Wisconsin records 307 more COVID-19 cases, 4 new deaths
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin has recorded 307 more coronavirus cases and four new deaths. The new cases reported Monday by the Department of Health Services raised Wisconsin’s total to 15,584 and its death toll to 510. The state reported 7,173 new negative tests for a cumulative total of 193,379. The percentage of positive tests dipped to 4.1%. Wisconsin reported 399 COVID-19 patients were hospitalized as of Monday, including 126 in intensive care. The statewide hospitalization rate for confirmed cases remains 15%, and 59% of confirmed cases in Wisconsin have recovered.
FLUNG INTO RIVER
Green Bay teen arrested after crash threw passenger in river
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Police say a 17-year-old girl from Green Bay has been arrested for drunken driving after a crash on the Main Street Bridge flung her passenger into the river. WBAY-TV reports that video from a nearby weather camera shows a car turning onto Main Street at about 5:30 a.m., swerving and ultimately hitting a guardrail. It’s followed by a splash in the water. Police say a boater who happened to be nearby pulled the crash victim out of the water. She was also a 17-year-old from Green Bay. She’s expected to survive. The driver was arrested on suspicion of OWI causing injury.
Man, officer treated for carbon monoxide poisoning
PORTAGE, Wis. (AP) — Police in Portage say carbon monoxide poisoning sent a man and a police officer to the hospital. Police responded to some townhouses Sunday about 4 p.m. for a report of a 40-year-old man experiencing dizziness and slurring his words. The man was unresponsive by the time first responders arrived. Authorities say the carbon monoxide alarms the paramedics carry activated. The officer that helped evacuate the man was affected by the high level of carbon monoxide. Both were taken to the hospital. There’s no word on the condition of the man, but police say the officer was treated the released. Some residents were evacuated for a couple of hours. Authorities did not say what caused the high level of carbon monoxide.
Red Cliff Band donates fish to Bayfield area community
BAYFIELD, Wis. (AP) — The Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa has donated 2,180 pounds of fish to the Bayfield community in northwestern Wisconsin. KBJR-TV reports it was part of the “Community Fish Project,” which aims to feed tribal members and other people in need. In the past three weeks, the band has been purchasing fish from four Red Cliff tribal fishing boats for distribution throughout the area to help community members during the COVID-19 pandemic. Over 300 pounds of whitefish were donated to the Bayfield and Madeline Island food shelves. The Red Cliff Casino donated ice to keep the fish fresh.
DNR board to vote on tighter elk harvest limits
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Department of Natural Resources board is set to vote on tighter elk harvest limits in 2020. Hunters were allowed to kill up to 10 bulls during the state’s second elk season last year. DNR officials want to reduce the limit to six this year. They say state hunters should be allowed to kill three and Chippewa tribal hunters can take three. They say hunters are targeting older bulls and warn that practice will hurt hunting and elk viewing opportunities if it continues. The board is set to vote on the 2020 limits during a meeting Wednesday in Madison.
JAIL SEXUAL ASSAULTS
Court preserves damage award for 2 inmates assaulted in jail
BALSAM LAKE, Wis. (AP) — The full U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has reversed a decision by three of its judges last year that said Polk County was not responsible for the repeated sexual assault of two female jail inmates by a guard. The decision preserves a $4 million damage award for the two women. The full court found the jury had sufficient evidence that the county chose to “stand by idly” while the women were exposed to “an unmistakable risk” of being sexually assaulted. The Journal Sentinel says the former guard, Darryl Christensen, is serving a 30-year prison sentence for the assaults which happened dozens of times between 2011 and 2014.
Report: La Crosse County Jail inmate died of natural causes
LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) — An investigation finds that a La Crosse County Jail inmate who was found dead in his cell in February died of natural causes. The La Crosse Police Department investigated the death of 57-year-old Jeffrey Nottestad of Hixton. An autopsy was conducted at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. The La Crosse County Sheriff’s Office said Friday the autopsy and investigation concluded that Nottestad died of natural causes. No foul play is suspected. Nottestad was being held in the jail on a probation warrant issued by the Wisconsin Department of Corrections. Jailers and emergency responders were unsuccessful in reviving him.
Wisconsin reports 400 new cases of COVID-19, 3 more deaths
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Wisconsin health officials have reported 400 new cases of the coronavirus and three additional deaths. The Department of Health Services update on Sunday shows that the number of COVID19 cases across the state is 15,277. The total number of hospitalizations was 2,315, an increase of 23 from Saturday’s report. The number of deaths related to the coronavirus in Wisconsin is 510. Statewide, 186,206 tests have come back negative. That’s an increase from 179,329 negative tests reported Saturday. Health officials said 15% of people who have tested positive for coronavirus in Wisconsin have been hospitalized.
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