The toll on Wisconsin's economy from COVID-19 and the state's social distancing orders hasn't yet been reflected in monthly unemployment statistics. But state estimates suggest hundreds of thousands of residents are out of work and negotiating an overloaded unemployment system.
The outbreak of COVID-19 has made gathering together hard for many religious congregations, at a time when many need religion the most. But religious communities across the state are creating innovative ways to remain connected.
The COVID-19 pandemic has led to layoffs and furloughs as businesses close or see sales drop. Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development Secretary Caleb Frostman discusses what the state is doing as a record number of residents apply for unemployment.
State parks are reopening after being closed due to overcrowding and vandalism. Additional businesses like dog groomers, car washes and small engine repair shops are also cleared to reopen under the new guidelines of Wisconsin's extended "Safer at Home" order.