News – October 29, 2021

(Wisconsin) Wisconsin’s coronavirus case numbers are trending downward. As of Wednesday, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services said just four counties – Burnett, Richland, Florence, and Marinette have “critically high” case activity, compared to 20 last week. Meanwhile, Dane, Rock, and Kenosha have been downgraded to “high” activity… – WRN

(Dodge County) …Dodge, Fond du Lac, Washington, Jefferson, Columbia, and Green Lake Counties are all in the very high case activity level. There were 36 new COVID cases recorded by Dodge County Health Officials yesterday (Thursday) with four more hospitalizations. There are 469 active community cases. Deaths stand at 228 with 199 confirmed and 29 probable deaths. So far, there have been 47.3-percent of Dodge County residents who have had at least one dose of the vaccine while 45.2-pecent have completed the vaccination series.

(Cambria) The Columbia County Health Department will be hosting several upcoming drive through COVID testing sites and vaccine clinics at the Cambria Fire Station. The clinics will offer the Pfizer and the one-and-done Johnson and Johnson vaccine. The testing site and vaccine clinic will be located at the Cambria Fire Station at 702 Elizabeth Street. Dates include tomorrow, November 20, and December 4 from 10am to 2pm. A link to pre-register for a COVID test can be found at

(Madison) A state representative from Columbus is touting the passage of a housing reform bill in the Assembly. The bill authored by Will Penterman is part of a larger legislative package to provide safer, more affordable housing options in Wisconsin. Covered uses under the bill include the removal of lead paint, replacing insolation or siding, and updating heating, plumbing or electrical systems. Penterman says the bill offers individuals the opportunity to improve their home so it can be in a decent, safe, and sanitary condition.

(Watertown) Watertown Regional Medical Center has been tapped to join a new health system. The facility is among 18 LifePoint Health hospital campuses and associated sites of care selected to become part of a new national health system called ScionHealth. Local leadership will remain the same, and all employees will transition to ScionHealth once the move is completed. Very little changes in day-to-day operations are anticipated. Pending regulatory approval and satisfaction of customary closing conditions, LifePoint and Kindred expect the launch of ScionHealth to be completed by the end of the year.

(Beaver Dam) The Dodge County Sheriff is offering a few safety tips before area kids head out trick-or-treating this weekend. Sheriff Dale Schmidt says parents need to keep a close eye on their children so they do not dart out into the middle of the street. He also encourages adults to report any suspicious people or vehicles to law enforcement. This weekend’s trick-or-treat hours can be found with this story under the news tab at