A Tribal Elder from the Sokaogon Chippewa Community has died from COVID-19.

SCC said this is the first COVID-19 death in the community. The person lived in Mole Lake.

The SCC Health Clinic said it continues to work in conjunction with the SCC Incident Command System to protect the community by any means necessary.

It’s asking anyone who experiences any COVID-19 symptoms to get tested. You can call the SCC Health Clinic to schedule a test, 715-478-5180.

This is the 5th COVID-19 death in Forest County.

Wisconsin DHS

“New and Dangerous Phase.” 

That’s how state health officials are describing the current COVID-19 situation in Wisconsin.

A month ago, Wisconsin was averaging about 660 new cases a day. Now, it’s 1,900 cases a day.

There’s been more than 2,000 new cases in the last 24 hours.

Governor Tony Evers pointed to the start of the school year for a near exponential growth in new cases.

Right now, the 18 to 24-year-old age group is seeing the largest increase in COVID-19 cases.

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Gov. Tony Evers has extended Wisconsin’s mask mandate until November 21, citing a surge in coronavirus cases across the state, particularly on college campuses.

The order has been in effect since August and was scheduled to expire on Monday.

Evers on Tuesday extended the order even as his authority to issue the mandate is being challenged by conservatives in court.

Wisconsin’s COVID-19 cases have been soaring and the state now ranks third in the country for new cases per capita. A month ago, Wisconsin ranked 26th.

Marathon County Health Department Facebook

The Marathon County Health Department says it is seeing COVID-19 cases come in faster than they can reach out to potential contacts.

In a Facebook Post, the department said there has been a substantial increase in the number of COVID cases in the last week, both around the state and in Marathon County.  The health department says it has exceeded its capacity to contact people in a timely manner.

Wisconsin National Guard

The National Guard is offering free drive-thru COVID-19 testing in Crandon on Saturday, September 19.

It’s being held at the Forest County Highway Department at 5350 County Highway W from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

It’s open to Wisconsin residents and is first come, first serve.

People are being asked to register ahead of time at

The following is a break down of COVID-19 cases in this reigon as of Friday afternoon. 


The Sokaogon Chippewa Community Health Clinic is closed Friday for a deep clean. A health clinic staff member tested positive for COVID-19.The Sokaogon Chippewa Community said that person is self-isolating. Direct contacts are also self-isolating. The person is not an SCC Tribal Member and does not live in the Mole Lake Community.

The SCC Health Clinic suspended all services Friday so the ICS Cleaning Crew can sanitize the facility. It will reopen Saturday for COVID-19 testing only. Starting Monday, the SCC Health Clinic will be available for testing and emergency services only. 


The School District of Tomahawk is reporting a positive COVID-19 case within the district.

The person was at Tomahawk High School on Friday, September 11.

Five staff members and seven students have been identified as close contacts by the Lincoln County Health Department. They’ve all been asked to self-quarantine.

In a letter to staff and families, the district said exposure was limited to just one classroom in the building. That area is being cleaned and disinfected.

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The Forest County case rate or burden is now at 1002. On Tuesday, it was at 544.5 which was the highest in the state at the time. Now it’s nearly doubled the next highest burden.

For persepctive, this is the burden for other counties in the region:

Forest County Chamber Facebook

The Art in the Square Festival was scheduled for this Saturday in Crandon, but its been called off because of COVID-19 concerns. 

The Forest County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors made the decision and announced it in a Facebook post.  The board said while they’re disappointed to share the news, protecting their small community and many faithful visitors is of extreme importance.

Tommy Bartlett Show

The coronavirus pandemic has forced an iconic Wisconsin Dells-area water ski show to shut down forever.

Tom Diehl, president and co-owner of the Tommy Bartlett Show, said Wednesday that the show can't recover from the revenue loss this summer and will have to close down permanently after 69 years in business.

The show didn't operate at all this summer due to the pandemic and Diehl says it couldn't recover from the loss of revenue or risk investing in the summer of 2021 because of the uncertainty the pandemic has created.

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Voters will have a couple different options when it comes to casting their ballots this November.

You can vote in person at the polls or you can request an absentee ballot.

Voting at the polls will be fairly straight forward and similar to previous years, just with more safety precautions in place because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you request an absentee ballot you have different options on how you return it. You can mail it back.  You can go to your city clerk’s office and put it right in their hands.


Wisconsin hit a record on Sunday.  21 percent of all COVID-19 tests done that day came back positive.

That puts Wisconsin in the top nine states in the U.S. with the highest case rate in the country.

During a news conference Tuesday, Governor Tony Evers encouraged everyone to take this virus seriously.


More than 89,000 businesses in Wisconsin benefitted from the Paycheck Protection Program. This was part of the funding available to small businesses through the CARES Act at the start of the pandemic.

Wisconsin businesses received $9.9 billion through the program.

SBA Great Lakes Administrator Rob Scott visited some of the businesses that benefited from the program.


A second person from Oneida County has died because of COVID-19, according to the Oneida County Health Department.

It reported its first death on September 4.

The latest death was of a person in their 70s. The health department said the person had underlying health conditions.

To date, 260 people in Oneida County have tested positive for COVID-19. More than 86,000 people in the state of Wisconsin have tested positive. 1,197 Wisconsinites have died.


The Forest County Health Department is reporting COVID-19 cases linked to a couple of businesses.

Two employees at Charlie’s Lake Metonga Resort have tested positive for the virus. They were working at the resort on September 4th and 5th.

The health department said it’s not possible to specially identify all close contacts from an exposure in this instance. The Health Department is asking anyone who thinks they have been exposed to stay home and quarantine for 14 days and call your health care provider to get tested.