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.
 
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 585 positive cases of COVID-19 statewide as of March 25, as well as 10,089 negative tests. However, the number continues to grow as counties announce positive test results.
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The Wisconsin Legislature's top Republicans say that now is not the time to question the emergency powers Democratic Gov. Tony Evers is using to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, saying those debates can wait for another day.
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Wisconsin law restricts the activities of physician assistants more than some other states, making them less practical to hire for certain jobs. Physician assistants are now asking for that to change.
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The city of Green Bay and its clerk have filed a federal lawsuit arguing they can't safely and effectively administer Wisconsin's April 7 election as scheduled.
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The governor's order that all nonessential businesses should close has created uncertainty about what exactly counts as an essential business. But with broad exemptions, a surprising number of businesses in Wisconsin are finding ways to stay open.
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As COVID-19 continues to spread, state officials are working on ways to shore up the state’s health care workforce.
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The state Department of Health Services announced there are 585 positive cases of COVID-19 statewide as of March 25, as well as 10,089 negative tests. However, the number continues to grow as counties announce more positive test results.
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Husky Energy officials are suspending their rebuild of the company's Superior refinery due to "current safety and public health risks" in light of the COVID-19 outbreak.
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Protecting patient privacy and preventing complacency are both important when it comes to slowing the spread of coronavirus in Wisconsin. That's why you may not be able to find out many details on the confirmed cases in your area.