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This Week in Door County News: Elections, Vaccine Progress, and Workforce Struggles

Tomorrow is election day in Wisconsin, and Door County voters will cast ballots in a number of contested village, town, and school board races Tuesday. Plus, several ballot initiatives await voters. Polls will be open April 6, 7 am – 8 pm. For more information on voting, contested races, and referendums, click here>> 

Vaccine Eligibility, Availability Expands

Door County residents received 2,906 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine last week, the highest total since vaccinations began. More than 48% of Door County residents have now received at least one dose of the vaccine, and 87% of residents over the age of 65 have received at least one dose. Statewide those numbers are 33% and 77%.

This week eligibility expands to all adults over the age of 16. As of Friday, Door County Public Health still had appointments available for its weekly vaccination clinic Wednesday, April 7.

To schedule an appointment for your first dose of COVID-19 vaccine visit www.bookdcph.timetap.com If you do not have access to internet or need assistance in  scheduling/rescheduling, contact public health at 920.746.7180 for assistance. 

The website and COVID-19 page are available for translation to your language of choice. To translate, click on the link in the lower right-hand corner and select  language. 

Public Health requests that individuals not not arrive early for your appointment. The vaccination clinic is scheduled to accommodate a maximum number of appointments per hour, arriving early interferes with the flow and may cause longer wait times. 

Workforce Survey

Business owners are anticipating a banner season on the peninsula, but when they say that, it’s usually followed up with, “if we can find workers.” Housing for workers has never been harder to come by, and there is still great uncertainty regarding the availability of J-1 student workers for the summer. The Door County Economic Development Corporation created a survey to gather feedback from employers who rely on seasonal employees. Take the survey>>

Housing Input Sessions

Speaking of workforce issues, the Door County Economic Development Corporation, Door County Community Foundation, and WHEDA invite residents to participate in a 90-minute listening session to provide feedback on pilot concepts to help solve affordable workforce housing challenges. Sessions are open April 8 from 6:30 – 8 pm and April 9 from 10-11:30 am. Find links to register here>>

Household Broadband Benefits Available

Gov. Tony Evers and the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSC) are urging eligible Wisconsin residents to apply for the Federal Emergency Broadband Benefit Program for Wisconsin households struggling to pay for internet service during the pandemic. 

Wisconsin residents can apply to get a temporary discount of up to $50 per month towards broadband service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on Tribal lands. The number of people in the state that could be eligible for the Emergency Broadband Benefit is about 1,500,000 people or 300,000 households. Read more>>