News – March 27, 2020

(Juneau) The Dodge County Health Department says there are now six cases of COVID-19 in Dodge County. State health officials say the total of cases in Wisconsin is 707. Ten deaths are being reported in the state. Columbia and Jefferson counties remain at five. Fond du Lac County had their total adjusted down to 17 from 18. Washington County is at 25.

(Fond du Lac) One of the Fond du Lac County’s cases for COVID-19 will be taken off the board. County Public Health Officer Kim Mueller says the state has their count at 18, but one of the cases credited to the county involves a Fond du Lac County resident living in Florida who became infected while living there. She says so far none of their cases have involved community spread although a numbers of tests are pending. Mueller says she’s the media has pressed her for information about where the people who tested positive live in the county, but her department’s role is to determine where that person was when they became infected.

(Green Lake) Green Lake County law enforcement and first responders have put an appeal for protective equipment to keep them safe during the global pandemic. Law enforcement, fire, EMS, emergency management, and emergency room staff are gearing up for what could be an extended health emergency. Many agencies have tried to acquire the needed supplies, but the supply chain has dried up. Items needed include; N95 masks or surgical masks, hand-sanitizer, anti-bacterial wipes, and non-latex gloves. If you have items you can donate contact your local police department or the Green Lake County Sheriff’s Department.

(Beaver Dam) Beaver Dam Fire Chief Alan Mannel says his department is running low on personal protective gear. It’s a problem emergency responders are facing all over the country and it’s no different in Beaver Dam where Mannel says his staff is making due the best they can. He tried ordering some about a month ago but says their suppliers were not even taking orders. In some severe cases, when three or four paramedics are needed, each EMT could go through four or five sets of masks on that one patient. Mannel says if anyone has a couple boxes of N95 masks in their garage that they use for painting or dust filtration they are encouraged to drop them off at the fire station. Of course, the station is on lockdown, so you’re asked to ring the doorbell and just walk away.

(Fox Lake) The City of Fox Lake is encouraging residents to do their part in slowing the spread of COVID-19. In compliance with the governor’s “Safer at Home” order the public playgrounds of Fox Lake Parks are now closed. However, other portions of the parks will remain open for activities that are in line with social distancing requirements. Citizens looking to make a payment for utilities, a water bill or court citation are asked to use the city’s online program available on their website at www.cityoffoxlake.org (click online bill pay). If a person is unable to use their online system, they are asked to drop off any payments in the drop box located in the lobby of the municipal building which is available 24/7. Those interested in obtaining a dog license, they can utilize mail service or the drop box and items will be returned via mail. People are also asked to call city hall (920-928-2280) for questions or general inquiries rather than visit in person. City officials say the patience and understanding of the community during this health emergency will be appreciated.

(Madison) State jobless claims continue to pour in – more than 70-thousand this week.  Wisconsin Secretary of Workforce Development Caleb Frostman tells 27 News, people need to be patient. Frostman says they’re doubling staffing at the call center.

(Madison) This would be a terrible time to be evicted from your home, and Ryan Nilsestuen, chief legal counsel for Governor Tony Evers, says it’s an issue they’re working on. The state’s two most populous counties, Dane and Milwaukee, have already suspended evictions for the time being.

(Beaver Dam) Alliant Energy has donated over $42-thousand-dollars to several United Way organizations in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Company officials say this immediate assistance is part of their continued commitment to helping communities during this health crises. The aid will directly benefit some of the United Way’s that are assisting with emergency relief efforts in areas that Alliant Energy serves in Iowa and Wisconsin. Executive Director of the Alliant Energy Foundation Julie Bauer says they have an ongoing commitment to the communities they serve and they are demonstrating this by acting quickly and providing immediate support. She adds that they are continuing to help minimize the impact of the COVID-19 crises. The five organizations benefiting include United Way’s in Dane County, Blackhawk Region, Sheboygan County, East Central Iowa and the Dubuque Area Tri-States. Alliant Energy is encouraging current and retired employees to donate to local relief efforts and matching those gifts. They are also showing support for the Hometown Care Energy Fund in Wisconsin and Iowa. The fund is supported annually from Alliant Energy and voluntary contributions to assist customers that need financial help.

(Madison) Governor Evers is asking for help in securing essential medical supplies. The Governor is asking for any businesses that might have spare personal protection equipment to get in contact with state officials to help get those supplies to groups in need. That includes respirators, surgical gowns, medical gloves and other items. The program offers both a donation option or a buyback option for large amounts of supplies. Find out more online at Covid 19 Supplies dot W I dot Gov.

(Madison) The state’s Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection says it has taken dozens of price gouging complaints through checking prices at over a hundred stores in Wisconsin during this time of economic turmoil. Sixteen companies were issued Cease and Desist letters. One such company is N95sales.com, which engaged in suspected price gouging on N95 masks, a critical item for front line health care workers that is in short supply in the state. Complaint forms can be downloaded at the DATCP website and submitted via email to [email protected].

(Madison) Tragedy and terror for some spell opportunity for others. Sam Wilson is state director for AARP Wisconsin. As well as bogus charities which claim to be helping victims of the pandemic. Wilson says we all need to be extremely careful with any solicitations, whether online, email or phone calls. NEVER give out personal financial information to any entity without first verifying that it’s legit.

(Madison) The nation’s longest serving state legislator will not be a candidate for re-election this fall. Madison Democrat, state Senator Fred Risser is 92, and in his 64th year as a Wisconsin legislator.  He is the longest serving state or national legislator in the nation’s history, and the last World War II veteran serving in either the state or nation’s legislatures. Risser was elected to the Assembly in 1956 and to the Senate in 1962. He has served as Senate Minority Leader and 25 years as Senate President. Risser has worked with 13 different governors – 7 Democrats and 6 Republicans – and has never missed a legislative roll call.