News – December 24, 2021

(Dodge County) The Dodge County Health Department is reporting an additional 13 COVID deaths with 3 additional probable deaths, this week through Thursday. That brings the total death count to 263 with 232 confirmed and 34 probable deaths. Health officials recorded 96 cases and nine new hospitalizations. Active community cases stand at 793. The seven-day daily average of new cases per 100-thousand people is at 65.23, twenty-five cases and above is what health officials classify as the “tipping point.” So far, just over 50-percent of Dodge County residents have received at least one dose of the vaccine while 47.7-percent have completed the vaccination series.

(Beaver Dam) Residents in need in Beaver Dam will soon have access to a 24/7-365 food pantry thanks to the Habitat for Humanity ReStore. The idea for the space came in the early days of the pandemic when store manager Laura Goral and her team assisted with providing meals to area students. Since then, the ReStore has added an indoor nonperishable food area near the front door, available when the store is open, and an outdoor cooler with milk. However, Goral wants to take things one step further with the creation of Food is Free Beaver Dam. Construction is ongoing with the goal of being fully operational sometime early in the new year.

(Dodge County) Jobless claims in the region have been on a steady decline over the last several months. The state Department of Workforce Development says the unemployment rate in Dodge County last month was 1.5-percent, down from the 1.8-percent logged in October. Last year the figure was 3.3-percent.  The county was ranked 6th in Wisconsin for unemployment rates, no change from October. Statewide jobless numbers fell to 3-percent, a number not seen since before the pandemic began.

(Dodge County) The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources restocked pheasant at several properties in Dodge County to increase hunting opportunities during the holidays. Properties in Dodge County include the Horicon Marsh Wildlife Area, Mud Lake Wildlife Area, and Theresa Marsh Wildlife Area. Other wildlife properties in the area that will be stocked include French Creek and Pine Island in Columbia County and Jefferson Marsh, Waterloo Wildlife, and Lake Mills in Jefferson County. The DNR restocked 2,920 pheasants over a two-day period during the last week. Pheasant season in Wisconsin runs until January 9th.

(Wisconsin) Some of the federal coronavirus relief money provided to Wisconsin will help people pay their water bills.  Governor Evers says he’s earmarking 18-million dollars for the Low Income Household Water Assistance Program. The governor’s office says Wisconsin has diverted a total of 86-million dollars to help people impacted economically by the COVID-19 pandemic. The money is helping people pay utility bills, rent, and mortgage payments. -WRN