Series: The Novel Coronavirus, COVID-19 And Wisconsin: June 2020


 
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.More
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Significant numbers of Milwaukee voters were dissuaded from voting on April 7 by the sharp reduction in polling places and the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic — with the biggest effects seen among Black voters, according to a study from the Brennan Center for Justice.
In the early 1980s, a new mysterious malady captured the attention of public health professionals. Initially labeled GRID, these clusters of illnesses seemed to largely be an issue only on the East and West coasts. But Wisconsin's government was taking action.
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The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction has released guidance or how K-12 schools across the state will be able to reopen facilities for the 2020-21 school year as COVID-19 continues to spread throughout Wisconsin communities.
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In 15 years of work at the JBS Packerland beef plant in Green Bay, Guadalupe Paez said he didn't take more than 10 sick days. But, on March 10 he was feeling very sick.
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The Wisconsin Elections Commission gave final approval to send absentee ballot requests to 2.7 million Wisconsin voters in advance of the fall 2020 election.
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The University of Wisconsin-Madison announced plans to reopen campus to students and staff for the fall 2020 semester.
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The Wisconsin Department of Health Services announced two studies to evaluate the spread of COVID-19 in the state, using antibody and wastewater testing.
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Debbie Danforth, health director for the Oneida Nation, noticed something important in early March 2020. She saw that nursing home residents in the state of Washington were getting sick. Real sick.
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Students will return to University of Wisconsin System campuses in the fall of 2020 for some in-person instruction, according to guidance from the UW System president and Board of Regents.