News – July 29, 2020

(Dodge County) Wisconsin health officials reported 762 positive coronavirus cases in Tuesday’s daily update, which is 5.3-percent of the 14,400 tests announced. There are 9,742 active cases in the state, down 131 from Monday. There were 13 deaths reported by state health officials Tuesday, for a total of 906. Dodge County has five deaths on record and 627 cases, an increase of five from Monday. County health officials are actively monitoring 68 cases.

(Beaver Dam) Congressman Glenn Grothman says the first stimulus package paid out too much unemployment benefits. On Monday, Senate Republicans unveiled a roughly $1-trillion-dollar stimulus proposal which would cut federal unemployment benefits – set to expire Friday – from an extra $600 to $200 a week; on top of state-administered aid. Grothman says on an annual basis people were getting around $45,000 a year for not working. He adds that multiple employers have reported difficulties finding people to work because they were getting paid more on unemployment benefits.

(Rubicon) A Neosho man who injured two others in a drunk driving accident was sentenced yesterday (Tuesday). Forty-six-year-old Jason Uhing will spend three years on probation for crossing the centerline on Highway 60 in the town of Rubicon and striking a westbound vehicle last December. The collision injured both Uhing and his passenger as well as the driver of the other vehicle. A preliminary breath test returned a reading of point-two-nine (.29).

(Fox Lake) A Milwaukee man who smuggled cocaine into Fox Lake Correctional was sentenced yesterday (Tuesday) to one year in jail with work release privileges. Ricky Glass pled guilty to a felony count of Delivering Illegal Articles to an Inmate. Twenty-eight-year-old Evangelica Santana is also facing similar charges for her alleged role. Investigators reportedly intercepted a phone call between Santana and an inmate that referenced drugs. When corrections officers searched the inmate following visitation, and untucked his shirt, several baggies of cocaine fell to the floor. Glass admitted to purchasing a sandwich to use as a distraction in the drug exchange with the inmate. The 35-year-old was also placed on probation for three years.

(Dodge County) A new report from the United Way of Wisconsin shows about one-third of state households struggle to afford basic needs. The study is based on 2018 data, so it does not take into account any impact from COVID-19. In Dodge County, nine-percent of households were living below the poverty line while unemployment matched the state’s rate of 3.2-percent. The United Way says Wisconsin needs to find ways to make child care and health care more affordable.

(Madison) Students at the University of Wisconsin in Madison will have some new rules to follow this fall. Campus leaders say all students will be tested for the coronavirus every two weeks. Masks will be required whenever students are not in their dorm rooms, and only other students who live in the same residence hall will be allowed as guests. The university is creating about 800 quarantine spaces across campus. Students are supposed to start moving in at the end of August.

(Milwaukee) Anyone coming to Milwaukee for the Democratic National Convention will have some rules to follow. Convention organizers unveiled their safety measures Monday. Guests will need a coronavirus test, then to isolate for three days, before they come to Milwaukee. They’ll then get tested for the coronavirus each day they’re here. The Milwaukee convention starts in three weeks. It will be a much smaller affair than originally planned.

(Dodge County) Vehicle sales in Dodge County through the first half of 2020 continue to be impacted due to COVID-19. According to the Waterloo based, auto industry tracking firm Reg-Trak, there were 175 car sales through June compared to 288 through the first six months last year, a near 40-percent decrease. Truck sales experienced a nine-percent drop with 1,400 rolling off dealer lots in 2020. There were 1,545 trucks sold in 2019.