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As life begins to return to normal for many Wisconsinites, negative effects of the pandemic linger. Health care workers who witnessed thousands of their fellow residents suffer and die from COVID-19 are now struggling with the trauma of that experience, writes Madeline Heim of the Appleton Post-Crescent. And seniors who stayed home for months to avoid catching the virus are now at increased risk of falls due to inactivity. A U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention program in Wisconsin works to help older people regain their strength and balance.
Most Wisconsin county, city mask requirements nonexistent or expiring — Wisconsin State Journal
24% of Dane County 12- to 15-year-olds have one COVID-19 shot a week after becoming eligible — Wisconsin State Journal
Madison sports teams plan for increased attendance capacities after distancing order expires — Wisconsin State Journal
No Memorial Day parade in Beloit, South Beloit — Beloit Daily News
“I’ve given so much to everybody else. You lose interest in the things that bring you pleasure, things that make you happy.”
Sheboygan Memorial Medical Center speech-language pathologist Lindsay Morgan describing the psychological toll of caring for patients with COVID-19
Data to note
Here’s a look at the Department of Health Services’ vaccine dashboard, which showed Wednesday that 45.7% of Wisconsinites have received at least one vaccine dose, including 82.4% of those ages 65 and older. Meanwhile, 39.8% of Wisconsinites are fully vaccinated, including 77.9% 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.
On Wednesday, the state DHS reported a seven-day average of 394 new daily infections, part of a long-term downward trend in new cases. The state also reported five new COVID-19 deaths, bringing the full toll to 6,976.
According to the Prison Policy Initiative, Wisconsin is in the middle of the pack when it comes to states vaccinating people incarcerated in state and federal prisons.
Find a vaccine site near you
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.
Not sure if something you heard about COVID-19 is true? FactCheck.org offers this page full of explainers — and debunking of common distortions — about the disease to help you sort out fact from fiction.
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