News – August 24, 2021

(Wisconsin) Wisconsin has eclipsed six-million COVID vaccine doses administered as of yesterday (Monday). Three-point-three-million (3.3-million) doses were the Pfizer vaccine, 2.4-million were the Moderna, and 250-thousand were the Johnson and Johnson vaccine. Department of Health Services says 53-percent of eligible people in Wisconsin have had at least one dose of the COVID vaccine while 50.7-percent have had both. In Dodge County, those percentages are 43.6 and 40.9 respectively. The county saw a jump of 76 cases since last Thursday with 224 active community cases. The death count stands at 202 with the last COVID related death reported earlier this month. – WRN

(Wisconsin) The Pfizer vaccine was approved yesterday by the Food and Drug Administration. It is the first COVID vaccine to get FDA approval. Pfizer will now be marketed as Comirnaty. Governor Tony Evers hopes that news, as well as a new state vaccine reward program, will drive up Wisconsin’s vaccine numbers. Now through Labor Day, Wisconsin residents who get a first dose of a COVID vaccine will get a $100-dollar VISA gift card. – WRN

(Wisconsin) K-12 students are returning to class across Wisconsin, with some districts requiring masks in school buildings, but others merely recommending them. Chief Medical Officer with the state Department of Health Services. Dr. Ryan Westergaard says there needs to be 100-percent mask wearing in school environments, to prevent disease spread. Many of the state’s largest school districts, including Milwaukee, Madison, Racine, and Green Bay, will require masks indoors for all teachers, staff, students and visitors. Beaver Dam School District will also require masks for students and teachers when the school year begins next Wednesday. – WRN

(Juneau) Dodge County Sheriff Dale Schmidt says he has seen an increase in fatal ATV/UTV crashes, as their routes have expanded throughout the area. He says five or ten years ago there may have been one every other year but now there are close to two or three every year. Schmidt says he is not against their use on busier roadways but he wants the public to be cautious. More than two dozen people have died so far this year in ATV/UTV crashes in Wisconsin. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources says most of those 26 crash victims were not wearing helmets or seatbelts.

(Wisconsin) Area law enforcement agencies are ramping up patrols as part of a national-wide effort to end drunk driving. The annual Driver Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign is now underway. Last year in Wisconsin, there were over six-thousand alcohol related crashes including 167 deaths. Alcohol contributed to more than a quarter of all traffic fatalities. Tips to help mitigate impaired driving crashes include finding identifying a sober designated driver, buckling up, call 911 when suspecting someone is driving impaired, and download the free “Driver Sober” app that features a “find a ride” option.

(Fond du Lac) The Wisconsin State Patrol will begin aerial enforcement throughout the area today (Tuesday). There are five enforcement missions planed over Wisconsin highways in four counties starting with Highway 26 in Fond du Lac Count today, I-39/90 in Dane County Wednesday, I-94 in Eau Claire County Friday, I-39/90 in Rock County Saturday, and again over I-39/90 in Dane County on Sunday.

(Dodge County) Dodge County will participate in Clean Sweep again this weekend. The program allows residents to safely and legally dispose of unwanted pesticides, household products and chemicals. Items generally accepted as part of the Clean Sweep program include pesticides, household cleaners and agricultural materials, along with light bulbs, mercury thermometers and oil and metal-based paints. household hazardous materials will be collected for a $10 fee per vehicle. Famers and small business are free with pre-registration. The Clean Sweep is this Saturday, August 28 at the Dodge County Highway Shop on County Road A in the Town of Trenton from 8am until noon.