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A Year in Review: COVID-19 Impact

A year ago this was our last week living our normal lives and no one knew it. However, the COVID-19 pandemic changed our county. This virus impacted our lives in every way imaginable. From entertainment to education, our lives were drastically altered. Racine County Eye readers weighed in to share how their lives were impacted […]

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Wisconsin DHS announces COVID-19 vaccine call center

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) announced a new COVID-19 vaccine call center today. In addition to the numerous resources available on the DHS COVID-19 vaccine page, Wisconsinites can now call (844) 684-1064 (toll-free) for personal assistance with their vaccine-related questions. The new call center is able to help individuals find vaccine locations and answer medical […]

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Select Kroger Stores Take Part in Federal Retail Pharmacy Program

In just over two weeks since the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program launched, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services announces that certain Kroger stores will start to receive the COVID-19 vaccine this week. Kroger joins Walgreens as pharmacy participants in the program to help provide a broader reach into communities in need of vaccines. In Wisconsin, […]

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Milwaukee VA lowers age threshold for COVID vaccinations to those 60 and older, offers Saturday walk-in clinic

The Milwaukee VA Medical Center is expanding COVID-19 vaccinations to include those enrolled veterans age 60 and older and is offering a walk-in clinic on Saturday, March 6.  Previously, the threshold had been ages 65 and older.  The medical center is reaching out directly to schedule appointments. Veterans using VEText will start seeing appointment requests via text message on their mobile devices beginning Tuesday, […]

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Racine County Jail reports no new COVID-19 cases for 18 days

The Racine County Sheriff’s Office has been COVID-19-free for 18 days, officials said in a press release issued Friday. That includes jail staff, contractors, volunteers, and inmates, according to the release. Public-facing sheriff’s office staff have been COVID-free for 42 days, according to the release. Jails and prisons report a higher infection rate for COVID-19. […]

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Racine County Selected For COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic

RACINE COUNTY – Racine County is among four additional locations that will have community-based COVID-19 vaccination clinics. The locations, which also include La Crosse and Marathon counties and a clinic split between Douglas and Barron counties, were announced Tuesday by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS). The new clinics, to be operated by AMI […]

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Where to get tested and vaccinated for COVID-19 in Racine and Kenosha counties

WISCONSIN — While residents and health officials wait for their shot at the COVID-19 vaccine, the Wisconsin National Guard continues to offer local testing services across the state. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services began testing the Wisconsin COVID-19 registry at select locations, including the Central Racine County Health Department, according to a health department […]

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‘I got nothing left’: Wisconsin’s jobless pushed to brink as ideas swirl for mending torn safety net

By Bram Sable-Smith WPR/Wisconsin Watch Brandon Cacek filed for unemployment insurance in mid-March last year after losing his substitute teaching job due to the pandemic. He’s still waiting for that crucial aid 11 months later. “I keep leaving out hope that I’m going to get some kind of assistance through this,” said Cacek, 40, a […]

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‘He shouldn’t have had to die’: COVID-19 infects half of Wisconsin inmates, five times the overall state rate

By Vanessa SwalesWisconsin Watch Calvin Johnson spent his final weeks at Prairie du Chien Correctional Institution wracked in pandemic anxiety, a former cellmate recalled. He closely tracked COVID-19’s spread in and outside of the medium-security state prison — eyeing daily infection counts in surrounding Crawford County and across Wisconsin. Johnson, who grew up in Milwaukee and […]