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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There have been 18,403 positive cases of COVID-19 in Wisconsin as of May 31, according to the state Department of Health Services. That's an increase of 173 cases from the day before.
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There are 18,230 positive cases of COVID-19 in Wisconsin as of May 30, according to the state Department of Health Services. That's an increase of 523 cases from the day before.
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From an emphasis on contact tracing to an uptick in new cases, the fight against COVID-19 continues across Wisconsin. Wisconsin state epidemiologist Dr. Ryan Westergaard discusses how medical professionals are monitoring the pulse of the pandemic and the threat of a resurgence.
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In northern Wisconsin, tourism dollars come with an increased risk for a larger COVID-19 outbreak in an area largely spared so far. Minocqua Chamber of Commerce executive director Krystal Westfahl discusses how the region is adjusting to changes in economic activiy through the pandemic.
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What does the killing of George Floyd mean for the people of Wisconsin? Gov. Tony Evers discusses his concerns about racial inequity in policing and the disproportionate impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on people of color.
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At least 213 inmates and 15 staff have tested positive for COVID-19 at Waupun Correctional Institution out of more than 1,500 tested, according to the Wisconsin Department of Corrections.
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There are 17,707 positive cases of COVID-19 in Wisconsin as of May 29, according to the state Department of Health Services. That's an increase of 733 cases from the day before.
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Wisconsin may have its first known cases of an inflammatory condition which affects children and is linked to the novel coronavirus, called Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children.
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Milwaukee's communities of color have been hit particularly hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, but this is the first time the Hispanic population has surpassed the African American population for the number of positive cases.