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.
 
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Wisconsin is home to nearly 70 state parks and more than 40 state trails — not to mention many county parks, forests and natural areas. Wherever you live in the state, you’re not far from a quiet place to take in nature.
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Rumors that Wisconsin's National Guard is involved in enforcing the state's safer-at-home initiative are not true.
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In order to bring the COVID-19 pandemic under control, public health officials are seeking widespread testing. WisContext associate editor Will Cushman discusses why tests remain hard to come by, and what is being done to expand capacity to test for the virus around the state.
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Wisconsinites are taking extraordinary precautions to try to slow the spread of the new coronavirus, but the number of cases of COVID-19 is still rising — leaving many to wonder what to do if someone in their household tests positive for the disease.
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Wisconsin hospitals and pharmacies are struggling to find needed drugs as they prepare for a likely surge in coronavirus patients. Shortages of inhalers and a drug used to treat lupus are occurring across the United States as demand rises.
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The state Department of Health Services announced on April 2 that there are 1,720 positive cases of COVID-19 statewide, as well as 20,317 negative tests. However, the number continues to grow as counties announce positive test results.
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Wisconsin dairy groups are calling on the federal government to aid farmers who are being forced to dump their milk in light of decreased demand due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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The state Department of Health Services announced on April 2 a total of 1,730 positive cases of COVID-19 in Wisconsin.
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With the need for COVID-19 tests exceeding their availability, alongside shortages in testing supplies, health systems and hospitals are seeking to fill in the gaps. Dr. Bobbi Pritt, the director of the clinical parasitology laboratory at Mayo Clinic, discusses how it developed its own test.
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After more than a year of planning, organizers have postponed the DNC amid fears over the new coronavirus.