Wisconsin reported 460 new cases of COVID-19 on May 1 — a record number since the state started tracking the disease. WisContext associate editor Will Cushman discusses how case and test data are used by state officials as they consder relaxinng public health guidelines.
State government saw a sharp decline in tax revenue during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, a drop that was caused by a combination of the economic slowdown created by the virus and the three-month extension for filing income taxes.
A Republican-backed stay-at-home order in Wisconsin would include a shift to regional restrictions and a move away from a state list of so-called "essential businesses," according to the leader of the state Assembly.
For Wisconsin's rural Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau School District, the COVID-19 pandemic has meant a series of adjustments — to students' and parents' schedules; to the way teachers conduct lessons; to the roles that support staff are filling.
As Wisconsin's stay-at-home order continues, are people continuing to shelter in place? Location data tracking people's movement shows trends in how the pandemic has impacted where people go over time and if the state's public health order is working.
The closure of Wisconsin schools through the end of the year means kids are at home with parents who still go in to work, are working from home, or are not working at all, which has made both working and keeping up with schooling hard for parents.