Saturday, May 15, 2021
The WHO has urged wealthy countries to reconsider plans to vaccinate children against Covid-19 and instead to donate doses to poorer nations, while warning that the pandemic’s second year looks set to be more deadly.
The City of Milwaukee's face mask requirements remain in effect, despite Thursday's announcement from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that significantly loosened restrictions for people who have been vaccinated against COVID-19.
The city's requirements were created through an ordinance that was approved by the Common Council and signed by Mayor Tom Barrett last summer. Altering the ordinance requires a similar process, which takes time.
Here's where things stand.
Here's what Milwaukee's mask mandate says
As it currently stands, the city mask mandate requires anyone in the city who is at least 3 years old to have a face covering when they leave home. Masks must be worn whenever in a building that is open to the public, and when outside in a public space and within 6 feet of any other person who is not a household or family member.
Owners or operators of buildings that are open to the public must make sure that those inside wear masks and can face penalties for not enforcing the ordinance.
Changes to Milwaukee's mask mandate were recommended before CDC guidance changed
Changes to the outdoor requirements in the ordinance were unanimously recommended for adoption by the council's Public Safety and Health Committee Thursday morning — hours before the new CDC guidance was issued.
Under the new legislation recommended by the committee, the mask ordinance would be altered to require people to follow the CDC's guidance on wearing masks outside instead of providing specific local requirements.
It does not alter the indoor section of the ordinance that requires that masks be worn whenever a person is in a "building open to the public," except to exempt outdoor spaces and patios.
The changes are expected to be taken up by the full council at its next meeting on May 25, though they do not fully reflect the new CDC guidance.
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The 322-page file contains a litany of events from John DeLorean’s cocaine bust to an alleged effort by Flynt to blow himself up in front of the Supreme Court.
Friday, May 14, 2021
But don't toss out those masks just yet. Local state health officials still have the final say on whether or not to implement those guidelines.
|Belinda Thielen | Racine | They wear their masks to protect the community and reserve respirators for health care workers. They wear them for all of us.|
Officials with the Center for Disease Control revised their recommendation around mask wearing Thursday saying that if you’ve been fully vaccinated, you are protected from COVID-19.
The announcement represents a shift from two weeks ago when CDC guidelines exempted people who had been fully vaccinated from not having to wear masks unless in the case of mass gatherings.
But don’t toss out those masks yet. The decision to implement the CDC recommendations would still need to be made at the local and county level.
The guidelines also contain exemptions for federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance that are in place.
CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said the recommendation changed because the number of COVID-19 cases around the country have dropped over the past two weeks by one-third. She also pointed to increasing availability of vaccines and the loosening up of restrictions of who can get the vaccine.
“I would encourage counties and localities to look at how much vaccine they have, how many people have been vaccinated,” she said “Look at how many cases are in their area and to make those decisions with that information in mind.”
“So the science demonstrates that if you are fully vaccinated, you are protected,” Walensky said.
Because of COVID-19, 16- and 17-year-olds don't need road tests to get driver's licenses. The DMV wants to make that permanent.
Last March when the COVID-19 pandemic caused Wisconsin to shut down, DMV administrators had a problem. How could they comply with COVID safety standards while avoiding a massive backlog of driving tests and license renewals?
Wisconsin's Department of Transportation responded by waiving the road test requirement starting May 11, 2020, for 16- and 17-year-olds to get their first probationary driver's license. Pending legislative approval, it would like to keep doing so.
Instead of passing a road test to get a license, the parents of 16- and 17-year-olds can sign a waiver, as long as the teenagers have had their instruction permit for a minimum of six months; have completed an approved driver training education course; and have completed 30 hours of supervised driving time with their parent or adult sponsor.
Thursday, May 13, 2021
|A health worker gives a COVID-19 test to a woman in Oakland, California. Photo: Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group|
The COVID-19 pandemic was a "preventable disaster" that exposed weak links "at every point" of the preparedness process, according to a World Health Organization-commissioned report published Wednesday.
Why it matters: The report by the Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response criticized governments worldwide for being unprepared for the pandemic despite the prevalence of past "global health threats," such as Ebola, Zika, and SARS outbreaks.
The big picture: The report states that the world's response to the emergence of COVID-19 was "too slow" and "too meek," and that the WHO was "underpowered."
- "Global political leadership was absent," it adds.
- The report also says that February 2020 was a "lost month" when governments should have taken action to prevent the epidemic from developing into a pandemic.
- "COVID-19 is the 21st century’s Chernobyl moment—not because a disease outbreak is like a nuclear accident, but because it has shown so clearly the gravity of the threat to our health and well-being."
To end the ongoing pandemic, the panel recommends that...
- Richer countries provide "at least 1 billion" vaccine doses to poor and middle-income nations;
- The World Trade Organization and WHO get vaccine-producing countries "to agree to voluntary licensing and technology transfer for COVID-19 vaccines";
- Nations scale up the access of COVID-19 tests and therapeutics.
University president resigns after plagiarizing part of a speech by the former head of US Special Operations Command
|USC President Bob Caslen at the commencement ceremony on Friday.|
(CNN)The University of South Carolina accepted the resignation Wednesday of President Bob Caslen, who admitted he plagiarized part of a speech by the former head of US Special Operations Command during a weekend commencement speech.
COVID-19 vaccinations for 12- to 15-year-olds will begin Thursday in Wisconsin after the plan received a key approval.
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, an independent panel for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Wednesday that adolescents ages 12 to 15 should get the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.
The state Department of Health Services immediately updated its order:
"The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) announces that children 12-15 years old are now eligible to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine and vaccinations can begin starting Thursday, May 13. The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine requires two doses for full protection and is the first and only vaccine available for this age group."
“This pandemic has been tough on everyone, but I know it has been especially hard for our kids,” said Gov. Tony Evers.
This cliffhanger has a happy ending.
A Caledonia house on the verge of falling off a crumbling bluff into Lake Michigan has sold after months on the market.
The new owner will likely demolish the house and reinforce the eroded cliff before building something new on the 11 acres of lakefront property.
The sale, in late April, hasn't stopped people on social media from reacting with surprise to the dramatic drone photos included with the listing. Posts about the home from the account "Zillow Gone Wild" have garnered attention in recent days.
"Let me just step ou- OHMYGOD," one commenter joked on Instagram.
The monthslong saga to sell the house at 7009 Novak Road was first reported by the Racine Journal Times.
The powerful winter storm in January 2020 that damaged South Shore Yacht Club also erased 30 to 50 feet of land from the owners' backyard and put the house in jeopardy, said real estate agent Jo Ann Vetter.
by Brian O'Connor
A man accused of fatally shooting a 17-year-old at a house party at a residence on the 3000 block of Clairmont Street Friday told police he thought the victim was reaching for a weapon.
However, witnesses told police Joshua Daniel Jr., 18, shot the as-yet-unidentified victim without provocation, according to a criminal complaint filed Monday afternoon in Racine County circuit court.
Nine teenagers were present in the room where the shooting took place, and none reported seeing the victim – identified so far publicly only by the initials DMB – with a gun, authorities said.
Daniel was arrested a short time later at an address in the 1600-block of 6th Street after he ran from police down an alley.
Police first responded to the Clairmont address Friday evening for a report of gunshots and found the victim dying.
Three women present told police they had brought Daniels to the residence, and “as soon as they walked in the door, Daniels pulled a gun and shot DMB,” the complaint reads.
As police were speaking with the women, Daniel continued to text them, authorities said. A resident at the address where Daniel was arrested told police he’d picked Daniel up. When police searched the car used to transport Daniel, they found a half-empty magazine for a .38-caliber pistol. Multiple .38-caliber casings were found at the scene of the shooting, according to police.