Saturday, April 3, 2021
As COVID-19 cases rise, health officials recommend Wisconsin residents take caution with spring and summer gatherings
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services updated its website to include recommendations for both fully vaccinated and unvaccinated people, as well as guidelines for spring and summer activities and gatherings.
Recommendations for unvaccinated people remain the same, including wearing a mask, socially distancing, washing your hands, and avoiding gatherings.
If you are not fully vaccinated yet, the state's health department continues to advise against attending or hosting gatherings with people who don’t live with you and who are not fully vaccinated.
Fully vaccinated people are being asked to wear a mask and socially distance when in public, gathering with unvaccinated people from more than one other household or visiting with an unvaccinated person who is at increased risk of severe illness or death from COVID-19.
Easter will be a super-spreader event.
A CBD store in Menomonee Falls was raided and three people were arrested after two small children had a nonfatal overdose after unintentionally ingesting a CBD-related product bought from the store.
The investigation into the overdose incident led to law enforcement executing a search warrant March 30 at Superstar Buds, N88-W16733 Main St., according to the news release from the Waukesha County Sheriff Department.
In the investigation leading to the raid, authorities obtained evidence the business was selling products containing prohibited levels of delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol or delta-9-THC, according to the news release.
The Sheriff's Department said in the news release that state law allows for the sale of CBD-related products only if the delta-9-THC levels are not more than 3%. Several of the products obtained from the store during this investigation had delta-9-THC levels of more than 20%.
The driver who killed a US Capitol cop before he was gunned down by police is a Nation of Islam devotee from Indiana, according to reports and his social media.
Noah Green, 25, who may have been living in Virginia, described himself as a “Follower of Farrakhan” on his Facebook page, in reference to Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan.
Green appeared to have come on hard times from his Facebook page reviewed by The Post before his account was taken down.
“I was on the right track and everything I had planned was coming into existence. It required long hours, lots of studying, and exercise to keep me balanced while experiencing an array of concerning symptoms along the path (I believe to be side effects of drugs I was intaking unknowingly),” he wrote on March 17, signing the message Brother Noah X
“However, the path has been thwarted, as Allah (God) has chosen me for other things. Throughout life I have set goals, attained them, set higher ones, and then been required to sacrifice those things,” he continued.
His Facebook posts were first reported by MSNBC, which read them on-air.
Friday, April 2, 2021
|Photograph: Jon Chol Jin/AP|
Russian diplomats fleeing North Korea have described acute shortages of medicines and other basic goods in the country, indicating a crisis fuelled by one of the world’s strictest quarantine regimes amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Thursday, April 1, 2021
Wisconsin Supreme Court overturns statewide mask mandate, blocks Evers from declaring multiple emergency orders
MADISON - The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Wednesday blocked Democratic Gov. Tony Evers from issuing any new public health emergency orders to mandate face masks without the approval of the Republican-controlled state Legislature.
In a 4-3 decision, conservative justices in the majority declared the statewide mask mandate invalid and ruled Evers exceeded his authority in issuing multiple emergency declarations over the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Evers used the emergency orders to require face coverings be worn indoors statewide after lawmakers opted not to.
"The question in this case is not whether the Governor acted wisely; it is whether he acted lawfully. We conclude he did not," Justice Brian Hagedorn, writing for the conservative majority, said.
Wednesday, March 31, 2021
Sorry I didn't post this on Monday. I keep forgetting . . .
A top Milwaukee Health Department staffer was put on paid administrative leave Friday, pending an investigation.
Claire Evers, deputy commissioner of environmental health, has been with the city since July 2010 and currently makes $112,626 annually, according to the city. She was appointed to the role by former Commissioner Jeanette Kowalik on May 17, 2020.
In the position, Evers' duties have included overseeing enforcement of the city's COVID-19 health orders in addition to lead program enforcement.
Evers told the Journal Sentinel in a Facebook message that she had not been told what the potential misconduct is, adding, "I haven’t even had so much as a ‘talking to’ in my career."
Department of Employee Relations Director Makda Fessahaye said the investigation was into "potential misconduct." She said she could not provide additional details, and there is not a timeline within which the investigation will take place.
MADISON - Everyone in Wisconsin age 16 and older will be eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccine shot starting Monday.
Gov. Tony Evers made the announcement Tuesday, expanding the state's vaccine rollout to everyone in the state about four weeks earlier than planned.
The move comes as President Joe Biden urged governors to make COVID-19 vaccines available to the general public by mid-April.
Wisconsin will join six states — Kansas, Louisiana, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma and Texas — in expanding vaccine eligibility to all adults on Monday.
Vaccine supply is growing in Wisconsin. According to CDC data, the state got about 188,000 first doses of vaccine this week, which is nearly 45,000 more than the week before.
Supply is more limited for teenagers, however. Currently, the Pfizer vaccine is the only COVID-19 vaccine authorized for individuals ages 16 and 17. No vaccines have been authorized for children younger than 16.
Tuesday, March 30, 2021
Man’s love for Italian cuisine tipped off law enforcement, leads to international arrest in Santo Domingo
Before Biart made a home in Boca Chica, he was allegedly in Costa Rica, which is a little more than 1,800 miles away.
Over 1 million Wisconsin residents vaccinated as DHS signals opening COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to everyone 16 and older early
As Wisconsin passed 1 million fully vaccinated residents, state health officials said they would likely move the date that all Wisconsin adults would be eligible from May to sometime in April.
At a Milwaukee Press Club Newsmaker Lunch Hour Monday, Julie Willems Van Dijk, the deputy secretary of the state Department of Health Services, signaled that vaccine eligibility would open up to everyone 16 and older sometime in April, earlier than originally planned. She said the state would announce the date "very soon."
President Joe Biden says 90% of adults will be eligible for the vaccine by April 19. Ten states plan to open eligibility for the vaccine to all adults this week, ahead of Biden's target. Six states — Kansas, Louisiana, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma and Texas — expanded vaccine eligibility to all adults on Monday.
Monday, March 29, 2021
|In this Monday, March 22, 2021 file photo, two older adults socially distanced, watch a spring training exhibition baseball game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Baltimore Orioles in Bradenton, Fla. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)|
Bill Griffin waited more than a year for this moment: Newly vaccinated, he embraced his 3-year-old granddaughter for the first time since the pandemic began.