News – August 5, 2021

(Beaver Dam) Horicon Bank and Fred Schwertfeger have donated $100-thousand dollars to Beaver Dam to help update the city’s oldest park. Phase One designs for Swan Park include the rehabilitation and revitalization of the park’s two lagoons. The current price tag for the lagoon restoration is estimated at around a half-million dollars. Mayor Becky Glewen calls it a “great kick-off for the fundraising campaign for the park.”

(Beaver Dam) Beaver Dam motorists are being advised of an upcoming road closure. Department of Public Works Supervisor Dan Mulhern says Prospect Avenue will be closed between University Avenue and Franklin Street beginning Monday, August 9th. He says the closure will continue through August 15th. Detours will be set up to reroute traffic around the closed area. Mulhern asks drivers to follow the signed detour route.

(Wisconsin) Positive COVID tests are up in Wisconsin, but only a few people have severe cases. State health officials reported 316 new cases Tuesday, and a seven-day average of 7.2-percent. That’s the highest average since January. But while the number of cases is up, the number of people being hospitalized or dying from the virus is flat. The Department of Health Services says Wisconsin is averaging one coronavirus death a week, which has been the case for months. – WRN

(Juneau) Dodge County residents have several COVID vaccination opportunities in the month of August. Pfizer shots will be available today at the school in Lomira from 3:30pm to 7pm. The two-shot Moderna vaccine will be offered at the   Dodge County Human Services and Health Department located at 199 County Road DF in Juneau from 1p to 3pm every Friday this month expect on the 20th. That is the week of the Dodge County Fair where health officials will be at each day from noon to 6pm offering the Pfizer vaccine for guests.

(Wisconsin) Thousands of people will visit the Wisconsin State Fair starting Thursday, and the recent surge in COVID cases is a concern. Public health officials say the unvaccinated may want to think twice before going to areas as crowded as the state fair. Parking and admissions will be cashless, and fairgoers are strongly encouraged to buy tickets ahead of time to cut down on long lines. – WRN

(Wisconsin) A free vaccine clinic at the Wisconsin State fair comes with a special incentive: free cream puffs. Governor Tony Evers says he’s happy to make the partnership, in order to help step up vaccinations. The clinic runs 8am to 5pm during the fair, and Evers says it’s not just free pastries that should get you motivated, it’s the spread of variants of COVID that’s pushing a new surge of cases in Wisconsin. – WRN

(Milwaukee) The Milwaukee County Health Department links 500 coronavirus cases to the Deer District, as the Bucks marched to the NBA title. Health Commissioner Kirsten Johnson says the number is probably higher, but her department can only confirm those 500 cases. Officials say the Deer District became a coronavirus hub. The Bucks have said about 100-thousand people crowded the area outside the Fiserv Forum last month to watch Game 6 of the NBA Finals. The total of 500 cases means less than one percent of the people in the crowd caught the virus. – WRN

(Wisconsin) President Joe Biden’s administration has issued a targeted moratorium on evictions in areas hardest hit by COVID. It replaces a nationwide evictions freeze that expired Saturday. The new action, in effect for 60 days, will ban evictions in counties with high rates of COVID transmission. In Wisconsin, the Census Bureau found that about 21-percent of the renters surveyed had slight or no confidence in their ability to pay next month’s rent. – WRN