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St. Croix County senior nutrition sites temporarily pause indoor dining

As of Monday, September 13 the Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) of St. Croix County will temporarily pause indoor dining operations at all senior center locations in the County. This temporary pause is out of an abundance of caution due to the rising COVID-19 cases in the County and around the state of Wisconsin.…

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Keeping kids safe during back to school

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) and Department of Public Instruction (DPI) have released guidance on strategies districts and schools can use to best protect students during in-person learning this school year. “As a parent planning for this school year, it’s great to see so many schools and districts taking steps to keep students,…

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Doctors at Mayo Clinic speak on COVID-19 vaccine misinformation

By LeAnn R. Ralph COLFAX — Did you know that the new technology of mRNA (messenger RNA) used for the COVID-19 vaccines is actually not a new technology? A group of doctors from Mayo Clinic held an online forum August 26 to talk about vaccine misinformation and to answer questions from listeners. Work on mRNA…

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St. Croix County updates mask advisory

NEW RICHMOND: St. Croix County Public Health has updated and extended their Mask Advisory until October 5, 2021. Under the Mask Advisory, Public Health recommends every individual, age five and older, in St. Croix County wear a face mask if the following apply: • The individual is not fully vaccinated; or • The individual is…

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Wis. DHS: “Without a vaccine, you are a sitting duck for COVID-19”

By LeAnn R. Ralph COLFAX — Almost 50 percent of Wisconsin residents have completed the vaccine series for SARS-CoV-2, but officials from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services say that’s not enough. A vaccination rate of 80 percent is necessary to keep the virus that causes COVID-19 from circulating and mutating, said Julie Willems Van…

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New maps provide additional geographic breakdowns of COVID-19 vaccination data

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) has released maps and corresponding downloadable data tables that break down COVID-19 vaccinations by new geographic boundaries. The new maps allow Wisconsinites to view existing COVID-19 vaccination data by municipalities (cities, towns, and villages), zip code tabulation areas, school district boundaries, and census tracts. “Breaking down existing vaccination…

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