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Governor Tony Evers will be issuing a new Public Health Emergency because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

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Gov. Tony Evers has released a package of 19 bills he wants the Republican-controlled Wisconsin Legislature to consider this fall in response to the surging coronavirus pandemic.

The bills released Tuesday would prohibit evictions and foreclosures through 2021 and continue the suspension of a one-week waiting period before people can collect unemployment.

They would also allow workers, including in healthcare, to claim worker’s compensation benefits related to COVID-19 if they contracted the illness from their occupation.

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Wisconsin prisons have experienced the highest single-day spike in coronavirus cases since the pandemic began.

The state Department of Corrections reported 808 new COVID-19 cases among inmates Monday, bringing the number of active cases to 2,063.

Need For Convalescent Plasma Grows

Nov 17, 2020
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With COVID-19 cases increasing across the state, blood and plasma donations from those who have endured the virus are in high demand.

"As the surge of COVID cases go up, the Red Cross is becoming more concerned with the supply of blood and convalescent plasma," said Laura McGuire, a spokesperson for the Red Cross.

The FDA approved the emergency use of plasma as a therapy for COVID-19 patients back in August. It involves giving a transfusion of plasma with antibodies from a recovered patient to someone currently fighting the disease.

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COVID-19 continues to ravage Wisconsin, and it's not just hospitals pleading for extra help and for residents to embrace safety protocols.

Advocates for caregivers, especially those assisting loved ones, are asking state leaders to provide more support.

Helen Marks Dicks, advocacy director of state issues with AARP Wisconsin, noted the state has nearly 600,000 unpaid family caregivers.

The Rhinelander District Library is going to curbside service only due to the rise in COVID-19 cases in the area.

The change goes into effect Tuesday, November 17. 

Curbside will be available Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:40 p.m. and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30 a.m.  to 5:50 p.m.

You can call the library for an appointment, 715-365-1070.

The library will be offering no services the week of Thanksgiving. It will be closed for deep cleaning and reset of procedures.

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The Wisconsin Supreme Court is hearing arguments on whether to strike down the state’s mask mandate being challenged by conservatives as an unconstitutional overreach of power by Democratic.

Gov. Tony Evers. The arguments Monday come as Wisconsin broke records last week for new COVID-19 cases as the coronavirus continues a surge in the state.

Since the start of the outbreak, Evers has issued three public health emergencies and a series of related orders.

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Officials say there is a critical need for blood plasma from recovered coronavirus patients in Wisconsin.

Convalescent plasma has been shown to be effective in treating the most seriously ill coronavirus patients, but the demand is far greater than the supply.

Versiti Blood Center of Wisconsin’s chief medical officer, Dr. Thomas Abshire, said the need for convalescent plasma in Wisconsin is about double the number of donors giving plasma.

Surge in COVID Cases Puts Pressure on Michigan Hospitals

Nov 16, 2020
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Michigan hospital leaders warn urgent action is needed to reduce novel coronavirus spread in the community.

Hospitalizations due to COVID-19 jumped 100% over the past two weeks, according to the Michigan Health and Hospital Association.

Wright Lassiter, CEO of Henry Ford Health Systems, said it's taking a toll on the healthcare workforce.

COVID-19 Precautions Urged During Gun Deer Season

Nov 16, 2020
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Gun deer season is often a time of tradition and excitement for many. Due to COVID-19, officials said the usual traditions might have to wait.

"It's important to recognize and keep in mind that Wisconsin is on a record setting pace with the number of COVID-19 cases here in the state," said Eric Lobner, director of wildlife management at the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

While many look forward to the season, officials say this year will be different. Lobner says you may have to adjust plans in order to stay safe.

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Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s administration is ordering high schools and colleges to stop in-person classes, closing restaurants to indoor dining and stopping organized sports — including the football playoffs — in a bid to curb Michigan’s spiking coronavirus cases.

The restrictions will begin Wednesday and last three weeks. They are not nearly as sweeping as when the governor issued a stay-at-home order last spring, but they are extensive.

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The City of Rhinelander is closing city offices for walk-ins starting Monday due to the rise in COVID-19 cases in Oneida County.

“The City’s utmost priority is keeping people safe while continuing to provide services andcarry out its functions,” said Mayor Chris Frederickson in a statement. “Wear a mask while in public, practicegood hygiene and avoid gatherings of people outside your immediate family wheneverpossible." 

City Hall, police, fire, and inspection offices will be closed to walk-in customers.

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Wisconsin is reporting 7,777 new COVID-19 cases Friday.

That’s a new daily record and it puts the state over the 300,000 mark for total COVID-19 cases.

It took Wisconsin seven months to get to 100,000 cases, 36 days to get to the next 100,000, and only 18 days to reach the latest 100,000.

Another 58 deaths were reported Friday. More than 2,500 Wisconsinites have died since the start of the pandemic. That number is expected to double before the end of the year if nothing changes.

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An increasing number of universities in Wisconsin are telling students heading home for Thanksgiving not to return for the rest of the semester.

Three University of Wisconsin System schools, Eau Claire, Stout and River Falls, are the latest campuses to go virtual through the holidays.

Students will taken final exams remotely and return to campus for the spring semester. UW-Madison and a number of private schools, including Marquette, St. Norbert and Carroll, have already made similar plans.

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Major Republican donors Liz and Dick Uihlein have tested positive for COVID-19.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Thursday that it obtained an email Liz Uihlein sent Wednesday to employees at Uline, the couple's shipping supply company in Pleasant Prairie, saying she and her husband have the coronavirus. She says they will return to the office on Nov. 19.

It's unclear how they contracted the virus. Uihlein suggests in her email that they were around people with COVID-19 but doesn't elaborate.

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