News – September 10, 2020

(Dodge County) Wisconsin health officials are reporting 857 positive coronavirus cases in Wednesday’s daily update, which is 9.7-percent of the 8,800 tests announced. There are 8,169 active cases in the state, including 178 in Dodge County. State health officials recorded 15 deaths Wednesday, for a total of 1,183. Dodge County has six deaths on record and 1,326 cases, an increase of 54 from Tuesday.

(Dodge County) Dodge County continues to see a weekly increase in the percentage of positive tests, according to the latest update from the Dodge County Health Department. From August 31st through September 6th, county health officials say 14.4-percent of all tests administered were positive; up from the 11.8-percent reported the previous week. Dodge County remains in phase two of its three phase safe restart plan but the changing numbers could trigger a downgrade. The metric that measures the number of cases remains in red while contact tracing is in yellow. Dodge County Public Health will be adding four staff members to boost contact tracing efforts.

(Wyocena) Columbia County Public Health and the Wisconsin National Guard are coordinating a free community coronavirus testing next week. The event will be held on Friday, September 18th from 9am to 4pm at the county highway shop located at 338 West Old Highway 16 in Wyocena. For more information visit DailyDodge.com.

(Beaver Dam) Beaver Dam Police officers may be equipped with body cameras as early as next year. That is according to Sgt. Jeremiah Johnson who told us Friday on WBEV’s Community Comment that the department is seeking grant funding to cover the cost of the video equipment. If the city does not receive the grant, Johnson says the plan would be to find money in the budget to purchase as many as possible. He notes that any video footage collected by the department would be subject to the Open Records Law if the public or media makes a request.

(Madison) Governor Tony Evers is defending his administration’s response to rioting and looting in Kenosha following the police shooting of Jacob Blake, saying that he would not change anything that he did. Evers said he spoke with the White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, and put him in touch with Wisconsin Adjutant General Paul Knapp to coordinate Guard personnel from other states. There were eventually 4,000 Guard members deployed to Kenosha. -WRN

(Kenosha) Damage to buildings and businesses in Kenosha from rioting and fires following the police shooting of Jacob Blake is estimated at $50-mllion-dollars. The Kenosha News reports that Supervisor Terry Rose cited an estimate from the Kenosha Area Business Alliance of damage to 100 businesses and as many as 40 “out of business for good.” During a Tuesday night meeting of the county board, Rose called on leadership to consider action on what he termed “the biggest crisis in the history of Kenosha County.” -WRN

(Beaver Dam) A reminder from city officials in Beaver Dam as more and more political signs are popping up in advance of the November election. Department of Public Works Supervisor Dan Mulhern says that it is a violation of city ordinance to place any signs in the public street terrace, that is the area between the sidewalk and the street. In the event that there is no sidewalk, no signs can be placed within 15-feet from the edge of the street. Also, signs are also not allowed to be placed on streetlights or utility poles. Mulhern notes that repeat violations will result in enforcement action being taken.

(Madison) A rapid rise of COVID-19 cases at UW-Madison has the county executive requesting that everyone go home. Dane County Executive Joe Parisi sent a letter to UW-Madison officials requesting that all undergrads be sent home for the year. This is after contact tracing showed at least 46 separate outbreaks due to people living on campus. UW-Madison chancellor Rebecca Blank says she understands Parisi’s concern, but that she wants to see if there’s any improvements after the campus ordered all residents to limit their contact for two weeks. – WRN