COVID-19 Wisconsin

New order limits mass gatherings to reduce COVID spread

BY: - October 7, 2020

With COVID-19 infections three times what they were a month ago, Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers instituted a new limit on indoor mass gatherings Tuesday in another effort to curb transmission of the coronavirus. The new order, issued by state Department of Health Services (DHS) Secretary-designee Andrea Palm under Evers’ direction, officially takes effect Thursday, Oct. […]

Lt. Gov. Barnes: To stop the spread, change our behavior

BY: - October 2, 2020

With public health almost entirely dependent on voluntary behavior and few enforced restrictions, Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes telephoned Friday to get the word out: Wisconsin residents need to do what it takes to stop the spread of COVID-19. “We’re encouraging extreme caution for people across the state,” Barnes said in a phone interview. Compared especially […]

A surgical mask and an N95 mask hang on display for sale at a pharmacy. Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images.

Plaintiffs want court to order immediate end to mask requirement

BY: - September 28, 2020

As the number of positive tests for COVID-19 has skyrocketed in Wisconsin, the conservative law firm that wants to stop Gov. Tony Evers from declaring a health emergency or requiring masks to curb the spread of the virus now wants the court to immediately block all of those orders, including new ones the governor issued […]

Gov. Tony Evers

Evers ‘looking at every possible avenue’ to extend mask requirement

BY: - September 16, 2020

With just two weeks until the statewide mask order to curb the spread of COVID-19 expires, Gov. Tony Evers said Tuesday his administration is “looking at every possible avenue to see if there’s a way to extend it.” He also made it clear that he doesn’t expect Republican leaders in the state Legislature to put […]

Wisconsin COVID-19 deaths top 1,000; ‘Even one … is one too many,’ says governor

BY: - August 11, 2020

Wisconsin marked a grim milestone as the state’s official death toll from COVID-19 reached 1,000 Tuesday, and then kept climbing. The daily statistical report from the Department of Health Services (DHS) listed 1,006 deaths from the virus since it was first encountered in Wisconsin, eight more than Monday’s total. “Even one death from COVID-19 is […]

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COVID-19 continues to sap economic recovery

BY: - August 9, 2020

Five months into the COVID-19 pandemic, the economy — in Wisconsin and the nation — is limping under the weight of the virus. Numbers released on Friday, Aug. 7, showed an increase of 1.8 million jobs in July nationally. “But, because so many jobs were lost in March and April, we are still 12.9 million jobs […]

Health care workers call out lawmakers who want to throw out mask order

BY: - August 6, 2020

Frustrated at threats from Republican lawmakers to overturn Wisconsin’s statewide mask mandate aimed at reducing the spread of COVID-19, a group of health care workers and supporters told reporters on the steps of the state Capitol on Thursday that the Legislature should set other priorities. The Thursday press conference was organized by nurses and the […]

Missy Hughes, WEDC CEO

‘How are we going to fix that? How are we going to move forward?’

BY: - August 4, 2020

Months after lawmakers — and even the state’s top economic development strategist — thought it would be waning, COVID-19 still threatens Wisconsin, as its economy struggles to recover. Industries are “reeling” — and so are other sectors of the state that are critical to its long-term success: education, child care and health care. As grim […]

Voters wait in line at Washington High School (Photo by Isiah Holmes)

CDC report: Voting in Milwaukee fell April 7, but COVID-19 cases didn’t rise

BY: - August 3, 2020

The April 7 election doesn’t appear to have sparked a surge in COVID-19 infections in Milwaukee, according to a new report from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) — but it also saw overall voter participation cut nearly in half and close to an 80% drop in in-person voting in the city […]

Sen. Chris Larson with mask

Sen. Larson launches petition drive for state mask mandate

BY: - July 28, 2020

A Milwaukee state senator’s petition for a statewide mask mandate has garnered  more than 8,000 signatures — and a torrent of abuse on social media. Sen. Chris Larson (D-Milwaukee) is spreading word of the petition on his official Facebook page. The petition, in the form of a letter addressed to Gov. Tony Evers, the state […]

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Small farms get most of first round of COVID-19 aid; 2nd round planned

BY: - July 27, 2020

Nearly 12,000 Wisconsin farmers shared in the first round of aid from a special state program to support farmers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, state officials said Monday. So far $41.6 million has been distributed to 11,884 farms from the $50 million program, funded from the state’s allotment under the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relieve and […]

PSC halts plan to let power companies disconnect customers behind on their bills

BY: - July 24, 2020

A month and a half after announcing it would let utility companies go back to cutting off service to people behind on their bills starting this weekend, the state Public Service Commission (PSC) voted 2-1 Thursday to reverse that decision. Instead, the PSC extended a moratorium on disconnections that was first imposed March 24 until […]