COVID-19 Wisconsin

Tony Evers

‘This cannot be who we are any longer’

BY: - June 5, 2020

The regular briefings state officials hold to update the media on Wisconsin’s battle with COVID-19 are usually a mix of earnest public health reminders and upbeat encouragement for state residents to keep up  practices to help everyone stay safe and curb the spread of the viral illness that has put the world back on its […]

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Before the COVID-19 crash, state’s job picture was mixed

BY: - June 4, 2020

 Newly available data on Wisconsin jobs in the last quarter of 2019 paints a mixed picture, with growth in the state’s stronger regions and declines in parts that have long been struggling. The quarterly numbers from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) are the most reliable measures of employment, according to labor economists, […]

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State economic forecast portends a slow recovery after pandemic crash

BY: - June 2, 2020

Wisconsin’s economy and the nation’s are headed for a slow recovery that will take more than three years to approach pre-COVID-19 pandemic conditions, the state Department of Revenue projects in a new forecast. Personal income growth in the state will skid to just 0.2% in 2020, rebounding weakly to 1.6% in 2021, says the DOR […]

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State offers $10M to local health clinics to help cover COVID-19 costs

BY: - May 28, 2020

Health clinics serving underserved parts of the state will get $10 million to help cover their costs arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, the state Department of Health Services (DHS) announced Thursday. The funds come from Wisconsin’s allotment from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Recipients include rural and tribal health clinics, […]

COVID-19 cases still rising; communities get CARES funds

BY: - May 27, 2020

Wisconsin COVID-19 cases continue to rise, but so does testing, state officials said Wednesday. Meanwhile, Gov. Tony Evers announced $200 million in grants to local governments to deal with costs imposed as a result of the pandemic. The funds come from the state’s allotment under the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. […]

State rolls out directory of local businesses online

BY: - May 26, 2020

Wisconsin launched a new directory Tuesday listing small businesses that offer online service, as part of the state’s response to the business impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The portal has more than 230 companies included so far and was set up by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. (WEDC) to guide shoppers seeking businesses offering online […]

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Spring Green’s American Players Theatre cancels its Summer 2020 season

BY: - May 15, 2020

American Players Theatre is canceling its Summer 2020 season of plays because of continuing concern over the COVID-19 pandemic, the company announced Friday. “Right now we’d like nothing more than to be together and gather and take care of each other, but the only thing we can really do is stay apart to keep each […]

Meat at a grocery store in Fairfax, Virginia. USDA Photo by Lance Cheung.

AG Josh Kaul, unions seek stronger meatpacking safety rules

BY: - May 12, 2020

Attorney General Josh Kaul and union leaders are calling for tougher regulation of the meatpacking industry after President Donald Trump issued an executive order  to keep packing companies operating despite  the fact that thousands of workers have been infected by COVID-19. Kaul is one of 20 state attorneys general who signed a letter from the […]

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Small retailers open up with restrictions under new state order

BY: - May 11, 2020

Small retailers are getting the go-ahead to reopen for in-person shopping, so long as they impose limits of five customers at a time and require people to follow physical distancing guidelines, state officials announced Monday. The newest executive order represents “another turn of the dial” on the Safer at Home order imposed March 25 and […]

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Baldwin calls out meatpacking CEOs on worker safety

BY: - May 6, 2020

Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) has written to the chief executives of three major meatpacking companies, charging that the industry’s “unwillingness to implement recommended safety precautions in a timely manner has led to death and the spread of illness from COVID-19 that was preventable.” Baldwin’s letter is addressed to CEOs of JBS USA Holdings, the largest […]

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COVID-19 outbreaks highlight meatpacking plant conditions

BY: - April 30, 2020

A growing series of COVID-19 outbreaks in American meatpacking plants — including in Wisconsin — is putting a spotlight on dangerous working conditions that employee advocates have been complaining about for decades. On Wednesday, state officials reported that Brown County has set up two isolation facilities for people who may have been exposed to the […]

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Labor unions go remote to mark Workers Memorial Day

BY: - April 28, 2020

Workers Memorial Day — an annual observation for workers who have lost their lives or suffered injury or illness on the job — is usually an occasion for somber parades, memorial services and rallies to raise the issue of workplace safety. In 2020, the April 28 event is being celebrated differently in Wisconsin because of […]