(Beaver Dam) Marshfield Medical Center – Beaver Dam has announced that they will not renew their contract with Dean Health Plan. Hospital officials they had been in discussions with Dean Health Plan for several months, and while both parties negotiated in good faith, an agreement could not be reached that they felt would allow them to meet the needs of their patients and their promises to the community. This means that on March 1st, the hospital and its providers will no longer be in-network in the insurance plans offered by Dean Health Plan. This includes hospital-based services like testing and surgeries, as well as physician visits in the clinic setting. Marshfield Medical Center – Beaver Dam Chief Administrative Officer Angelia Foster says they will continue to be diligent in identifying opportunities for their affected community members to ensure they can continue receiving the advanced care they have come to expect from the hospital’s providers. Even though the contract expires on February 28th, patients who have Dean Health Plan can still see their Marshfield Medical Center – Beaver Dam provider with in-network coverage under the Continuity of Care terms. This is a special authorization that allows patients to continue to seek services with out-of-network providers at an in-network benefit level after the contract has ended. A link to a list of insurers with whom the hospital providers are in network visit DailyDodge.com.
(Dodge County) Wisconsin health officials are reporting 938 positive coronavirus cases in Friday’s daily update. There are 12,111 active cases in the state, a decrease of 536 from Thursday. State health officials recorded 11 deaths bringing that total to 6,151. Dodge County has experienced 154 deaths and 11,301 cases, a one-day increase of four positive tests. Health officials in Dodge County are actively monitoring 148 people, no change from Thursday. Washington County has seen 128 deaths along with 280 active cases. Fond du Lac County has 88 deaths with 245 active cases. The state says Jefferson County has 75 deaths, one more than on Thursday, and 111 active cases. Columbia County has reported 47 deaths and there are 97 active cases. Green Lake County has 18 deaths with 25 cases reported in the last two weeks.
(Juneau) Dodge County health officials say the weekly rate of positive tests between February 1st and the 7th was 16-percent; a drop of six-percent from the previous week. Health officials say the goal is a percentage lower than five with a downward trajectory of a cases. Achieving those figures would allow Dodge County to move out of phase-one of its three-phase Safe Restart Plan, which recommends guidelines for businesses, social gatherings and community events. The number of cases has improved to yellow, after months of being in the red, joining hospital space and contact tracing. The only metrics of the plan in the green are testing and personal protective equipment.
(Wisconsin) Governor Tony Evers has temporarily loosened transportation regulations, in order to ease the distribution of petroleum and propane. The governor issued an executive order Thursday, exempting trucking and shipping companies from regulations that ordinarily limit how many consecutive hours’ employees can work. This in response to a spell of bitterly cold temperatures. The order will remain in effect for up to 30 days. The long-range forecast indicates milder temperatures next week, with highs approaching the upper teens by Friday. – WRN
(Wisconsin) Two state lawmakers want to create a permanent record for Wisconsin police officers. Senator Patrick Testin, and Representative Ron Tusler are again proposing a police personnel file that follows an officer or deputy throughout their career. The idea is to make sure other law enforcement agencies know a candidate’s track record before hiring them. The bill also would create new training standards for both new and veteran officers. Attorney General Josh Kaul says he’s on-board with the idea. – WRN
(Hustisford) A Watertown teen was charged with sexual assault. Seth Bowman is facing a felony count of Third Degree Sexual Assault as well as a misdemeanor charge of Criminal Trespass and Disorderly Conduct. Bowman allegedly entered a home in Hustisford overnight in December without permission. According to the criminal complaint, Bowman reportedly demanded to see the victim’s phone and assaulted her. If convicted, Bowman faces over 10 years in prison. An initial appearance is scheduled for March 15th.
(Wisconsin) A new billboard in Oshkosh attacks U-S Senator Ron Johnson and calls on the Wisconsin Republican to resign. The billboard was put up by 2022 Democratic Senate hopeful and Outagamie County Executive Thomas Nelson. He tweeted a picture of the billboard which shows a photo of Senator Johnson, the words resign and “Treason Johnson” with the letters R O and N of treason in red. Johnson has been targeted by Democrats for his support of former President Trump. Johnson has not indicated whether he’ll run for re-election next year. He previously said he would not serve another term. – WRN
(Wisconsin) Valentine’s Day is coming up, but if you’re looking for love on an online dating platform, be sure not to hand over those digits. Those credit card digits, to be precise. Bao Vang with the Better Business Bureau says scammers are ready to dupe users into believing they have found love. Vang says if your online love is sounding like love at first text, take it easy. Many scammers will ask for information about you that could be used to steal your identity, or will ask for money before you even met them, or maybe your credit card info so they can book a flight to see you. All of these should be red flags that someone’s after more than your heart. – WRN