COVID-19 Wisconsin

Gov. Tony Evers with mask

COVID-19 is surging. Evers says state can offer help — but no new orders.

BY: - July 8, 2020

The COVID-19 death toll is slowing down, but the infection is spreading in Wisconsin at the fastest rate in months. And Gov. Tony Evers said Tuesday that while the state is providing resources to combat it, the most direct tools are in the hands of Wisconsin residents, acting voluntarily. “Folks, we cannot let this trend […]


WEDC extends deadline to Friday night for small business grant program

BY: - June 24, 2020

With room remaining for 4,000 or more businesses to qualify, Wisconsin is extending its application deadline by three more days for $2,500 grants that small enterprises can use to help recover from losses suffered due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Small businesses with 20 or fewer employees now have until midnight Friday, June 26, to apply […]

State forecast points to slow improvements, sooner than expected

BY: - June 23, 2020

Wisconsin’s economy is faring better than expected in the aftermath of the shutdown of activity prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic, but it will still be two years before employment returns to pre-pandemic levels, according to the state’s latest forecast. The Wisconsin Department of Revenue (DOR) report, issued Tuesday, indicated employment made a rebound in May, […]


Grants aim to shore-up businesses hit hardest by the pandemic

BY: - June 23, 2020

With one day left to go before applications close for a $75 million grant program targeting small businesses that were hurt by the COVID-19 pandemic, more than 19,000 business owners have applied for one of 30,000 grants offered by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC). The $2,500 grants are being offered to businesses with the […]

WIsconsin State Capitol with yellow and orange tulips in bloom near Lady Forward

Evers meets with lawmakers to discuss issues raised by protests

BY: - June 12, 2020

Gov. Tony Evers met with legislators Thursday and says he hopes to do so again next week to discuss new legislation to address issues spotlighted in more than a week of protests nationwide against police brutality and systemic racism. Evers, speaking at a media briefing on the state’s efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, held […]


Landlord groups to apartment owners: Hit ‘pause’ on evictions

BY: - June 11, 2020

While a state moratorium on evictions ended two weeks ago, two apartment associations are urging landlords to hold off on expelling tenants who are behind on their rent as COVID-19 persists and with it record-high unemployment. “Our success as housing providers is dependent on the financial stability of both our tenants and the communities within […]

Factory Worker

When being sick prompts fears of being fired

BY: - June 10, 2020

In late May, Mike Jackson collapsed on the job at Briggs & Stratton’s factory on Milwaukee’s Northwest Side. A few days later, on May 28, the 45-year-old father of eight died of COVID-19 after having worked for days or possibly weeks while he was ill with the deadly virus. “Prior to that, he had been […]

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. […]