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A sign prepared by the Wisconsin Elections Commission to demonstrate to voters how far apart they should be while they wait in line to vote.

Elections

Update: Elections Commission Prepares Municipalities for Voting During COVID Outbreak

Wisconsin Elections Commission votes to clarify rules on indefinitely confined voters, and to supply municipal clerks with cleaning materials and other supplies ahead of the April 7 election. In a meeting Sunday, the commission deadlocked on chastising the Milwaukee and Dane county clerks.

March 29, 2020

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Map: Tracking COVID-19 Cases in Wisconsin
Gov. Tony Evers speaks a Lincoln Elementary in Wauwatosa Feb. 26, 2020.
Gov. Tony Evers speaks a Lincoln Elementary in Wauwatosa Feb. 26, 2020.

Politics

Evers Introduces Broad COVID-19 Response Bill

The bill would send millions to local public health offices and make changes to the upcoming election, including eliminating the photo ID requirement.

March 29, 2020

Gundersen Health System Develops In-House COVID-19 Test
Gundersen Health System Develops In-House COVID-19 Test

Health

Gundersen Health System Develops In-House COVID-19 Test

When testing started for COVID-19, patients waited days to get their test results back from a lab, which increased the risk of the virus spreading. Tonight, positive news on that health front as Trevor Keller shows us how one Wisconsin health care system has shortened the turnaround time.

March 27, 2020

DHS Secretary-designee on Wisconsin’s COVID-19 Pandemic
DHS Secretary-designee on Wisconsin’s COVID-19 Pandemic

Health

DHS Secretary-designee on Wisconsin’s COVID-19 Pandemic

Today, there are more COVID-19 positive cases in the United States than anywhere else in the world. Department of Health Services Secretary-designee Andrea Palm paints a clear picture of the COVID-19 crisis, as the number of cases in the state continues to surge.

March 27, 2020

Lack of Protective Equipment May Threaten Healthcare Workers
Lack of Protective Equipment May Threaten Healthcare Workers

Health

Lack of Protective Equipment May Threaten Healthcare Workers

Wisconsin is beginning to see an urgent need for personal protective equipment, including masks, gloves and gowns to prevent exposure to COVID-19. The lack of supplies creates a stark reality for healthcare workers and first responders on the frontline of the growing pandemic.

March 27, 2020

An absentee ballot from the 2012 presidential election. (Courtesy: Michael Leland / WPR)
An absentee ballot from the 2012 presidential election. (Courtesy: Michael Leland / WPR)

Elections

Update: Evers Calls for Widespread Absentee Ballot Legislation

Gov. Tony Evers asks the Legislature to send all registered voters absentee ballots ahead of April 7 amid election concerns during the COVID-19 outbreak. Later Friday, Evers also loosen licensing requirements for certain healthcare workers.

March 27, 2020

U.S. Capitol building August, 2019.
U.S. Capitol building August, 2019.

Politics

Update: Congress Passes Third COVID-19 Aid Package

The House of Representatives passed the bill Friday, which the U.S. Senate unanimously approved Wednesday. The bill would send $1,200 checks to Americans, among other provisions.

March 27, 2020

In-House Test Shows Promise to Increase Capacity
In-House Test Shows Promise to Increase Capacity

Health

In-House Test Shows Promise to Increase Capacity

Gundersen Health System in La Crosse has developed their own in-house test for COVID-19. They say patients no longer need to wait days to get results, which might be the case if tests were sent to an outside lab. “If a test is required from the health system, we can ...

March 27, 2020 • West Central Region

Noon Wednesday: Flattening the Curve
Noon Wednesday: Flattening the Curve

Health

Noon Wednesday: Flattening the Curve

New measures announced by Gov. Tony Evers and top state health officials to close non-essential businesses and remain at home are part of sweeping efforts to keep the health care system from becoming overwhelmed. Will Cushman of WisContext joins us to talk about new their latest report, "The Urgent Battle To Flatten Wisconsin's COVID-19 Curve."

March 25, 2020

Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos on a March 25, 2020 call with reporters.
Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos on a March 25, 2020 call with reporters.

Elections

Legislative Leaders Want April Election to Move Forward

On a call with reporters, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald said municipalities should be prepared for April 7, but they are not considering altering the date at this time.

March 25, 2020

A U.S. Navy officer wears a medical face shield during a teeth cleaning. (Courtesty: U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/U.S. Fifth Fleet)
A U.S. Navy officer wears a medical face shield during a teeth cleaning. (Courtesty: U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/U.S. Fifth Fleet)

Economy

Industry Steps Up But Far from Scale Needed

Necessity being the mother of invention, Justin Webb, CEO of Franzen Graphics in Sheboygan, saw a need and with his colleagues invented a simple solution. The company specializes in printing on plastic for items like in-store displays and saw a new application for the material they usually print on. Now ...

March 25, 2020 • Southeast Region

Peter Curry, a 23-year-old from Madison, struggles to make it back to the United States while Peru remains quarantined due to the coronavirus.
Peter Curry, a 23-year-old from Madison, struggles to make it back to the United States while Peru remains quarantined due to the coronavirus.

Health

Wisconsinites Stuck in Peru During Coronavirus Lockdown

With Peru on a coronavirus lockdown, Wisconsinites struggle to return home.

March 24, 2020 • South Central Region

Update: Evers Issues 'Safer at Home' Order
Update: Evers Issues 'Safer at Home' Order

Politics

Update: Evers Issues ‘Safer at Home’ Order

Gov. Tony Evers issued an order Tuesday mandating that Wisconsinites stay at home, effective Wednesday morning at 8. Certain exemptions are allowed for residents to leave their homes to receive healthcare and to get necessary supplies such as groceries. According to a release from the governor’s office, Wisconsinites do not ...

March 24, 2020

Sign outside the Wisconsin Public Service Commission hearing room in Madison.
Sign outside the Wisconsin Public Service Commission hearing room in Madison.

Health

Update: PSC Halts Disconnections for Public Health Emergency

On Sunday, March 22, Gov. Tony Evers suspended additional utility rules and laid out more consumer protections for Wisconsin residents and businesses. Evers directed the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin to extend the orders released earlier this month to include more protective provisions. The announcement included six actions intended to ...

March 23, 2020

Gov. Tony Evers declares a public health state of emergency at the Wisconsin Emergency Management Emergency Operations Center March 12, 2020.
Gov. Tony Evers declares a public health state of emergency at the Wisconsin Emergency Management Emergency Operations Center March 12, 2020.

Health

Update: Evers Calls for ‘Safer at Home’ Order

The governor said details of the order would be finalized before Tuesday, when the order goes into effect.

March 23, 2020

Dale Witkowski
Dale Witkowski

Health

Fond du Lac Man One of State’s First COVID-19 Deaths

Dale Witkowski of Fond du Lac County developed the disease after an Egyptian River Cruise.

March 21, 2020 • Northeast Region

Rising Stakes, New Rules: Gov. Evers on COVID-19 Response
Rising Stakes, New Rules: Gov. Evers on COVID-19 Response

Coronavirus

Rising Stakes, New Rules: Gov. Evers on COVID-19 Response

Gov. Tony Evers discusses the latest developments concerning the COVID-19 outbreak in Wisconsin. This week, he and health officials confirmed three deaths in Fond du Lac, Milwaukee and Ozaukee Counties. Most recently, Evers ordered all nail, hair salons, and tattoo parlors to close due to the outbreak. Evers speaks to the growing caseload, efforts to keep health care workers safe from the disease.

March 20, 2020

State Epidemiologist Answers Questions about COVID-19 Crisis
State Epidemiologist Answers Questions about COVID-19 Crisis

Health

State Epidemiologist Answers Questions about COVID-19 Crisis

Wisconsin Epidemiologist Dr. Ryan Westergaard gives an update on the growing number of COVID-19 cases statewide. Westergaard answers medical questions for Wisconsin residents as they brace for the full impact of the virus. So far, the state has had 206 positive cases of COVID-19--with Dane and Milwaukee counties most at risk for community spread.

March 20, 2020

Madison's downtown State Street lays vacant under coronavirus social distancing.
Madison's downtown State Street lays vacant under coronavirus social distancing.

Economy

Workers Feel Pressure from Coronavirus

It’s something you’d never expect to find in a city, the sound of silence. A surreal scene that played out across Wisconsin this week: bars, museums, performance venues, all closed. Savannah Bierma works part-time for the Pabst Theater Group in Milwaukee. They have cancelled all events through May 15. That ...

March 20, 2020 • South Central Region

N95 mask from a Cambridge Area EMS ambulance.
N95 mask from a Cambridge Area EMS ambulance.

Health

Evers: State Has ‘Adequate Response’ to COVID-19

Gov. Tony Evers does not think Wisconsin is ready for a shelter in place order, while health officials say the state's testing and equipment supply could face shortfalls.

March 20, 2020

Transmission electron micrograph of SARS-CoV-2 virus particles, isolated from a patient. Image captured and color-enhanced at the NIAID Integrated Research Facility (IRF) in Fort Detrick, Maryland. (Courtesy: NIAID)
Transmission electron micrograph of SARS-CoV-2 virus particles, isolated from a patient. Image captured and color-enhanced at the NIAID Integrated Research Facility (IRF) in Fort Detrick, Maryland. (Courtesy: NIAID)

Health

Update: Three Dead from COVID-19 in Wisconsin

Two men in Fond du Lac and Ozaukee Counties both died from the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, according to a release from Gov. Tony Evers late Thursday. A third death was announced by the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner Friday.

March 19, 2020

A city official prepares an absentee ballot in Madison.
A city official prepares an absentee ballot in Madison.

Elections

Absentee Requests Rise Amid Coronavirus Concerns

The covid-19 emergency has Republican and Democratic leaders asking for election rules to be changed. Here & Now's Zac Schultz reports on how the clerks are doing their best to make it all work.

March 19, 2020 • South Central Region

Community Spread Continues as Wisconsin Faces Testing Bottleneck
Community Spread Continues as Wisconsin Faces Testing Bottleneck

Health

Community Spread Continues as Wisconsin Faces Testing Bottleneck

Wisconsin now has 155 cases, with community spread in Brown, Dane, Kenosha and Milwaukee Counties.

March 19, 2020

U.S. Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin speaking at the 2016 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. (Gage Skidmore)
U.S. Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin speaking at the 2016 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. (Gage Skidmore)

Health

Senate Approves Coronavirus Aid

The U.S. Senate voted to provide paid sick leave for those suffering from COVID-19 and free testing. Wisconsin U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson was among the eight senators voting against the package.

March 18, 2020

Noon Wednesday: Hospitals Gear Up for COVID-19
Noon Wednesday: Hospitals Gear Up for COVID-19

Health

Noon Wednesday: Hospitals Gear Up for COVID-19

As the number of confirmed coronavirus cases increase in the state, hospitals are preparing for a surge of patients. Kate Walton, an emergency room nurse at the University of Wisconsin Hospital, joins us remotely to discuss how health care workers are gearing up.

March 18, 2020

Personal Protective Equipment Could Face Shortage in Hospital Surge
Personal Protective Equipment Could Face Shortage in Hospital Surge

Health

Personal Protective Equipment Could Face Shortage in Hospital Surge

Hospitals are monitoring inventories as they prepare for an influx of COVID cases.

March 18, 2020

Gov. Tony Evers speaks to students at Winnequah School in Monona, Wis., during an event to kick off the Student Tools for Emergency Planning (STEP) program for this school year. (Courtesy: Sgt. Alex Baum / Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs)
Gov. Tony Evers speaks to students at Winnequah School in Monona, Wis., during an event to kick off the Student Tools for Emergency Planning (STEP) program for this school year. (Courtesy: Sgt. Alex Baum / Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs)

Health

Evers Imposes Limits on Child Care

COVID cases in Wisconsin increase to 106 as Gov. Tony Evers imposes limits on child care.

March 18, 2020

This scanning electron microscope image shows SARS-CoV-2 (orange)—also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus that causes COVID-19—isolated from a patient in the U.S., emerging from the surface of cells (green) cultured in the lab. (NIAID-RML)
This scanning electron microscope image shows SARS-CoV-2 (orange)—also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus that causes COVID-19—isolated from a patient in the U.S., emerging from the surface of cells (green) cultured in the lab. (NIAID-RML)

Health

Learn More About the Novel Coronavirus, COVID-19 and Wisconsin

10 Things to Know About the Outbreak and Public Health in the State

March 18, 2020

Gov. Tony Evers announces a ban on gatherings of more than 10 people March 17, 2020 amid concerns of the novel coronavirus spreading. (Courtesy: Dept. of Health Services)
Gov. Tony Evers announces a ban on gatherings of more than 10 people March 17, 2020 amid concerns of the novel coronavirus spreading. (Courtesy: Dept. of Health Services)

Health

COVID Reaches Community Spread Phase in Wisconsin Counties

Dane, Milwaukee and Kenosha Counties all have community spread of the novel coronavirus, as the number of Wisconsin cases increases to 72. Gov. Tony Evers issued a statewide ban of gatherings of more than 10 people and closed schools "until further notice" amid concerns of the spread of the virus.

March 17, 2020

District parent receives school lunch on March 16, 2020 in Madison while schools are shut down due to novel coronavirus.
District parent receives school lunch on March 16, 2020 in Madison while schools are shut down due to novel coronavirus.

Education

‘It’s Going to Be Difficult’ Parents Say as Schools Close

Parents and districts troubleshoot how to continue education while schools are closed due to coronavirus.

March 16, 2020

Gov. Tony Evers and DHS Sec.-des. Andrea Palm provide a March 16, 2020 update on the state's COVID-19 response. (Courtesty: Dept. of Health Serv.)
Gov. Tony Evers and DHS Sec.-des. Andrea Palm provide a March 16, 2020 update on the state's COVID-19 response. (Courtesty: Dept. of Health Serv.)

Health

State on Heightened Alert For Coronavirus

The state's Emergency Operations Center upgraded to its highest level of readiness as the governor and health secretary ban gatherings of more than 50 people.

March 16, 2020

Travelers from a Princess Cruise line return to Wisconsin in the early hours of March 16, 2020. (Courtesy: Wis. Dept. of Military Affairs)
Travelers from a Princess Cruise line return to Wisconsin in the early hours of March 16, 2020. (Courtesy: Wis. Dept. of Military Affairs)

Health

Wisconsinites Return Home from Cruise

The Wisconsin National Guard brought home 29 passengers from a Princess Cruise line.

March 16, 2020

Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway announces restrictions on gatherings of more than 50 people at a news conference March 15, 2020.
Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway announces restrictions on gatherings of more than 50 people at a news conference March 15, 2020.

Health

New Dane County Restrictions, Fond du Lac Numbers, Voting in Milwaukee

With new state numbers, Wisconsin has 33 confirmed cases of novel coronavirus. In response, Dane County announces new restrictions on public gatherings.

March 15, 2020 • South Central Region

Children play on a jungle gym at Abbotsford Elementary School.
Children play on a jungle gym at Abbotsford Elementary School.

Health

Update: Evers Closes K-12 Schools in Wisconsin

New cases of novel coronavirus are announced Saturday in Wisconsin, bringing the number of positive active cases to 26. Gov. Tony Evers announced Friday that schools would be closed starting March 18, through at least April 6.

March 14, 2020

Evers Declares State of Emergency
Evers Declares State of Emergency

Health

Evers Declares State of Emergency

The governor declared a state of emergency, called for school cancellation, and universities canceled in-person classes through mid-April. Here & Now’s Zac Schultz provides an overview of a state on overdrive coping with the coronavirus.

March 14, 2020

Nursing Homes Limit Visitors to Protect Against Coronavirus
Nursing Homes Limit Visitors to Protect Against Coronavirus

Health

Nursing Homes Limit Visitors to Protect Against Coronavirus

Nursing homes and assisted living facilities across the state are clamping down on outside visitors in order to prevent coronavirus from entering its doors. John Vander Meer, president and CEO of the Wisconsin Health Association and the Wisconsin Center for Assisted Living discusses new guidelines including screening all individuals before they would be allowed to enter facilities.

March 14, 2020

At-Risk Populations
At-Risk Populations

Health

At-Risk Populations

Dr. Nasia Safdar, medical director of infection control at UW Hospital, discusses how the medical community is handling at-risk communities amid coronavirus fears.

March 14, 2020

Baldwin's Response to Coronavirus
Baldwin's Response to Coronavirus

Health

Baldwin’s Response to Coronavirus

Even as the president declared a national emergency, a congressional bi-partisan agreement was reached to provide tens-of-billions of dollars on coronavirus relief efforts like sick leave. Here & Now caught up with Sen. Tammy Baldwin in Washington this week just before coronavirus closed the Capitol and congressional offices to visitors. She told us why she's in favor of paid sick leave.

March 14, 2020

Universities Turn to Online Classes
Universities Turn to Online Classes

Health

Universities Turn to Online Classes

University of Wisconsin campuses announced they would shift to online classes or extending their spring break to keep campuses relatively empty during coronavirus concerns. Executive Director of University Health Services at UW-Madison Jake Baggott discusses what that means for the state's flagship campus.

March 14, 2020

State Response to Coronavirus
State Response to Coronavirus

Health

State Response to Coronavirus

Department of Health Services Secretary-designee Andrea Palm discusses the state's reponse to the novel coronavirus and what a declaration of public health emergency means for the state.

March 14, 2020

Students raise their hands in a Green Bay classroom.
Students raise their hands in a Green Bay classroom.

Health

Wisconsin K-12 Schools Largely Remain Open Thursday in Wake of Public Health Emergency

UPDATE: Gov. Tony Evers directs the Wisconsin Department of Health Services Secretary-designee Andrea Palm to mandate all K-12 schools close statewide. The doors of Wisconsin’s K-12 schools will remain open, even with Gov. Tony Evers declaring a public health emergency Thursday due to the spread of the COVID-19 virus.  As ...

March 12, 2020

Gov. Tony Evers provides an update on the state response to novel coronavirus on March 12, 2020.
Gov. Tony Evers provides an update on the state response to novel coronavirus on March 12, 2020.

Health

Evers Declares Public Health State of Emergency

Gov. Tony Evers declared a public health emergency in response to the spread of novel coronavirus.

March 12, 2020

This transmission electron microscope image shows SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, isolated from a patient in the U.S. Virus particles are shown emerging from the surface of cells cultured in the lab. The spikes on the outer edge of the virus particles give coronaviruses their name, crown-like. (NIAID-RML)
This transmission electron microscope image shows SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, isolated from a patient in the U.S. Virus particles are shown emerging from the surface of cells cultured in the lab. The spikes on the outer edge of the virus particles give coronaviruses their name, crown-like. (NIAID-RML)

Health

Three More Cases of Novel Coronavirus in Wisconsin

Two cases in Fond du Lac County and one in Waukesha County were confirmed today by the Department of Health Services. Two cases are still active in Pierce and Dane Counties. Universities around the state cancelled events and prepared to hold classes online in the wake of the spread of the disease.

March 11, 2020

Transmission electron micrograph of SARS-CoV-2 virus particles, isolated from a patient. Image captured and color-enhanced at the NIAID Integrated Research Facility (IRF) in Fort Detrick, Maryland. Credit: NIAID
Transmission electron micrograph of SARS-CoV-2 virus particles, isolated from a patient. Image captured and color-enhanced at the NIAID Integrated Research Facility (IRF) in Fort Detrick, Maryland. Credit: NIAID

Health

Update: Wisconsin Receives Third Case of Coronavirus

Patients in Dane County and Pierce County contracted the virus while traveling within the United States.

March 10, 2020

Wisconsin Coach in Quarantine in Beijing
Wisconsin Coach in Quarantine in Beijing

Health

Wisconsin Coach in Quarantine in Beijing

Kewaukee native James Malechek is currently the Strength and Performance Coach for the Chinese Olympic Swim Team. Malechek has been in quarantine in Beijing with his team of swimmers since January 27. The swimmers and coaching staff were preparing for the Tokyo Olympic Games when the Coronavirus outbreak began.

March 6, 2020

Dept. of Health Services Update on COVID-19
Dept. of Health Services Update on COVID-19

Health

Dept. of Health Services Update on COVID-19

Influenza Surveillance Coordinator at the state Department of Health Services, Tom Haupt, gives an update on Wisconsin's COVID-19 status. Haupt assures that there are currently enough test kits and support services. So far, the state has had one positive case of the Coronavirus. Currently, there are 12 pending cases under investigation.

March 6, 2020

COVID-19 Preparedness in UW-Hospital and Clinics
COVID-19 Preparedness in UW-Hospital and Clinics

Health

COVID-19 Preparedness in UW-Hospital and Clinics

Medical Director of Infection Control at UW Hospital and Clinics Dr. Nasia Safdar talks about hospital preparedness and plans for outbreak escalation. Safdar also introduced the UW-Health hotline for people who need to evaluate their symptoms or have other major concerns related to the virus.

March 6, 2020

Gallagher-Pocan Bill Aims to Streamline Medical Supplies
Gallagher-Pocan Bill Aims to Streamline Medical Supplies

Politics

Gallagher-Pocan Bill Aims to Streamline Medical Supplies

As the COVID-19 outbreak continues to spread, a new bill aims to address the issue of medical supply shortages. U.S. Reps. Mike Gallagher (R) and Mark Pocan (D) discuss their proposal that would streamline medical supplies to areas most in need. The measure gives the Food and Drug Administration the ability to more quickly bring necessary products to the market in the case of a supply shortage.

March 6, 2020

James Malechek is a Kewaunee native under quarantine in China as he helps the Chinese national swimming team prepare for the 2020 Olympics.
James Malechek is a Kewaunee native under quarantine in China as he helps the Chinese national swimming team prepare for the 2020 Olympics.

Health

Coronavirus: Wisconsin Man Quarantined in Beijing

A Wisconsin native shares his story of what it is like living under a coronavirus quarantine.

March 5, 2020

Department of Health Services Secretary Designee-Andrea Palm and department staff brief legislators on the state's response to the novel coronavirus March 4, 2020.
Department of Health Services Secretary Designee-Andrea Palm and department staff brief legislators on the state's response to the novel coronavirus March 4, 2020.

Health

Legislators, DHS Staff Discuss State Response to Coronavirus

Update: 14 cases are now pending in Wisconsin to determine whether those patients have novel coronavirus. There are however, no new confirmed cases of novel corona virus.

March 4, 2020

Transmission electron microscopic image of an isolate from the first U.S. case of COVID-19, formerly known as 2019-nCoV. The spherical viral particles, colorized blue, contain cross-sections through the viral genome, seen as black dots. (CDC/ Hannah A Bullock; Azaibi Tamin)
Transmission electron microscopic image of an isolate from the first U.S. case of COVID-19, formerly known as 2019-nCoV. The spherical viral particles, colorized blue, contain cross-sections through the viral genome, seen as black dots. (CDC/ Hannah A Bullock; Azaibi Tamin)

Health

State Prepares Testing, Response for Coronavirus

Wisconsin can now conduct in-state coronavirus tests according to a state health department briefing Monday. Laboratories in Milwaukee and Madison can test upwards of hundreds of samples.

March 2, 2020

How to Prepare for COVID-19 in Wisconsin
How to Prepare for COVID-19 in Wisconsin

Health

How to Prepare for COVID-19 in Wisconsin

Deputy Administrator of the State Department of Health Services Chuck Warzecha breaks down how Wisconsinites can prepare for a potential spread of COVID-19, formerly known as the Novel Coronavirus. This week the Centers for Disease Control declared that the virus has the potential to spread even more widely in the U.S.

February 28, 2020

UW Researchers Work to Understand Novel Coronavirus
UW Researchers Work to Understand Novel Coronavirus

Health

UW Researchers Work to Understand Novel Coronavirus

Scientists at the university have been working to get ahead of the virus and recently received a sample from Wisconsin's first confirmed case last week. Tom Friedrich, a researcher with the UW School of Vet Science, talks about his lab’s approach to virus studies as related to the Coronavirus outbreak.

February 15, 2020 • South Central Region

Image by Madichan (CC BY-NC 2.0)
Image by Madichan (CC BY-NC 2.0)

Health

WisContext: The Novel Coronavirus, Face Masks and When to Use Them

The novel coronavirus sweeping through China and rippling across the globe is invisible to the naked eye, but one of its effects is increasingly conspicuous on sidewalks, public transit and doctors' offices around the world: the widespread use of face masks.

February 10, 2020

DHS Monitors 14 people for Coronavirus in Wisconsin
DHS Monitors 14 people for Coronavirus in Wisconsin

Health

DHS Monitors 14 people for Coronavirus in Wisconsin

Wisconsin Epidemiologist Ryan Westergaard discusses the first case of the novel coronavirus in Dane County. Westergaard also talks about new pending investigations and if the virus could potentially spread in the region.

February 10, 2020 • South Central Region

Illustration by Kristian Knutsen; image via Alamosa County Public Health (CC BY 2.0)
Illustration by Kristian Knutsen; image via Alamosa County Public Health (CC BY 2.0)

Health

WisContext: The Novel Coronavirus and How Isolation and Quarantine Authority Works in Wisconsin

In the arsenal of weapons available to public health officials for combating outbreaks of infectious disease, quarantines are among their most serious options. As a result, quarantines are usually reserved for the most serious — or potentially serious — public health threats.

February 5, 2020 • South Central Region

Health Officials Confirm First Case of Novel Coronavirus in Wisconsin
Health Officials Confirm First Case of Novel Coronavirus in Wisconsin

Health

Health Officials Confirm First Case of Novel Coronavirus in Wisconsin

The first Wisconsin case of novel coronavirus was confirmed by health officials Wednesday, while two cases remain pending.  Local officials confirmed that the infected person was a resident of Dane County but that risk of contracting the virus remained low for the general population.  “The overall risk is low,” Dane ...

February 5, 2020 • South Central Region

State Updates on Novel Coronavirus
State Updates on Novel Coronavirus

Health

State Updates on Novel Coronavirus

The widespread Novel Coronavirus originated in Wuhan, China but as anxieties rise around the world, communities are working to prevent local outbreaks. Wisconsin’s state epidemiologist Ryan Westergaard breaks down the status of the virus here in Wisconsin. Westergaard elaborates on pending cases that involve Wisconsin residents who met the requirements for coronavirus testing.

January 31, 2020

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