Series: The Novel Coronavirus, COVID-19 And Wisconsin

Billions of people around the world are closer to one another through an unprecedented network of connections, from commerce to tourism to education. One risk posed by this growing number of links, fueled by denser populations and swifter travel, is the speed at which infectious diseases can race across continents and leap over oceans. A novel coronavirus originating in China is an example of this phenomenon. Barely more than a month after the SARS-CoV-2 virus was identified, an infected patient was confirmed in Wisconsin, with many hundreds more cases confirmed in subsequent weeks. The emerging disease called COVID-19 has tested Wisconsin's public health infrastructure as the state's public officials, health care providers and residents respond to the global pandemic. The crisis has also underscored how more common respiratory diseases like influenza challenge health authorities and the public.
 
Tracking data related to the pandemic can help clarify this torrent of information. Here are several visualizations that depict the impacts of COVID-19 across Wisconsin.
For people in Wisconsin who are interested in better understanding the pandemic, how it spreads and the ways they can protect themselves and their families, here are explanations for common questions and additional information about COVID-19 resources.
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The state Department of Health Services announced on April 6 that there are 2,267 positive cases of COVID-19 and 68 deaths statewide. However, the number continues to grow as counties announce positive test results.
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Two Wisconsin hospitals that filed medical debt lawsuits against dozens of patients during the coronavirus pandemic are dismissing some of them.
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A Stevens Point-based nonprofit has nearly two dozen 3D printers creating personal protective equipment for central Wisconsin hospitals. They're also sharing the locally produced designs worldwide.
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UW Health, Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin are working to find plasma donors who have recovered from COVID-19 in order to treat those hospitalized with the disease.
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Some in Wisconsin's tourism industry are exploring new ways to attract customers.
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The state Department of Health Services announced on April 4 that there are 2,267 positive cases of COVID-19 and 68 deaths statewide. However, the number continues to grow as counties announce positive test results.
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The state Department of Health Services announced on April 5 that there are 2,267 positive cases of COVID-19 in Wisconsin.
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Joe Biden says the Democratic National Convention may need to take place online as the pandemic continues to reshape the race for the White House.