Wisconsin Department of Health Services: Updated Mask Guidance for Fully Vaccinated Individuals
On Thursday May 13, the CDC released updated guidance that fully vaccinated people can resume activities they did before the pandemic, including participating in indoor and outdoor activities – large or small – without wearing a mask or physically distancing. Fully vaccinated people can also refrain from testing following a known exposure unless they are residents or employees of a correctional or detention facility or a homeless shelter.
A person is considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 if it has been two or more weeks since they got the second dose in a two-dose series (such as Pfizer or Moderna), or one dose of a single-dose vaccine (such as Johnson & Johnson).
Important Exceptions to Updated Mask Guidance:
Mask wearing, regardless of vaccination status, continues to be an important COVID-19 mitigation strategy in schools, correctional facilities, homeless shelters, and other settings where additional regulations exist. This includes wearing a mask when traveling into, within, or out of the United States.
As of now, the CDC’s school guidance remains unchanged. Most students will still be unvaccinated and schools should follow CDC’s guidance for schools. Teachers, school administrators, and staff should continue to follow CDC’s school guidance until more people and children are vaccinated. Students and staff on buses should continue to follow all masking and physical distancing guidelines.
This updated guidance reflects scientific consensus on the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines against circulating strains of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Studies show that COVID-19 vaccines are more than 90% effective in real-world settings in preventing mild and severe disease, hospitalization, and death. Individuals who are fully vaccinated can start returning to normal activities.
DHS is currently working on updating websites and publications to include updated guidance for fully vaccinated people. We continue to encourage everyone to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
HSHS hospitals and Prevea Health Centers uphold masking and social distancing guidelines
The CDC announced on May 13, 2021 that people fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can go without masks indoors and outdoors. However, certain higher risk settings, such as health care facilities, are excluded from this guidance. In alignment with the CDC, masking and social distancing will continue to be required at all our health care facilities to protect the safety and well-being of our patients, visitors and communities.
Health Department adapts recommendations to new CDC guidance
Eau Claire, WI May 20, 2021 - The Health Department is adapting their recommendations in light of recently updated CDC guidance and the decision by the Eau Claire City Council and County Board to end the local face mask ordinances. Unvaccinated people should still be wearing masks and physically distancing in public spaces. All individuals should continue to mask in certain settings, including healthcare settings, schools, correctional facilities, public transportation, shelters and other places where regulations exist, such as businesses or workplaces.
Nearly 56% of people are unvaccinated and 1 in 7 people are not yet able to be vaccinated in our community. As a result, the Health Department continues to provide recommendations for staying safe in your community (including guidance for individuals, public spaces, and gatherings) and will still offer consultation to event planners so that larger gatherings can be held in safer ways as COVID-19 cases continue to occur in the community. The Health Department also continues the critically important public health work of disease and outbreak investigations, contact tracing, testing, isolation and quarantine, and public notification of exposures to COVID-19 when contacts cannot be reached
Martin Dental's Altoona Office Ribbon Cutting
Altoona, WI - We invite you to join us in celebrating the ribbon cutting of Martin Dental’s new office! They opened in November 2020, but are officially celebrating the move and expansion this spring! Their spa dentistry is innovative and fresh, different from just your regular dentist and that is exactly what their new office shows. Martin Dental designed their new office to be welcoming and relaxing for all their patients, and they are excited to show their new office to the city!
WNB Financial Elects Peter Hoeft to Board of Directors
WNB Financial is pleased to announce the election of Peter Hoeft to serve on the Bank’s Board of Directors. Hoeft has led Hoeft Builders, Inc. for 15 years as CEO and Owner.
Hoeft Builders specializes in design/build, construction management, and real estate development projects in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota, and South Dakota. He and his business partner, Robb Majeski, were instrumental in what is now known as the River Prairie Development in Altoona, Wis. Hoeft focuses on real estate development, project financing, and project management.
“WNB is very fortunate to have someone of Peter’s caliber on our board,” said David Vaselaar, President and Chief Executive Officer of WNB Financial. “His experience and background in growing a successful business will be valuable as we grow our business and pursue our vision of being a premier regional financial partner to clients in Southeast Minnesota and Southwest Wisconsin.”
Boys & Girls Clubs 2021 Virtual Youth of the Year Gala
The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Greater Chippewa Valley held a virtual Youth of the Year Gala weeklong event; April 26th-30th. Each day, Monday-Thursday we featured one of our four centers that included a tour of the club, Youth of the Year Interviews, and activities around our programming for that day. On Friday we had a compilation of the weeks events and featured Kid Art Day!
The event was a great success. We raised over $110,000.00 for the kids and helping to make great things happen for summer and fall programming! We want to thank all of our sponsors and our partners. Without the support that we had gotten from the surrounding communities, we would not have been able to be as successful with this event.
Prevea, HSHS hospitals launching mobile 3-D mammography unit
Eau Claire Chamber
The Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce has more than 1,200 members.