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January 13, 2021

More Contagious Coronavirus Variant Found In Wisconsin

A tent is set up for vehicles to drive through and receive COVID-19 testing
On Tuesday, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and its laboratory partners identified a variant of the novel coronavirus, which causes COVID-19, in Wisconsin. Based on scientific studies, researchers believe the variant, identified as B.1.1.7, spreads more rapidly and easily than the original strain of SARS-CoV-2. Read more »

DNR Announces Contactless Fish Registration For Sturgeon Spearing Season

Sturgeon spearing
On Wednesday, officials from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources announced changes to the upcoming sturgeon spearing season caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Read more »

Madison Health Leaders Seek Ways To Build Trust For COVID-19 Vaccine In Communities Of Color

vaccine, covid-19
More than 540,000 people have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in the U.S., but millions more still need it before the country reaches herd immunity. Public health experts are working to build trust in the vaccine among communities of color after years of discrimination and malpractice have sowed distrust toward the medical field. Read more »

Homeowners Offered Bottled Water After Elevated PFAS Levels Found Near La Crosse Airport

Tap water faucet
Dozens of homeowners near the La Crosse airport are being offered bottled water after testing of private wells showed concerning levels of PFAS contamination.  Read more »

Gov. Tony Evers To Call Special Session On State Unemployment System

Gov. Tony Evers delivers his 2021 State of the State Address
Gov. Tony Evers says he will call lawmakers into a special session to address the state's "antiquated" unemployment insurance system. Read more »

Amid News Of More Contagious COVID-19 Strain Detected In Wisconsin, New Cases Continue Small Decline

There were 2,134 new positive cases of COVID-19 in Wisconsin on Wednesday, according to the state Department of Health Services. There were 37 new deaths. Read more »

County Republican Parties Facing Scrutiny Over Online Rhetoric In Wake Of Insurrection

Supporters of President Donald Trump gather outside the U.S. Capitol
In the weeks leading up to the violent siege of the U.S. Capitol, county Republican Party officials in Wisconsin urged supporters to "prepare for war" with the Shawano County GOP urging people to stock up on supplies due to potential "temporary violence."  Read more »
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