Marshfield Clinic Health System to begin vaccinating community health care workers
MARSHFIELD – Marshfield Clinic Health System is now scheduling community health care workers and emergency responders in north-central Wisconsin who qualify for COVID-19 vaccination based on the Wisconsin State Disaster Medical Advisory Committee’s definition of a health care worker.
These individuals include health care personnel and emergency responders who provide direct patient care or engage in services that place them into contact with patients who are able to transmit SARS-CoV-2, and/or infectious material containing SARS-CoV-2. These workers include behavior health providers, chiropractors, dental services, emergency medical responders, police, firefighters, hospice workers, pharmacists, social workers and many others.
“Our communities have many health care workers who interact with their patients and clients daily and need the protections offered by the COVID-19 vaccines,” said Tammy Simon, Vice President at Marshfield Clinic Health System’s Institute for Quality Innovation and Patient Safety. “We are working tirelessly to use the vaccinations we receive from the State and get them into frontline health care providers, and now our community health care workers, as soon as we can.
Visit the Marshfield Clinic Health System website at marshfieldclinic.org/community-vaccine to enroll yourself for the COVID-19 vaccine. You will need to provide the name of your organization, your job position(s), contact information and date of birth. You will then be contacted within several days to schedule an appointment. We request patience as we anticipate a high number of health care workers reaching out to us to schedule a vaccination.
Marshfield Clinic is offering vaccinations at our medical offices in 14 communities across Wisconsin.
The COVID-19 vaccine is not available to most patients at this time.
“We are expecting further guidance from the State about the rollout of the vaccine beyond these groups in the coming weeks,” Simon said. “We are working on our vaccine rollout plan now to ensure we are ready when the State is ready. We will communicate out to the community once the vaccine is available.”
Prevea Health welcomes Renita Robinson, MEd, MS, ABD Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion
Green Bay, Wis. – At Prevea Health, we recognize widespread disparities exist in health outcomes and care in the state of Wisconsin. According to the 2020 Wisconsin Health Disparities Report: Rural and Urban Populations, the state of Wisconsin received a D on this report as it relates to providing equitable care across race/ethnicity and payer categories.
Prevea Health is committed to caring for all and ensuring health care is readily available to all. To carry this commitment forward, Prevea Health is honored to welcome Renita Robinson, MEd, MS, ABD to its family as Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion. As part of this role, Renita will mine through available data to identify disparities in our health care system statewide and offer solutions to eliminate those disparities.
Brian Duffy Named CEO of Per Mar Security Services
DAVENPORT, Iowa – Per Mar Security Services, the largest family owned full service security company in the Midwest, is pleased to announce that Brian Duffy has been promoted from Chief Operating Officer of Per Mar to President and Chief Executive Officer effective January 1, 2021. Brian Duffy becomes the third generation of the Duffy family to lead Per Mar. The company was founded by John and Eleanor Duffy in Davenport, Iowa in 1953. Michael Duffy will continue with the company as Chairman of the Board.
Martin Luther King Jr. Remembrance Celebration to be held virtually Jan. 18
The Chippewa Valley will honor the life and work of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, Jan. 18, with a virtual event that includes history, training and education, culminating in a virtual community concert at Pablo Center at the Confluence.
The day of programming, titled the Chippewa Valley 2021 Martin Luther King Remembrance Celebration, will be livestreamed beginning at noon through Pablo Center and Facebook Live on the King Remembrance Program Facebook page. Community members can register on the Pablo Center site. Parts of the day’s events will be broadcast live on Converge Radio, 101.9 FM.
Author Kevin McMullin on “Spectrum West” January 14
Eau Claire, Wis. – Kevin McMullin, musician, storyteller, writer and educator, will be joining host Al Ross on “Spectrum West” at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 14 on The Ideas Network stations 88.3/Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7/ River Falls. The show will also feature the outline of a potential season at a theater in Rice Lake, announcements of current events at the public library in Eau Claire and a preview of a dance performance by an Eau Claire company taking place at the end of the month.
Ross will be welcoming back frequent guest Kevin McMullin to talk about his new book “Into the Black Sea: Stories of Darkness and Light.” McMullin is a musician and educator as well as an author. The book is an adaptation of his stage show of the same name. McMullin will be reading from the book.
Senators Smith and Bernier on “The West Side” January 15
Eau Claire, Wis. – State Senators Kathy Bernier, R-Chippewa Falls, and Jeff Smith, D-Eau Claire, will talk about the new legislative session and issues that will impact their western Wisconsin constituents at 10 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 15 on “The West Side” on The Ideas Network stations of Wisconsin Public Radio: 88.3/Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7/River Falls.
Smith and Bernier will join host Dean Kallenbach for a look ahead to the spring legislation, which will include negotiations over the biennial state budget and COVID-pandemic relief. They will also share their thoughts about other legislation expected to come up in the current legislative session, including the creation of new legislative and Congressional districts in Wisconsin for the next ten years.
Green Fleet LLC.
Green Fleet is a sustainable, luxury ride service based in Eau Claire, WI that operates exclusively with Tesla electric vehicles. Our goal is to provide quality, luxury ride services while educating and promoting the public on the benefits of electric vehicles.
1. Private Ride Service: Reserves the entire vehicle for up to 4 passengers with luggage
a. Available 7 days/week with pickup from 5 AM to 8 PM
b. Service to Minneapolis/St. Paul, Rochester, La Crosse and Wausau
2. Hourly Ride Service: Reserves the entire vehicle for up to 4 passengers with luggage
a. Available 7 days/week with 24 hour pickup b. Perfect for special occasions
3. Executive Shuttle Service: Operates between The Lismore in downtown Eau Claire and the MSP Airport.
a. Operates Monday – Friday with up to 3 passengers per trip
b. The Lismore to MSP: 5:30 AM, 12:00 PM, 5:30 PM
c. MSP to The Lismore: 7:30 AM, 02:00 PM, 7:30 PM
Potential Community-Wide Mask Ordinance
(Eau Claire, Wis.) – As our community continues to respond to the ongoing pandemic, Eau Claire City-County Board of
Health, Eau Claire City Council, and Eau Claire County Board have partnered to identify actions that may be needed to
protect the well-being of our residents, businesses, educational institutions, healthcare, and other community partners. One evidence-based community strategy is the use of facemasks in public spaces.
The Wisconsin Supreme Court is currently considering the Governor’s legal ability to declare multiple emergency
declarations for the same emergency. If the court determines multiple emergency declarations cannot be issued, then
the requirement for the use of masks will no longer be in place across Wisconsin. Additionally, the current State
mandate ends January 19th and the Governor has not given an indication of whether there will be a continuing State
order if it is legally permissible.
DigiCOPY Offers Complimentary COVID-19 Cards-Be the Light
(Eau Claire, WI – January 11, 2021) – In the past ten months, no one has escaped the impact of COVID-19 on our families and our communities. In December, 2020, DigiCOPY began working with Compassion in Action, a faith based non-profit organization in Marshfield, WI, on their “Be the Light” program. DigiCOPY printed cards and envelopes for the organization’s “Be the Light” COVID-19 care packages-supporting COVID-19 positive patients, front-line pandemic workers and children/teens struggling with the impacts of coronavirus.
DigiCOPY is now supplying complimentary cards and envelopes in their Eau Claire store location, 1033 W. Clairemont Avenue, to help communities show compassion in action and “Be the Light.” “I invite you to stop by DigiCOPY and pick-up complimentary cards and envelopes to help uplift the spirits of family members and neighbors in need during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said DigiCOPY CEO/Founder Craig Shuler. “We are pleased to provide the cards to our customers and community and help “Be the Light” for COVID positive patients, front-line workers and children and teens struggling with the pandemic,” Shuler adds.
We need assistance to get Eau Claire County residents vaccinated!
As you may know, COVID-19 vaccinations began in Eau Claire County in December. Vaccinations are currently happening for healthcare workers and long-term care staff and residents, as these groups are the priority to receive vaccine based on state and federal guidelines. There are several entities in the area that are approved vaccinators and providing vaccines to this group.
The Health Department is also an approved vaccinator and we are requesting assistance with our appointment-only COVID-19 vaccination clinics on Wednesdays in Eau Claire. Training will be provided. Staff working the clinic will be supplied with appropriate PPE. Please read in entirety.
Additional details on how to sign up:
Jan 13th- https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B044EA9AC22A6FF2-covid196
Jan 20th- https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B044EA9AC22A6FF2-covid192
Jan 27th- https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B044EA9AC22A6FF2-covid198
If you can’t assist at these times but would like to assist in the future:
Please email Samuel Simmons <Samuel.Simmons@co.eau-claire.wi.us> and indicate that you would like to be put on the list to volunteer at future clinics when dates and times are finalized.
Questions: Please contact Paulette Magur <Paulette.Magur@co.eau-claire.wi.us>
$34,500 Awarded in Second Round of Downtown Eau Claire, Inc. COVID Relief Grants
Eau Claire, Wis.: The Downtown Eau Claire, Inc. (DECI) Board of Directors released a second round of grant assistance to downtown businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The DECI Grant Committee reviewed applications and awarded 23 applicants with grants in the amount of $1,500 each, for a total of $34,500. In June of 2020, DECI awarded $46,500 in assistance grants to members. In total, the organization has distributed $81,000 in direct relief grants to downtown member businesses and organizations. Recipients of the DECI Relief Grants issued in June of 2020 were also eligible to apply for grants this round.
Tax Assistance available through Chippewa Valley Technical College and Royal Credit Union Partnership
EAU CLAIRE, Wis. – Royal Credit Union is partnering with Chippewa Valley Technical College and the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program to provide assistance to community members with their tax returns. VITA was created to provide free income tax return assistance to taxpayers who cannot afford to pay for professional help. VITA volunteers provide free tax assistance to anyone with an adjusted gross annual income of $57,000 or less including disabled, non-English speaking, senior citizens and special needs taxpayers.
This service will be available on Thursdays from noon to 4 p.m. from February 4 until April 15, with the exception of March 25. Services will be provided at CVTC’s Business Education Center at 620 W. Clairemont Avenue in Eau Claire. Appointments for VITA are required; appointments can be made by going to www.rcu.org/vita or by calling 800-341-9911 and dialing extension 6.
Precautions like mandatory masks, temperature checks, and physical distancing will all be in place to ensure everyone’s safety. To limit the number of people involved, it is asked that only the client/spouse attend the appointment. Translators or caregivers will be allowed for those clients that require them. Royal Credit Union is among a number of credit unions in Wisconsin who are taking the initiative to help build financially strong, self-supporting families and communities by offering innovative services like VITA.
Tax returns are prepared by student volunteers from Chippewa Valley Technical College who have taken the steps to become certified by the IRS and the Wisconsin Department of Revenue. VITA offers free basic income tax return preparation and e-filing. Taxpayers with complicated returns or questions will be referred to an IRS publication, to the IRS, or to seek private professional assistance. Eligibility is determined on a case-by-case basis by the VITA volunteer. Those that take advantage of this unique service are asked to bring photo ID, social security cards for taxpayer and all dependents, earnings statements, a copy of their tax return from last year, forms 1095(A, B or C) affordable health care statements, rent certificates from landlord or property tax statement, financial institution’s routing and account numbers for direct deposit.
About Royal Credit Union
Royal Credit Union is a federally insured credit union proudly serving over 220,000 Members in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Royal is driven by a core ideology built on a strong purpose and values. You can open an account or apply for a low-rate loan at Royal Credit Union if you live or work in 26 counties in western Wisconsin or 16 counties in Minnesota. Counties served in Wisconsin include Adams, Ashland, Bayfield, Barron, Buffalo, Burnett, Chippewa, Clark, Douglas, Dunn, Eau Claire, Jackson, Lincoln, Marathon, Pepin, Pierce, Polk, Portage, Price, Rusk, Sawyer, St. Croix, Taylor, Trempealeau, Washburn, and Wood. Counties served in Minnesota include Anoka, Carver, Chisago, Dakota, Goodhue, Hennepin, Isanti, Olmsted, Pine, Ramsey, Scott, Sherburne, Wabasha, Washington, Winona and Wright. Realtors in the state of Wisconsin or Minnesota are also eligible to join the credit union. Visit rcu.org or call Royal Credit Union at 800-341-9911 for more information.EAU CLAIRE, Wis. – Royal Credit Union is partnering with Chippewa Valley Technical College and the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program to provide assistance to community members with their tax returns. VITA was created to provide free income tax return assistance to taxpayers who cannot afford to pay for professional help. VITA volunteers provide free tax assistance to anyone with an adjusted gross annual income of $57,000 or less including disabled, non-English speaking, senior citizens and special needs taxpayers.
Eau Claire Chamber
The Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce has more than 1,200 members.