(Dodge County) Dodge County health officials are highlighting the recent extension to apply for the Community Testing Support Program. Dodge County Emergency Preparedness Coordinator Scott Smith says all public health departments, health care providers, and other organizations under the authority and oversight of a physician are eligible for the program which provides free testing supplies and courier services through contracted vendors. It also provides reimbursements for specimen collection. Each sample collection is reimbursed at a rate of $20, including results communication for testing. All who apply must complete a program application and provide proof of partnership with a local and tribal health department. The deadline to apply is February 11th. The anticipated end date for the program is June 30th.
(Fond du Lac) The Fond du Lac County Health Department will begin offering the initial series of pediatric Pfizer COVID vaccine for ages 5 to 11 this Thursday (January 20th). The clinic, at the health department on the third floor of the City-County Government Center in Fond du Lac, is open by appointment only from 10am to 4pm. Appointments can be made by calling 920-929-3085. The department will also continue providing the initial series of COVID vaccine shots and boosters for eligible groups. Beginning January 7th, vaccination clinic hours on the last Thursday of the month will be extended to 10am to 6pm through the end of May. Those clinic dates are January 27th, February 24th, March 31st, April 28th, and May 26th.
(Wisconsin) The state Department of Health Services reports Critically High infection rates in all 72 Wisconsin counties. But as the state’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Ryan Westergaard recently noted, hospitalizations are the really critical number. The Wisconsin Hospital Association reports 2,255 hospital admissions yesterday (Friday), down slightly from the pandemic high of 2,278 recorded on Wednesday. There are 485 patients in the ICU across the state. – WRN
(Waukesha County) A ruling this week from a Waukesha County judge finds the Wisconsin Elections Commission’s 2020 guidance regarding absentee ballot boxes was illegal. Luke Berg with the conservative Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty argued Commission’s guidance carried a lot of weight with local clerks. Representing the elections commission, Steven Kilpatrick countered clerks had made a great effort to ensure the drop boxes were secure. Judge Michael Bohren (bore-in) said he would finalize an injunction in 10 days ordering the state Elections Commission to withdraw the guidance to municipal clerks regarding drop boxes. The lawsuit by WILL is part of a Republican effort to oppose drop boxes. Bohren’s ruling is likely to be appealed. – WRN
(Dodge County) The governor’s office recently released highlights from Tony Evers stops in all 72 Wisconsin counties during 2021. At his Dodge County stop, done in August, Evers visited Gurn-Z Meadow Farm located in Columbus to announce a new round of funding through his Farm Support Program. More than 20,000 farmers received direct assistance through the most recent round of the program, including just over $1.8-million-dollars to Dodge County.
(Green Lake County) Governor Tony Evers recently announced that he is seeking applicants for coroner in Green Lake County. The appointment will fill the vacancy created by the passing of Daniel Krieser, who died in November. The new coroner will complete a term through January 1st of 2023. Interested individuals must submit an online application with cover letter detailing professional and academic qualifications, civic activities, and community involvement. The governor’s office must receive the application materials no later than 5pm on January 28th. More information can be found at DailyDodge.com.
(Fox Lake) The Friends of Clausen Park have joined together with the Fox Lake Sno Blazers and Fox Lake Golf Club to make snowshoeing and cross-country skiing a possibility in Fox Lake. The partnership began this past fall, when the Friends of Clausen Park paid for the installation of a new gate in the golf club fence giving access from the overflow parking lot to Clausen Park. The Sno Blazers have agreed to groom the trails, prepping them for use. Additionally, the Sno Blazers have donated $500 towards the Clausen Park Revitalization fundraising which is currently at $145,875.
(Beaver Dam) It was one year ago yesterday (Friday) that the radio station and the Beaver Dam community lost a close friend. John Moser passed away last January. He joined Bill McCollum on the WBEV Morning Show in March of 1973. Moser and McCollum quickly became friends on – and off – the air, co-hosting the morning show together until 2016, when McCollum stepped away for health reasons. During Friday’s Morning Show, Uncle Bill said it was a year ago today that he got the call about his close friends passing. Callers also recounted their fond memories of Moser, from hunting for coyotes on their property to just putting his arm around them and saying hi.