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Today we highlight a story by WPR’s Rob Mentzer, who interviewed so-called long haulers who continue to experience symptoms of COVID-19 long after they were infected. Mentzer found many of them report fewer and less severe symptoms after receiving a vaccination. But, cautions Mentzer: “Researchers say it’s too soon to draw any firm conclusions, and early surveys suggest only some people with post-acute COVID-19 syndrome see improvement after vaccination.”
GOP leaders request meeting with Tony Evers over use of federal COVID-19 funds — Wisconsin State Journal
MPS closes five schools and 51 classrooms due to COVID in first weeks of in-person learning — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
A pandemic reality: State tourism spending drops 28.3%; Dane County down 42.5% in 2020 — Wisconsin State Journal
State begins local targeting of COVID-19 vaccinations — WisBusiness
Rock County updates mask order — Janesville Gazette
New vaccinations stagnant across western Wisconsin — Eau Claire Leader-Telegram
Post-pandemic retail: What’s in, what’s out — Wisconsin State Journal
Reaching ‘herd immunity’ is unlikely in the U.S., experts now believe — The New York Times
Data to note
Here’s a look at the Department of Health Services’ vaccine dashboard, which showed Monday that 43.4% of Wisconsinites have received at least once vaccine dose, including 81% of those ages 65 and older. Meanwhile, 34.5% of Wisconsinites are fully vaccinated, including 75.4% 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 Monday, the state DHS reported a seven-day average of 646 new daily cases. The state also reported no new COVID-19 deaths since Saturday, leaving the full toll at 6,839.
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Nonprofits face long road to recovery, but organizers optimistic community will step up — Wisconsin State Journal
Peshtigo held its first school dance in more than a year — Marinette Eagle-Herald
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