News – September 3, 2021

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Community COVID test site will be re-opening. The site, operated by the Dodge County Public Health with support from Marshfield Medical Center – Beaver Dam, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, and the Wisconsin National Guard, will begin operations again next Wednesday (September 8th). The testing site is located at 1701 North Spring Street and will be open from 11am to 5pm every Wednesday. Testing operations will continue up to and including December 15th.

(Wisconsin) Hospitals across Wisconsin are filling up with coronavirus patients. The Wisconsin Hospital Association counts 944 people in the hospital with the virus Wednesday, the most since early January. Two-hundred-and-eighty (280) of them were in the Intensive Care Unit. Total hospitalizations in Dodge County equal 833, there were two more hospitalized Thursday. – WRN

(Waupun) Agnesian HealthCare facilities are modifying their visitor guidelines as COVID hospitalizations and cases increase. Beginning today, patients can designate one visitor each day during their stay. There will be no visits for confirmed or suspected COVID patients except for limited situations. Only one primary support person in the Woman and Infants wing. All visitors must also be over the age of 18 and everyone will be screened prior to admission.

(Wisconsin) Marathon County health officials are dealing with reports of people being treated for taking ivermectin as an alternative treatment for COVID. Public health educator Aaron Ruff says that’s not something you should consider. He says if people are being told to try the drug, it’s not from a doctor or licensed healthcare professional, and that they should immediately seek proper medical help. Side effects include dizziness, low blood pressure, allergic reactions, seizures, and in some severe cases, a coma. – WRN

(Madison) Madison school officials are having to contend with a massive increase in requests for virtual schooling this fall. The district was set up to have about 150 students through the fifth grade participate. Instead, hundreds of requests for that option were submitted. Between last Friday and Monday parents of about 750 students signed up. – WRN

(Waupun) Cash bond was set at $10-thousand-dollars Thursday for a Fall River man charged with assault following a domestic incident last month. Tyrone Bearder reportedly threw a box of baby wipes at the victim, grabbed her neck and slammed her into a shelving unit, and threatened to burn down her apartment building after the victim denied giving him money. The victim also allegedly reported that she was sexual assaulted by the 21-year-old. If convicted, Bearder faces over 23 years behind bars. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for September 9th.

(Fox Lake) A Milwaukee man was sentenced to a year of probation yesterday (Thursday) for mailing in cellphone to an inmate of Fox Lake Correctional. Steven Robertson used a return address of a Milwaukee law firm in attempts to keep the package from being opened by prison officials. A mailroom officer noticed a rectangular shaped object in the envelope and ran it through an x-ray machine. At sentencing, state prosecutors said cellphones are how inmates arrange to have drugs and even weapons smuggled in from the outside

(Addison) A Town of Addison man was arrested Wednesday by Washington County authorities after a standoff. Around 8am, sheriff’s deputies received a call that the 63-year-old had shot at his roommate with a rifle inside their residence on Highway WW north of 33 in Addison. The roommate was able to escape with minor injuries and go to a nearby farm and call 911. The county’s SWAT Team as well crises negotiators were called to the scene. Negotiators talked with the suspect for around 90 minutes before they were able to convince him to come out unarmed. The man surrendered and was taken into custody.