Biden to double free COVID tests, add masks to fight omicron

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden announced Thursday that the government will double to 1 billion the rapid, at-home COVID-19 tests to be distributed free to Americans, along with “high-quality masks," as he highlighted his efforts to “surge” resources to help the country weather the spike in coronavirus cases.

Wisconsin surpasses 13K COVID-19 cases reported in single day, a new pandemic high

MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin set another single-day COVID-19 case record Thursday, surpassing 13,000 cases for the first time since the pandemic began nearly two years ago, according to the state’s Department of Health Services. A total of 13,004 new COVID-19 cases were added to the Department of Health Services’ dashboard on Wednesday, the agency said Thursday afternoon, bringing the seven-day…

Wisconsin COVID-19 hospitalizations reach record high

Courtesy of the Wisconsin Hospital AssociationMADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin COVID-19 hospitalizations have reached a pandemic high, surpassing the state’s previous record by a single patient. The latest data shared by the Wisconsin Hospital Association indicates that as of Wednesday, 2,278 patients were hospitalized with COVID-19 throughout the state. The previous record of 2,277 was set Nov. 17, 2020, during what…