News – September 21, 2020

(Princeton) A weekend house fire in Princeton claimed a life. Firefighters were called to the residence on State Highway 23/ West Main Street just before 7:15am Saturday morning. Responding to the scene were Princeton EMS and Police, Green Lake Police and Fire, Green Lake County Sheriff’s Department, and fire departments from Grand River, Montello, Neshkoro and Ripon. Details about the fire and the person killed during the blaze have not been released yet.

(Dodge County) Wisconsin health officials are reporting 1665 positive coronavirus cases in Sunday’s daily update, which is 20-percent of the 6600 tests announced. There are 14,143 active cases in the state, an increase of 472 people from Saturday. State health officials recorded one death Sunday, bringing that total to 1,242. Dodge County had 27 more cases announced Sunday for a running total of 1600 with nine deaths on record.

(Juneau) The ability of hospitals in Dodge County to treat all patients requiring hospitalization without resorting to crisis standards is no longer on solid ground. Dodge County Public Health says that metric has taken a step backward as coronavirus cases in the county rise. The hospital care metric had been in the green but that reverted to yellow status on Friday. Local health officials on Friday also downgraded the county back to Phase One of its Safe Restart Plan. Recommendations under the plan include limiting capacity in non-essential businesses, bars, restaurants and organizations to 25-percent while private, indoor social gatherings should be limited to ten people or less while maintaining physical distancing and wearing a mask.

(Beaver Dam) Less than a week after clamping down on inpatient visits, Marshfield Medical Center-Beaver Dam has further expanded visitor restrictions. The move, effective today (Monday), means that in addition to no visitors being allowed into their inpatient unit, the policy has been extended throughout the remainder of their facilities. Exceptions include one birth partner per delivering mother; end-of-life situations, when up to two adult visitors will be allowed; and if a patient is a minor child, they can be accompanied by one parent or guardian. However, there remain no exceptions to the visitor restrictions for Hillside Manor, Eagle’s Wings and Remembrance Home and the hospitals cafeteria and gift shop are closed to the public.

(Dodge County) Dodge County is exploring options to broadcast their monthly county board meetings. The county board’s executive committee recently directed the IT department to begin research on the best way to broadcast meetings. Options include live video or audio streaming, live text streaming, phone conferencing as well as through local radio or TV stations. While no timetable for the project was given, IT Director Justin Reynolds is working on some ideas with projected costs for this year’s budget.