There have been a whirlwind of changes for Wisconsin after the state Supreme Court struck down the statewide "Safer at Home" order. Wisconsin Public Radio Capitol bureau reporter Laurel White explains how a local patchwork of stay-at-home rules took shape.
Short of a cure or effective treatment for COVID-19, something that could take years to develop, state and local health officials in Wisconsin are planning for a future where contact tracing plays a central role in combating the disease.
On May 13 the state Supreme Court overturned Wisconsin's stay-at-home order. Some counties and municipalities across the state immediately began issuing their own orders or announcing the state's "Safer at Home" order would still apply in areas under their jurisdiction.
The COVID-19 pandemic is adding hurdles for Wisconsin residents with disabilities to find caregivers, and both are weighing tough questions about how to keep each other safe during close interactions — if that's even possible at a time when protective equipment runs scarce.
On April 7, over 400,000 people went out to the polls to vote in Wisconsin in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Multiple studies were conducted to see how in-person voting impacted Wisconsin's COVID-19 cases.
When Pete Schwaba, host of PBS Wisconsin's Director's Cut independent film showcase, started his quarantine at home in Marinette, he figured he'd have an abundance of time to watch movies, play games with his family and maybe learn a new hobby.