News – November 20, 2020

(Wisconsin) Governor Tony Evers and Republican legislative leaders are meeting today to discuss a coronavirus strategy. With deaths, cases and hospitalizations continuing to climb, Wisconsin Hospitals Association President Eric Borgerding is urging state leaders to take unified action. Evers will meet with incoming Senate Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos who says he agrees with the Hospitals Association that the state needs more COVID testing and contact tracers. Earlier this week, Evers sent the Republican leaders legislation to address COVID-19. -WRN

(Wisconsin) State health officials are continuing the messaging, on masks and staying at home. It’s a message Department of Health Services Secretary Designee Andrea Palm has been repeating for weeks, saying the more people who wear masks, the more effective it is. With the state in what he calls “a tough spot,” Wisconsin’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Ryan Westergaard, says people also need to stay home but as case counts, hospitalizations and deaths continue to climb across Wisconsin, those are messages the public seemingly are still not taking to heart. -WRN

(Dodge County) Wisconsin health officials are reporting 6,635 positive coronavirus cases in Thursday’s daily update. There are 75,580 active cases in the state, an increase of 964 from Wednesday. State health officials recorded 83 deaths, bringing that total to 2,876. Dodge County recorded six deaths Thursday for a total of 65 with 7,377 cases, a one-day increase of 275. County health officials are actively monitoring 1,168 people.

(Beaver Dam) A free community coronavirus testing site is opening up in Beaver Dam. Last month, walk-thru testing operations started at the Highway Shop in Mayville available weekly every Monday and Wednesday. During yesterday’s (Thursday’s) appearance on WBEV’s Community Comment, Dodge County Health Officer Abby Sauer announced that the testing site will be moving to Beaver Dam which allows for more space and more parking. Beginning Monday, the testing site will be located at the old Basset Building located on 1701 North Spring Street and will be open from 10am to 6pm. Sauer says weekly testing is currently scheduled to run through mid-December.

(Juneau) A Huber inmate has made his initial appearance in court on charges he failed to return to the Dodge County jail from a pre-approved medical appointment. Austin Odebrecht allegedly did not go back to the jail after visiting the Beaver Dam hospital Monday for tooth pain. Sheriff’s deputies later located the 21-year-old reportedly hiding at his home in Reeseville. If convicted, Odebrecht faces a six year prison sentence. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for December 23rd.

(Beaver Dam) The hours are changing at city hall in Beaver Dam. Starting on January 1, the municipal building will be open from 7:30am until 4pm. Following common council action this week, the doors will close a half hour earlier. City Director of Administration Zak Bloom says the change will reduce or eliminate the need for compensatory time and overtime.

(Beaver Dam) Organizers with Beaver Dam’s annual Holiday Parade have cancelled this year’s event. Bev Beal-Loeck with Downtown Beaver Dam Inc. says the hope was to have a reverse parade this year, with floats lined up along Front Street and spectators in their vehicles driving by. Families will still be able to visit with Santa Claus who will be at the BMO Bank drive-thru from 5:30pm to 7pm on December 5. The downtown group is still holding its Coloring Contest for kids and adults throughout Dodge County and there are no changes to the downtown Window Decorating Contest.

(Beaver Dam) The end of an era. In case you missed yesterday’s (Thursday’s) WBEV Morning Show, John Moser announced his retirement. Moser began his career in Beaver Dam in 1973. He entered his first phase of retirement in 2017, moving to part-time after stepping down as station manager. The decision to retire fulltime was not made lightly, coming after the recent passing of two close friends. Moser says he wants to wake up in the morning choosing how the rest of his day will unfold.  John Moser will be installed in the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame next year alongside his longtime morning show partner, Bill McCollum.