Series: The Novel Coronavirus, COVID-19 And Wisconsin

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.
 
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Coronavirus has turned life upside down in Wisconsin. But the state still has an April 7 election coming up, with a presidential primary, state Supreme Court race and hundreds of local races. Their pandemic experiences could shape future politics.
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Rural northern Wisconsin counties have issued travel advisories to seasonal and second homeowners asking them to stay in their home area, given the region's limited health care resources.
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Many aid organizations in Wisconsin are staying open to help people through the COVID-19 pandemic, but not without changes. Food pantries are turning into drive-thrus and shelters are expanding their hours and cleaning routines.
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While many Wisconsinites are contemplating what life will be like under a stay-at-home order, others are desperately trying to return home from other countries where borders are being closed and international flights canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Here are the latest updates about COVID-19 in Wisconsin.
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Gov. Tony Evers announced he would issue a "stay-at-home" order on March 24 in an effort to slow the spread of the new coronavirus in Wisconsin.
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Democratic National Convention Committee organizers say they are closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation.
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The state Department of Health Services announced 416 positive cases of COVID-19 statewide on March 23, as well as 7,050 negative tests. However, the number continues to grow as counties announce more positive test results.
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Wisconsin is doing better financially than it was in 2007, but will still need financial assistance from the federal government if the COVID-19 pandemic leads to a recession.
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Some Wisconsin communities, including Milwaukee and Madison, are shutting down or sharply curtailing in-person early voting ahead of the state’s April 7 election.