A daily digest of what you need to know about coronavirus in Wisconsin (May edition)
The coronavirus pandemic is having a profound impact on daily lives across the state of Wisconsin. We'll do our best to collect the essential, need-to-know updates about the situation below.
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Sunday, May 31
The state Department of Health Services on Sunday reported 173 more confirmed cases of COVID-19, the lowest in almost two weeks. The percentage of positive tests dropped sharply from previous days, down to 2.3%.
- After remaining closed since March, the Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee reopened Mass to the public this weekend in many city churches, despite an order that still bans gatherings of more than 10 people.
Saturday, May 30
Wisconsin appears to be bucking a national trend toward decreased hospitalizations. The state's hospitalization rate has crept slightly upward in May, though more time is needed and other indicators need to be present to determine if it means coronavirus is spreading at an increasing rate. Twenty people were added to the state's death toll, just short of the single-day record.
- A surge of coronavirus cases is hitting predominantly Latino neighborhoods on Milwaukee's south side.
- Though much still unknown, in 12 weeks, hospitals have become far better prepared to treat coronavirus patients.
Friday, May 29
The state Department of Health Services reported 18 deaths from coronavirus in the last day, contributing to a three-day record total of 51 deaths. There were 733 new cases and more than 13,600 new tests, both single-day records.
- Children's Wisconsin hospital believes it has identified seven suspected cases of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children in Wisconsin, the first known cases in the state.
- Wisconsin farmers are rushing to finish spring planting this week. However, questions remain about whether coronavirus will keep down demand.
- A pair of Milwaukee grocery stores have installed thermal cameras that read the temperature of people walking into the stores. Could other retailers follow suit?
- More than 200 inmates at Waupun Correctional Institution have tested positive for coronavirus, according to the Department of Corrections.
- Sheboygan sock-maker Wigwam Mills say it will lay off approximately 121 of its 142 employees because of the "adverse impact" COVID-19 had on operations and sales.
- Amazon executives guided local health officials through one of two facilities in Kenosha amid serious safety concerns and at least 37 cases cases of COVID-19.
- Restaurants and bars in the city of Milwaukee are still prohibited from opening for in-person dining due to the coronavirus pandemic.
- Drive-in movie theaters are popping up in Franklin and Brookfield. Now get ready for drive-in concerts.
Thursday, May 28
The Wisconsin State Fair has been canceled for the first time in 75 years. The last time it was called off, it took a world war to do it. It was an understandable but disappointing decision for many, perhaps most disappointing for the state's farm families and livestock exhibitors.
- One-third of Wisconsin's 16,974 confirmed coronavirus cases have been patients identifying as Latino or Hispanic.
- The decision to wear a mask or not has become part of a cultural clash that hits home in divided Wisconsin.
- More than half of the $70 million in state agency spending cuts ordered by Gov. Tony Evers will be to University of Wisconsin campuses in the first move to stabilize state finances.
- For us, rebuilding America starts with jump-starting Wisconsin.
- Stores across Wisconsin are opening again, but it's not the same carefree shopping you remember.
- The reopening of Wisconsin offices is expected to happen gradually as businesses adopt social distancing.
- Restaurants around the state are trying to find the recipe for reopening or not.
- Wisconsin Realtors expect virtual showings and closings to become the norm.
- Wisconsin tribes are digging in to try to keep COVID-19 off reservations.
- Wisconsin's natural resources will be more important than ever in providing places to get away this summer.
- Many Wisconsin sporting events, marathons and minor-league teams have rescheduled, canceled or changed.
Wednesday, May 27
With the number of people hospitalized with coronavirus rising recently, the state marked two weeks Wednesday since the Wisconsin Supreme Court lifted the statewide stay-home order. But officials aren't linking the two just yet.
- When business owners and community members resisted Gov. Tony Evers' stay-at-home order, they presented an unexpected challenge to health officials, police officers and prosecutors.
- Wisconsin counties, cities, villages, towns and federally recognized tribes will receive $200 million in federal money to help them respond to the pandemic.
- Brown County has three times more COVID-19 cases than Dane County but will get millions less in federal aid.
- Close to 44% of inmates tested at the Waupun Correctional Institution have tested positive for coronavirus.
- At least 25 people were infected with COVID-19 in an outbreak at a nursing home in Laona, accounting for every confirmed case in Forest County.
- State senators asked tough questions about Wisconsin’s historic increase in unemployment as the number of unpaid claims passed 700,000 and the backlog in processing claims has led to partisan finger-pointing.
- Wisconsin election officials agreed to send absentee ballot applications to most voters this fall, but the plan could face obstacles if Democrats and Republicans can't agree on the wording of the mailing.
- Two new clinical trials will begin this week testing plasma from patients who have recovered from COVID-19 on people who have been exposed to the virus or are in the early stages of the disease.
- The American Red Cross in Wisconsin is facing a potential blood shortage as hospitals resume paused procedures. It needs 5,700 donations through the end of June.
- Women scientists' voices aren't as loud during this pandemic. A Wisconsin epidemiologist and her 'nerdy girls' want to change that.
- A free contact tracing course from Johns Hopkins will make an interviewer-detective-counselor out of you.
- High school graduations can't be held in the traditional ceremonies yet, so one Wisconsin city put on a parade for its grads.
- From acts of kindness to dinosaur parades, there have been good things that have happened during the pandemic, too.
Tuesday, May 26
Democratic Gov. Tony Evers’ administration is struggling to catch up on a backlog of 675,000 unemployment claims that are part of the surge driven by the coronavirus pandemic. But GOP lawmakers who've been critical of Evers have instituted a series of benefit restrictions over the last decade that have limited the governor's ability to respond to the situation.
- The State Fair has been on Wisconsinites' summer calendars for more than a century, but on Tuesday the fair moved a step closer to skipping the event.
- Nearly 50 eviction actions were filed in Wisconsin courts Tuesday even though the statewide ban on evictions and foreclosure actions was still in effect.
- Nearly 200,000 voters dubbed themselves indefinitely confined for the April election, allowing them to cast absentee ballots without providing a photo ID.
- As giant retailers dominate online shopping, Wisconsin small businesses are turning to new a searchable database to draw customers.
- Wisconsin reported 279 new coronavirus cases as the percentage of positive tests continues to fall.
- The pandemic has exposed a caregiver shortage, upending lives of Wisconsin’s residents with disabilities.
- We're all about to pay more, at least for the next few weeks or months, at the grocery store. Blame the coronavirus.
- The coronavirus pandemic has made life difficult for families across Wisconsin. But families are also embracing their time together.
Monday, May 25
For the first time since it became an official holiday to honor those who died while serving in the Armed Forces, Memorial Day observances were canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. But a virus can't change the meaning of the day. Nor did it stop folks from honoring loved ones who served America in uniform.
- Just more than 300 more Wisconsinites have tested positive for COVID-19, the lowest one-day increase in a week.
Sunday, May 24
As of Sunday, 15,277 people in Wisconsin have tested positive for COVID-19 and 186,206 tests have come back negative. Nearly 9,000 people who were diagnosed with coronavirus have recovered — that's about 59% of cases.
Saturday, May 23
More Wisconsinites ventured out in public, to places like athletic fields and makeshift drive-in theaters. Social distancing rules were in effect. Whether people followed them — in newly opened businesses and venues or in essential business that have remained open — is a different story.
- More than 500 people in Wisconsin have died as a result of COVID-19.
- Courts in Wisconsin's 72 counties can return to more in-person hearings, and even jury trials, as they adopt plans to do so safely, the state Supreme Court has ordered.
Friday, May 22
Entering a holiday weekend, the unofficial start of summer and a newly, mostly reopened state, Wisconsinites face questions. What do I need to know now? What's OK to do outside? And for parents, what on earth am I going to do with the kids this summer? One traditional answer to that last question, Wisconsin Dells, is preparing to reopen but bracing for fewer visitors.
- The coronavirus pandemic isn't over, no matter how much people want it to be.
- The state's banks and credit unions' strong balance sheets should help them — and their customers — weather the economic downturn.
- Wisconsin election officials vow major changes to the absentee ballot system after a chaotic spring election. The biggest change is that voters will be able to track precisely where their ballots are in the mail system.
- If the college football season is canceled or reduced, it won't just be a big hit for the University of Wisconsin. It'll have a major impact on the Madison-area economy.
- Although preliminary and drawn from a small sample size, results from the first U.S. study evaluating the use of plasma to treat COVID-19 patients showed promise.
- Bars and restaurants near Milwaukee's city limits are watching their neighbors across the street open up for business.
Thursday, May 21
As Wisconsin heads into the Memorial Day weekend, health officials continue to preach social distancing and hand-washing as residents head up north and more businesses reopen.
The state reported a record 9,410 test results Thursday with 472 new confirmed coronavirus cases, or about 5% of the tests run that day. That's down slightly from the 8% reported the day before.
- An estimated 439,400 people — roughly one in seven workers — in Wisconsin lost their jobs in April.
- Gov. Tony Evers is giving $100 million to nursing homes and other care facilities as he continued a whirlwind round of announcements to dispense about $2 billion in federal aid.
- The Wisconsin National Guard has deployed thousands of troops since March in a variety of tasks, ranging from collecting test specimens and working at the polls on election day to packaging personal protection equipment and even transporting dead bodies.
- The organizer of a protest at the state Capitol and others have sued health officials around Wisconsin, arguing they can’t impose local stay-at-home orders to fight the coronavirus pandemic.
- At least 32 workers at the Amazon campus in Kenosha have contracted coronavirus in the past two months. Amazon officials have not fully cooperated with public health workers trying to track cases.
- Kohl's will reopen 34 stores in Wisconsin Friday, with all 41 stores statewide open by Tuesday.
- Summerfest spent $53 million upgrading its amphitheater. Now, its 2020 lineup is nearly wiped out.
- Gyms across Wisconsin are starting to reopen for the first time in two months, with capacity limits and lots of disinfectant.
Wednesday, May 20
Although much of Wisconsin was newly open late last week, the increase in state residents leaving their homes was slight — and part of a trend toward more movement that's been going on more than a month. What effect it's having on the state's number of coronavirus cases isn't fully determined, but there was a single-day record of 528 new cases, another increase in the percentage of positive tests and, for the first time, cases in all 72 counties.
- Wisconsin election officials inched toward sending absentee ballot request forms to voters Wednesday, but they put off a decision after Republicans and Democrats split on how many people should get the ballot applications.
- Could Wisconsin institute a "vote-at-home" system? Here's what five other states are doing and what they've learned.
- At UW Health University Hospital in Madison, a coronavirus patient and two-time cancer survivor beat the odds.
- Gov. Tony Evers announced a $25 million Wisconsin Rental Assistance Program for those who have experienced income loss as a result of the pandemic.
- Evers also announced $50 million in direct payments to Wisconsin farmers and $15 million toward food security
- Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden made his first virtual state appearance in a Western Wisconsin-focused livestream, calling for more accessible health care and increased testing and contact tracing.
- Milwaukee County will soon be a patchwork of rules as suburbs allow all businesses to open while the City of Milwaukee sticks with its stay-at-home order.
- Memorial Day observances throughout the state will be virtual this year.
- Adoptions of dogs, cats in Wisconsin are skyrocketing during the pandemic.
Tuesday, May 19
As coronavirus cases in Wisconsin neared 13,000 on Tuesday, Gov. Tony Evers laid out a plan that calls for the state to spend $1 billion in federal aid to ramp up testing and contact tracing and support local health departments.
- As Wisconsin begins to head back to work, more than 675,000 unemployment claims remain unpaid.
- Thousands of absentee ballots in Wisconsin weren't counted because of mailing problems and tech glitches, the Wisconsin Elections Commission said. It's an offshoot of the surge in absentee ballots requested for the April 7 election because of the coronavirus pandemic.
- Wisconsin colleges hope to reopen this fall. But questions outnumber answers on how they'll operate.
- School shutdowns and distance learning because of the pandemic could make student achievement gaps worse, a study reported.
- Wisconsin CSA farmers are satisfying consumers' growing appetite for fresh produce and meat at home amid coronavirus concerns.
- As big plants struggle, smaller Wisconsin meat processors and farmers are stepping in to fill the gap.
Monday, May 18
In this new world of openness in Wisconsin, health experts continue to urge caution. The public should consider the amount of risk it's taking when deciding whether to venture out. The longer you spend in an environment where the virus is moving around, the more likely you are to get enough of it to become infected. Likewise, situations that place you in close proximity with others for longer amounts of time pose a greater risk.
- Some small businesses are concerned with public health and are hesitant to open, even after government gives the OK.
- Gov. Tony Evers is giving small businesses $75 million to help recover from losses caused by coronavirus.
- Wisconsin reports its lowest percent positive rate for new tests this month, though many variables make it cautious good news.
- New research suggests the April 7 election was linked to a rise in coronavirus cases in the state, but questions remain.
- A sweeping lawsuit seeks to have absentee ballot requests sent to all Wisconsin voters. Meanwhile, two legislators plan to introduce a bill to address the same issue.
- With no parades and no door-to-door campaigning, candidates find it tough to get ballot signatures.
- Jury trials in Wisconsin courts may become a rare luxury as officials balance the risks of coronavirus and the need for a fair trial.
Sunday, May 17
Congregations in many parts of Wisconsin gathered for the first time in two months after the state Supreme Court removed restrictions put in place to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Those churches that chose to gather did so with size limitations and social distancing, while other churches decided to remain closed to in-person services.
- No deaths were reported in the state, but there were 356 new cases, bringing the total to 12,543.
Saturday, May 16
On the first weekend without any statewide stay-at-home orders, Wisconsin was mostly open for business, and fine weather tempted many outside. And along the southern border, people from Illinois poured in — many choosing not to wear masks or observe social distancing.
- A record number of new COVID-19 cases was reported Saturday in Wisconsin: 502 infections. And the percent of new tests that were positive for the virus was 8.3% — slightly higher than the average of around 6% from the previous six days.
- Wisconsin's tiny Pepin County had fought off coronavirus — then got its first case just as the state reopened.
- Families and leagues are trying to decide what the lifting of the stay-home order means for youth sports in Wisconsin — and the safety of the kids who play.
- After people had weeks at home to clean up and tackle projects, donations are streaming into newly reopened Goodwill locations.
Friday, May 15
A growing number of communities in Wisconsin don't have any restrictions in place to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus. At least eight of the communities that had issued new stay-home orders — or extended the state's order after it was struck down Wednesday — rescinded them Friday, worried about the legal implications.
- More people were tested and more people found to be positive for coronavirus, as 410 new cases brought the state's overall total to 11,685.
- College students studying to become teachers and nurses are expected to spend the last few months of their education gaining real life experience, but the pandemic caused significant ripples in schools and hospitals. These students and their schools rose to the occasion to keep their futures on track.
- Could businesses that open without regard to health and safety in today's COVID-19 environment be at legal risk if someone contracts the disease in their establishment? We asked legal experts.
Thursday, May 14
The day after the Wisconsin Supreme Court struck down Gov. Tony Evers' stay-at-home order, residents and business owners were left to navigate a patchwork of local health orders. And Republican statehouse leaders, who sued to block Evers' order, signaled that county and city officials could be on their own in deciding how to control outbreaks in their areas.
- Wisconsin saw its third-highest single-day increase in confirmed cases of coronavirus, with 373 new cases and 13 more deaths caused by COVID-19.
- Are businesses required to be open now? Can customers refuse to wear masks? The Supreme Court decision left a lot of questions unanswered, so we asked legal experts to explain.
- What was the top priority for Wisconsin residents when the state reopened? Bars, of course.
Wednesday, May 13
The Wisconsin Supreme Court struck down Gov. Tony Evers' stay-home order Wednesday afternoon, effective immediately — meaning bars, restaurants and other businesses across the state could reopen to customers, though some counties and cities quickly instituted their own orders.
- There were 291 newly reported cases of coronavirus in Wednesday's update. Three more people died of COVID-19 by the state's official count.
- The owner of an Appleton hair salon is suing over Gov. Tony Evers’ stay-at-home order, saying it violates her free speech and religious rights.
- Sitting in a freezer for years, a potential SARS vaccine is now ready for trial on usefulness against coronavirus.
- Anyone can get a free coronavirus test in Milwaukee. Here's where to go and what you should know about COVID-19 testing.
- With barbershops and salons closed since mid-March due to the safer-at-home order, it’s been hair gone wild during quarantine. Some people are embracing it, some are experimenting and some are looking for their nearest Packers cap.
Tuesday, May 12
For a second straight day, there were fewer than 200 newly confirmed cases of coronavirus in Wisconsin, and Tuesday's update included another encouraging number: Fewer than 4% of all tests were positive for the virus.
- From Neenah to New York: This U.S. Navy corpsman's first chance to serve was during a historic pandemic
- Wisconsin hits all but one goal to reopen as the number of positive coronavirus cases continues to drop.
Monday, May 11
Gov. Tony Evers announced standalone and strip-mall based stores can now offer in-person shopping with some restrictions. Also on Monday, Wisconsin's newly confirmed cases of the coronavirus dropped below 200 for the first time this month.
- AP tests are just essays this year, and students and teachers aren't sure how to prep.
- A Mequon business is making personalized shirts for seniors to keep them connected to family during the pandemic.
Sunday, May 10
A big hurdle to reopening Wisconsin is knowing who's infected with COVID-19 and who isn't, made more difficult by a shortage of testing materials. That logjam appears to be loosening and now two sites in Milwaukee will test as many as 500 people who walk or drive up each day.
- As grim stories emerge from Wisconsin nursing homes, one took steps to halt coronavirus and keep everyone safe.
- Air National Guard pilots in F-16s will fly over more than a dozen Wisconsin cities Tuesday to salute health care workers and first responders. Here's the schedule.
Saturday, May 9
With more than 40% of coronavirus deaths in long-term care centers, Wisconsin is ready to release names of those with positive cases. The public disclosure will come as early as Monday.
- The state's death toll approached 400 and the total confirmed cases neared 10,000.
- Gov. Tony Evers' administration is making free coronavirus testing available to everyone at community testing sites throughout Wisconsin. The initial plan had targeted African Americans, Latinos and tribal community members
- The University of Wisconsin athletic department is requiring its top-paid coaches to take a pay cut and has reduced hours for other department employees.
- Public school districts are struggling to come up with budget plans amid uncertainty about the state's financial picture.
- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi suggests holding the 2020 Democratic National Convention in a large stadium over one day, so attendees are able to practice social distancing.
Friday, May 8
Gov. Tony Evers and the state's economic development agency unveiled a plan Friday for businesses to resume operations safely once the order expires. The guidance suggests removing as much interaction between customers and workers as is feasible and requiring workers in all industries to wear masks if possible.
- There is no "average victim" of COVID-19 in Wisconsin. But if there were such a fatality, it would be a man, about 75 years old, with an underlying health problem.
- More than 500,000 claims for unemployment have yet to be processed — a number that doesn't include people who haven't even been able to file a claim, either because of struggles connecting with the DWD or navigating the online system.
- While the number of infected meatpacking and food processing workers is mounting, the country's largest union for meatpacking workers criticized President Donald Trump's order for plants to reopen.
- The National Guard will staff polling places in Tuesday's special election in the 7th Congressional District.
- Is graduation the same without hugs and crowds? Wisconsin schools are trying to replicate the feeling with virtual or drive-in ceremonies.
- Health systems in the Milwaukee area are beginning to perform elective procedures and provide other care that has been delayed since mid-March.
- Green Bay Packers season ticket holders must weigh safety with fandom in deciding if they'll attend games if they're held this season.
- Will Wisconsin's summer kill the coronavirus? New research says hotter weather can slow spread, but won't wipe it out.
- The UW Board of Regents voted to waive testing requirements for freshmen going to campuses other than UW-Madison and started planning for campus reopenings.
- The state's business lobby asked the state's congressional delegation to make trade associations eligible for federal stimulus money.
Thursday, May 7
The rising tide of unemployment in Wisconsin brought a potential warning from the state Department of Workforce Development. The trust that funds unemployment checks could run out of money as soon as October. It's the direst of three projections, based on the number of weekly claims. If the trust runs out of money, the state would have to borrow from the federal government. The DWD also said the state lost $25 million in federal funding for unemployment payments because the Legislature waited too long to act on a relief bill.
- Wisconsin set a record for newly reported test results for a third straight day, and there was more good news regarding the percentage of positive cases of COVID-19.
- Trying to address the racial and ethnic disparity in cases, Gov. Tony Evers said all African Americans, Latinos and tribal community members in Wisconsin will have access to free COVID-19 testing.
- In releasing the 2020-21 schedule, the NFL and the Green Bay Packers are proceeding under the assumption they will play a 16-game season in full stadiums. But they know there's a lot of uncertainty.
- Preparing for a post-pandemic world, University of Wisconsin System President Ray Cross announced a plan that calls for consolidating academic programs, streamlining business operations and scaling up online degree programs.
- You can now get a coronavirus antibody test in Wisconsin, but experts warn the results won't live up to lofty expectations.
- Wisconsin Supreme Court justices have pledged not to write new law. But facing a suit over the safer-at-home order, might they end up doing just that?
- Health-care providers are starting to resume elective procedures and are encouraging people to see the care they need.
- Experts say more child abuse is likely happening during the pandemic. But with kids at home, it's not being reported.
- Two different takes on how to reopen the state: A bipartisan task force and a regional reopening plan.
- Thousands are enjoying re-opened state parks, despite some trouble with annual passes.
Wednesday, May 6
Meatpacking plants in Wisconsin have been particularly vulnerable to large outbreaks. There are reasons for that — and why plants will continue to face challenges. On the same subject, the chief justice of the state Supreme Court is catching heat for differentiating between meatpacking workers in Brown County and "regular folks."
- Let's reset: Here's a fresh list of what's open and closed in Wisconsin as safer-at-home as evolved.
- State health officials announced the results of nearly 4,200 coronavirus tests — the most since the state began testing.
- Cheap gas prices are disappearing fast as some travel returns to normal.
- Despite dire numbers, there are still jobs to be had in Wisconsin.
- International workers are essential to Door County businesses, but will the pandemic allow their travel?
- The state got a 'D' in social distancing based on mobile data.
- Three quarters of office workers say that, once the pandemic is over, they want to telecommute more than they did pre-pandemic.
- The coronavirus pandemic is the latest example of a 'Gray Rhino' that leaders ignored.
- Do you know your social distancing personality? Take our quiz and find out.
Tuesday, May 5
As jobless claims in Wisconsin soared past the half-million mark Tuesday, state Supreme Court justices heard arguments on whether the state should reopen sooner than Gov. Tony Evers' safer-at-home order allows.
- Wisconsin health officials revealed the hospital metrics they'll be tracking to reopen the state, including one that already registers as a "green light" to return to business.
- Four Wisconsin counties still have no confirmed COVID-19 cases. How is that possible?
- Wisconsin will receive 100,000 face masks from the Taiwanese government as hospitals across the state continue to face shortages of protective equipment.
- Road tests for teens will be waived under certain conditions as part of a pilot program for drivers licenses intended to keep people out of DMV offices.
- For some of Wisconsin's delivery-based companies, stay-at-home orders mean growing even faster.
- Arvin McCray was the Milwaukee VA Medical Center's first coronavirus patient. Now, 50 days later, he's getting a sendoff celebration.
- Board games can offer a great escape while staying safer-at-home.
Monday, May 4
Increased testing is a crucial step in Wisconsin's gradual reopening plans. With capacity growing, Gov. Tony Evers said all nursing home residents and workers will be tested and state health officials stressed that anyone with symptoms can be tested.
- Gov. Tony Evers and legislative leaders met virtually Monday to discuss ways to move forward as broad closures head into their sixth week
- We've all had to cope with a lot during the pandemic. It's understandable that some of us are coping better than others.
- Brown County's surge continues as it has become the county with the second-most cases and has opened a testing site. Yet Green Bay's hardest-hit meatpacking plant is reopening with limited staff.
- Genetic sequencing supports Wisconsin stay-at-home order, according to UW-Madison research.
- Not surprisingly, state tourism faces a difficult summer.
- The Wisconsin State Fair is still scheduled for August, but fair officials say options remain open.
- After more than 60 years of marriage, a Milwaukee-area couple died from COVID-19 two days apart.
Sunday, May 3
As the state's number of confirmed cases neared 8,000, there's new hope in a drug to treat patients that will be rolled out on a limited basis across the country this week.
- Gov. Tony Evers said the Wisconsin National Guard will help state and local health officials hold new community testing events in northwestern Wisconsin counties that have had a lack of testing or high rates of COVID-19.
- A former University of Wisconsin basketball player is pitching in on his family's mask-making effort.
Saturday, May 2
Where the COVID-19-related shutdown was swift and blunt, emerging from it is proving incredibly complex and nuanced, with economics, politics, health, life and death all playing a role.
- Saturday was a time to linger in parks, run errands and tend yards. And yet, for all the outward signs of normalcy, there was a surge of new cases of COVID-19 amid stepped-up testing in the state.
- Thanks to Wisconsin's abundant waterways, socially distant and close-to-home fishing is more pleasure than sacrifice.
Friday, May 1
The Wisconsin Supreme Court agreed Friday to decide whether to keep in place Democratic Gov. Tony Evers' stay-at-home order. The Supreme Court’s decision to take the case came on the second straight day Wisconsin set a new record for cases of coronavirus, with 460 infections reported since Thursday.
The increase comes amid a ramp up in testing. For a more granular look at cases versus testing, check out these interactive charts and maps.
- Milwaukee is ramping up its coronavirus contact tracing efforts after city officials acknowledged they were overwhelmed in the early weeks of the outbreak.
- Wisconsin leaders have agreed on some aspects of how to reopen the state, but one major issue divides them — whether to do it by region.
- A new study explores an unusual approach to treating coronavirus. Instead of trying to disrupt the 30 proteins in the virus, researchers looked for human proteins that the virus uses and appears to need.
- Two Milwaukee-based respiratory therapists shared what it's like on the front lines of the coronavirus.
- A total of 85 workers have tested positive for COVID-19 at the Patrick Cudahy/Smithfield Foods meatpacking plant in Cudahy
- The Wisconsin National Guard began administering drive-through coronavirus testing on Friday for people with symptoms.
- The reopening of the state parks went smoothly, at least on day one.
- More notable cancellations: EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh and the Cedarburg's Strawberry Festival.
April daily digest entries can be found here.
March daily digest entries can be found here.