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CORONAVIRUS

Vaccine appears to protect against monkeypox, CDC says

WASHINGTON (AP) — At-risk people who received a single dose of the monkeypox vaccine in U.S. efforts against the virus appeared to be significantly less likely to get sick, public health officials announced Wednesday, even as they urged a second dose for full protection. It was the first ...

New COVID vax available

NEW ULM — People age 12 and older are encouraged to get the new COVID-19 bivalent vaccine, which is now available to Brown County residents. Brown County Public Health Director Karen Moritz told the County Board Tuesday the updated COVID-19 booster can help restore protection that has ...

Danish queen tests positive after UK monarch’s funeral

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Denmark's Queen Margrethe II has tested positive for the coronavirus after attending the funeral of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, the royal palace said Wednesday. In a statement, the royal household said that Margrethe, 82, who has been on the throne for 50 years, ...

Feds: 47 exploited pandemic to steal $250M from food program

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Federal authorities charged 47 people in Minnesota with conspiracy and other counts in what they said Tuesday was the largest fraud scheme yet to take advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic by stealing $250 million from a federal program that provides meals to low-income ...

At UN, leaders confront COVID’s impact on global education

With COVID-related school disruptions setting back children around the world, activists implored world leaders Monday to prioritize school systems and restore educational budgets slashed when the pandemic hit. The summit on transforming education, held at the U.N. General Assembly ahead of ...

Changing COVID-19 rate shows it’s still here

BROWN COUNTY — The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has placed Brown County at medium COVID-19 community spread as of Thursday. Each week the CDC releases a countywide rating based on the COVID case rate and hospitalization rate. This information is updated on the CDC COVID-19 data tracker ...