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.More
Republican legislators and business groups made a coordinated push on April 30 for a plan that would reopen the state more quickly, with one restaurant owner telling lawmakers he's ordering alcohol and food in case he can start serving customers next week.
Around $8 billion has been set aside for direct payments to tribes nationwide under the federal government's coronavirus relief package. However, some Wisconsin tribes are concerned about how that money is being distributed.
Shortages of swabs and other testing supplies are still hampering efforts to increase Wisconsin's COVID-19 testing to 12,000 per day. The goal is part of Gov. Tony Evers' "Badger Bounce Back" plan for easing social distancing restrictions and reopening the state's economy.
Before the Big Ten announced the cancelation of its 2020 men's basketball tournament, a group of doctors, researchers and public health experts from the conference's member institutions were already at work coordinating the its response to COVID-19.
A plan from Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce calls for more businesses across the state to open with the caveat that they follow restrictions depending on how great the risk for COVID-19 is in their counties.