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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Under a new order from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, child care centers can have no more than 50 children and 10 staff members on site.
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Gov. Tony Evers plans to issue an emergency order to waive work search requirements and change rules for unemployment insurance benefits for workers affected by the economic impacts of COVID-19 .
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As COVID-19 continues to spread in Wisconsin, questions have surfaced on how household pets and livestock are affected by the virus, and what can be done to protect them.
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As churches, schools and businesses close in an effort to curb the spread of the new coronavirus, the blood drives they host are being canceled. Wisconsin's hospitals are now facing a shortage.
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Some Wisconsin circuit courts are postponing jury trials and other cases as they seek to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus.
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As the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Wisconsin rises, the more life seems to come to a standstill. In response, Wisconsinites are trying to help their employees and neighbors through the uncertainty.
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Here are the latest updates about COVID-19 in Wisconsin.
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Wisconsin legislative leaders and Gov. Tony Evers are considering action at the state Capitol to support Wisconsin workers, businesses and schools amid the ongoing spread of COVID-19 in the state.
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People with diabetes are frequently described as being at higher risk for developing severe illness from COVID-19. But why? And what precautions should they take?
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With schools closed in Wisconsin, many wonder why child care facilities remain open.