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Rock County farmers have about 15% of their corn and soybeans planted. Planting is going smoothly, although farmers are facing difficult markets and uncertain times due to COVID-19, according to Rock County UW Extension agriculture agent Nick Baker.

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Preliminary numbers for Unemployment Insurance (UI) claims reveal the impact COVID-19 has had on individuals and the economy both locally and throughout the state and nation.

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The Admissions Team at Blackhawk Technical College is not letting a pandemic stop them from helping students. “We have prospective students who are interested in learning more about the many opportunities at the College. When this ends we will need a workforce to fuel the economy and help ou…

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The Department of Natural Resources will suspend in-person County Deer Advisory Council meetings planned for discussing this year’s deer season antlerless permit recommendations and will instead use a call-in format. Meeting dates and times [PDF] have not changed, and meetings remain open to…

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Rock County is in need of poll workers countywide for the April 7 Presidential Preference and Spring Election. Due to COVID-19, current poll workers in high risk categories are being encouraged to not work on Election Day, creating a shortage of poll works throughout Rock County.

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Election officials in Rock County urge residents to vote absentee as they prepare for the April 7 spring primary amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

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The Rock County Public Health Department reports that a second positive COVID-19 case has been confirmed in Rock County. The patient is 29 years old and is in home isolation. It is unknown at this time if this person had direct contact with a confirmed positive case. A disease investigation …

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The Rock County Public Health Department announced today that there is one confirmed positive COVID-19 case in Rock County. This individual is 57 years old and is in isolation at home. There is no known direct contact with a positive case, although there is known travel to attend an event in…

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To help slow the spread of COVID-19, Governor Evers has directed Wisconsin Department of Transportation Secretary-designee Craig Thompson to ensure continuation of essential services of the Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and protect the health and safety of citizens and employees.

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Hundreds of Rock County voters are opting to vote by absentee ballot to avoid COVID-19 infection.

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On Monday Rock County Administrator Josh Smith and County Board Chair Russ Podzilni jointly declared a local state of emergency in Rock County in response to the continuing spread of COVID-19 in Wisconsin and the region.

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The Rock County Public Health office is working remotely effective Monday, March 16. This will enable us to ensure the health of our workforce while we continue to respond to the COVID-19 situation. Essential operations will continue as usual, except we will all not be physically co-located.…

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Maddie Strong Studios debuted its new location, 209 Parkview Dr., with an open house on Saturday, but by Monday morning, the company had announced on Facebook that, “due to the ever-changing coronavirus situation,” it would be suspending in-person events at the studio “until further notice.”

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In light of heightened attention to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (and the associated illness called COVID-19), the Rock County Public Health Department (RCPHD) is working on preparing the community and local partners to be ready for a potential outbreak.

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Opioids are a type of drug used to reduce pain, but they have been a primary cause of rising number of overdose deaths in the last several years in Rock County. Since 2005 the number of opioid overdose deaths has increased substantially. The Rock County Public Health Department (RCPHD) has a…

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Police Chief David Moore announced Thursday that a team of assessors from the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Accreditation Group (WILEAG) will arrive in Janesville on Tuesday, March 10. The assessors will examine all aspects of the Janesville Police Department’s policies and procedures, managemen…

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Multiple Wisconsin State Patrol WSP troopers and motor carrier inspectors responded to a series of crashes involving approximately 20 vehicles and four semi-tractor trailer units Sunday.