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Health officials confirm a vaccinated Milwaukee County resident as first Omicron variant case in state

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) has detected the newest variant of concern, the Omicron variant, in Wisconsin on December 4. The Omicron variant, B.1.1.529, was classified as a variant of concern by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on November 30, 2021. Variants are classified as variants of concern if they show evidence of being more contagious, causing more severe illness, or resistance to diagnostics, treatments, or vaccines. To date, one case of the Omicron variant has been identified in a specimen from a Wisconsin resident with recent travel history to South Africa. “We’ve been prepared...

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A reserved bus seat: MCTS hosts sixth annual tribute to Rosa Parks for her resistance to segregation

Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) will honor civil rights legend Rosa Parks this year with its entire fleet and through a scholarship in her name to recognize young leaders. For the sixth year, MCTS will keep a seat open on every bus in the fleet from Wednesday, December 1 through Friday, December 3. Each reserved seat will include a red rose and a special placard that features Parks’ photo and a message about her courageous act. In addition to the bus tribute, MCTS has invited high school seniors in Milwaukee County who will attend a trade school, college, or...

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Shop Small Wisconsin Day: Consumers encouraged to help local businesses thrive this Holiday Season

Governor Tony Evers and Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) Secretary and CEO Missy Hughes visited Washburn on November 18 to see how the Main Street Bounceback Grants have transformed the small Bayfield County city’s downtown. “Small businesses are the heart and soul of our Wisconsin communities,” Governor Evers said. “These businesses not only provide jobs and build wealth, they bring vitality and life to our downtowns. The creativity and spirit these business owners bring is part of what makes Wisconsin a wonderful place to live.” In Washburn, a city of just under 2,000 people on Lake Superior’s Chequamegon Bay,...

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Celebrating the Holidays Safely: Wisconsin DHS shares recommendations to reduce health risks from COVID

With the winter holiday season’s arrival, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) is encouraging Wisconsinites to take steps to protect their health and the health of those around them. As more contagious variants of the COVID-19 virus expand across an unvaccinated population, the DHS wants the Wisconsin public to remain safe from the disease during the annual holiday festivities. “Celebrating the holiday season and its traditions is important to Wisconsin families, and we can all celebrate safely this year if we remember to take a few simple steps,” said DHS Secretary-designee Karen Timberlake. “Family and friends planning to...

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Milwaukee Mitchell earns top airport marketing awards in recognition of passenger experience

Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport (MKE) received top honors at the Airports Council International – North America (ACI-NA) 2021 Excellence in Airport Marketing, Communications, and Customer Experience Awards on November 15. The Awards recognize airports across the U.S. and Canada for their quality of work and creativity across different categories. “I’m proud of our hometown Airport for receiving international recognition for its commitment to improving the passenger experience this past year,” said Milwaukee County Executive David Crowley. “It was a tough year for the aviation industry. To see MKE recognized for technological advances and community outreach is a testament to...

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A Letter to White America: From Alabama to Kenosha as the march toward justice continues

“I have always had a warm place in my heart for Mississippi, the land of my childhood and ancestors. I dislike the reputation this state has acquired as being the most backward and most bigoted in the land. Those who truly love Mississippi must work to change this image.” Thus began a letter written by U.S. Postal Worker, William Lewis Moore in 1963. The purpose of the letter and his walk across three southern states to deliver it to the Governor of Mississippi was to bring attention to the racism and segregation that was tearing the nation apart. But...

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