News – December 24, 2020

(Wisconsin) Republican leaders are complaining about the governor’s conditions for COVID relief. Legislative Republicans say the only compromise Tony Evers wants is on their part. Evers is pushing for additional COVID relief by the end of the year. He says one of his bills should pass easily because it includes provisions he and the legislative leaders agree on. Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos says Evers essentially ended negotiations with them by releasing the two bills. – WRN

(Wisconsin) Vaccinations for people living in Wisconsin’s long-term care facilities will start Monday. CVS Health says teams will visit each facility three times to make sure all residents and staff get their initial shot and the required booster. CVS says it is hiring an additional 400 people to help with the effort to administer the vaccines. The company says it believes all Wisconsin residents and staff will be fully vaccinated three-to-four weeks after the first visit. The total effort is anticipated to take 12 weeks to complete. – WRN

(Dodge County) The number of positive cases of COVID-19 in Wisconsin rose by 2,579 on Wednesday. The state Department of Health Services reports there have been 4,614 deaths in the state, with 69 reported Wednesday by DHS. As of Wednesday afternoon, there were 1,243 COVID patients in Wisconsin hospitals, including 260 in ICU’s and two patients being treated at the Alternate Care Facility at Wisconsin State Fair Park. Dodge County has experienced 113 deaths and 10,124 cases, a one-day jump of 39. County health officials are actively monitoring 503 people, a decrease of 140 from Wednesday.

(Juneau) The percentage of weekly positive COVID-19 tests remained steady over the last two weeks but at a concerning level for health officials. That is according to the latest weekly update from the Dodge County Health Department which says from December 14th through the 22nd, 36-percent of 935 tests administered were positive. The previous week the rate was 35-percent.

(Mayville) A Milwaukee man is charged with burglarizing an apartment in Mayville. Jose Santos allegedly took $2,000 from a safe. The victim captured video of the burglary and reportedly identified Santos as the suspect. If convicted, the 21-year-old faces over 13 years in prison. An initial appearance is scheduled for January 19th.

(Beaver Dam) The city of Beaver Dam this week approved a plan by a local brewery to allow for alcohol to be consumed in ice shanties in a parking lot across the street from the establishment. The pandemic has forced local business operators to think outside the box in safely serving customers. Some city officials expressed concern about the alcohol being taken from Ooga Brewing on South Spring Street to a parking lot the owners lease across the street. The owners of the brewery agreed that all containers would be sealed and there would be signage explaining that open containers cannot be taken out of the shanties.

(Columbia County) The Merrimac Ferry will close for the year today. The ferry is set to complete its final crossing of the 2020 season this afternoon, according to the state department of transportation. The ferry shuttles Highway 113 traffic across the Wisconsin River between Okee in Columbia County and Merrimac in Sauk County. Throughout its 2020 season, which began in April, the ferry made over 35-thousand trips carrying over 200-thousand vehicles across the river. Ferry operations will resume in the spring.