News – April 9, 2020

(Juneau) Dodge County Public Health Officer Abby Sauer says her team is currently focused on the coronavirus pandemic. The Public Health Unit, which was established in 1932, usually covers many different areas including prevention efforts around injuries, encouraging safety as well as promote healthy living. Sauer says since the COVID-19 outbreak her department, made up of 11 staff members, have shifted responsibilities to prioritize education and as well as follow up with those who have tested positive or are currently being tested. There is a coronavirus information page on the Dodge County website, a link along with news story is available at

(Dodge County) The Wisconsin Department of Health reported seven more deaths yesterday, with their daily 2pm total officially at 99. Since then, local county health officials have reported additional deaths pushing the death rate into triple digits. There was an increase of 178 positive cases from Tuesday to Wednesday with 2756 now confirmed. Of those cases, 790 people required hospitalization, which is 29-percent. To date over 30-thousand Wisconsinites have been tested and were found not to have coronavirus. Dodge County has 16 positive cases while the number of negative results has increased from 401 on Tuesday to 418 on Wednesday. There are 24 positive cases in Columbia County with one death on record. Washington County had 62 people test positive with three deaths. Fond du Lac County has 48 positive tests and two deaths. Jefferson County is at 16 positive cases.

(Madison) Plasma from the blood of people who’ve recovered from COVID-19 could soon help patients at UW Hospital in Madison. David Wahlberg is health and medicine reporter for the Wisconsin State Journal. The blood from those recovered patients can be transfused to ill patients.Wahlberg notes the procedure dates to at least 1900 and has been used to fight influenza, Ebola and other coronaviruses known as SARS and MERS.

(Wisconsin) Wisconsin Elections Commission administrator Meagan Wolfe said Wednesday that problems with delivery of absentee ballots from Tuesday’s election appear to be on the postal service, and not on the commission’s MyVote website. Wolfe says three tubs of ballots for Oshkosh and Appleton were discovered at a mail processing center in Milwaukee. City of Milwaukee Election Commission Executive Director Neil Albrecht said Wednesday that they’d request a formal investigation by USPS, into missing ballots there.

(Wisconsin) Christians and Jews across Wisconsin are observing Passover, Good Friday and Easter from home, to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Judy Burrows is with the Marathon County Health Department. But she notes churches and synagogues make for ideal paces for the virus to spread. Many have already been providing “virtual services,” to provide for their communities’ spiritual needs.

(Wisconsin) There is less traffic on the road after Governor Evers’ Safer at Home order. Data from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation shows a drop in the average overall vehicles on Highway 53 in Eau Claire from 42-thousand the week of March 8th to nearly half that, two weeks later. In Chippewa County, the traffic drop was similar, down from more than 12-thousand vehicles in mid-March, to around eight-thousand at the end of the month.

(Markesan) Markesan Police Chief Will Pflum says as much as they can, he and his officers are also trying to practice social distancing. He says they may be wearing protective personal equipment for some calls they respond to. In other cases they may only need information they can get over the phone. Pflum says they aren’t just trying to protect their officers, but those they deal with when responding to a call. He says in this age of the pandemic they have had to arm themselves with a different type of protective gear.

(Green Lake) The Green Lake County Sheriff is crediting citizens for adhering to the “Safer at Home” order to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Sheriff Mark Podoll says there have been numerous reports of people doing extraordinary things to fight this pandemic. From making masks, to donating supplies, to random acts of kindness to support each other. Podoll says this type of cohesiveness is what makes this county and community great. He also commends to the support shown to his department and first responders, noting that they cannot be as effective without that support. The Sheriff says his office continues to work hard in response to the coronavirus pandemic. New procedures and protocols are being developed daily as they identify various means of risk mitigation. Podoll adds that their goal is to protect the health of the community while continuing to protect and serve residents in every way possible.

(Fond du Lac) The Fond du Lac County Health Department issued an order closing campgrounds in the county during the current health emergency. Public Health Officer Kim Mueller says there are several reasons including it encourages non-essential travel, draws people from outside the county, increases shopping at local stores which also impacts supplies and groceries, allows for the congregation of groups of 10 or more people, and reduces the ability to socially distance during the COVID-19 outbreak. The order will be in effect as long as the Governor’s Safer at Home order is in effect.

(Milwaukee) The Dr. Fauci bobblehead is a hit. The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum in Milwaukee reports reaching 100-thousand dollars in donations to support the 100 Million Mask Challenge in less than a week since launching the bobblehead to honor Dr. Anthony Fauci. Orders have been placed from all 50 states and over a dozen countries. The Fauci bobblehead is the museum’s best-selling of all time, surpassing the Sister Jean bobblehead, which went viral during the 2018 NCAA Tournament.