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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Agricultural experts say local producers will likely see lower milk prices and impacts to their supply chains as the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread across Wisconsin.
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With schools shut down across the state, students are doing e-learning lessons at home. For some rural families who lack high-speed internet access, that's not so easy.
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As the COVID-19 pandemic evolves, there is increasing concern about at-risk populations. Evidence from the COVID-19 outbreak shows some, like the elderly, are more vulnerable to the virus. Should pregnant women be concerned?
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Here are the latest updates about COVID-19 in Wisconsin.
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Jury trials in Wisconsin will be suspended until late May under an order handed down on March 22 by a divided state Supreme Court to try and slow the spread of COVID-19. One of the court's conservatives says the move had "nullified" the Constitution.
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Restrictions on mass gatherings are making it difficult for Wisconsin businesses whose customers may not realize their doors are still open, as owners adapt to doing business in the era of social distancing.
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The Wisconsin Department of Health Services announced 381 positive cases of COVID-19 statewide Sunday, as well as 6,230 negative tests. However, the number continues to grow as counties discover more positive cases.
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The new coronavirus pandemic is testing health systems already running lean. Hospitals are short on beds, protective gear and staff, though some see reason for hope.
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Here are the latest updates about COVID-19 in Wisconsin.
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As Wisconsin enters a time of unprecedented social restrictions aimed at containing the spread of the new coronavirus, some Wisconsinites are heading outdoors to avoid going "stir crazy."