News – August 9, 2021

(Beaver Dam) Marshfield Medical Center – Beaver Dam Chief Administrative Officer Angelia Foster says there is reason to be concerned, as COVID cases continue to climb throughout the region. She says there has been a 497-percent increase in positive tests from May through July. Foster saying getting vaccinated greatly reduces your chances of being hospitalized or dying of COVID. Dodge County has some of the lowest vaccinations rates in the south-central Wisconsin region. Just 39.9-percent of the county’s population is fully vaccinated while every other neighboring county is above 40-percent.

(Wisconsin) Most of Wisconsin’s major health systems in Wisconsin have a vaccine requirement in place for staff. The deadlines for employees to get vaccinated vary, but most will be required to do so by mid to late fall. A total of 13 health care systems has requirements in place, including UW Health, Marshfield Clinic Health System, Prevea Health and Mayo Clinic. Several others have yet to announce vaccination requirements, although of those have indicated it’s being considered. – WRN

(Wisconsin) With the Wisconsin State Fair underway, the Brewers playing to full capacity, and Summerfest just a little over three weeks away, Milwaukee Health Commissioner Kirsten Johnson says vaccinations is the only way to slow the spread of the Delta variant. Johnson says she does not think Summerfest will be cancelled even if case counts continue to increase. The music festival, which was cancelled last year due to the pandemic, starts September 2nd. – WRN

(Madison) Officials with Madison’s Tenant Resource Center says applications have been pouring in as the CDC extends the eviction moratorium. They say the patchwork method of how the rental assistance programs have been implemented can make it confusing to figure out who you should be contacting locally for assistance. Wisconsin’s 211 helpline has been directing callers to their local agencies. – WRN

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Police Department may soon have a second dog again. The department recently saw a K-9 officer leave, and because officers and their canine partner have a close bond, the dog went with him. Chief John Kreuziger told the city’s Police and Fire Commission that he is in the process of hiring a new officer who just so happens to come with his own trained K-9. The current K-9 in Beaver Dam, Yeti, is expected to retire in the next three-to-five years.

(Beaver Dam) Beaver Dam’s Downtown Redevelopment Committee recently approved three revitalization grants. Loyal Exterior at 300 North Center was awarded $20-thousand dollars for $40,600 in improvements. Palanque Mexican Restaurant is undergoing $60-thousand dollars in outside upgrades and will receive the maximum $20-thousand in grant funding. Absolute Home Real Estate at 213 Front Street received a grant for $358 to go along with $717 in enhancements. The city had $620-thousand dollars in available funds for the grants which comes from a downtown TIF; about half has been committed.

(Dodge County) Dodge County residents may see increased military flight operations overhead during the next two weeks. The annual Northern Lightning Counterland training begins today and runs through August 20th at Volk Field in Juneau County. The airbase will be hosting roughly 60 aircraft and nearly one-thousand personnel from the National Guard, Air Force, Army Marine Corps, and Navy. Aircraft will fly beginning at 9:30am and conclude after 4pm daily. Including Dodge County, other counties affected include Columbia, Fond du Lac, and Green Lake.