News – September 16, 2020

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam School District has been working through eleven coronavirus cases since the school year started three weeks ago. Superintendent Mark DiStefano told the school board this week that with 3800 students and staff in the district, that number represents three-one-thousandth (3/1000th) of one percent. As far as contact tracing stemming from those who have been around infected persons, he says that less than one percent have had to quarantine. DiStefano says he and administrators with other area school districts have been meeting weekly with county health officials. The situation is being closely monitored but at this point, he is not recommending any change in the current school day. Students in grades seven through 12 are in school two days a week while learning virtually for three days while younger kids are in school five days a week.  Masks will continue to be worn indoors on campus.

(Lake Mills) The Lake Mills High School is closed following their third positive coronavirus case this week. The Lake Mills Leader is reporting that students will be learning virtually until Monday so that the building can be disinfected. There are no classes today as teachers prepare for virtual learning. Elementary and middle schools remain open.

(Dodge County) Wisconsin health officials are reporting 1,348 positive coronavirus cases in Tuesday’s daily update, which is 11-percent of the 12,200 tests announced. There are 10,509 active cases in the state, an increase of 308 from Monday. State health officials recorded 10 deaths Tuesday, for a total of 1,220. Dodge County has eight deaths on record and 1,459 cases, an increase of 42 from Monday. County health officials are actively monitoring 228 people.

(Dodge County) Dodge County has seen a three-week rise in the percentage of positive tests, according to the latest update from the Dodge County Health Department. From September 7th through the 13th, county health officials say 16.9-percent of all tests administered were positive. That figure is more than doubled what the rate was on August 23rd when the weekly percentage of positive tests was 8.6-percent. Dodge County remains in phase two of its three phase safe restart plan. The number of cases remains in red while contact tracing is yellow. Testing, hospitals and PPE are in the green.

(Madison) Governor Tony Evers has not decided whether or not he’s extending his mask order which is in effect until September 28. He says the legislature seems reluctant to accomplish anything as it relates to restrictions. Evers first formal efforts to control COVID-19 through a public health order were struck down by the State Supreme Court, which ordered the Governor and the Legislature to work out a plan to handle the virus. Republicans have not put forward their own plans on the issue. -WRN

(Watertown) A Watertown woman who illegally received county and state benefits was ordered yesterday (Tuesday) to pay nearly $50-thousand-dollars in restitution. Ashley Thompson under reported her hourly and weekly wages between 2014 and 2018 in order to receive Foodshare benefits and child subsidy payments. District Attorney Kurt Klomberg said at sentencing that when an able bodied, employable person takes these benefits fraudulently it is effectively sticking their hand in the pocket of taxpayers to steal money meant to feed the hungry. The 28-year-old was also placed on probation for five years.

(Manitowoc) The Manitowoc and Sheboygan County Sheriff’s Offices are investigating the death of an inmate in the Manitowoc County Jail Tuesday. A Manitowoc County Correctional Officer’s attention – while conducting routine rounds on the third floor of the jail – was drawn towards an inmate lying in an awkward position on a mattress and found unresponsive. The inmate identified as a 36-year-old man was pronounced dead. No other details are being released at this time pending notification of family. The Sheboygan County Sheriff’s Office will be the lead investigating agency in this case. -WRN

(Wisconsin) The enrollment period has been extended for Wisconsin residents who have lost health insurance coverage during the coronavirus pandemic. The governor’s office says when FEMA declared the pandemic to be a national emergency it opened the door for those people to get a new health care plan.  Most lost their coverage because it had been accessed through an employer.  Anyone who lost coverage can see what their options are online at HealthCare-dot-gov.  Some people could be eligible for free or low-cost coverage through BadgerCare. -WRN

(Madison) UW-Madison has cancelled spring break. Spring break has been eliminated as part of the effort to slow the spread of coronavirus.  The Faculty Senate voted 140-to-seven to set aside the nine-day break on the 2021 spring calendar.  Officials say the intention is to discourage students and staff from traveling long distances, then bringing COVID-19 back to the campus.  One professor suggests it may not work like that if classes are online then.  He says students could just log-on from Florida for a week, hitting the beaches after class is over. -WRN