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For the second day in a row, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services is reporting no new COVID-19 deaths.

It comes as the U.S. nears half a million deaths due to the virus.

The last time Wisconsin went two or more days without a single reported death from the coronavirus was the three-day stretch of Sept. 6 through Sept. 8.

In total, 6,284 people from Wisconsin have died from the virus. 295 of those people are from the Northwoods.

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The daily update on COVID-19 numbers posted by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services listed no deaths for the first time since late September.

Health officials on Sunday confirmed just over 400 new cases in the state.

That’s the lowest count since about 320 positive tests were registered in late June.

The new case average has also reached its lowest mark since the summer.

The COVID Tracking Project reports that the rolling average number of daily new cases over the last two weeks in Wisconsin has decreased by more than 40 percent.

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Wisconsin health officials are launching a new online COVID-19 vaccine registry next month.

The registry will help people determine if they're eligible for a shot, let them know where they can get it and allow them to schedule an appointment.

A number of local health departments will start testing the registry in their communities starting next week with a full launch on March 1.

If a person's local health department is participating in the registry he or she will able to access it starting then. The registry will be open to other vaccinators by April 1.

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Women who get the COVID-19 vaccine should wait a couple weeks before getting a mammogram.

That’s according to the new guidance issued by the Society of Breast Imaging.

Some people who got the COVID-19 vaccine have experienced an enlargement of their lymph nodes.

It’s temporary and not harmful.

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According to the U.S. Census, about 1,600 people in Wausau are undocumented. Throughout the state of Wisconsin, there are 75,000 undocumented residents.

This is why health officials say it is crucial that everyone gets vaccinated regardless of their citizenship status.

"We see more severe illness in people that are from a population of color so we want everyone to get vaccinated," said Judy Burrows with the Marathon County Health Department.

However, many are afraid their status might be jeopardized if they get a COVID-19 vaccine.

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As of Thursday afternoon, 11.1 percent of Wisconsin’s population has gotten at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. 3.4 percent have gotten both doses and completed the vaccine series. The state’s goal is to get 80 percent of the population fully vaccinated.

You can now view a breakdown of how each county is doing when it comes vaccinating. Scroll down for an interactive version. 

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A new legal challenge to Gov. Tony Evers’ latest mask mandate is before the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

The challenge was filed less than a week after the Legislature struck down a previous order and the Democratic governor quickly issued a new one.

Prominent Republican donor Jere Fabick asked the court late Tuesday to issue a temporary injunction to block the mask order that Evers issued on Feb. 4. Evers issued the order just after the GOP-controlled Legislature voted to repeal an earlier mask mandate.

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A second case of a new, more contagious form of the COVID-19 virus has been detected in Wisconsin.

That’s less than a month after it was first seen.

The so-called U.K. variant was first detected in the state on Jan. 12 and was identified again on Sunday by lab partners of the state Department of Health Services.

Wisconsin chief medical officer Dr. Ryan Westergaard calls the development “concerning” and says there are likely “many more cases” of it in the state.

Fears of variants taking hold come as vaccinations are increasing across the country. 

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For the first time since early September, the 7-day average in Wisconsin has dropped below 1,000.

The Department of Health Services is reporting 681 new covid-19 cases Tuesday and 39 more deaths.

While it’s good cases are dropping, state health officials say it’s still too high.

During a state update Tuesday, DHS Deputy Secretary Julie Willems Van Dijk said following COVID-19 safety guidelines are more important than ever.

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Enrolled veterans in the Northwoods can schedule appointments to get their COVID-19 vaccine. The window to make an appointment is only open between 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 9.

There will be vaccine clinics set up at the VA facilities in Marquette and Iron Mountain, Michigan, and Rhinelander. Eligible veterans can call 906-774-3300 and dial extension 33115. These clinics are open to any veteran who is enrolled and participating in VA services.

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Meijer is expanding COVID-19 vaccinations across Michigan this week.

They plan to administer up to 25,000 doses to people age 65 and older by week’s end.

Monday's announcement comes more than three weeks after the retailer began immunizations at a limited number of its pharmacies in Wayne County.

Residents can pre-register by sending a text message, going online or visiting a Meijer pharmacy.

Meijer reports administering more than 20,000 doses since its first clinic on Jan. 15, primarily to seniors.

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Gov. Tony Evers' administration is partnering with an international health care organization to set up community sites for COVID-19 vaccinations.

Evers announced Monday that his administration will work with AMI Expeditionary Healthcare to establish six to 10 community vaccination sites.

The first site is slated to open on Feb. 16 in Rock County and will be able to vaccinate up to 250 people daily.

The goal is to vaccinate up to 1,000 people per day.

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The Oneida County Health Department has got its system down.

People make an appointment, they drive up to Grace Foursquare Church, and get handed a buzzer like you’d find at restaurants while you’re waiting for a table.

When it’s your turn the buzzer goes off, you go inside, and several tables are set up with people ready to give you your shot.

Once vaccinated, you wait for 15 minutes in a chair that’s six feet from any others and you’re on your way.

This process has allowed the Health Department to vaccinate roughly 55 people an hour.

Wausau Mayor: "I want a functional government"

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Wausau Mayor Katie Rosenberg is reminding residents that, no matter what action is taken on the wearing of face coverings in Madison, the city's own local resolution remains in place.                                    

“I know it’s exhausting. I know people are sick of it, really sick of it,” Rosenberg said. “But just keep at it.”

Late last week the state senate and assembly voted to throw out Governor Evers' emergency order.

That was their first vote related to the pandemic in some 300 days.

It regarded face coverings statewide.

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Gov. Tony Evers has vetoed the first bill passed by the Legislature to address the coronavirus pandemic in 10 months, a Republican-backed measure that Democrats say would do nothing to combat the virus or help reopen the state.  Evers vetoed the bill shortly after the Senate voted along party lines Friday sending it to him. Evers called on the Legislature to pass a version he can support. He had backed an earlier, more limited, version. But Republicans added provisions he opposed. One of those would prohibit employers from requiring workers to get vaccinated.

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