Series: The Novel Coronavirus, COVID-19 And Wisconsin: April 2020


 
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Federal regulators are investigating six sites, including several meatpacking plants in Wisconsin, after hundreds of COVID-19 cases have been linked to the facilities.
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Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce and the Tavern League of Wisconsin have created alternative plans for reopening Wisconsin’s economy. The Tavern League in particular is looking to reopen bars on May 1, nearly a month before Gov. Tony Evers' Safer at Home order expires.
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More than 1,000 Wisconsinites protested at the state Capitol, urging Gov. Tony Evers to loosen the state's stay-at-home order.
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More than 1,000 protesters gathered April 24th at the state Capitol to rally against Wisconsin's stay-at-home order.
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The state Department of Health Services announced on April 24 that there were 5,356 positive cases of COVID-19 in Wisconsin, a jump of 304 cases from the day before.
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The state's business lobby, Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce, has released a to reopen more businesses around the state. The plan involves a case-by-case evaluation of each business sector, as well as the health care capacity and COVID-19 infection rate in every county.
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The American Civil Liberties Union filed the lawsuit on April 10. It argued that older people and people with preexisting health conditions should get priority for release, and releasing them would reduce prison populations and allow for more social distancing within prisons.
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With the demand for personal protective equipment, or PPE, increasing, companies throughout the state are ramping up production to help health care workers stay safe while caring for those with COVID-19.
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COVID-19 brought Wisconsin's Democratic governor and GOP-controlled Legislature together to pass sweeping legislation responding to the pandemic. But that bipartisanship proved short-lived, with conservatives chafing at ongoing restrictions on businesses, services and public gatherings.
Days after Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers announced the state's Safer-at-Home order, a subtly misleading framework for Wisconsin's COVID-19 projections appeared on Twitter.