News – January 22, 2022

(Dodge County) Dodge County health officials confirmed one COVID death yesterday (Friday). That brings the total death count to 297 with 261 confirmed and 36 probable deaths. There were 249 new cases reported on Friday with two hospitalizations. Active community cases stand at 1,384, a one-day decrease of 163. The seven day daily average of new cases per 100-thousand people still remains at extremely high levels. It is currently at 283.7. That is a drop of roughly five from the number recorded by health officials on Thursday and down seven form the number the day prior. Twenty-five cases and above is what health officials classify as the “tipping point.” So far, 51.6-percent of Dodge County has received at least one dose of the vaccine while 48.6-percent have completed the vaccination series.

(Juneau) The Dodge County Health Department is highlighting several options for citizens to request COVID tests for home delivery. The federal government has launched a new website, with tests available for request at www.COVIDTests.gov. There is a limit of one order per residential address. One order includes four rapid antigen COVID tests and orders are expected to ship within seven to 12 days. The health department says results of the test are shown within 30 minutes, and no lab drop off is needed. They add that some workplaces or employers will not accept a rapid test if they require a negative test to return back to work or school. Free at-home tests are also available for county residents and can be requested online. The kit will be mailed to you, then you can mail your collected sample in for a laboratory result. This option does result in a longer waiting period as it is a PCR test and “snail mail” is involved. County health officials say home tests do not need to be reported to their department and those with questions are asked to reach out to their primary health care provider. Links to the sites can be found at DailyDodge.com.

(Waupun) SSM Health is hosting a COVID forum on Monday. The roundtable will address fast changing virus updates and next steps as cases continue to surge. SSM officials say the end of 2021 brought with it many changing developments in the pandemic, including the highly contagious Omicron variant, heightened testing during the holidays, and updated quarantine and isolation guidance. The forum will feature Fond du Lac County Health Officer Kim Mueller, SSM Health St. Agnes Hospital President Katherine Vergos, and SSM Health Fond du Lac Regional Clinic Cardiologist Tadeo Diaz Balderrama. It will be held at 3:30pm on January 24th. A link will be provided on the websites and social media pages for SSM Health following the event. The forum, scheduled via Zoom, will conclude with participant questions. Links to submit questions and additional information is available at DailyDodge.com.

(Wisconsin) Wisconsin Congressman Mark Pocan wants the US Justice Department to investigate a group of Republicans who submitted a false elector document at the end of the 2020 presidential elections. Pocan says that, paired with a continued Republican-led investigation of the election needs to stop. Wisconsin Republicans weren’t the only ones to submit a false elector sheet. Republicans sent them from several other states as well, in an attempt to overturn the 2020 election and declare Donald Trump the victor. – WRN

(Wisconsin) Assembly Speaker Robin Vos would prefer that Republican Kevin Nicholson not oppose former Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch, in a Republican primary to challenge Democratic Governor Tony Evers. Nicholson is a former U.S. Marine who last ran for office in 2018. That year he lost the Republican primary for U.S. Senate to Leah Vukmir, who in turn lost the general election to Democrat Tammy Baldwin. – WRN

(Beaver Dam) A Beaver Dam man accused of threatening and resisting police was arraigned this week. Adam Copeland entered a not guilty by reason of mental defect to a felony count of Battery To A Law Enforcement Officer and misdemeanor charges of Resisting and Disorderly Conduct. Beaver Dam police were called to a business on Spring Street for a suspicious person complaint. According to the criminal complaint, Copeland walked away when police attempted to question him and ignored their commands to stop. Copeland allegedly tried to kick at law enforcement. The 32-year-old reportedly pulled the officer to the ground while they were trying to subdue him. Copeland allegedly made deadly threats towards police while they took him into custody. An officers did sustain minor cuts to their hand. If convicted, Copeland faces over seven years behind bars. An evaluation of Copeland will occur in the coming week to determine the validity of his not guilty by mental defect plea.

(Wisconsin) The Wisconsin Department of Transportation has declared that all of Wisconsin is under frozen road law. This allows heavier loads for trucks carrying logs cut crosswise, not including woodchips, and salt and sand for winter maintenance while cold weather continues. The transportation department says they and county highway personnel monitor temperature forecasts, along with frost tubes – liquid-filled devices under pavement – to help determine when roads are adequately frozen to accommodate heavier loads. The “Motor carrier/trucker” section of the WisDOT website contains comprehensive information impacting commercial motor vehicle operators including weight restriction programs and frozen road declaration. Customers can also check a recorded message on the Frozen Road Hotline at 608-266-8417. Haulers with specific questions can contact the state transportation’s Oversize/Overweight Permits Unit at 608-266-7320.

(Fort Atkinson) If you ever wanted to be in pictures, you might have your chance tomorrow (Sunday). A movie called “Stand in the Gap” is filming a parade scene in Fort Atkinson and is looking for extras. The Christian film features Dan Bell of Mayville in the cast as a character named “Gabe.” Bell, who is shooting a scene today at the Watertown Airport, told us on WBEV’s BreakTime program yesterday (Friday) that he is hoping to see a lot of people turn out to be extras. Also in the movie, David Ruprecht whose acting credits include Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan. Those interested in being an extra should meet at the Salty Earth Picture Studio located at 36 South Third Street West in Fort Atkinson at noon. The shoot is for an outdoor scene so you will want to wear warm clothes.