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 Wisconsin State Lab of Hygiene has more than tripled its capacity to test for the new coronavirus but warns that testing supplies are getting hard to come by.
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Concern over the impact the new coronavirus pandemic could have on Wisconsin's health care system has prompted a number of changes at hospitals and clinics to preserve doctors, beds and other resources for those who need it most.
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Law enforcement agencies across Wisconsin are making changes to the way they operate in order to increase social distancing in hopes of slowing the spread of COVID-19.
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The state Department of Health Services announced on March 17 that there are now 72 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in Wisconsin.
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Wisconsin's response to the spread of COVID-19 continues to change and grow. Gov. Tony Evers answers questions posed by the public about what the state is doing.
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Grocery shelves were depleted across the state as people stocked up in anticipation of a period of weeks when schools, public gatherings and many workplaces in Wisconsin were to be shut down.
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As teachers and administrators try to stay afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction is asking the federal government for a waiver to get students out of taking mandated standardized tests.
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Here are the latest updates about COVID-19 in Wisconsin.
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The future of a bipartisan bill to address the new coronavirus remained unclear as U.S. House and Senate leaders worked to sort out their differences, and more lawmakers self-quarantined.
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Libraries across Wisconsin are making adjustments to their services in an attempt to increase social distance and slow the spread of COVID-19, the illness caused by the new coronavirus.