Pandemic Accommodation Becomes Political at Wisconsin Capitol – 11/5/21



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Molly Beck of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that the head of the state assembly in early April rejected an immunocompromised lawmaker’s request to work virtually, responding that COVID-19 is not airborne – contradicting consensus scientific on how it can spread. Assembly Speaker Robin Vos R-Rochester and Legislative Director of Human Resources Amanda Jorgenson rejected requests from Representative Jodi Emerson, D-Eau Claire, to attend in-room sessions and at committee hearings from his office. “I really feel like you’re just not valued as a person – that my health doesn’t matter,” said Emerson, who is now fully vaccinated. Vos told the Sentinel Journal that Emerson was offered a portable plexiglass barrier and a box of face masks, “but Representative Emerson decided to take it upon herself to make it a political issue where it wasn’t. does not exist.”

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Here, the Wisconsin State Capitol is seen on June 11, 2020. Credit: Coburn Dukehart / Wisconsin Watch

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“I’m so lucky to be where I am today because there are a lot of people who haven’t made it… I can’t thank them enough. I owe them my life.

Scott Douglas thanks the nurses at SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison who looked after him while he had COVID-19, such as reported by Channel 3000.

Data to note

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

Here’s a look at the Department of Health Services vaccine dashboard, which showed on Tuesday that 44.5% of Wisconsinites received at least one dose of the vaccine, including 81.6% of those 65 and older. Meanwhile, 37.6% of Wisconsinites are fully vaccinated, including 76.8% of those over the age of 65. Racial disparities persist in the distribution of vaccines. The shares of black, Hispanic and Native American residents to receive a dose remain lower than those of white residents.

Public health officials continue to urge Wisconsinites to wear masks indoors and practice physical distancing until vaccinations are more widely distributed – especially as more contagious virus variants emerge. propagate. On Tuesday, the state’s DHS reported a seven-day average of 503 new daily infections. The state also reported 13 new deaths from COVID-19, for a total toll of 6,917.

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