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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The state Department of Health Services announced on March 19 that 155 people have tested positive for COVID-19, up from 106 the day before.
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Wisconsin workers and businesses are reeling from the economic fallout of the new coronavirus, as many employers shut their doors under an order from the state that could last weeks or even longer.
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The novel coronavirus and the disease it causes, COVID-19, isn't hunting you. But if you stumble upon enough of it, you could end up falling ill. Two Wisconsin health care experts answer questions about COVID-19's viability.
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Here are the latest updates about COVID-19 in Wisconsin.
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Members of the Wisconsin Elections Commission disagree on whether Wisconsin's April 7 election should be postponed.
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The Democratic Party of Wisconsin and Democratic National Committee have filed a federal lawsuit to extend voter registration and mail-in ballot deadlines, as well as suspend the state's voter ID law for mailed ballots.
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Wisconsin has gone from one COVID-19 case to more than 100 in 10 days.
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Grocery stores in Wisconsin are adjusting hours to allow staff to restock depleted shelves and do extra cleaning. Many are also offering special shopping hours for the elderly and those who have health conditions that make them more vulnerable to COVID-19.
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Fitchburg-based biotechnology company Promega Corporation is helping supply materials used in COVID-19 diagnostic tests.
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On March 12, 2020, Gov. Tony Evers declared a public health emergency for the entire state of Wisconsin. WisContext associate editor Will Cushman discusses what state law says about emergency declarations and the actions that can be taken in such a situation.