Health Care

Poll: Americans fear new strains, expect more lockdowns

A new poll from Piplsay of 30,248 Americans has found that 71% of Americans fear the more dangerous COVID-19 virus strains in the coming months and 68% expect more restrictions and lockdowns this year because of them.

New public health orders issued

This week, Gov. Tony Evers signed Executive Order No. 104 and Emergency Order No. 1 creating a new statewide public health emergency and face coverings requirement.

GE Healthcare lays off 140 in Madison

A decline in the demand for ventilators and anesthesia machines is the reason behind today’s announcement by GE Healthcare that it has laid off about 140 employees at its Madison facility.

Grocer argues for inclusion in next vaccine phase

In a Facebook post pushing for public comment, local grocer Tim Metcalfe outlined his letter to the Wisconsin State Disaster Medical Advisory Committee/Vaccine Distribution Subcommittee urging them to reconsider their decision to not include those in the grocery industry in phase 1b of COVID-19 vaccinations.

Hy-Vee rolls out antibody testing

The Iowa-based grocery store chain Hy-Vee will begin offering COVID-19 rapid antibody testing at more than 250 Hy-Vee pharmacy locations, including three in the Madison area.

4th COVID wave could be marked by absenteeism

The U.S. is in the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. With vaccines slowly reaching Americans, this wave could be the last. However, a fourth wave waits in the wings — a mental and behavioral health crisis.

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