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Jessie Dick

WXPR General Manager

Study Looks At High School Athletics And COVID-19

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There was good news for high school athletics Thursday afternoon.

"I think everyone was kind of pleasantly surprised," said Stevens Point athletic director Michael Blair.

The pleasant surprise stemmed from the results of a study conducted by the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.

When the pandemic first hit, calls to Tri-County Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault dropped off dramatically.

“It was pretty silent here. Our phones were not ringing,” said Angela Shields, a victim advocate for Tri-County Council. The organization provides support to victims of domestic and sexual abuse in Forest, Vilas, and Oneida Counties.

Pelican Elementary School Facebook

Pelican Elementary School is switching to virtual learning for all students for the next two weeks.

In a letter to students and their families, the district superintendent said the reason for this decision is the impact of COVID 19 on students and staff with both positive cases and in quarantine for close contacts. 

It said it exceeded a critical number as established by Oneida County Health to remain in person at the school. 

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It’s been called a lot of different things: COVID fatigue, quarantine fatigue, pandemic burnout.

No matter what you call it, it is real.

“This kind of widespread and this is everyone’s reaction. And what we’re talking about is really kind of a normal reaction to very abnormal events,” said Jessica Schiek is the Regional Director of Behavioral Health Services for Ascension St. Mary’s Koller Behavioral Health.

Feelings of fear, anxiety, and difficulty sleeping have all come with the pandemic.

LUHS to Ease Teacher Workload Every Other Friday

Oct 21, 2020
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The Lakeland Union High School board of education has voted to change the 2020-21 instructional calendar to give teachers some breathing room away from the stress and time constraints of dealing with issues arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Wisconsin National Guard

Local County Health Departments are coordinating with the Wisconsin National Guard to increase COVID-19 testing throughout our region. 

Several counties are now offering weekly coronavirus testing sites. The testing is meant for people who are symptomatic or close contacts of people who have tested positive. 

Oneida County

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COVID-19 cases in Wisconsin continue to surge.

Hospitals are at or reaching capacity.

More than 1,500 Wisconsinites have died and more will died if the virus doesn’t get under control soon.

WXPR spoke with Dr. Ajay Sethi to learn more about the virus.

Dr. Sethi is an Associate Professor of Population Health Sciences and Director of the Master of Public Health Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He’s an infectious disease epidemiologist and works on the COVID-19 response with colleagues at the university.

Black Forest Pub & Grille Facebook Page

The order limiting bars, restaurants, and other indoor places to 25 percent of capacity is back in place. It's the latest in a long line of coronavirus-related restrictions to be challenged in courts. 

Black Forest Pub and Grille in Three Lakes has made a lot of changes this summer some based on orders, others of its own volition. 

“Limited seating, we followed 50% capacity guidelines. We pulled bar chairs away from our bar area,” said owner and manager Health Biro. “Our staff were wearing masks at all times.”

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A Wisconsin judge has reimposed an order from Gov. Tony Evers’ administration limiting the number of people who can gather in bars, restaurants and other indoor places to 25% of capacity.

The capacity limits order was issued Oct. 6 in the face of surging coronavirus cases in Wisconsin. But a judge blocked the order Oct. 14 after Tavern League of Wisconsin challenged it, arguing the order amounts to a “defacto closure” order for the bars and restaurants it represents.

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The Lincoln County Health Department will offer free weekly COVID-19 testing.

It’s collaborating with the Wisconsin National Guard, Merrill Area Public Schools, and the Merrill Fire Department. 

People will be able to get tested every Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Starting this week, the drive-thru testing site will be at the MAPS building at 2004 East 10th Street in Merrill. 

The testing is meant for people who are showing symptoms of COVID-19 or have been identified as close contacts.

Lincoln County Health Department Facebook

The Lincoln County Health Department confirmed Friday a fifth death in Lincoln County associated with COVID-19. The person who died was in their 80’s and had underlying health conditions. 

Lincoln County Health Department Director Shelley Hersil said they were saddened by the loss of a community member, and extended sympathies to their loved ones and all impacted.

Wisconsin DHS

The Department of Health Services is upgrading its Wisconsin Electronic Disease Surveillance System.

This is the system the state uses to collect and share data related to COVID-19.

The upgrade will improve tools for contact tracing, automate data entry, enhance security features, and strengthen the system to accommodate the increase in cases.

It will be upgraded this weekend starting Friday night.

During the upgrade, data on the DHS website will not be updated.

Wisconsin National Guard

The Marathon County Health Department will be offering free COVID-19 testing weekly.

It will be on Tuesdays with the help of the Wisconsin National Guard. The event will a be a drive-thru, nasal swab testing.

People can get registered online ahead of time. It’s being held at the Marathon County Emergency Management Office, 1308 West Street, Wausau.

The health department said the testing is open to people who are symptomatic or close contacts of a positive test.

White House Coronavirus Task Force

Wisconsin once again set a record for daily COVID-19 cases. 3,747 people tested positive since Wednesday.

“It’s going to get worse before it gets better,” said DHS Secretary-Designee Andrea Palm. She painted a grim picture of the COVID-19 situation in Wisconsin.  

“In some regions of our state ICU beds are 90% or more full. And those numbers while stark, don’t factor in staffing shortages which we are seeing in every region of the state,” said Palm.

More than 1,000 people are now hospitalized because of COVID-19. The seven-day average is 2,927.

Marshfield Clinic Receives Grant For COVID-19 Study

Oct 15, 2020
WAOW Television

Marshfield Clinic Research Institute is getting $4 million in a grant from the CDC to study COVID-19 in rural communities.

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