Gov. Tony Evers, Senate GOP reach deal on COVID-19 relief; top Assembly Republican not impressed — 1/12/21

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Democratic Gov. Tony Evers and Republican Senate Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu have reached a deal on COVID-19 relief legislation, following nine months of inaction from a state government paralyzed by partisanship. 

“But the potential for a unified state government response to the pandemic was short-lived,” Molly Beck reports for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “Within hours, a Republican leader of the state Assembly signaled doom for the bill passed by the state Senate on Tuesday — saying it fails to limit local health officials’ power to manage the coronavirus pandemic and doesn’t bar employers from requiring employees be vaccinated against the virus.”

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Molly Beck / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Gov. Tony Evers wears a face mask during a briefing with reporters on the state’s response to the coronavirus pandemic on July 7, 2020.

Tony Evers, Senate Republicans strike deal on a COVID-19 package, potentially ending months of inaction — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 

Teachers, older adults could be next in line for COVID-19 shots — WPR 

What you need to know about the second round of stimulus payments — Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service 

Wisconsin DOC reveals which prisons have had COVID-19 deaths for first time — Wisconsin State Journal 

After 9 sisters died from COVID-19 last month, officials are pushing the state to send the vaccine to the Notre Dame of Elm Grove facility — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 

Minnesota has confirmed 5 cases of a more contagious COVID-19 variant. Could it be in Wisconsin? — WPR 

COVID-19 significantly affecting those with dementia; local long term care facilities receive vaccine — La Crosse Tribune 

Five takeaways from MMSD’s reopening survey results — Cap Times

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“We’ve made it through a difficult year, folks. While it was discouraging, we aren’t defeated. While it was trying, we’re tough. Wisconsin, we’ve never been known for being timid, and we’re sure not going to start today. Our people, our state, and our democracy have withstood tests before, and we will again answer the call to go forward unphased.”

Gov. Tony Evers in remarks prepared for his virtual State of the State address on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Data to note

WisContext offers these visualizations of Wisconsin COVID-19 infections, deaths and hospitalizations. 

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services on Monday reported a seven-day average of 33 new daily COVID-19 deaths, with 5,211 total deaths during the pandemic.  

Public health officials continue to urge Wisconsinites to wear masks and practice physical distancing until vaccinations are more widely distributed.

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From ballroom to vaccination site: How the Wisconsin Center has transformed to combat COVID-19 — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 

COVID-19 pushes Wisconsin tribal tourism from casinos, pow-wows to outdoor recreation — Green Bay Press-Gazette

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