Local Covid-19

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After 55 days of in-person and hybrid classes Northland Pines district administrator Scott Foster gave a report on how the district is coping with the COVID pandemic and more importantly how the students and staff are accepting the changes and challenges.

“We have about 1500 persons involved with the challenges counting students, teachers, bus drivers, and food service and all have adapted well and adjusted,” Foster said. “Our main goal of continuing in person teaching is working and the kids have adjusted to wearing masks, which we thought would be an issue, but is not.”

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There will be no hospital beds available in northcentral Wisconsin by mid-December.

That was the grim message from all three healthcare groups in our region on Friday.

Representatives from Ascension, Marshfield Clinic, and Aspirus spoke during a panel discussion hosted by the Wausau Chamber of Commerce, WSAW, WAOW, Marathon County Health Department, DC Everest School District and Wausau School District.

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A spokeswoman for Gov. Tony Evers’ says a virtual meeting with Republican legislative leaders to discuss COVID-19 relief efforts was “productive."

The meeting on Friday was Evers’ first with newly-elected Senate Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu and his first since May with Assembly Speaker Robin Vos.

It comes as the coronavirus continues to ravage the state, with hospitals at or near capacity.

The head of the Wisconsin Hospital Association on Thursday urged Evers and Republicans to work together urgently to avoid the crisis becoming a catastrophe.

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Every day, hospitals in Wisconsin continue to fill with COVID-19 patients.  As of Friday morning, hospitals throughout the state were at 89-percent capacity.

Marshfield Clinic has been sharing testimonials on its Facebook page from healthcare workers on the toll the pandemic is taking. One was from Theresa Weiler. She supervises one the COVID-19 units at Marshfield Clinic. She gave the following presentation at a staff meeting to share what her team is currently facing on the frontlines of the pandemic.

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Dr. Stephen Phillipson is a hospitalist at Aspirus Wausau Hospital. He leads a team that cares for the sickest COVID-19 patients in the hospital.

Dr. Phillipson shares his experience working with those patients, what treatment looks like, and his plea to the community.

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Between its hospitals in the U.P. and northern Wisconsin, Aspirus has more than 130 COVID-19 patients.  That’s on top of the hundreds of other patients it has for everyday illnesses and accidents.

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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.

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This summer, Church Mutual CEO Rich Poirier told WXPR his company was targeting early September to bring employees back for in-person work.

The Merrill-based company is one of the largest employers in the area. About 600 people usually work in the headquarters building, but since the start of the pandemic, they’ve been working from home.

Poirier hoped the COVID-19 situation would improve. But instead, it got worse.

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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

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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.

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