Federal pandemic protection from evictions blocked — 5/5/21

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A federal judge in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday blocked the Biden Administration from enforcing a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention pause on certain evictions during the pandemic, ruling the CDC lacked the legal authority to halt evictions. The pause was enacted under the Trump administration and extended through June by the Biden administration. It didn’t bar all evictions, but allowed renters affected by COVID-19 to present a declaration to temporarily keep them in their homes. Milwaukee still saw hundreds of eviction filings each month but far fewer than in typical years. Before the eviction pause, as many as 260,000 households were at risk of eviction. Here’s an earlier story from Wisconsin Watch on how renters facing eviction can get help.

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The federal government in early 2021 sent nearly $387 million in emergency rental aid to Wisconsin — a portion of $25 billion Congress earmarked nationwide to stave off evictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Gov. Tony Evers funnelled most of the state’s federal aid into the Wisconsin Emergency Rental Assistance program. These rental properties are seen in downtown Madison, Wis., on March 25, 2020. Credit: Will Cioci / Wisconsin Watch

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“Herd immunity is sort of a destination, which we may not reach. But along the path to herd immunity, there are a lot of milestones that will make us feel normal.”

Ajay Sethi, epidemiologist and director of the Master of Public Health Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, speaking to WPR.

Data to note

Click on the image above to see Wisconsin DHS COVID-19 vaccine data, which is updated daily.

Here’s a look at the Department of Health Services’ vaccine dashboard, which showed Wednesday that 43.7% of Wisconsinites have received at least once vaccine dose, including 81.1% of those ages 65 and older. Meanwhile, 35.3% of Wisconsinites are fully vaccinated, including 75.8% of those older than 65. Racial disparities persist in distributing vaccines. The shares of Black, Hispanic and Native American residents to receive a dose remain below that of white residents. 

Public health officials continue to urge Wisconsinites to wear masks indoors and practice physical distancing until vaccinations are more widely distributed — particularly as more contagious virus variants spread. On Wednesday, the state DHS reported a seven-day average of 626 new daily cases. The state also reported 13 new COVID-19 deaths, bringing the full toll to 6,863. 

WisContext offers this visualization:

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DHS and the federal government have partnered with Vaccine Finder to help Wisconsinites find vaccinations. Vaccinations are often by appointment, but providers are increasingly offering walk-in options. In addition, people seeking COVID-19 shots can text their ZIP code to 438829 to find nearby vaccine providers.  

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