Department of Administration is refusing to grant organizers a permit. Capitol Police are not saying what that means for how they will handle the demonstration.
(Wisconsin) Researchers warn 35 percent of Wisconsin businesses may close if the coronavirus pandemic doesn’t improve in three months. More than 25 hundred businesses were surveyed by the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh this month. Nearly nine thousand jobs were lost in the first few days of Governor Tony Evers’ Safer at Home order – and the real number is much larger because 40 percent of the responding businesses couldn’t provide specific numbers. The companies contacted say they need access to low-interest loans, grants and customers.
(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Area Community Foundation has announced they are raising funds to assist with short and long-term COVID-19 pandemic relief. All donations made to the Foundation’s Community Fund will be granted to the Dodge County non-profits working to serve the area’s most vulnerable populations and those disproportionately affected by the coronavirus. The organization hopes that other businesses and individuals will rise to the occasion and donate what they can during these unprecedented times. For more information about donating, visit DailyDodge.com.
(Wausau) Golf courses across the state are preparing to open today (Friday), including the Rib Mountain course in Wausau where owner Tom Oliva says you should expect to be competing for your times. Guidelines also mean that greens won’t have holes, to prevent people sticking their hands inside. Oliva says he’ll be offering carts to the disabled, but they’ll be wiped down and sterilized after each use.
(Horicon) More affordable housing will soon be available in Horicon. The development will feature 20 three-bedroom duplex units and will fulfill a significant need for energy efficient, well located and reasonable priced housing in Dodge County. Donna Braun, Executive Director at the Dodge County Housing Authority, says the project utilizes a “pocket neighborhood” site plan design, with all homes featuring front porches and will be located around a shared common green space. The development will be located at 905 Division Street, adjacent to the Oak Grove Apartments and directly across the street from Horicon School District’s new campus. The units are expected to be complete and occupied by December.
(Mayville) A Mayville man was charged with running from police while under the influence. Robert Seeley was allegedly clocked going 60-miles-per-hour in a 25-mile-per-hour zone, eventually reaching speeds of 75-to-80-miles-per-hour. A pursuit that lasted roughly a half-mile ended when Seeley’s vehicle crashed into an embankment, knocking over a telephone pole and street sign. A blood draw reportedly returned a result of point-one-zero-four-percent (.104). If convicted, the 38-year-old faces over three-and-a-half-years in prison. An initial appearance is scheduled for June 15th.
(Beaver Dam) Good Karma Brands CEO Craig Karmazin said the community needs the Radiothon now more than ever in announcing yesterday that the 27-hour marathon broadcast will go on as planned. The WBEV-95X Children’s Radiothon 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 DailyDodge.com. Last year, the Radiothon brought-in $127,350, bringing the 22-year-total to $2-million-123-thousand-dollars. Karmazin says given the current situation, the Radiothon may be more about raising awareness this year.