(Waukesha) Governor Tony Evers has ordered flags to be flown at half-staff today (Monday), as a mark of respect for the victims of the tragedy at yesterday’s (Sunday’s) Waukesha Christmas Parade. The city of Waukesha says at least five people have died and more than forty people were injured after a man driving a red SUV plowed through the parade around 4:30pm. The social media post from the city indicates that the numbers may change as additional information is collected. Several people self-transported to area hospitals. A suspect is in custody. Waukesha Police Chief Don Thompson was able to confirm that shots were fired by a Waukesha Police officer towards the suspect’s vehicle as the vehicle drove off, confirming that no shots were fired from the vehicle into the crowd. The governor says he is (quote) “praying for Waukesha and all the kids, families, and community members affected by [the] senseless act.”
(Wisconsin) More than 12-hundred people are hospitalized statewide due to COVID, and it is effecting health care professionals. Dr. Bill Hartman with UW Health says it is taking an emotional toll and people are leaving medicine. The Wisconsin Hospital Association reports fewer than five ICU beds available in the four regions that make up northern Wisconsin. Hartman says that’s one of the reasons that getting vaccinated and getting a booster is important. – WRN
(Juneau) Dodge County public health officials are providing some information on how the different types of COVID tests are processed and their reliability. If a test is processed by a lab, the result – officials say – is likely very accurate. This is because the lab processes the tests using sensitive, technical methods in a highly regulated environment. Tests processed by labs tend to be more time-intensive and expensive. If it is a rapid test and is processed closer to where the individual was swabbed, officials say it may not be as accurate. This can be a result of lower sensitivity or rapid technology. An image of the testing flier is available at DailyDodge.com.
(Beaver Dam) Authorities are reminding motorists to keep a watchful eye out for deer. A mild winter last year and below-average harvests in both 2019 and 2020 have boosted the deer herd, meaning increased risks of seeing them along the roadways. Beaver Dam Police Sergeant Jeremiah Johnson says deer sightings are more likely to occur right before the sun comes up and right after the sun sets. Johnson says while car-deer collisions are more likely in the county, there have been accidents in the city specifically near parks and wooded areas.
(Beaver Dam) Dodge County has been recognized for its work to improve local health. The county received a Wisconsin Healthy Communities Designation with the cities of Beaver Dam, Horicon, and Juneau having renewed their Silver designation which they had gotten in 2018. The program is intended to recognize and encourage achievements in health improvement in Wisconsin Communities and to promote cooperation across multiple sectors. Officials with the Healthy Communities Designation say Dodge County’s achievement is the result of the collaborative hard work and dedication of community businesses, schools, and volunteers. The effort is part of a community health and well-being initiative sponsored by Marshfield Medical Center – Beaver Dam.
(Beaver Dam) Applications are still being accepted for the open Beaver Dam Area Community Theatre managing director position. David Saniter, who has been the organizations longtime managing director, stepped down last month. The role is responsible for ensuring programmatic excellence, business, and operation integrity, and for devising strategy and initiatives for advancement and sustainability of the theatre. Interested applicants must email their resume, a letter of interest, and salary requirements to the BDACT Board by November 30th. Contact details are available at DailyDodge.com.