News – December 29, 2021

(Wisconsin) With the latest CDC update on Isolation and Quarantine periods, Wisconsin Department of Health Services Secretary-Designee Karen Timberlake is addressing the change.  Timberlake says the DHS supports the new guidelines adding that science shows that the majority of transmission happens early in the illness.  The CDC recommends an isolation period of five days with a masking period of 5 additional days for those who test positive with or without symptoms, and those who are outside the effective vaccination range. Those with a current vaccination status do not need to isolate but should wear a mask for 10 days following exposure.  Timberlake urges all Wisconsinites to help slow the spread of COVID by getting vaccinated, boosted, continuing to wear a mask in indoor public settings, and staying home when sick.

(Dodge County) The Dodge County Health Department is reporting zero additional COVID deaths in yesterday’s update.  The total death count stands at 276 with 241 confirmed and 35 probable deaths. Health officials recorded 165 new cases and no new hospitalizations. Active community cases stand at 710. The seven-day daily average of new cases per 100-thousand people is at 62.22, a decrease of seven.  Twenty-five cases and above is what health officials classify as the “tipping point.” So far 52.9 percent of Dodge County residents have received at least one dose of the vaccine while 49 percent have completed the vaccination series.

(Beaver Dam) Students in Moraine Park Technical College’s Early Childhood Education program recently had the opportunity to collaborate with the schools Cosmetology program to learn about hair care techniques for children with ethnic hair. Spurred on by Early Childhood Education student Monica Dreifuerst, the collaboration seeks to teach students how to detangle, braid, twist, and style the hair. Dreifuerst says, (quote) “We take the children swimming often, and that requires some hair maintenance afterwards.” She adds she loves “doing the kids hair,” but realized quicky she didn’t know the best way to care for textured hair. Monica says she never wants any of the children to feel left out, so she was really driven to learn.  Moraine Park has campuses in Fond du Lac, West Bend, and Beaver Dam.

(Madison) Governor Tony Evers has ordered the flags of the United States and Wisconsin to be flown at half-staff today in honor of Firefighter Stephen M. Smith of the Vandenbroeck-Kaukauna Fire Department.  Smith passed away on Monday December 20th at the age of 54 after contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty.  In a press release, Evers expressed sympathy for Steve’s wife and kids at this time of tragic loss.  The funeral Liturgy will be held today, Wednesday December 29th in Kaukauna.

(Dodge) Dodge County Sheriff Dale Schmidt is looking to have his department become the next in the state to receive accreditation. On WBEV’s Community Comment, Schmidt explained the drive behind the certification saying his department is at a point where they have made so many positive improvements in the agency that he felt it was time. Funding for the process comes from a $75 thousand grant which requires no matching funds from the county.  The Sheriff says the accreditation process will take about a year and a half to complete.  He notes only a handful of departments in the state hold the honor.  You can listen to the full interview on the audio tab on