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


 
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
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Cell phone mobility data shows Wisconsin residents started traveling more during the first week of May. And that movement continued to increase after the Wisconsin Supreme Court struck down the state's "Safer at Home" order on May 13.
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Retailers are grappling with two new realities as they re-open their storefronts: the expense of operating a business safely during the pandemic, and uncertainty about whether they’ll get as many customers as they did before.
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The state would send roughly 2.7 million registered voters absentee ballot applications under a motion approved unanimously by the bipartisan Wisconsin Elections Commission.
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Of the 2.4 million weekly claims submitted to the state between March 15 and May 23, about 728,000 had yet to be paid as of the latter date, according to the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development.
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There are 16,462 positive cases of COVID-19 in Wisconsin as of May 27, according to the state Department of Health Services. That's an increase of 599 cases from the day before, and the largest single-day increase in positive cases since the pandemic began.
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A country music festival with expected attendance of more than 16,000 people per day is among the first major gatherings in Wisconsin approved to move forward amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
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The state Supreme Court won't take up a second lawsuit challenging Wisconsin's "Safer at Home" order, a step that could preserve the power of local governments to issue their own stay-at-home restrictions.
Many people have heard of Typhoid Mary, but far fewer know the name Mary Mallon.
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The Wisconsin Supreme Court is allowing circuit courts to resume jury trials and in-person hearings as long as they create plans to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19. Some courts are beginning to hold proceedings while most will likely take time to get up and running.