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WLDY-WJBL NEWS 6-24-20 Look for a mix of clouds and sun today. Luckily, the cooler Canadian air is also dryer, so it will feel comfortable during the day. Much like Tuesday, heavy downpours will become scattered this afternoon. They will be hit and miss, though a slight majority of places in Western Wisconsin are likely to see some rain. Cold air in the mid levels of the atmosphere will make up for weak surface instability, and is the reason these downpours will occur. Another cool night is expected, though a shift in the pattern will set us up for warmer days. By Thursday the upper level pattern will flatten out and an area of ridging will strengthen to our west. The change will result in a mostly sunny day free from rain, and a warmer afternoon. Highs across the Chippewa Valley are expected to reach the low 80’s, about our average. The next wave of upper level energy will then pass by just to our north while a low pressure system in the Northern Plains slides east into Friday. Though timing may change, this system may have the potential to impact most of Friday, though most data suggests the morning will remain dry. Nonetheless, a healthy round of rain and storms is expected when the system does arrive. This will come with a good bout of humidity too. Clouds and rain chances will impact temperatures, along with arrival time, but right now we may still have a chance to top 80 if we stay dry until the afternoon. Some locally heavier rain will be possible with this system. RUSK COUNTY – The Rusk County Public Health Department reported Tuesday, another day with no new positive cases! There are 11 positive cases in the county, 2 active cases and 9 recovered cases. In Rusk County there are 768 negative cases and 1 current hospitalized case. However, it is still important to stay home if you have any symptoms of COVID-19, wash your hands often, physical distance, and wear a fabric face covering if you must go out. Washing your hands is easy, and it’s one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of germs. Clean hands can stop germs from spreading from one person to another and throughout an entire community—from your home and workplace to childcare facilities and hospitals. WEDNESDAY JUNE 24th UPDATE: CHIPPEWA COUNTY 71 positive cases (increase of 8 from last week) 4,202 negative test results 61 recovered 10 monitoring 0 hospitalizations 34 cases in people over the age of 40, 37 under the age of 40 0 deaths 458 tests last week, an increase of 18 Public health is working with school districts for the fall school year planning. Contact tracing scams are occurring in the area. They will never ask for credit card,bank and social security information. Call the health department if you question the validity of the call. As of June 22nd, Chippewa County buildings are open. The ADRC and Veterans Services do have restrictions. EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) Two establishments in Eau Claire have potential COVID-19 exposure, Olive Garden and the inside bar at Wagner’s Lanes. The Eau Claire City-County Health Department sent out the following release: “The Eau Claire City-County Health Department is alerting the public of potential COVID-19 exposure at two Eau Claire County establishments. Anyone who was at these establishments on the given days and times AND are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should contact their provider to get tested. Both establishments are cooperating with the public health investigations and are following best practices for disease prevention. This alert is being released in light of new information that members of the public may have been exposed and were not able to be contacted. Times and places of potential exposure include Olive Garden dine-in service on June 4, 9, 10 & 11 from 4-9 PM and Wagner’s Lanes inside bar on June 16 & 17, from 10-5 PM. If you visited either establishment during these times and are experiencing symptoms, please call your health care provider to get tested for COVID-19 out of an abundance of caution. RUSK COUNTY – Tuesday afternoon the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office received a gas drive off complaint. According to the report, an employee at Express Mart in Bruce advised that they had a $20 gas drive off. The vehicle was an older Green Ford SUV. Unknown direction of travel and they did provide a plate number to the Sheriff’s Office. A video will also be available. No other information was available. Chippewa County (WQOW) – In Chippewa County, a couple accused of defrauding the Medicaid program has been placed on probation. Judge James Isaacson made that determination Monday in the case of Terrance Lade and Tonia Nye of Cornell.   The attorney general’s office accused Lade of faking a debilitating injury to receive assistance. He pleaded guilty to medical assistance fraud.   Nye was accused of falsifying records as his caregiver. She pleaded guilty to misdemeanor theft.   The pair has paid restitution of $25,000. Lade was given two years of probation while Nye was given one year. EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (NEWS RELEASE)– As businesses in Wisconsin begin to slowly re-open, they may be looking for ways to save money on their energy bills. To safely assist them, Xcel Energy is offering free virtual energy visits that comply with health and safety guidelines introduced during the coronavirus pandemic outbreak. Typically, Xcel Energy team members would be available to visit on site with businesses to discuss energy efficiency projects, but due to COVID-19 the company developed new ways to provide this important service to customers. During the audio or video discussion with business owners, Xcel Energy Mid-Market team members will identify the most cost-effective opportunities for energy savings, potential rebates available from Focus on Energy and Xcel Energy and advice for future projects to save even more energy and money. “Xcel Energy’s first priority is keeping our employees and their families, our customers and communities safe and healthy,” said Jennifer Nielsen, Mid-Market Energy Efficiency team lead, Xcel Energy. “Our free virtual visits are a great way to help business customers discover no- and low-cost energy-saving opportunities. It’s also the quickest way to get them started on energy savings that increase over time.”

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