The state Department of Health Services announced March 27 that there are 842 positive cases of COVID-19 statewide, as well as 13,140 negative tests. However, the number continues to grow as counties announce more positive test results.
For the 300,000 people across Wisconsin who are uninsured, and thousands more with near unaffordable insurance coverage, the COVID-19 pandemic is highlighting flaws in a system that already had people struggling to get health care.
The growing spread of COVID-19 in Wisconsin has first responders and health care professionals taking every precaution to prevent spreading the virus. But in rural areas of the state, concerns about supplies and staffing are paramount.
The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Wisconsin is growing, but so is the number of people who test negative for the virus. For every one person who's tested positive in the state, about 16 people have tested negative. But that ratio is likely to change.
State officials estimate 25 percent of Wisconsin's child care centers preemptively closed amid social restrictions aimed at limiting the spread of COVID-19. That's left some 3,500 families working in jobs deemed essential struggling to find child care.