WISCONSIN RAPIDS - The Wood County Health Department released a news release Friday confirming a person has died in Wood County due to complications surrounding COVID-19.
The Wood County Health Department reported that a person in their 30's with no underlying health conditions died on May 22. This is Wood County's first COVID-19 related death.
"We are deeply saddened by the loss of one of our community members," said Susan Kunferman, Health Officer and Director for the Wood County Health Department said in the statement. "Our thoughts are with the family and loved ones."
Nine people in Wood County have been diagnosed with COVID-19, and more than 13,885 have been diagnosed. There have been 485 COVID-19 related deaths in the state of Wisconsin.
Health officials said they expect the number of confirmed cases to rise in the coming weeks since the safer at home order is no longer in place. Testing and tracing efforts have been increased throughout the area and statewide to attempt to combat the spread of the disease.
"We strongly encourage community members to stay home unless activities are essential. In doing so, you're not only helping protect yourself, but also your family, friends, neighbors, and fellow community members," Kunferman said.
More information can be found at the Wood County Health Department's Facebook page HERE.
MINNEAPOLIS - The white Minneapolis police officer who pressed his knee into George Floyd's neck as he begged for air was arrested Friday and charged with murder, as authorities imposed overnight curfews to try to stem violent protests over police killings of African Americans that have spread from Minneapolis to cities across the country.
Protesters smashed windows at CNN headquarters in Atlanta, torched a police car and struck officers with bottles. Large demonstrations in New York, Houston, Washington, D.C., and other cities ranged from people peacefully blocking roads to clashing with police.
MADISON, WI - Gov. Tony Evers today announced $75 million in assistance for small businesses as part of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation's We're All In initiative, a comprehensive effort to celebrate and help Wisconsin's small businesses get back on their feet and support best practices to keep businesses, consumers, employees and communities safe.
Funded largely by federal dollars received through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, this initiative will provide direct assistance to small businesses most impacted by the duration and restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic.
These $2,500 cash grants will assist with the costs of business interruption or for health and safety improvements, wages and salaries, rent, mortgages, and inventory. Businesses will be able to apply for grant assistance in early June.
MADISON - The National Guard as a whole is made up of many multi-faceted individuals, coming from many different backgrounds and offering many different types of skillsets where training and knowledge gained inside and outside of their military careers are often brought to enhance the fight.
News of the arrest came moments after Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz acknowledged the "abject failure" of the response to the protests and called for swift justice for officers involved. Walz said the state would take over the response to the violence and that it's time to show respect and dignity to those who are suffering.
The former Minneapolis police officer shown on video putting his knee on the neck of George Floyd has been arrested, according to Minnesota Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington.
Derek Chauvin, who was fired on Monday along with three other officers involved in the detainment of Floyd, was taken into custody Friday.
Video showed Chauvin kneeling on Floyd's neck for at least eight minutes on Monday night. The police department initially said Floyd "physically resisted" the officers and that he died after "suffering medical distress."
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